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An industry publication has named J. Paul Dittmann, a UT supply chain lecturer, as one of the top ten supply chain thought leaders in the world.

SCM Operations developed the list based on a literature review using data searches through the Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review publications.

Dittmann is the executive director of the Global Supply Chain Institute in the UT College of Business Administration.

“A thought leader is someone who looks at the future and sets a course for it that others will follow,” said Shei Israel, contributing writer to Forbes. “Thought leaders look at existing best practices then come up with better practices. They foment change, often causing great disruption.”

Besides Dittmann, the Top ten global supply chain thought leaders, listed alphabetically, are:

  • Thomas Choi, professor at Arizona State University
  • Sunil Chopra, professor at Northwestern University
  • Remko van Hoek, global procurement director at PwC and visiting professor at Cranfield University
  • Marshall Fisher, professor at University of Pennsylvania
  • Hau Lee, professor at Stanford University
  • Yossi Sheffi, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • David Simchi-Levi, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Reuben Slone, senior vice president at Walgreens
  • Robert Trent, professor at Lehigh University


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