C. John Langley

C. John Langley Biographical Information

Clinical Professor, Supply Chain and Information Systems
Director of Development, Center for Supply Chain Research
Smeal College of Business
The Pennsylvania State University

Recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars in his field, Dr. C. John Langley has been involved in supply chain management and business logistics for more than 35 years. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Langley was on the faculty at the University of Tennessee for 28 years, most recently as the John H. "Red" Dove Distinguished Professor of Logistics. Additionally, he co-founded the Center for Logistics Research, Supply Chain Forum, and Office of Corporate Partnerships at the University of Tennessee.

Most recently, Langley has joined the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems, Smeal College of Business, Penn State, as a clinical professor of supply chain management.  He supports the department in various capacities, as well as teaches courses in Smeal’s online Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management Program.  In addition, he also serves as a member of the Center for Supply Chain Research’s senior leadership team as the director of development.  In this capacity, Langley is responsible for exploring new opportunities for the center related to education programs, research projects and corporate sponsors.

Langley is the co-author of three books on logistics and supply chain management. He has written numerous articles, technical reports, and presentations in these areas and has addressed countless conferences, forums, universities, groups, and industries.

He serves on the boards of Averitt Express, Inc., Forward Air Corporation, and UTi Worldwide, Inc., and actively consults with both logistics user and provider firms. Langley is past president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and has received the council’s Distinguished Service Award.  In 2005, he was honored as one of the profession’s top five logistics executives at the Richmond Events Logistics and Supply Chain Forum. In 1992, Smeal recognized him as an Outstanding Alumnus of its Business Logistics Program.

Langley holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, an M.B.A., and a Ph.D. in Business Logistics from Penn State.


  • Ph.D., Business Logistics, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.B.A., Business Logistics, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University

Teaching and Research Areas

  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Supply Chain Relationships
  • Outsourcing Logistics Services

Teaching Awards and Honors

  • Awarded Honorary Distinguished Logistics Professional, American Society of Transportation and Logistics
  • Named "Top Five Logistics Leaders" by Logistics and Supply Chain Forum
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award, Business Logistics, The Pennsylvania State University

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