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Joseph L. Cavinato

Joseph Cavinato is professor of Supply Chain Management at Thunderbird and executive director of the Institute for the Supply Management

Dr. Joseph L. Cavinato is professor of Supply Chain Management at Thunderbird (The American Graduate School of International Management) where he teaches courses on supply chain leadership, purchasing, and logistics. He is also executive director of the Institute for Supply Management's Center for Strategic Supply Leadership. He was a professor in the Department of Business Logistics at Penn State from 1978 to 1999. His other teaching, executive management and research activities are in the areas of business futures, strategic development, and business model insights.

He is active in professional and industrial societies as a member of the Product Development Management Association, Council of Logistics Management. He is listed in Who's Who in Industry and Finance , Who's Who in American Education , Who's Who in the World and International Biographies . From 1978 to 1985 he was director of education for the American Society of Transportation and Logistics. In 1977 he was awarded the U.S. Transportation Person of the Year Award.

Dr. Cavinato's educational background includes a Ph.D. in Business from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. and MBA from The American University. He received the A.T. Kearney Doctoral Dissertation Award for a study of multi-firm supply chain system total cost measurement systems, the first research believed to be conducted in supply chains. He received several outstanding teaching awards at both the University of Georgia and Penn State. He serves on the boards of directors of Ultra-Puro, S.A. (Mexico), freightPro (Kansas City), and the Södra Forestry Research Board (Sweden). In 1990 he was appointed to the board of directors of Pegasus International, a South African organization that directs educational development programs and foreign government investment funding for the economic upliftment of black entrepreneurs in southern Africa.

His major consulting and management development program activities have been with General Electric, A.T. Kearney, Arthur D. Little, EDS, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Northern Telcom, Sprint, IBM, Lockheed, EEI, Parker-Hannifin, Procter & Gamble, Schering-Plough, Pfizer, GPU, PECO, General Mills, Ameritech, Bell South, Caterpillar, Bell Atlantic, Digital, Daimler-Benz, Corning, Michelin, Merck, Ciba-Geigy, Melville, Kimberly-Clark, Kimberly-Clark (Europe), Swiss Air Group, Management Centre Europe (Belgium), Smurfit-Stone, Commonwealth Edison, KPMG, Arthur Andersen, Deloitte and Touche, AT&T Solutions, British Telecom, Unilever (U.K.), MGCM (France), Van den Bergh Foods (Netherlands), Langnese-Igloo (Germany), Elida Gibbs (Italy), Astra Calve (France), Elida Gibbs (France), Dow Chemical, PPG, Royal Dutch Shell (Netherlands and U.K.), Shell USA, Mobil Oil, Petroleos de Venezuela, Exxon International, Exxon USA, Pennzoil, Saudi Aramco, SADAF (Saudi Arabia), Alberta Power, Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce, Kodak Southeast Asia, Finlay Institute (Cuba), EHLE Institute (Japan), National University of Singapore, Växjo University (Sweden), Internacional Aeronautique Confederacion (Hungary), ESAN (Peru), Acropolis Institute (Ecuador), CANTV (Venezuela), Alimentos Heinz (Venezuela), Bimbo, S.A. (Mexico), Rands Afrikaan University/African National Congress (South Africa), New York Metropolitan Opera, and the Museum of Modern Art.

He is the author of Supply Chain/Transportation Dictionary (2000), Finance for Transportation-Distribution Managers (1977), Purchasing and Materials Management: Integrative Strategies (1984), and editor of Supply Chain Handbook . He is co-author of the texts Logistics in the Service Industries (1990), Transportation, and Traffic Management (1987) and co-editor of Purchasing Handbook (2000). He is currently co-authoring books entitled The Leveraged Pyramid and Marketplace Intelligence . He has written over 160 cases in strategy, inter-organization linkages, purchasing, and value chain management.

He resides in Fountain Hills, Arizona with his wife Mary Ann. His hobbies are gardening, cooking, and target shooting. In 1992 he trained aboard and received his apprentice sailing certificate from the Black Sea fleet tall ship training vessel Tovarich.