Research in the the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department in Penn State

Faculty and graduate students within the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department at Smeal actively pursue both theoretical and applied research, often collaborating with colleagues in other disciplines or in industry. The department has been ranked for the third time as a leader in supply chain education according to a survey conducted by Gartner, Inc. Supply chain faculty are nationally and internationally recognized scholars, holding editorships, associate editorships, and editorial board memberships on more than twenty prominent refereed journals. 

Research Centers

The faculty of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems work closely with several research centers at Smeal to encourage a multidisciplinary approach to advance research and promote industry best practices.

Center for Supply Chain Research®️ (CSCR®️)

Penn State's Center for Supply Chain Research is one of the nation's leading institutions dedicated to research and education in the field of logistics. It is organized within the Division of Research of The Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business. Founded in 1989, the Center represents an interdisciplinary approach to the research and development of state-of-the-art logistics and distribution systems. Much of the resource base for the Center is drawn from Penn State's Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems. With 34 faculty members and over 1,000 student majors, the department is one of the largest academic concentrations of supply chain education and research in the United States.

Institute for the Study of Business Markets

The Institute for the Study of Business Markets is a center of excellence in the Smeal College of Business. It is networked with researchers, educators and practitioners in business-to-business marketing in companies and universities throughout the world.

Laboratory for Economics Management and Auctions

The Laboratory for Economics Management and Auctions provides researchers in economics and management with a laboratory environment in which the object of study can be manipulated in a controlled way (much as lab techniques are used in natural sciences).

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute is Penn State’s transportation research center. Since its founding in 1968, the Larson Transportation Institute has maintained a threefold mission of research, education, and service. The Institute brings together top faculty, world-class facilities and enterprising students from across the University in partnership with public and private stakeholders to address critical transportation-related problems.