Faculty Directory

Brian T. Tomlin

Professor of Business Administration








PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000; BE, University College Dublin, 1992

Areas of Expertise

Supply chain management, operations strategy


Operations Strategy


Brian Tomlin teaches the core operations management class and an operations strategy elective. His research explores operations strategy and supply chain management, with a focus in the areas of supply chain risk and process innovation.

Current Research Topics

  • Supply chain design
  • Operational risk management
  • Process innovation

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 2009–present
  • Associate Professor, 2008–09, Benjamin Cone Research Scholar in Business, 2007–09, Assistant Professor, 2002–08, Kenan-Flagler Business School, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nonacademic positions

  • Director of Research, Optiant, Inc., 2001–02
  • Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group (U.K. and U.S.), 2000–01
  • Technical Leader, 1994–95, Senior R&D Process Engineer, 1994, Process Engineer, 1993–94, Environmental Engineer, 1992–93, General Electric Company (Ireland and U.S.)

Board memberships

  • President, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society, 2015–present
  • Executive Vice President and President-Elect, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society, 2014–2015
  • Secretary, Production & Operations Management Society, College of Supply Chain Management, 2009–12

Editorial positions

  • Department Editor, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management


  • Management Science Journal Meritorious Service Award, 2015
  • Finalist, 2013 Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Best Paper Award - papers published in previous three years are eligible for this annual award.
  • Finalist, 2012 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice.
  • Wickham Skinner Award for Best Paper published in Production and Operations Management Journal during 2011, Awarded 2012
  • Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Journal Meritorious Service Award, 2011
  • Management Science Journal Meritorious Service Award, 2010
  • Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Journal Meritorious Service Award, 2009
  • Frank Batten Young Scholar in Operations and Information Technology, 2004
  • Young Researcher Roundtable Appointee, INFORMS, 2004
  • Zannetos PhD Thesis Prize, Sloan School of Management, MIT, 2000
  • John F Kennedy Fund (Ireland) Award, 1997, 1998
  • University College Dublin, Engineering Academic Award, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Procter & Gamble Award for Academic Excellence, 1991


Working Papers

  • With Y.-J. Chen and Y. Wang, "Co-product Technologies: Useful, Complementing and Displacing Innovations"
  • With L. Dong and S. Tang, “Production Chain Disruptions: Inventory, Preparedness and Insurance”
  • With J.V. Gray and A.V. Roth, “Quality Risk and Contract Manufacturing: Theory and Empirical Evidence?”
  • With L.V. Snyder, “On the Value of a Threat Advisory System for Managing Supply Chain Disruptions”

Selected Publications

  • With S. Saghafian, “The Newsvendor under Distribution Ambiguity: Using the Maximum-Entropy Principle to Combine Data with Moment and Tail Information,” Operations Research, Forthcoming
  • With Y-J. Chen and Y. Wang, “Coproduct Technologies: Product Line Design and Process Innovation,” Management Science, 59 (12), December 2013
  • With S. Kim, “Guilt by Association: Strategic Failure Prevention and Recovery Capacity Investments,” Management Science, 59 (7), July 2013
  • With L. Dong, “Managing Disruption Risk: The Interplay between Operations and Insurance,” Management Science, 58 (10), October 2012
  • With Y. Wang and W. Gilland, “Regulatory Trade Risk and Supply Chain Strategy,” Production and Operations Management, 30(4), July-August 2011
  • With Y. Wang and W. Gilland, “Mitigating Supply Risk: Dual Sourcing or Process Improvement?,” Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 12 (3), Summer 2010
  • "The Impact of Supply-Learning When Suppliers are Unreliable," Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 11(2), 2009
  • With Y. Wang, "Pricing and Operational Recourse in Coproduction Systems," Management Science, 54(3), 2008
  • "On the Value of Mitigation and Contingency Strategies for Managing Supply-Chain Disruption Risks," Management Science, 52 (5), 2006
  • With Y. Wang, "On the Value of Mix-Flexibility and Dual-Sourcing in Unreliable Newsvendor Networks," Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 7(1), 2005
  • "Capacity Investments in Supply Chains: Sharing-the-Gain Rather Than Sharing-the-Pain," Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 5(4), 2003
  • With S. Graves, "Process Flexibility in Supply Chains," Management Science, 49(7), 2003