Faculty Directory

Brian T. Tomlin

Professor of Business Administration



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

AREAS OF EXPERTISESupply chain management, operations strategy

Current Research Topics

  • Supply chain design
  • Operational risk management
  • Process development and introduction

Selected Publications

  • With Y-J. Chen and Y. Wang, “Coproduct Technologies: Product Line Design and Process Innovation,” Management Science, December 2013, 59 (12), 2772-2789.
  • With S. Humair, J. Ruark and S.P. Willems, “Incorporating Stochastic Lead Times into the Guaranteed Service Model of Safety Stock Optimization,” Interfaces, Sep-Oct 2013, 43 (5), 421-434.
  • With S. Kim, “Guilt by Association: Strategic Failure Prevention and Recovery Capacity Investments,” Management Science, July 2013, 59 (7), 1631-1649.
  • With L. Dong, “Managing Disruption Risk: The Interplay between Operations and Insurance,” Management Science, October 2012, 58 (10), 1898-1915.
  • With Y. Wang and W. Gilland, “Regulatory Trade Risk and Supply Chain Strategy,” Production and Operations Management, July-August 2011 30 (4), 522-540.
  • With Y. Wang and W. Gilland, “Mitigating Supply Risk: Dual Sourcing or Process Improvement?,” Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Summer 2010, 12 (3), 489-510.
  • "The Impact of Supply-Learning When Suppliers are Unreliable," Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 11(2), 2009.
  • "Disruption-Management Strategies for Short Life-Cycle Products," Naval Research Logistics, 56(4), 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, featured article.
  • 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.

Working Papers

  • “Production Chain Disruptions: Inventory and Interruption Insurance,” (with L. Dong and S. Tang).
  • “The Newsvendor under Distribution Ambiguity: Using the Maximum-Entropy Principle to Combine Data with Moment and Tail Information,” (with S. Saghafian).
  • “Quality Risk and Contract Manufacturing: Theory and Empirical Evidence?,” (with J.V. Gray and A.V. Roth).
  • “On the Value of a Threat Advisory System for Managing Supply Chain Disruptions,” (with L.V. Snyder).


  • Finalist, 2013 Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Best Paper Award.
  • Finalist, 2012 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice.
  • Production & Operations Management Wickham Skinner Best Paper Award, 2012.
  • Meritorious Service Award, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2011, 2009.
  • Meritorious Service Award, Management Science, 2010.
  • Frank Batten Young Scholar in Operations and Information Technology, 2004.
  • Weatherspoon Award for Excellence in Teaching, Kenan-Flagler Business School, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004.
  • Zannetos PhD Thesis Prize, Sloan School of Management, Massachusettes Institute of Technology, 2000.

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

  • Secretary, Production & Operations Management Society, College of Supply Chain Management, 2009–12

Editorial positions

  • Associate/Senior Editor, Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management

Research & Teaching

Professor Tomlin teaches Tuck's core operations management course. His research explores operations strategy and supply chain management, with an emphasis on supply chain design and risk management. He is an associate editor of many leading journals, including Management Science.