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Douglas Morrice - The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business. Austin, TX, US

Douglas Morrice Douglas Morrice

Professor, Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management | The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business


Supply chain, logistics, and operations management in large-scale industries such as energy, technology, health care, and retail


Areas of Expertise (12)

Computer Simulations Operations Management Supply Chain Management High Technology Operations and Logistics Energy Sector Operations and Logistics Risk Management Manufacturing Operations Energy Exploration and Production Retail Operations and Logistics Service Chain Management Health Care Operations and Logistics Operations Modeling


Douglas J. Morrice is an educator and researcher in the field of operations management, supply chain, and risk management, using computer simulation and data analysis to discover ways to improve service operations, inform risk decisions, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of supply chain systems. His work has found application in energy, technology, retail, health care, and other industries.

Morrice holds the Bobbie and Coulter R. Sublett Centennial Professorship in Business, and he is a professor of operations management at McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. He is the director of the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence at McCombs, a company-sponsored center dedicated to developing research and teaching programs in partnership with AMD, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Dell, Inc., Freescale, Frito-Lay, Halliburton and others.

Morrice’s research has received funding from SAP America under the University Alliance Research Grant Program, and he has over 40 technical publications and 2 patents. He is a member of INFORMS and the Production and Operations Management Society. He has designed and delivered executive development programs on operations modeling and supply chain management for several organizations including Schlumberger, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Texas Instruments.





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Education (3)

Cornell University: Ph.D., Operations Research and Industrial Engineering 1990

Cornell University: M.Sc., Operations Research and Industrial Engineering 1988

Carleton University: B.A., Mathematics and Operations Research 1985


Media Appearances (3)

$16 Billion Veterans Affairs Bill Still Leaves Patients Waiting

Texas Enterprise  online


Whatever the line of work, Morrice looks at it as a process. “Processes are everywhere,” he says. “It doesn’t matter if you’re in an oilfield, a retailer in a warehouse, or a factory with computers."

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Hospitals Confront Inefficiencies in Patient Care

Texas Enterprise  online


Morrice analyzed oilfield services and Amazon.com warehouses before turning his sights to healthcare, where he looked for ways to speed up assessments of patients preparing for surgery.

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Apple Confronts Weak Links in its Supply Chain

Texas Enterprise  online


“These supply chains have gotten so much more complex in developing countries where the laws are not quite as strict” and labor is less expensive, such as Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia, says Morrice.

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Articles (6)

Douglas J. Morrice Citations Google Scholar


Listing of top scholarly works by Douglas J. Morrice.

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Improving Patient Flow at a Family Health Clinic Health Care Management Science


The objective of the study was to obtain a better understanding of patient flow through a health care clinic and to investigate changes to current scheduling rules and operating procedures.

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A Simulation Game for Teaching Service-Oriented Supply Chain Management: Does Information Sharing Help Managers With Service Capacity Decisions? Production and Operations Management


We propose a simulation game designed to teach service-oriented supply chain management principles and to test whether managers use them effectively.

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A Production Scheduling Heuristic for an Electronics Manufacturer With Sequence-Dependent Setup Costs European Journal of Operational Research


We develop a three-step heuristic to address a production scheduling problem at a high volume assemble-to-order electronics manufacturer.

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The “Physics” of Capacity and Backlog Management in Service and Custom Manufacturing Supply Chains System Dynamics Review


We investigate the dynamic behavior of service supply chains in the presence of varying demand and information sharing.

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A Multiple Attribute Utility Theory Approach to Ranking and Selection Management Science


We develop a ranking and selection procedure for making comparisons of systems (e.g., project configurations) that have multiple performance measures.

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