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Steven Carnovale, Ph.D. - Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton, FL, US

Steven Carnovale, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Florida Atlantic University


Steven Carnovale is a supply chain strategist specializing in interfirm networks, risk management and global sourcing/production networks.



Steven Carnovale, Ph.D. Publication




Too Complex to Fail: Supply Chain Management’s Role in the Financial Health of the Corporation Global Trade in a Complex Geopolitical Landscape: Navigating a Dynamic World What Supply Chain Management Is Webinar Data-Driven Supply Chains Webinar with ITT (Featuring Dr. Steven Carnovale and Nicola Maricelli) Supply Chain Plasticity




Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., is the associate professor of supply chain management at the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University, and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. Prior to joining FAU, Carnovale was associate professor of supply chain management at the Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology from August 2018 to December 2022 and Nike Professor of Supply Chain Management at Portland State University from September 2014 to June 2018.

Carnovale is a supply chain strategist specializing in interfirm networks, risk management and global sourcing/production networks with a specific focus on equity-based partnerships. His research has appeared in the Journal of Supply Chain Management, the Journal of Business Logistics, the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, the Journal of International Business Studies, the International Journal of Production Economics, the European Journal of Operational Research and Annals of Operations Research, among others.

Carnovale earned both a Ph.D. and a Bachelor of Science degree at Rutgers University, specializing in supply chain management and marketing sciences. He is a frequent speaker at both academic and professional supply chain meetings on topics related to supply networks and analytics, with a specific focus on how firms can use these concepts to generate enhanced visibility and financial performance within their supply chains and extended enterprises. Prior to his academic work, he cofounded a marketing strategy and consulting firm, worked in sales and operations management roles in the IT sector, as well as in market research and marketing analytics roles.

Areas of Expertise (11)

Supply Chain Risk Management

Supply Chain Risk Propagation

Network Theory

Global Sourcing Strategies

Supply Chain Analytics

Graph Theory

Supplier Selection

Global Production Networks

Panel and Time Series Data Methods

Discrete Choice Modeling

Event Data Analysis

Accomplishments (5)

2019 Best Reviewer Award, Journal of Operations and Production Management (professional)


2018 Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Business Logistics (professional)


2017 Best Associate Editor Award, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management (professional)


2016 Best Reviewer Award, Journal of Supply Chain Management (professional)


2015 Best Reviewer Award, Journal of Supply Chain Management (professional)


Education (2)

Rutgers University: Ph.D., Supply Chain Management 2014

Rutgers University: B.S., Management & Global Business 2010

Affiliations (3)

  • Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management : Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Associate Editor: Journal of Supply Chain Management
  • Associate Editor: Rutgers Business Review

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Italian

Selected Media Appearances (5)

Why You Can’t Receive a Messi Inter Miami Jersey Until At Least October

Action Network  


“What they have to do here is make an enormous amount of jerseys, but in order to do that at the costs and margins that are expected, they can’t greatly speed up the process,” said Dr. Steven Carnovale, associate professor of supply chain management at FAU and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.

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Chipotle is Expanding Into Rural Communities. It’ll Need to Reevaluate its Fresh Food Supply Chain.

MarketScale  online


The intriguing intersection of supply chain management and the fast-casual restaurant industry is Steven Carnovale’s area of expertise. As an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University, he explained how Chipotle’s newest expansion approach could fare in the short- and long-term. He said that the fresh food supply Chipotle prides itself on could be difficult to obtain in the smaller locales the company is shifting its gears to. Carnovale further raised concern on the sustainability of the customer-base.

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Are salaries keeping up with inflation in Palm Beach County?

WPTV  online


Florida Atlantic University associate professor Steven Carnovale said even wages of related jobs in the same industry could be significantly different. He said competition can also drive up wages, which also leads to knowing the market.

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Florida Atlantic University economists fear for more layoffs following Amazon announcement

WPTV  online


"This is definitely indicative of headwinds that the economy is going to face in the future, and I think more industries tech-focused, probably, are going to see more pronounced impacts from those difficulties," Steve Carnovale, an associate professor of supply chain management at FAU, said.

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Not the toilet paper shortage of the spring of 2020, but supply chain issues hit grocery stores

North Country Public Radio  online


Steven Carnovale, an assistant professor of supply chain management at RIT, said the current problem is caused by a disruption to the supply chain that started in April 2020. Carnovale compared the issue to multiple water hoses getting kinks in them at the same time. "COVID put a huge strain on warehousing capacity, and it put a huge strain on transportation capacity," Carnovale said. "At first, the issue was no one was going to work, no one was going to school, and everyone was at home, so they're buying more food at the grocery store. That's not necessarily the problem.”

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Selected Articles (5)

The state of the journal: Purchasing is strong

Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management

2023 In their one-year retrospective as Editors-in-Chief (EIC) at the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management (JPSM) Tate and Knight (2017:1) established a fundamental goal “… to maintain the upward trajectory of the quality and standing of the journal, building its contribution to the field and its international reputation”. With fear that we will be derivative of our predecessors, lacking the requisite novelty we seek in accepted manuscripts, we are adopting the same goal. In the year since we have taken over, submissions are up from the year prior, citation metrics and other journal quality measures are continuing to climb, and JPSM maintains its place as a leading outlet for scientific research on purchasing and supply management. We are immensely grateful to Louise Knight for her guidance during the past year, and for sharing with us nuances associated with being editors. This past year together has allowed for a smoother transition between EIC teams, so that we can continue to build and develop the journal on the important achievements that have already been made. Furthermore, we are grateful to Louise for agreeing to stay on as Senior Associate Editor of the Journal. She will surely continue to contribute to the journal in significant ways. In what follows, we lay out the progress that has been made in the past year, the changes that have been made, and the initiatives that we are advancing over the coming years.

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Guardians of Intellectual Property in the 21st Century: The Global Supply Chain Industry

Rutgers Business Review

2022 The length and complexity, the number of geographically distributed firms, as well as the number of products that modern supply chains are tasked with delivering to consumers have grown exponentially over the past several decades. Regional supply chains have transformed into global ones with intellectual property and related proprietary information being dispersed across firms’ extended enterprises. Couple these trends with the increase in digitization and the larger presence of internet-enabled technologies, and the number of attack vectors for malevolent actors has outpaced potential protections and safeguards. Succinctly stated, supply chains are vulnerable to intellectual property theft. But questions remain, such as which parts of supply chains are the most vulnerable?

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Transitions, opportunities and challenges–Change and continuity at JPSM

Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management

2022 Purchasing and supply management (PSM) scholarship is experiencing a significant expansion across numerous academic institutions around the globe and is attracting more attention from policy-makers than ever before. After nearly three decades since its inception, the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management (JPSM) has stayed true to its founding purpose of advancing and fostering cutting edge research in the PSM discipline, in its broadest sense, and has pursued its mission to be the journal of choice among PSM scholars. This editorial is both retrospective, and prospective: it marks the transition of JPSM's leadership team. Outgoing and incoming Editors together provide an overview of what has been achieved during the past six years, offer perspectives on the journal policies and on growth opportunities, and discuss some critical areas for the evolution of PSM research.

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When the chickens come home to roost: The short‐versus long‐term performance implications of government contracting and supplier network structure

Journal of Business Logistics

2023 The old adage “it is not what you know, but who you know” suggests that in connection(s) lies the key(s) to success. But what does success mean, and for how long will it last? What does the choice of partner, and network connections say about the performance implications of contracting, particularly in the case of a public–private partnership? With countries such as the United States accounting for the world's largest buyer (of any and everything), several suppliers eagerly await their opportunity to contract with large government entities, but is it always a wise decision? Such questions remain largely unexplored and require answers. This research provides answers to these questions by integrating congruence, and network theory to investigate how government contracting impacts private suppliers' financial performance and how suppliers' supply chain network connections moderate this relationship.

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Future business and the role of purchasing and supply management: Opportunities for ‘business-not-as-usual’ PSM research

Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management

2022 The raison d'être for this article is simple: traditional ways of researching, theorizing, and practicing purchasing and supply management (PSM) are no longer sufficient to ‘meet the moment’. Scholars need to advance a “business-not-as-usual” footing approach to their work, if they are to make a meaningful contribution to addressing the current and future emergencies, as highlighted by recent extreme weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, what can this, or should this, mean for a field rooted in traditional business thinking? This article builds on the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management's (JPSM) 25th Anniversary Special Issue editorial (2019); members of the JPSM's editorial team advance their unique perspectives on what “business-not-as-usual” means for PSM. Specifically, we advocate both thinking much more widely, in scope and ambition, than we currently do, and simultaneously building our ability to comprehend supply chains in a more nuanced and granular way.

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