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Steven Melnyk - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Steven Melnyk Steven Melnyk

Professor of Supply Chain Management | Michigan State University


Expert on supply chain implementation and impact, risk and resilience, strategic supply chain management and behavioral research.



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STEVEN A. MELNYK (Ph.D., Western –1981) is Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management at Michigan State University. He has co-authored 20 books, and over 90 refereed journal articles. His research focus includes supply chain risk and resilience, strategic supply chain management, behavioral research, and certified management standards. Dr. Melnyk sits on the editorial review board for numerous journals. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Melnyk was a member of the APICS Board of Directors. In 2017, Dr. Melnyk accepted a joint appointment from the University of Newcastle (Australia) where he is the Newcastle Global Innovation Chair in Supply Chain Management. In 2017, the Academy of Management - the Operations and Supply Chain Division -- recognized Dr. Melnyk as a Distinguished Scholar in the field.

Industry Expertise (3)

Logistics and Supply Chain

Business Services


Areas of Expertise (10)

Supply Chain Management


Process Management and Improvement

Supply Chain Risk and Resilience

Certified Management Standards

Strategic Supply Chain Management

Behavioral Issues in Supply Chain Management

Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing

Time-based Competition

Performance Measurement and Performance Measurement Management

Accomplishments (5)

Associate Editor of the Year (professional)

Journal of Business Logistics

Associate Editor of the Year (professional)

Journal of Business Logistics

Distinguished Research Lecturer in Operations Management (professional)

Annual Conference Meeting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Montreal, PQ, Canada

Distinguished Scholar Award (professional)

OSCM (Operations and Supply Chain Management) Division, Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA

Global Innovation Chair in Supply Chain Management (professional)

University of Newcastle

Education (3)

University of Western Ontario: PhD, Business 1981

University of Western Ontario: MA, Economics 1976

University of Windsor: BA, Economics 1975

News (4)

Sold out! How supply chain issues are hampering Michigan businesses

Yahoo  online


There is no one silver bullet causing these supply chain woes, according to Steven Melnyk, a professor of supply chain and operations management at Michigan State University. Instead, there are a handful of smaller issues all coming together to hamper distribution. One of those issues is the K-shaped economic recovery during the pandemic. This, at its surface, means that some people have fared better than others. Essentially, Melnyk said, those who were able to work from home saw little, if any, economic change, while employees at businesses that faced long-term shutdowns or layoffs experienced more noticeable financial impacts.

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Are Millenials Taking Over the Supply Chain?

MSU Today  online


"Millennials have replaced baby boomers as the major consumer segment, so we are seeing a change in what is being demanded. Millennials want more than price and availability; they want speed, convenience and they want to be involved in the co-creation of the product," said Steve Melnyk, lead author and supply chain management professor. "This experiential supply chain, where customers are controlling more than they ever have before, involves much more than what they're buying. It's about the experience they get with it."

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Michigan manufacturers explore potential of blockchain tech beyond Bitcoin

Spartan Newsroom  online


Steven Melnyk, a supply chain management professor at Michigan State University and global innovation chair in supply chain management at University of Newcastle, Australia, said blockchain can be part of the solution to a major cybersecurity problem.

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Steven Melnyk Appointed to Editorial Board

Eli Broad College of Business  online


Steven Melnyk, Professor of Supply Chain, was recently appointed to the editorial board for the International Journal of Operations and Production Management. Congratulations, Professor Melnyk.

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Journal Articles (5)

Supply Chain Risk and Resilience: Theory Building Through Structured Experiments and Simulation

International Journal of Production Research

Melnyk, S.A., Flynn, B., Awaysheh, A.

2018 The research literature of supply chain risk and resilience is at a critical developmental stage. Studies have established the importance of these topics both to researchers and practitioners. They also have identified factors contributing to risk, the impact of risk and disruptions on performance, and the strategies and tactics used to build the capacity for supply chain resilience. Although these efforts can provide support for constructing a theory of risk and resilience, researchers are currently restricted in their ability to build such a theory by the difficulty of collecting the necessary data. This paper contributes to this literature development effort by summarising prior research reviews and developing a three-component framework aimed at helping researchers to build better theories. This is accomplished through combining structured experimental design with discrete-event simulations of supply chains. The result is a methodology that allows researchers to develop better understanding of the factors that link a disruption to its impact on supply chain performance through both direct and interaction effects. Following the methodology development, the paper concludes with an example using the factors of shock interarrival time, supply chain connectivity and buffer stocks to illustrate the potential for contributing to the theory-building process.

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Environmental standard adoption in Marinas: A spatiotemporal analysis of a special form of maritime transportation hubs

Transportation Research

Ritchie, W.J., Melnyk, S.A., and Ni, J.Z.

2017 The growth of both commercial and recreational boating has posed significant environmental challenges to waterways. As an effort by the U.S. government and other public service organizations to prevent and mitigate the environmental impact, Clean Marina Programs (CMP) have been developed to encourage marina owners and operators to meet environmental standards and become better stewards of the environment. This study examines the impact of geospatial proximity on the adoption timing and diffusion of a CMP in marinas, a special form of a maritime transportation hub. Drawing upon case study methodology and literature on geography and organizational clusters, we find that the adoption timing of an environmental standard varies with the density of the market within which it is promoted. These results lend support to the notion that firms in close proximity can accelerate standard adoption, hastening information flow about environmental standards through local labor pools, customer interactions, and resources.

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The influence of plural organizational forms on beliefs and outcomes related to new product adoption

Management Decision

Ritchie, W.J., Young, G., Shahzad, A.M. Kolodinsky, R.W., Melnyk, S.A.

2015 The purpose of this paper is to explore product adoption beliefs and actions of a large retail food organization with both corporate-owned stores and privately held franchise stores.

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Why be first, if it doesn’t pay? The case of early adopters of C-TPAT supply chain security certification

International Journal of Operations and Production Management

Ni, J., Melnyk, S.A, Ritchie, W.J., and Flynn, B.B.

2015 The purpose of this paper is to focus on adoption of certified management standards, specifically public standards. Such standards play an increasingly important role in today’s business environment. However, to generate adoption benefits, they must be first widely accepted – a situation where they have become viewed as the de facto norms. For this state to occur early adopters play a critical role. Past research has argued that early adopters, in exchange for assuming more risk, are rewarded with higher economic returns. Yet, these findings are based on private, not public standards. With public standards, early adopters do not receive such benefits. There is evidence that public standards are becoming more important. This situation leads to a simple but important question addressed in this study – if early adopters assume the risks of embracing a new public standard without economic benefits, then what is their motivation? To resolve this question, this study draws on agency theory and prospect theory. The authors argue that early adopters embrace such standards because of their desire to minimize risk resulting from failure to support the goal at the heart of the public standards.

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The Case of the C-TPAT Border Security Initiative: Assessing the Adoptiong/Persistence Decisions when Dealing with a Novel, Institutionally Driven Administrative Innovation

Journal of Business Logistics

Melnyk, S.A., Ritchie, W.J., Calantone, R.J.

2013 The current study examines attributes of a diffusion process associated with an institutionally driven administrative innovation (IDAI) that was designed to mitigate international supply chain logistic risk. Using a sample of firms who adopted this type of administrative innovation (AI), we find that managers' adoption and persistence decisions differed from observed behaviors associated with economically driven AIs. For example, with IDAIs, large firms are the characteristic early adopters and the innovation persists in spite of a lack of a clearly compelling economic rationale for its continued support. These findings are drawn from an analysis of respondent data pertaining to Customs‐Trade Partnership Against Terrorism—an AI that has been previously identified as being an example of such a development. The results prompt us to rethink on the mechanisms governing AI adoption and persistence decisions and enhance the theoretical richness surrounding research into not only IDAIs but also other related areas such as certified management standards.

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