Texas Tech University

Rodney Thomas, Ph.D.

Rodney Thomas

Associate Professor, Supply Chain Management Program Coordinator - Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Education: Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Area of Expertise: Retail Supply Chain Management, Buyer-Seller Relationships, Time Pressure, Sourcing Behavior, Retailing, Sustainability, and Human Subjects Experimental Designs

Phone: 806.834.0985
Office Hours: By Appointment
Room Number: W332

Email:  rodney.thomas@ttu.edu

About Rodney

Dr. Rodney W. Thomas is the Area Coordinator of Marketing and Supply Chain Management and the Jerry S. Rawls Professor of Business Administration at Texas Tech University. His research interests focus on behavioral aspects of supply chain management with particular emphasis on buyer-supplier relationships, retailing, time pressure, sourcing behavior, and experimental designs. His research has been accepted in Journal of Supply Chain ManagementJournal of Business LogisticsJournal of RetailingIndustrial Marketing ManagementInternational Journal of Logistics ManagementInternational Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics ManagementJournal of Relationship Marketing, and Transportation Journal. Thomas serves as senior associate editor for the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. He also serves as an editorial review board member for both the Journal of Business Logistics and Journal of Supply Chain Management.

Prior to returning to graduate school, Dr. Thomas held a number of positions with industry leading companies such as Lowe’s, IBM, and Michelin.  His time with Michelin was spent as a Marketing Analyst and Marketing & Sales Manager.  His role at IBM was as a Supply Planner.  At Lowe's, he progressed through the ranks as a Vendor Logistics Specialist, Logistics Manager, Director of Logistics Planning, and Merchandise Buyer.  These industry experiences helped Dr. Thomas develop managerial expertise in customer service, inventory management, purchasing, negotiations, forecasting, logistics planning, category management, supplier management, retailing, and supply chain strategy.

Publications

  • Rodney Thomas, Beth Davis-Sramek, Terry Esper, and Monique Murfield, “Attribution Effects of Time Pressure in Retail Supply Chain Relationships: Moving from “What” to “Why”,” Forthcoming Journal of Business Logistics.
  • Rodney Thomas (2014), “Editorial: In Modern Supply Chains, the Soft Stuff is the Hard Stuff,” International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 44 (6).
  • Robinson, Jessica, Rodney Thomas, and Karl Manrodt (2013), “Food for Thought in the Transportation Carrier Selection Decision,” Transportation Journal, 52 (2), 277-296.
  • Thomas, Stephanie, Rodney Thomas, Karl Manrodt, and Stephen Rutner (2013), “An Experimental Test of Negotiation Strategy Effects on Knowledge Sharing Intentions in Buyer-Supplier Relationships,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 49 (2), 96-113.
  • Fugate, Brian, Rodney Thomas, and Susan Golicic (2012), “The Impact of Coping with Time Pressure on Boundary Spanner Collaborative Behaviors,” International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 42 (7), 697-715.
  • Thomas, Rodney (2011), “When Student Samples Make Sense in Logistics Research,” Journal of Business Logistics, 32 (3), 286-289.
  • Thomas, Rodney, Cliff Defee, Wesley Randall, and Brent Williams (2011), “Assessing the Managerial Relevance of Contemporary Supply Chain Management Research,” International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 41 (7), 655-667.
  • Thomas, Rodney, Brian Fugate, and Nevena Koukova (2011), “Coping with Time Pressure and Knowledge Sharing in Buyer-Supplier Relationships,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 47 (3), 22-42.
  • Thomas, Rodney, Ted Stank,and Terry L. Esper (2011), “Coping with Time Pressure in Interfirm Supply Chain Relationships,” Industrial Marketing Management, 40, 414-423.
  • Thomas, Rodney, Terry L. Esper, and Ted Stank (2010), “Testing the Negative Effects of Time Pressure in Retail Supply Chain Relationships,” Journal of Retailing, 86 (4), 368-382.
  • Williams, Brent, Cliff Defee, Wesley Randall, and Rodney Thomas (2010), “An Inventory of Theory in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Research,” International Journal of Logistics Management, 21 (3), 404-489.
  • Thomas, Rodney and Terry L. Esper (2010), “Exploring Relational Asymmetry in Retail Supply Chains: The Retailer’s Perspective,” International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management 40 (6), 475-494.
  • Thomas, Rodney and Lauren Skinner (2010), “Total Trust and Trust Asymmetry: Does Trust Need to be Equally Distributed in Interfirm Relationships?” Journal of Relationship Marketing 9 (1), 43-53.
  • Thomas, Rodney (2008), “Exploring Relational Aspects of Time-Based Competition,” International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management 38 (7), 540-550.

Awards and Honors

  • Reviewer of the Year Award, Journal of Business Logistics (2014)
  • Best Reviewer Award, Journal of Supply Chain Management (2013)
  • Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration W.A. and Emma Lou Crider Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (2013)
  • Highly Commended Reviewer Award from the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management (2012)
  • Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration T.J. Morris Faculty Award for Excellence in Research (2012)
  • Supply Chain Management and Industrial Distribution Symposium Bowersox Award for Best Paper in Supply Chain Management (2010)

Contact

Rawls College of Business