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Brian Jacobs, PhD

Associate Professor of Decision Sciences

GSBM Instruction

Phone: (310) 568-5553

Email: brian.jacobs@pepperdine.edu

Brian Jacobs

Brian's research interests and areas of expertise include sustainability and environmental operations, process improvement, operations strategy, and the financial/market value of operations strategies. He has published in Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, and Computers and Industrial Engineering. Brian is currently serving as the Department Editor for Sustainable Operations at Journal of Operations Management, and as a Senior Editor in the Sustainable Operations Department at Production and Operations Management.

Immediately prior to joining the Graziadio Business School, Brian was an Associate Professor at the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering Systems from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. He has over 20 years' experience as on Operations Management practitioner, mainly as a manufacturing manager in the primary metals and automotive assembly industries.

PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009

Operations Management
Dissertation Title: Essays on Operations Strategies
Advisors: Vinod Singhal and Ravi Subramanian

MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987 

Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Title: Applications of the Taguchi Method to Product Innovation

BS, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 1982

Marine Engineering Systems

Education

PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009

Operations Management
Dissertation Title: Essays on Operations Strategies
Advisors: Vinod Singhal and Ravi Subramanian

MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987

Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Title: Applications of the Taguchi Method to Product Innovation

BS, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 1982

Marine Engineering Systems

Professional Experience

GP Deltapoint

Principal Consultant. General Physics Corporation, Elkridge, Maryland. January 2005 – July 2005

Saturn Corporation, General Motors
Manufacturing Executive, Stamping and Body Fabrication. Spring Hill, Tennessee. October 2003 – December 2004
July 1998 – September 2003: Chief Manufacturing Engineer, Body 
November 1996 – June 1998: Project Manager
July 1994 – October 1996: Maintenance Superintendent
January 1992 – June 1994: Industrial Engineering Superintendent 
March 1988 – December 1991: Manufacturing General Supervisor, Supplier Quality Engineer

Central Foundry Division, General Motors

Senior Quality Engineer. Saginaw, Michigan. January 1987 – February 1988

Nodular Iron Foundry, General Motors

Maintenance Supervisor, Plant Engineer, Powerhouse Engineer. Saginaw, Michigan. July 1982 – August 1985

Teaching Experience

Michigan State University

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, since July 2016

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, 2009 – 2016

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Introduction to Supply Chain Management (SCM303), 3.0 credit hours, undergraduate business
program, Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University
Fall 2017, 2 sections – 798 students
Summer 2017, 1 section – 248 students
Fall 2016, 2 sections – 796 students
Fall 2015, 2 sections – 910 students


Survey of Supply Chain Management (SCM304), 3.0 credit hours, online undergraduate business
cognate for non-business majors, Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University
Fall 2017, 1 section – 106 students
Spring 2017, 1 section – 66 students
Fall 2016, 1 section – 39 students

Manufacturing Planning and Control (SCM372), 3.0 credit hours, undergraduate Supply Chain
program, Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University
Fall 2014, 2 sections – 101 students
Fall 2013, 1 section – 47 students
Fall 2012, 1 section – 40 students
Fall 2011, 1 section – 48 students
Fall 2010, 1 section – 49 students
Fall 2009, 3 sections – 139 students


Operations Management (MGT3501), 3.0 credit hours, undergraduate Business program, College
of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology
Summer 2008, 1 section – 50 students
Summer 2007, 1 section – 51 students
Spring 2007, 1 section – 40 students

Graduate Courses Taught

Supply Chain Management II (PIM875), 1.5 credit hours, Executive MBA program, Eli Broad
Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University
Fall 2014, 3 sections – 134 students
Fall 2013, 3 sections – 143 students
Fall 2012, 3 sections – 155 students
Fall 2011, 3 sections – 169 students
Spring 2011, 3 sections – 145 students

Curriculum Development

Survey of Supply Chain Management (SCM304)

Introduction to Supply Chain Management (SCM303)

Supply Chain Management II (PIM875)

Operations Management (MGT3501)

Publications

Jacobs, B.W., V.R. Singhal. 2017. The Effect of the Rana Plaza Disaster on Shareholder Wealth of Retailers: Implications for Sourcing Strategies and Supply Chain Governance. Journal of Operations Management, Vol 49, No. 1, pp 52-66.

Jacobs, B.W., R. Kraude, S. Narayanan. 2016. Operational Productivity, Corporate Social Performance, Financial Performance, and Risk in Manufacturing Firms. Production and Operations Management, Vol 25, No. 12, pp 2065-2085.

Jacobs, B.W., M. Swink, K. Linderman. 2015. Performance Effects of Early and Late Six Sigma Adoptions. Journal of Operations Management, Vol 36, No. 1, pp 244-257.

B. Jacobs CV Page 2 of 7 Narasimhan, R., T. Schoenherr, B.W. Jacobs, M.K. Kim. 2015. The Financial Impact of FSC Certification in the United States: A Contingency Perspective. Decision Sciences, Vol 46, No. 3, pp 527-563.

Jacobs, B.W. 2014. Shareholder Value Effects of Voluntary Emissions Reduction. Production and Operations Management, Vol 23, No. 11, pp 1859 1874.

Jacobs, B.W., V.R. Singhal. 2014. The Effect of Product Development Restructuring on Shareholder Value. Production and Operations Management, Vol 23, No. 5, pp 728-743.

Swink, M., B.W. Jacobs. 2012. Six Sigma Adoption: Operating Performance Impacts and Contextual Drivers of Success. Journal of Operations Management, Vol 30, No. 6, pp 437-453.

Jacobs, B.W., R. Subramanian. 2012. Sharing Responsibility for Product Recovery Across the Supply Chain. Production and Operations Management, Vol 21, No. 1, pp 85-100.

Jacobs, B.W., V.R. Singhal, R. Subramanian. 2010. An Empirical Investigation of Environmental Performance and the Market Value of the Firm. Journal of Operations Management, Vol 28, No. 5, pp 430-441.

This research was featured in B-School Research Tackles the Big Questions, Bloomberg Businessweek, and How Markets React to CSR Announcements, Network for Business Sustainability. 

Jacobs, B.W., C. White, K. Morrison. 1992. Completely Synchronous Manufacturing for Automotive Assembly – Some Lessons Learned. Computers and Industrial Engineering, Vol 23, No. 3, pp 261-265.

Jacobs, B.W., R. Subramanian, M. Hora, V.R. Singhal. 2015. Market Value Implications of Voluntary Corporate Environmental Initiatives. Chapter 14 in Sustainable Supply Chains, eds.Y.

Bouchery, C. Corbett, J. Fransoo, T. Tan. ISBN 978-3-319-29789-7, Springer Publishing.

Awards & Achievements

Outstanding Senior Editor, Production and Operations Management (2017)

Executive MBA program, 5 years of academic service, Eli Broad College of Business (2015)

Broad Integrative Fellow, inaugural class, Eli Broad College of Business (2014)

Reviewer Award for outstanding service, Journal of Operations Management (2010-2014)

Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing, Journal of Operations Management (2013)

Best Reviewer Award, Journal of Operations Management (2012)

CETL/BP Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Georgia Institute of Technology (2008)

Professional Engineer, State of Michigan (1987-present)

Professional Development Assignment to General Motors Europe (1997)

General Motors Fellowship to MIT (1985-1987)

Commissioned Officer, United States Naval Reserve (1982-1991)

Licensed Engineering Officer, United States Merchant Marine (1982-1992)

Service

Senior Editor – Production and Operations Management (2015 – present)

Editorial Review Board – Journal of Operations Management (2013 – present)

Production and Operations Management (2015 – present)

Ad Hoc Referee – Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Naval Research Logistics Quarterly, Decision Sciences, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Business Ethics, California Management Review, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Operations Management Research, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Sustainability, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Conference, Academy of Management Conference, Decision Sciences Conference, Global SCM Conference

Co-Chair and Organizer, College of Sustainable Operations mini-conference, POMS Annual Meeting, Seattle, May 2017.

Co-Track Chair – Sustainable Operations, POMS Annual Meeting, Atlanta, May 2014. 

Workshop Organizer – Teaching an Entire Course on Sustainability, DSI Annual Meeting, Tampa, November 2014

Judge – POMS Sustainable Operations Student Paper Competition, 2015-2017.

INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice Committee, 2017.

MSU Undergraduate Supply Chain Case Competition, 2015-2017.

DSI Best Paper Award Competition, 2015.

MSU Executive MBA Case Competition, 2015.

DSI Instruction Innovation Award Competition, 2012-2013.

Invited Session Chair/Organizer – Empirical Research in Operations Management, POMS Annual Meeting, Orlando, May 2016.

Empirical Research on Sustainability and Profitability, POMS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2015.

Empirical Research in Sustainable Operations, POMS Annual Meeting, Atlanta, May 2014.

Empirical Research in Environmental Operations, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Phoenix,
October 2012.

Sustainable Operations and Shareholder Value, POMS Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 2012.

Empirical Research in Operations, POMS Annual Meeting, Reno, May 2011.

Green and Financial Market Performance, POMS Annual Meeting, Reno, May 2011. 

Empirical Research in Environmental Operations, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, October 2008.

Session Chair – Being Environmentally Responsible in the Supply Chain, DSI Annual Meeting, November 2014.

Operations and Financial Market Performance, POMS Annual Meeting, Reno, May 2011. 

Strategy, Model, and Product Development Restructuring, DSI Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 2009. 

Doctoral Program Committee – Supply Chain Management Department, Michigan State University, 2016-2017. 

Undergraduate Curriculum Review Committee – Supply Chain Management Department, Michigan State University, 2016-2017. 

Faculty Advisor – MSU team participating in National Undergraduate Supply Chain and Operations Case Competition, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, 2015- 2017.

Energy Transition Committee – Michigan State University, Eli Broad College of Business faculty representative, 2010-2012 academic years.

PhD Program Committee – Georgia Tech College of Management, sole student representative, 2008-2009 academic year. 

PhD Program Improvement Task Force – Georgia Tech College of Management, sole student representative, 2007-2008 academic year.

Professional Memberships

INFORMS including MSOM society, ENRE section, and Southeast Michigan chapter 

POMS

DSI

Michigan Lean Consortium