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Julie Niederhoff

Julie Niederhoff

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management
Co-director of H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain
Co-director of Harry Salzberg Memorial Program

Room: 630
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PhD, Washington University; John M. Olin School of Business (Operations Management)
MS, Washington University; John M. Olin School of Business (Business Administration)
BS, University of Dayton (Mathematics)

Professor Niederhoff is an Associate Professor in the Supply Chain Management department. Her research addresses issues of how individuals make decisions within the supply chain and what effect these have on the efficiencies and profits of the firms. Her work has been published in top research journals such as Management Science and Production and Operations Management as well as featured in articles in The New York Times, Science Daily, and Scientific American.

While at Whitman, Professor Niederhoff has taught courses for undergraduate core providing a first exposure to the field for many students. She's also taught in the undergraduate and graduate electives for students majoring in the course. Professor Niederhoff was nominated for the Meredith Teaching award in 2014 and 2015.

Research Topics

  • Supply chain contracting
  • Behaviors related to supply chain
  • Operations
  • Supply chain management
  • Behavioral operations
  • Decision making in operations
  • Group dynamics and worker effort

Introduction to Supply Chain Management (SCM 265)
Supply Chain and Logistics Management (SCM 401)
Management Science (SCM 403)

Supply Chain and Logistics Management (SCM 701)
Management Science (SCM 702)

Professor Niederhoff’s research interests focus on the role of individual level human bias in decision making. She uses methodology from experimental economics and behavioral game theory as well as psychology to measure personal preferences and group dynamics. She then measures how those factors influence individual and team performance in supply chain contexts such as contracting, manufacturing, and inventory control in order to better understand the human element of supply chain decision making.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Whitman Research Award - Robert H Brethen Operations Management Institute (2018)
  • Outstanding Reviewer - Journal of Agricultural Development in Emerging Economies (2017)
  • Whitman Research Award - Robert H Brethen Operations Management Institute (2016)
  • Oustanding Contribution in Reviewing - Journal of Operations Management (2015)
  • Whitman Research Award - Robert H Brethen Operations Management Institute (2015)
  • Whitman Research Award - Robert H Brethen Operations Management Institute (2014)
  • Whitman Research Award - Robert H Brethen Operations Management Institute (2012)
  • Whitman Research Award - Robert H Brethen Operations Management Institute (2010)

Media Placements

Students must remain patient while SU recovers from supply chain shortages , The Daily Orange 11.1.21

How the Supply Chain Stole Halloween , The New York Times 10.30.21

Why Supermarket Lines Are Intentionally Getting Longer , Cheddar 3.5.21

Column: How did a 3-year-old pizza get delivered by Instacart? , Los Angeles Times 11.24.20

The state of the workforce 2020: covid-19 catalyzes a reckoning , Provisioner Online 10.16.20

Grocers are scrambling to face another pandemic panic , Marketplace 9.28.20

The worst crisis in the history of American aviation , Marketplace NPR 9.28.20

Get Ready to Stand in Line for a Long Time Once Lockdown Ends , Daily Beast 5.18.20

Meat Shortage? , WSYR-AM 570 5.5.20

Is there a meat shortage? , Spectrum TV 5.5.20

Nation's Food Supply - Meat Shortage? , NBC Nightly News 5.2.20

From Farm to Table: Is the Food Supply Chain Breaking? , CNN Podcast - Sanjay Gupta's Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction 4.30.20

Amid Meat Supply Disruptions, Consumers Have Options , Consumer Reports 4.30.20

Supply Chain Expert: grocery stores will not run out of meat , CNYCentral 4.29.20

Meat processing plants have become incubators for coronavirus. Trump reportedly wants to keep them open anyway. , Vox 4.28.20

Meat processing plants across the US are closing due to the pandemic. Will consumers feel the impact? , CNN 4.27.20

Meat may disappear from store shelves because of supply chain disruption due to COVID-19 , Fast Company 4.27.20

The Food Chain's Weakest Link: Slaughterhouses , New York Times 4.19.20

Meat factories are shutting down across the country: Will there be a shortage of food? , 4.14.20

60% of procurement leaders say lack of transparency is a risk, survey finds , Supply Chain Dive 2.6.20

Using Transparency to Enhance Reputation and Manage Business Risk , Harvard Business Review 2.5.20

Warehouse distribution centers bring jobs, but lack employee retention, says SU professor , WRVO 1.13.20

Secrets of Wait Loss , Chicago Booth Review 11.1.19

As U.S. and China Duke It Out in Tariff War, Other Nations Emerge as Winners , The Washington Diplomat 7.31.19

Don't Miss This Prime Window for Recruiting , Modern Materials Handling 6.18.19

2019 Productivity Achievement Awards , Supply Chain Management Review 3.12.19

Supply Chain Education: Building the Skill Set That Lands the Job , Inbound Logistics 2.1.19

Talent possibilities draw Amazon operations center to Nashville , Supply Chain Dive 11.21.18

How Amazon's HQ2 decision could impact transit , Smart Cities Dive 11.14.18

Nashville Chosen for Amazon Operations Hub , Transport Topics 11.14.18

Why Amazon Chose The East Coast For New HQs , WAMC 11.14.18

Here's How To Beat The Queues At The Supermarket Checkout , IFL Science 9.9.16

How to Pick the Fastest Line at the Supermarket , NYTimes 9.7.16

How Do Customers Really Feel About Your Checkout Lines? , Small Business Trends 7.13.16

The Science of Getting through the Checkout Line Faster , Scientific American 6.16.16

The Science of Getting Through a Checkout Line Faster , Scientific American - MIND 6.10.16

Why More Lines are Better , International Association fo Venue Managers 6.5.16

More lines are usually better when it comes to worker speed , Science Daily 5.25.16

Whitman Behavioral Lab increases research capacity, students receive compensation , Daily Orange 2.10.16

The Supply Chain Game , Industrial Engineer 9.1.10

Researcher Says companies are rebuilding inventories , Reliable Plant 7.26.10