Brian Tomlin

Professor of Business Administration

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Professor Brian Tomlin teaches operations management and operations strategy at the Tuck School. He is an expert in supply chain management and operations strategy. His current research focuses on supply chain design, operational risk management, and process development and introduction.

Prior to his academic career, Professor Tomlin worked for General Electric in Europe and the United States. He also worked for the Boston Consulting Group and was an early member of a supply-chain software startup company.  In his roles as a consultant and an academic, Professor Tomlin has worked with companies from a wide range of industries, including automotive, financial services, high-tech, pharmaceuticals, and semiconductors.  His practitioner-focused writings have appeared in the Financial Times, Supply Chain Management Review, and in a number of books.

Professor Tomlin’s research is frequently published in leading academic journals, including Management Science and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.  He received the 2012 Wickham Skinner Award for Best Paper published in Production and Operations Management. He was a finalist for the 2013 Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Best Paper Award and a finalist for the 2012 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice. He is an associate editor or senior editor of several journals.

Professor Tomlin received his PhD from MIT's Sloan School of Management, where he was awarded the Zannetos PhD Dissertation Prize. He was awarded his BE in chemical engineering from University College Dublin in Ireland.

Many great companies are committed to a distinctive operating model. Sustained commitment embeds the model in the company's DNA, and competitors can't easily emulate the success. Executives must be disciplined enough to commit to their operating model yet flexible enough to recognize when the model needs to change. That's a touch balance.

– Brian Tomlin