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Nada R. Sanders

Nada R. Sanders, Ph.D., holds the Iacocca Chair.

Department of Management: Professor

  • Ohio State University, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Nada R. Sanders has an international reputation as a leading expert in forecasting and supply chain management. She is author of the book Supply Chain Management: A Global Perspective and is co-author of the book Operations Management, in its 5th edition. She was ranked in the top 8 percent of individuals in the field of operations management from a pool of 738 authors and 237 different schools by a study of research productivity in U.S. business schools, is a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute, and has served on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF), Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), and the Production Operations Management Society (POMS).
Professor Sanders is author of numerous articles that have appeared in journals such as Decision Sciences, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operations Management, Omega, Interfaces, International Journal of Production and Operations Management, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Supply Chain Management Review, and others. Her research interests include business forecasting, supply chain management, and the role of information technology in the supply chain environment. She has also served as the Associate Editor and co-founder of Foresight, a journal of the International Institute of Forecasters.
Dr. Sanders has extensive consulting and executive training experience, having worked with companies such as NIKEiD, IDC, Scitex Corporation, AT&T, MTC Corporation, and others. She is a frequently called upon expert witness in the area of forecasting, and has worked with firms such as Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, and Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease, among others. She is also a frequent Keynote Speaker and a regular presenter at the Forecasting Summit conferences. In 2008 she was selected to join The Gordon Cook Conversations at Windsor Castle, a conference that brings together top leaders from around the globe seen as 'stars' in their field to develop strategies on how to impact society in the coming decade.
Research Interests
  • Forecasting & Demand Planning
  • Forecasting Issues in Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Buyer-Supplier Collaboration
  • Sustainability
Selected Publications and Working Papers
  • Sanders, N., Z. Zacharia, and B. Fugate, "The Interdisciplinary Future of Supply Chain Management Research," Decision Sciences, 2013, forthcoming.
  • Browning, T. and N.R. Sanders, "Can Innovation Be Lean?" California Management Review, Volume 54, No. 4, 2012, 5-19.
  • Terjesen, S., Patel, P. and N.R. Sanders, "Managing Differentiation-Integration Duality in Supply Chain Integration," Decision Sciences, Volume 43, No. 2, 2012, 303-339. (Best Paper Award Decision Sciences Journal, 2012). 
  • Sanders, N.R. and S.M. Wagner, "Multi-Disciplinary and Multi-Method Research for Addressing Contemporary Supply Chain Challenges," Journal of Business Logistics, Volume 32, No. 4, 2011, 317-323.
  • Sanders, N.R., Autry, C. and D. Grigor, "The Impact of Buyer Firm Information Connectivity Enablers on Supplier Firm Performance: A Relational View," International Journal of Logistics Management, Volume 22, No. 2, 2011.
  • Zacharia, Z.G., Sanders, N.R. and N.W. Nix, "The Emerging Role of the Third-Party Logistics Provider (3PL) as a Supply Chain Orchestrator," Journal of Business Logistics, Volume 32, No. 1, 2011.
  • Sanders, N. R. and G. Graman, “Quantifying Costs of Forecast Errors: A Case Study of the Warehouse Environment,” Omega, Volume 37, No. 1, 2009, 116-125.
  • Sanders, N. R., “Pattern of Information Technology Use: The Impact on Buyer-Supplier Coordination and Performance,” Journal of Operations Management, Volume 26, No. 3, 2008, 349-369.
  • Premus, R. and N.R. Sanders, “Information Sharing in Global Supply Chain Alliances,” Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, Volume 9, No. 2, 2008, 174-192.
  • Sanders, N. R., Locke, A., Autry, C. and C. Moore, “A Multi-Dimensional Framework for Understanding Outsourcing Arrangements,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, Volume 43, No. 4, 2007, 3-15.
  • Sanders, N. R., “An Empirical Study of the Impact of E-Business Technologies on Organizational  Collaboration and Performance,” Journal of Operations Management, Special Issue on the Impact of e-Business Technologies on Supply Chain Operations, Volume 25, No. 6, 2007, 1332-1347.
  • Sanders, N. R., “The Benefits of Using e-Business Technology: The Supplier Perspective,” Journal of Business Logistics, Volume 28, No. 2, 2007, 177-207.
  • Sanders, N. R., “Getting the Best Forecast by Combining Judgmental and Statistical Methods,” APICS Magazine, Volume 16, No. 10, November/December, 2006, pp. 29-32.
  • Sanders, N. R., “IT Alignment in Supply Chain Relationships: A Study of Supplier Benefits,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, Volume 41, No. 2, 2005, 4-13.
  • Sanders, N. R. and A. Locke, “Making Sense of Outsourcing,” Supply Chain Management Review, Volume 9, No. 2, 2005, 38-45.
  • Sanders, N. R. and R. Premus “Modeling the Relationship between Firm IT Capability, Collaboration, and Performance,” Journal of Business Logistics, Volume 26, No. 1, 2005, 1-23.
  • Premus, R. and N. R. Sanders “Differentiating Purchasing Practices of Firms Based on Information Technology Use,” Academy of Strategic Management Journal, Volume 4, 2005, 9-22.
  • Sanders, N. R., and L. P. Ritzman “Using Warehouse Workforce Flexibility to Offset Forecast Errors,” Journal of Business Logistics, Volume 25, No. 2, 2004, 251-269.
  • Sanders, N. R. and L. P. Ritzman “Integrating Judgmental and Quantitative Forecasts: Methodologies for Pooling Marketing & Operations Information,” International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Volume 24, No. 5, 2004, 514-529.


  • Supply Chain Management: A Global Perspective, John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
  • Operations Management (with R. Dan Reid), John Wiley & Sons, 5th edition, 2012.
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