Areas of Expertise
Dr. Swanson's research focuses on the strategic management of logistics and the use of technology and information. He has twenty years of experience managing logistics operations prior to becoming a professor, and has worked in corporate logistics for Walmart and Pearle Vision. His teaching objective is to help younger logisticians learn to be successful by applying his experience and the latest logistics and supply chain management (LSCM) methods. His research objective is to extend theory on how information and technology can improve the performance of LSCM.
PhD: University of Arkansas, Supply Chain Management (2012)
MBA; University of Tennessee, Transportation and Logistics (1990)
BS: David LIpscomb University, Marketing (1987)
Professor Swanson joined the Coggin College of Business in 2012. He teaches several subjects including logistics subsystems, a class which overviews the primary systems needed by logistics, transportation, and supply chain professionals, including ERP, WMS, TMS. SAP software is a key foundation of the class which prepares students much like actual work experience. He also teaches strategic logistics management in the undergraduate and MBA programs.
Professor Swanson’s research addresses the understanding of logistics and transportation to elucidate how information and technology can advance management of firms and supply chains. He has published in the Journal of Business Logistics, the Journal of Retailing, the International Journal of Logistics Management, the Transportation Journal, Benchmarking: an International Journal, and Ethics and Behavior.
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Publications & Presentations
Swanson, David, Y. Jin, A. Fawcett, and S. Fawcett, "Collaborative Process Redesign: A Dynamic Capabilities View on Mitigating the Barriers to Working Together," (Forthcoming in the International Journal of Logistics Management, Accepted August 2016).
Swanson, David, K. Francisco, and J. Huang. (2016). "Click 'Next' to Print Your Supply Chain," (Forthcoming in the Supply Chain Quarterly, 2017 Q1).
Swanson, David. “A Book Review: Supply Chain Metrics that Matter.” (Forthcoming in Management Learning, accepted September 2016).
Jin, Yao, David Swanson, Matthew A. Waller, John Ozment (forthcoming) "To Survive and Thrive under Hypercompetition: An Exploratory Analysis of the Influence of Strategic Purity on Truckload Motor Carrier Financial Performance." Transportation Journal (accepted May 2016).
Swanson, David, Jingping Gu, Brent D. Williams and Matthew A. Waller. (2016) Full Steam Ahead: Firms in the U.S. Economy Adjust Inventory for Changes in Transportation Costs but not the Reverse" Transportation Journal, 55(3).
Swanson, David (2016) "Transportation Price Benchmarking: Implications for Firm Performance." Benchmarking : an International Journal, 23(4).
Swanson, David, (forthcoming), "Fictional Stories with Ethical Content (FSECs): Guidelines for Using Stories to Improve Ethical Behavior" Ethics and Behavior (accepted August 2015).
Swanson, David and Dawn Russell (2014), “New Perspectives on the Value of Demand Sensing,” The Supply Chain Management Review, May/June (2014), 18-22.
Swanson, David (2013). “Sustaining competitive advantage by adopting logistics and supply chain management software: a research agenda grounded in resource advantage theory”. International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation.
Swanson, R. David, (2013). “Adoption of Demand Sensing Software by Leading Supply Chain Companies: A Resource-Advantage Theoretical Perspective ,” AIMS: International Journal of Management, Vol. 7, Number 2.
Swanson, R. David, and Ronn J. Smith. (2013) "A Path to a Public–Private Partnership: Commercial Logistics Concepts Applied to Disaster Response."Journal of Business Logistics 34.4: 335-346.
Hofer, Christian, Yao Jin, David Swanson, Matthew Waller, Brent Williams (2012). “The Impact of Key Retail Accounts on Supplier Performance: A Resource Dependency Theory Perspective”. Journal of Retailing, 2012.