Evelyn A. Thomchick

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Associate Professor

Department Supply Chain & Information Systems
Office Address 454 Business Building
Phone Number 814-237-1683
Email Address eat1@psu.edu

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Dr. Evelyn Thomchick is an associate professor of supply chain management in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. She is a research affiliate at the Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute and the Center for Supply Chain Research at Penn State. She has served on doctoral and Master's students' committees in business, engineering, and education. She has taught a wide variety of courses in logistics and supply chain management and is currently teaching graduate courses in strategic procurement in the Penn State World Campus Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management. In July 2009, Dr. Thomchick was selected to be the editor of the Transportation Journal, owned by APICS Supply Chain Council. She was elected to the APICS Supply Chain Council Board of Directors in 2016 for a one-year term and now serves on the APICS Research, Strategy, and Innovation Committee.


My research interests are in international logistics and supply chain management, transportation policy, and sustainability issues in supply chain management.


Ph D, Engineering Management, Clemson University, 1978

MS, Management, Clemson University, 1976

BS, Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, 1970

Courses Taught

Exploration of new business models and sustainable design principles for reinventing products and services to drive business value while reducing environmental and social impact, sourcing raw materials and working effectively with suppliers to safeguard labor and human rights, and protecting and restoring natural resources, while reducing total cost and risk. Special focus on circular economy strategies and closed loop supply chains. Traditional supply chain fundamentals are necessary but not sufficient in understanding and strategically managing emergent environmental and social costs, risks, and opportunities. Driving this change is a combination of pressures from customers, suppliers, competitors, employees, regulations, and resource constraints. This course is designed to equip supply chain students with the latest tools, concepts, and business practices for managing an environmentally and economically sustainable supply chain.

SCM 824 – Strategic Procurement (3)
This is an advanced course in strategic procurement. It examines the alignment of an organization with its suppliers through an intensive analysis of outsourcing and offshoring decisions, evaluation and selection of appropriate transportation alternatives, determination of resiliency in the design of the supplier network, measurement of supplier performance and methods, and building cognizance of future issues and developments whereby the continuity of supply may be disrupted.

SCM 597 – Special Topics (3)
Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be tuaght in one year or semester.

SCM 822 – Supply Management (3)
An overview of the strategic role that supply management has in effective supply, demand, and value chain operations.SCM 822 provides an overview to the sourcing processes in supply chain management. The course focuses on the establishment of an effective supply base and relationships with suppliers. Specific topics include supply market analysis, spend analysis and supplier segmentation, supplier selection and evaluation, and buyer-supplier negotiation.

BA 803 – Business Ethics (1)
A study of ethical conduct in organizations and how cultural differences and personal conduct impact business decisions. This course focuses on developing the ability to understand ethical conduct in business organizations. Understanding how to think about and manage personal ethical conduct is a key learning objective along with a review of how an organization fosters a culture that supports ethical behavior. Students will also learn how cultural differences impact business decisions in a global environment.

SCM 800 – Supply Chain Management (4)
This course provides an enhanced understanding of key principles, concepts, and methodologies for effective supply chain management. Supply chain management is the integration of core business processes from the end user through original suppliers that provides products, services, and information that add value for customers. The systems viewpoint and a process orientation are explored at the firm level and from the perspective of inter-firm collaboration among participants in supply chains. The course provides opportunities to investigate important topics such as the bullwhip effect, the key approaches to planning and managing inventory across supply chains, the creation of value through alignment and realignment of supply chain capabilities, and the key supply chain performance metrics. Students successfully completing the course will be able to: - Articulate the essential principles and concepts of the supply chain approach - Demonstrate understanding of the potential role of supply chains in creating value and in sustaining competitive positions of firms - Explain the impact of the bullwhip effect on supply chain performance - Demonstrate understanding of the underlying causes of the bullwhip effect and articulate the principal approaches to ameliorating its impacts on supply chain performance - Articulate differences in the principal approaches to managing inventories across supply chains - Articulate the principal benefits and challenges associated with collaborative approaches to supply chain management - Demonstrate understanding of the principal metrics used to manage supply chain performance

SCM 820 – Strt Proc (4)
Strategic planning for the source/buy process, including developing and managing supplier relationships, global issues, and e-procurement. SCM 820 Strategic Procurement (4) The course provides a special emphasis on the development and management of strategic sourcing relationships and promotes an understanding of the strategic role of supply management in effective supply/demand/value chain operations. Students learn through the application of course materials to relevant supply management case problems and scenarios. Collaboration in case preparation is required. Online discussions, "what if scenarios," and contemporary problems enhance the learning experience.After completing this course, students should have the knowledge , skills, and abilities to:a. Understand the strategic role of supply management in effective supply/demand/value chain management. b. Understand the potential impact of supply management on the competitive success and profitability of business organizations. c. Articulate supply management best practices and understand the circumstances under which they work or do not work as well. d. Understand key issues and approaches in relation to strategic supply management, including: supply relationship management, supply segmentation, and the outsourcing decision. e. Plan and execute negotiation strategies. f. Explain developments and technologies in e-Business and e-Procurement and their implications for supply chain management. View and examine future trends in both e-Business and e-Procurement. g. Understand basic issues related to global sourcing. h. Articulate the challenges and opportunities for supply management in the future.The evaluation of students is based on small group case study submissions, individual case study submissions, a small group negotiation exercise, on-line discussion postings, and peer reviews.

SCM 496 – Independent Studies (Variable)
Creative projects, including research and design, that are supervised on an individual basis and that fall outside the scope of formal courses.

SCM 494H – Research Project (Variable)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

SC&IS 601 – Thesis Preparation
Supervision of doctoral dissertation research

SC&IS 600 – Thesis Research (variable)

SCM 406W – Strategic Procurement (3)
Analysis of strategic procurement in the supply chain.

SC&IS 596 – Individual Studies (variable)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, that are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses. A specific title may be used in each instance and will be entered on the student's transcript.

B A 596 – Individual Studies (variable)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

SC&IS 496 – Independent Studies (variable)
Creative projects, including research and design, that are supervised on an individual basis and that fall outside the scope of formal courses.

B A 302 – Supply Chains (2)
Introduction to key elements and strategic importance of supply chain networks.

SC&IS 494H – SC&IS Senior Honors Thesis (variable)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

B A 574 – Business Research (variable)
A project paper, comparable in quality and scope of work to a graduate thesis, on problems of a company.

B LOG 395 – Practicum in Business Logistics (variable)
Professional and guided work experience in transportation and/or logistics with private or public organizations.

B LOG 455 – International Logistics (3)
Design and operation of global supply chain networks.

B LOG 496 – Independent Studies (variable)
Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

B LOG 546 – Procurement and Supply Management (3)
Analysis, planning, and management of domestic and international procurement and supply activities.

Selected Publications

Thomchick E. A., Ruamsook K., "Marketing Analysis Fact Sheet for Biomass Growers: Example Analyses of the Wood Chips and Paperboard Industries." 2018
Thomchick E. A., Smith P. M., Chen M., "Qualitative Insights Into Buyer-Supplier Relationship Attributes in the U.S. Biofuels Industry." Renewable Energy Focus, vol. 22, 2017, pp. 1-9
Thomchick E. A., Ruamsook K., "Research Summary: Biomass Crop Production Benefits from a Wide Spectrum of Marketing Opportunities." 2014
Thomchick E. A., Ruamsook K., Russell D., Coyle J. J., "The Real Impact of High Transportation Costs." CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly, vol. 8, no. 1, 2014, pp. 30-35
Thomchick E. A., Ruamsook K., "Potential Woody Biomass Supply Chain Scenarios: A Conceptual Study." Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS) 2013, Part I, IFIP AICT 414, 2013, pp. 416-24
Thomchick E. A., Richard T. L., Brownell D., Ruamsook K., Liu J., "Biomass Harvest and Logistics." Handbook of Bioenergy Crop Plants, (CRC Press), 2012, pp. 13
The manuscript was accepted for publication but is being withheld pending approval of the sponsor.
Thomchick E. A., Ruamsook K., "Sustainable Freight Transportation: A Review of Strategies." Transportation Research Forum 2012 Annual Forum Conference Proceedings, no. 2012, 2012, pp. 20, www.trforum.org/forum/proceedings.php?year=2012
Spychalski J. C., Thomchick E. A., "Drivers of intermodal rail freight growth in North America." European Jouranl of Transportation Infrastructure Research, vol. 9, no. 1, 2009, pp. 63-82
Thomchick E. A., Young R., Swan P., Ruamsook K., "Extending Landed Cost Models to Improve Offshore Sourcing Decisions.." International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, vol. 29, no. 4, 2009, pp. 320-335
Ruamsook K., Russell D. M., Thomchick E. A., "Sourcing from low cost countries: Identifying sourcing issues and prioritizing impacts on logistics performance,." International Journal of Logistics Management, vol. 20, no. 1, 2009, pp. 79-96
Ruamsook K., Russell D. M., Thomchick E. A., "U.S. Sourcing from Low-Cost Countries: A Comparative Analysis of Supplier Performance.." Journal of Supply Chain Management, vol. 43, no. 4, 2007, pp. 16-32
Thomchick E. A., Ruamsook K., "Market Opportunity for Lignocellulosic Biomass: Part 1 - Multi-Tier Market Identification."


Transportation Journal, Editorial Board, April 2016 - Present
Journal of Business Logistics, Editorial Board, January 2011 - Present
Journal of Business Logistics is one of the leading logistics journals
Transportation Journal, Editor, July 2009 - December 2016
Transportation Journal is a transportation-focused journal in the logistics and supply chain management field
Transportation Letters, Editorial Board, September 2006 - Present
Journal of Transportation Management, Editorial Board, September 2000 - Present