Evelyn A. Thomchick

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Associate Professor

Department Supply Chain & Information Systems
Office Address 410 Business Building
Phone Number 814-863-3567
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

SCM 800 – Scm (4)
Introduction to the strategic framework, issues, and methods for integrating supply and demand management within and across companies. SCM 800 Supply Chain Management (4) SCM 800 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. Case studies explore supply chain management and its critical role in business. 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.After completing this course, students should have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:a. Articulate the essential principles and concepts of the supply chain approach b. Understand the potential role of supply chains in creating value and in sustaining competitive positions of firms c. Explain the impact of the bullwhip effect on supply chain performance d. Understand the underlying causes of the bullwhip effect and articulate the principal approaches to ameliorating its impacts on supply chain performance e. Articulate differences in the principal approaches to managing inventories across supply chains f. Articulate the principal benefits and challenges associated with collaborative approaches to supply chain management g. Understand the principal metrics used to manage supply chain performanceThe evaluation of students is based on small group case study submissions, short paper and problem assignments, on-line discussion postings, and peer reviews.

Alignment of suppliers with the strategic needs and direction of the organization. This course examines the alignment of an organization with its suppliers. Topics covered include 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 future issues and developments.

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.

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.

SCM 597 – Special Topics (4)
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 820 – Strategic Procurement (4)
Strategic planning for the source/buy process, including developing andmanaging supplier relationships, global issues, and e-procurement.

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

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.

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.

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

SCM 494H – SC&IS Senior Honors Thesis (3)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

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.

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

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

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.

Selected Publications

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., "Marketing Analysis Fact Sheet for Biomass Growers: Example Analyses of the Wood Chips and Paperboard Industries."
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