Robert A. Novack

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Associate Professor of Supply Chain & Information Systems, Director

Office Address 473 Business Building
Phone Number 814-863-1231
Email Address osv@psu.edu

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Dr. Novack is currently an Associate Professor of Business Logistics in the Department of Business Logistics at Penn State. From 1979 to 1981, Dr. Novack worked in Operations and planning for the Yellow Freight Corporation in Overland park, KS. From 1981 to 1984, Dr. Novack worked for the Drackett Company in Cincinnati, OH. He is the co-author of two textbooks: Transportation (with John Coyle and Ed Bardi), and Creating Logistics Value: Themes for the Future (with Lloyd Rinehart and John Langley). He has published numerous articles in the Journal of Business Logistics and the Transportation Journal, among others. Dr. Novack is a member of AST&L, CLM, and WERC.

Expertise

Dr. Novacks' current research interests focus on the quantification of logistics value and supply chain performance measurement

Education

Ph D, Logistics, The University of Tennessee, 1987

MBA, Business Logistics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1979

BS, Logistics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1977

Courses Taught

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

SCM 301 – Sup Chn Mgt (3)
Supply chain management concepts, principles, and methodologies. SCM 301 Business Logistics Management (3) SCM 301 is an introductory course that provides an overview of key logistics and supply chain management processes, concepts, and methodologies. Emphasis is given to the framework for supply chain management, the analysis of logistics cost, and service trade-offs among inventory, transportation, and warehousing activities, the strategic role of information technology in supply chains, the use of third-party logistics providers, and the methods of measuring the value of logistics performance. Instruction is based on problem-based learning pedagogy.

SCM 594 – Research Topics (2)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on anindividual or small-group basis.

SCM 301H – Supply Chain Management (3)
Supply chain management concepts, principles, and methodologies.

B A 297C – Leadership Development--Sapphire (1)
This course introduces students to key leadership concepts and facilitates students' creation of leadership development proposals. Course is required for all Sapphire students.

SCM 400 – Transport Planning (3)
Advanced study of transport systems in supply chain networks.

SCM 540 – Transportation in Supply Chains (2)
Strategies and processes for design and implementation of transportation service links in supply chain networks.

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 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 404 – Demand Fulfillment (3)
Analysis of demand fulfillment and the role of distribution operations management 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.

SCM 450 – Strategic Design and Management of Supply Chains (3)
Strategic design and management of supply chains.

SC&IS 450 – Strategic Design and Management of Supply Chains (3)
Strategic design and management of supply chains.

SCM 597A – Supply Chain Immersion (2)
Using an appropriate pedagogical approach including but not limited to experiential, case based or problem based learning, this course is intended to support offering coverage of topics or special interest subjects.

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

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 LOG 425W – Management of Logistics Supply Chains (3)
Issues and practices with respect to technology adoption, change management, financial/capability assessment, and relationship management in supply chain networks.

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

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

SC&IS 404 – Demand Fulfillment (3)
Analysis of demand fulfillment and the role of distribution operations management in the supply chain.

SCM 576 – Logistics and Supply Chain Leadership (2)
Current issues and best practices for selected supply chain leadership topics.

SCM 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.

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 405 – Warehousing and Terminal Management (3)
Administration of warehouse and terminal functions in logistics systems, with analysis of customer service, forecasting, inventory, investment, design, and operation.

B LOG 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.

B LOG 496 (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

Coyle J. J., Langley J., Novack R. A., Gibson B., "Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective." (Cengage), no. 10, 2016.
Coyle J. J., Novack R. A., Gibson B., "Transportation: A Global Perspective." (Cengage), no. 8, 2015.
Novack R. A., Davis T., "Performance Metrics in Supply Chain Management: The Practical and Strategic View." Supply Chain Management Review, 2012.
Coyle J. J., Langley J., Novack R. A., Gibson B., "Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective." (Cengage), no. 9, 2012.
Srinivasan M., Novack R. A., Thomas D., "Optimal and Approximate Policies for Inventory Systems with Order Crossover." Journal of Business Logistics, 2011.
Coyle J. J., Novack R. A., Gibson B., Bardi E., "Transportation: A Supply Chain Perspective." (Cengage), no. 7, 2010.
Coyle J. J., Langley C., Gibson B., Novack R. A., Bardi E., "Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective." 2009.
Suzuki Y., Tyworth J. E., Novack R. A., "Airline Market Share and Customer Service Quality: A Reference Dependent Model." Transportation Research A, vol. 35, 2001.

Editorships

Journal of Business Logistics, Associate Editor, January 2010 - Present
Transportation Journal, Editorial Board, January 2010 - Present
Journal Of Supply Chain Management, Subject Matter Editor, January 2009 - Present