Clay Whybark

D. Clay Whybark (Clay)

 Clay Whybark is Senior Academic Advisor to the Institute for Defense and Business, Director of the Global Manufacturing Research Group and Macon Patton Distinguished Professor of Business Administration (Emeritus) at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.  His areas of expertise include international manufacturing practices, supply chain management, manufacturing planning and control systems, and humanitarian logistics. 


In addition to his teaching at North Carolina, he has held positions at Victoria and Canterbury Universities (New Zealand), IMD (Switzerland), Indiana University, SIME (Shanghai, China), Purdue University, Harvard, Arizona State, ESAN (Lima, Peru) and in Valparaiso, Chile.  His industrial experience was with the Boeing Company and Douglas Aircraft.  He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Washington in Aeronautical Engineering, an MBA from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in business from Stanford University.


Clay has served as a consultant to several firms, Universities and governmental agencies.  Among others, he has assisted Pohang Steel (Korea), Arthur Andersen, The Organization of American States, The University of Georgia, The National Park Service, Carrier Corp., Eli Lilly, The New Zealand Ministry of Commerce, Kobe Steel, The Institute of Technology (Bandung, Indonesia), Corvinus University, Hungary and Woosong University, Korea.  He has directed Ph.D. students in the US (including a dissertation award winner) and been an international external advisor for several others.


He has been an instructor in programs at several universities and colleges in the United States and overseas.  Clay has delivered executive development seminars throughout the Americas (many in Spanish), in several European countries, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea and Japan. He has been cited for outstanding teaching in these programs and in his university classes.


The author of over 300 papers and business cases (two of which have won European POM case of the year awards) in the areas of operations and logistics management, he is also author or co‑author of several books.  These include Integrated Production and Inventory Management, Manufacturing Planning and Control Systems (6th edition), Global Manufacturing Practices, and Why ERP.  He served as the North American Editor for the International Journal of Production Economics and is still active on the boards of on the editorial boards of The Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, The International Journals of Electronic Business and Internet and Enterprise Management.  He reviews for many other journals and evaluates international research proposals.


Clay is co-founder of the Global Manufacturing Research Group, a group dedicated to international field research.  He was presented the Distinguished Service Award of the Decision Sciences Institute, of which he is a Fellow and Past President.  He is Past President of the Operations Management Association, Past President and Fellow of the International Society for Inventory Research and a Fellow of the Pan‑Pacific Business Association, which also awarded him the Distinguished Global Leadership Award.  He is on the program committee for the International Working Seminar on Production Economics and has served with several other professional and academic societies.  He hs been on government commissions and university boards, and was a Fulbright Scholar Sponsor and Soros' Fellow Advisor.  He was awarded an Honorary PhD by Corvinus University and is listed in several Who's Who editions.

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