John Taylor

John Taylor

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, Illitch School of Business and Data Science and Business Analytics


John Taylor


Dr. John C.Taylor is a tenured associate professor of global supply chain management and Chair of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at Wayne State University. He is also Editor of the Journal of Transportation Management. Taylor co-developed the logistics major at Wayne State University between 1995-2002, before returning to head up supply chain programs in 2009. Prior to returning to Wayne State he created and developed the supply chain management major at Grand Valley State University. His teaching focuses on automotive supply chain management, transportation policy and international logistics.

His Ph.D. dissertation dealt with the manufacturing plant and distribution center location implications of the NAFTA. He has also conducted many academic studies on U.S.-Canada-Mexico border crossing issues. Additional research has been published on trucking economic regulation, ocean shipping in the Great Lakes, intermodal transportation, Michigan highway funding, and supply chain "in-stock" performance. His articles have been published in journals such as the Transportation Journal, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Regulation, the International Journal of Logistics Management, the Journal of Business Logistics, the International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management, the Journal of Transportation Management, and the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management.

Taylor is a past member of the National Commission on Intermodal Transportation, an 11 person Presidential Commission on national transportation policy. He is also a past member of the National Motor Carrier Advisory Committee to the U.S. DOT. He is a frequent witness on transportation policy issues before administrative, legislative and judicial forums. He is frequently quoted in national publications such as the Wall Street Journal, and in local publications such the Detroit News, Free Press and Crain's Detroit Business.

He has served as a policy consultant to a number of governmental and business organizations on trade and transportation public policy issues, and on topics related to logistics management. Clients have included the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, the City of Detroit, the International Warehousing and Logistics Association, the U.S. and Michigan Departments of Transportation, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railroads, Parsons Brinckerhoff, the Corradino Group, URS Corporation and UPS. Taylor also is a past partner in a Partnership that acquired, developed, and sold the rights to the existing Detroit River Railroad Tunnel.

Taylor obtained a Ph.D. in logistics and marketing from Michigan State University in 1991. Previously, he spent seven years in international operations with Clark Equipment Company, a then Fortune 500 firm; and three years with a logistics consulting firm. He has lived and worked for extended periods of time in both Sydney, Australia and Sao Paulo, Brazil; and is fluent in Portuguese.

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