Business professor’s research chosen as outstanding paper for 2013

Michael McGinnis co-authored manuscript published in the International Journal of Logistics Management

A paper co-authored by Michael McGinnis, associate professor of business administration at Penn State New Kensington, was recently selected as Outstanding Paper of 2013 by the International Journal of Logistics Management.

“A Comparison of the Effect of Logistic Strategy and Logistics Integration on Firm Competitiveness in the USA and China” was published last year in the journal (Vol. 24, Issue 2, pp. 153-179) and reviewed by the editorial board at Emerald Group Publishing Limited, which publishes the journal.

The manuscript compared logistics strategies in Chinese and U.S. manufacturing firms, and the outcomes of these strategies to test the underlying factor structure and measurement equivalences of the Bowersox/Daugherty model and its relationship with critical success factors. John E. Spillan, professor of business administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke; Ali Kara, professor of business administration at Penn State York; and George Liu Yi, professor of business from Shiyou University in China; shared the honor with McGinnis. The paper will be available for free for one year by the Emerald Group.

“The paper was the result of an ongoing research stream that began in the early 1990s,” said McGinnis, who serves as coordinator of the business administration program. “Each co-author brought unique skills that otherwise would not make this research possible.”

After 11 years as professor of logistics and management at the University of South Alabama, McGinnis joined the New Kensington faculty in 2001. He teaches upper-level business administration courses, including Supply Chain Management, International Business and Personal Selling. Prior to joining academia, he worked four years in industry as a packaging engineer and served three years on active duty as a U. S. Army officer.

McGinnis holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University and a doctorate in business from the University of Maryland. He is a Certified Professional in Supply Management and a Certified Purchasing Manager. His research areas are purchasing, logistics strategy, negotiations and supply chain management.

The Michigan native has published more than 50 articles in the academic literature and trade press. In 2004, he presented a paper, “Supply Chain Management Coverage in a Bachelor of Science in General Business Program: A Case Study,” at the 15th annual North American Research and Teaching Symposium on Purchasing and Supply Chain Management in Tempe, Ariz. His presentation was based on research completed by Leslie Wolfe, one of his honors students. Wolfe, who works at Penn State’s Electro-Optics Center, is now a colleague and adjunct instructor in business administration at the campus.

At the campus, McGinnis’ extracurricular activities include chair of the Faculty Speaker series and chair of the administration committee. He is a member of the University College Promotion and Tenure committee and previously served two years on the Penn State Faculty Senate. In addition, he toured China with Bud Gibbons, professor of visual arts, and a 19-member delegation of students, faculty, staff and alumni. McGinnis kept a daily diary of the trip and the journal was a part of a campus Art Gallery exhibit that included photographs, drawings and memorabilia.

McGinnis remains active in his profession. For more than 15 years he served with the Institute for Supply Management at the local, district and national levels, and as a reviewer for several logistics/supply chain management academic journals.

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Michael McGinnis, associate professor of business administration at Penn State New Kensington, co-authored a paper that was selected as Outstanding Paper for 2013.  Credit: Penn State New Kensington / Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated January 09, 2015