Robert Swinney
Associate Professor
Operations Management
Fuqua School of Business
Duke University
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Robert Swinney is an Associate Professor in the Operations Management area of the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. His research addresses multi-player problems in supply chain management, with a focus on the impact of customer behavior on operational decisions, social responsibility and disruption risk in supply chains, and the operations of start-up firms. His work has been published in Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Marketing Science, and he serves as an associate editor at Management Science and as a senior editor at Production & Operations Management. Prior to joining Fuqua, he received a B.S. in Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Operations Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and was an Associate Professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. At Fuqua, he teaches the daytime MBA core course in Operations Management and is the doctoral coordinator for the Operations Management Ph.D. program.


Active Projects

  • Service Delivery Platforms: Pricing, Revenue, and Welfare Implications, with P. Feldman and A. Frazelle
  • Managing Disruption Risk in Supply Chains with Limited Information, with H. Bidkhori and D. Iancu
  • Responsible Sourcing under Competition: Firm and External Stakeholder Strategies, with R. Guo
  • Joint Management of Digital and Physical Supply Chains for Substitutable Goods, with Z. Lei
  • Designing Rewards-Based Crowdfunding Campaigns for Strategic Contributors, with S. Chakraborty

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Popular Press


  • Duke Fuqua School of Business: Operations Management (Daytime MBA core, WEMBA core), 2014 - Present; Supply Chain Models (PhD), 2015 - 2016; Emerging Topics in Operations Management (PhD), 2017 (co-taught with OM Area Faculty)
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business: Operations (MBA core), 2009 - 2013; Operations (Sloan Masters core), 2010 - 2011; Special Topics in Supply Chain Management (PhD), 2013 (co-taught with Hau Lee)
Last Updated: October, 2017
Robert Swinney, Duke University, Fuqua School of Business