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        Rafay Ishfaq

        W. Allen Reed Associate ProfessorDepartment of Supply Chain Management


        Research Interests

        Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Administrative Support Services


        • Ph.D. University of Alabama
        • M.S. Texas A&M University
        • B.S. University of Engineering and Technology (Pakistan)

        Professional Activities

        Dr. Ishfaq's career spans 15+ years in academia, following a nearly 10-year long experience in production and supply management roles in the global supply chain industry. Dr. Ishfaq’s academic tenure includes teaching in the undergraduate, Masters of Science, MBA and executive MBA programs at Auburn University, Texas A&M University, and Loyola University Chicago. He is the founding Faculty Director of SCM Graduate Program(s) at Auburn University that is ranked in the Top-25 list(s) by U.S. News and by Gartner. Dr. Ishfaq’s international engagements include research talks and graduate teaching in Netherlands, Hungary, Belgium, New Zealand, Pakistan, Spain and Germany.

        In his industry-focused research and consulting work, Dr. Ishfaq explores operational and service issues in supply chain management, especially the impact of strategic planning and managerial decision-making on supply chain performance. His research has addressed these issues across various industries, including: omnichannel retail, e-commerce, healthcare, energy, automotive, and information systems.

        Dr. Ishfaq's research has received the Association of European Operational Research Societies' "Best EJOR Research Paper Award," and "Emerald Literati Award for Outstanding Research Paper" from the International Journal of Logistics Management. His scholarly services are recognized by the Journal of Business Logistics with the "Outstanding Journal Reviewer Award." His research has appeared in Science Direct's "Top-25 Hottest Articles" list over multiple years and received coverage in TV News and podcasts on NPR, Bloomberg News, NBC-38, WTVM9-ABC, WSFA-12, Scripps TV News, as well as in print/digital media: VOX, RetailWire, Supply Chain Dive, Retail Touchpoints, Sourcing Journal,, OANow, DC Velocity, Supply Chain Quarterly, Beyond Auburn, Alabama NewsCenter, and Harbert Magazine.

        Auburn University has recognized Dr. Ishfaq's scholarly contributions to the supply chain management discipline by awarding the W. Allen and Martha Reed Endowed Research Professorship. He has also received "Outstanding Researcher Award," "Recognition in Research Gold Star Award," and "Outstanding Teaching Award" from the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University. Dr. Ishfaq has served on the Harbert College’s strategic planning committee, graduate programs committee, and research committee, as well as on Auburn University's core curriculum and education committee, research grants committee, and SACS-COC quality enhancement planning committee. 

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