1973-University of Missouri, Ph.D.
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
1971-University of Missouri, M.S.
1970-University of Missouri, B.S.
Research focus: Logistics/SC Strategy
Dr. J. Paul Dittmann is the Executive Director of the Global Supply Chain Institute. He comes to the University of Tennessee after a thirty-year career in industry. He has held Fortune 150 positions such as Vice President, Logistics for North America, Vice President Global Logistics Systems, and most recently served as Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy, Projects, and Systems for the Whirlpool Corporation. In that latter capacity he developed the global supply chain and manufacturing strategies for the Whirlpool Corporation, saving over $600 million.
He is a certified instructor for the Project Management Institute, offering seminars around the United States in the area of global project management and change management. He also has taught numerous public seminars in the areas of lean manufacturing, global business, and supply chain excellence. This includes speaking at over thirty conferences on these and other topics.
Dr. Dittmann has published articles on subjects such as supply chain metrics, global logistics, global project management, and change management.
He has also consulted for firms such as Office Max, Sony, The Keller Group, Maxtor, Leggett and Platt, GlaxoSmithKline, Cooper Tire, Lowes, Navistar, F.E. Myers, General Signal, National City Corporation, and Grupo Cysda.
In his current role at the University, he works with the Demand-Supply Integration Forums, teaches logistics courses in the college, and teaches in the executive education programs.