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James Blayney Rice, Jr.

Director, Integrated Supply Chain Management Program, Center for Transportation and Logistics
Director, Supply Chain Exchange

Jim Rice is the Director of the Integrated Supply Chain Management (ISCM) Program at the Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL), having joined CTL in 1995. The ISCM Program is a consortium that enables companies from industry to interact with faculty and researchers across MIT on education and research in the supply chain domain.

Jim’s research is on organization and supply chain design, recently focusing on how supply chains respond to disruptions (e.g. terrorism), supply chain security and creating competitive advantage through supply chain design and management. Jim also serves as project manager for the Supply Chain Response, and teaches a graduate course (“Supply Chain Context”) in supply chain management.

His written work includes contributions to books, working papers and recently published authored and co-authored articles:

  • “A Supply Chain View of The Resilient Enterprise” Fall 2005, Sloan Management Review
  • “A Real World Look at RFID” in Supply Chain Management Review July-August 2005
  • “MG Rover’s Supply Chain Disruption” in Supply Chain Strategy July 2005
  • “Investing in Supply Chain Security: Collateral Benefits” from The IBM Center for the Business of Government May 2005
  • “METRO – Wal*Mart RFID Adoption – A” MIT CTL Teaching Case May 2005
  • “Building a Secure and Resilient Supply Network” in Supply Chain Management Review Sept.-Oct. 2003
  • “Supply Chain Response to Terrorism: Creating Resilient and Secure Supply Chains Interim” Interim Project Report, August 2003
In addition to his role at MIT, Jim has served the community on several supply chain-related Boards and Committees, including:
  • The National Research Council’s ‘Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design’ (BMAED) serving 2000-2005,
  • The Editorial Board – Supply Chain Management Review, 1998 – Present
  • The Editorial Board – Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal, 2001 – Present
  • The International Advisory Board of KLICT, a multi-year and international research initiative funded by the government of The Netherlands, 1998 – Present,
  • The United States Air Force Logistics Transformation Advisory Committee (Chairman), 1999 – 2001,
  • U.S. Navy Supply Chain Practices for Affordable Naval Systems (SPANS) Technical Advisory Board, 2003-Present
Prior to joining MIT, Jim managed manufacturing and distribution operations at Procter & Gamble, and served as a sales and market manager at General Electric Company. Jim earned his MBA in Operations and Finance from the Harvard Business School, and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

James Blayney Rice, Jr.

Contact info:

James Blayney Rice, Jr.
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building E40-281
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Phone: 617.258.8584
Fax: 617.253.4560
Email to: jrice "at"

Jim Rice’s MIT website

Support Staff:

Name: Nancy Martin
Phone: 617.253.1547


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