Associate Professor of Supply  Chain  Management






I enjoy doing empirical research in logistics, supply chain management and operations management fields. Specifically, I have worked on the following research projects:

  • Humanitarian logistics: Logistics of disaster relief and donations

  • Trust in supply chain management: The evolution of inter-organizational trust between distributors and manufacturers in VMI relationships

  • Trust in B2C settings: Value of online trust (third party assurance) seals as a trust transfer mechanism in e-commerce


1. Research Articles:

  • Yalcin, M.G., Özpolat K.,Schniederjans, D., 2018, "Post-implementation analysis: Dependence and Trust in VMI Context", International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management (forthcoming)

  • Özpolat K., Dresner, M., 2018, "A Dark Side of Long-term VMI Relationships: Supply Chain Trust", Research in Logistics and Production, 8(2), 117-143

  • Schniederjans, D., Özpolat K., Chen Y, 2016, "Humanitarian Supply Chain Use of Cloud Computing", Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, 21 (5), 569-588 (Highly Commended Paper Award)

  • Özpolat K.,Jank W., 2015, "Getting the Most out of Third-party Trust Seals: An Empirical Analysis", Decision Support Systems, 73 (2015), 47-56

  • Özpolat K., Ribbink, D., Hales, D., Windle, R., 2015, "Food Aid Procurement and Transportation Decision-making in Governmental Agencies: The United Nations/European Union versus the United States Approach", Transportation Journal, 54(2),159-185.

  • Özpolat K., Rilling, J., Altay N., Chavez, E., 2015, "Engaging Donors in Smart Compassion: USAID CIDI's Greatest Good Donation Calculator", Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 5(1), 95-112

  • Yu D., Yalcin M. G., Özpolat K.,Hales, D., 2015. "A New Research Framework for Humanitarian Supply Chains", Eurasian Journal of Business and Economics, 8(15), 39-60.

  • Özpolat K.,Chen Y., Hales, D., Yu D., and Yalcin M. G., 2014. "Using Contests to Provide Business Students Project-Based Learning in Humanitarian Logistics: PSAid Example", Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 12(4), 269-285

  • Özpolat K., Gao G., Jank W., Viswanathan S., 2013. “The Value of Third Party Assurance Seals in Online Retailing: An Empirical Investigation”, Information Systems Research, 24(4), 100-1111

  • Cantor D.E, Corsi T.M., Grimm C.M. and Özpolat K., 2010, “A Driver Focused Truck Crash Prediction Model”, Transportation Research Part-E, 46, 683-692

2. Book chapters:

  • Gates J., Jervis  K. J., Maier-Speredelozzi V., Özpolat  K., Wu S., Wang  J., 2014. "The Use of Smart Card Technology in Health Care” Chapter in Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 3rd Ed, pp. 332-341

3. Opinion / Commentary

  1. Özpolat  K., August 11, 2015. "The Turk's Head and a journey to be a Rhode Islander", Providence Journal,  

  2. Kayakachoian, G., Özpolat  K., April 27, 2015. "Can Rhode Island friends heal the Armenian tragedy?, "Providence Journal,

  3. Kayakachoian, G., Özpolat  K., December 9, 2014. "Cashless society risks loss of freedoms", Providence Journal,

  4. Özpolat  K.,Sendag R., June 9, 2014."Americans can learn to live with a sky full of drones", Providence Journal Op-Ed

  5. Özpolat  K.,Westin S., October 8, 2013. "Reshoring offers hope to R.I., U.S.,", Providence Journal