Associate Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems
Robert Novack has served as an associate professor of supply chain and information systems at the Penn State Smeal College of Business since 1986. His current research interests focus on the quantification of logistics value and supply chain performance measurement. In addition to his research, Novack teaches courses on fulfillment operations and transportation management.
His research has been published in such leading journals as the Journal of Business Logistics and the Transportation Journal. Novack is a member of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and the Warehousing Education and Research Council. He also coauthored two textbooks on transportation and creating logistics value.
From 1979 to 1981, Novack worked in operations and planning for the Yellow Freight Corporation. From 1981 to 1984, he worked for the Drackett Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Novack received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in logistics from Penn State University. He also holds a Ph.D. in logistics from the University of Tennessee.
- Logistics value quantification
- Performance measurement
- Transportation management
- Warehouse management
- Distribution management
- Wal-Mart Gives Smeal MBAs Hands-On Research Project
- Having the chance to research and improve Wal-Mart’s distribution network as a student is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Bob Novack, associate professor of supply chain at Smeal, guided his second-year MBAs as they took on this seven and a half week project. After analyzing all aspects from suppliers to consumers to inventory and transportation, Novack and his students were able to add flexibility into the network and help reduce cost of lost sales.