Andrew Kach

Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Andrew Kach is an Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Prior to Willamette, Andrew was a Senior Researcher/Lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute’s (ETH Zürich) Chair of Logistics Management for four years. During his time there, he taught Quality Management within the Master of Advanced Studies program and Purchasing and Supply Management within the Master of Science program. Andrew earned his PhD from New Mexico State University, where he also taught Operations Management, Purchasing and Supply Management, Project Management, and Business Decision Analytics.

His research interests in operations and supply chain management include institutional-stakeholder influences surrounding sustainability-oriented supply chain risks; the intersection between proactive environmental strategy and sustainable operations within developing countries; and the impact of environmental hostility on manufacturing capabilities and innovativeness.

Education

  • PhD, New Mexico State University
  • MBA, New Mexico State University

Areas of Instruction

Operations Management, Quality Management, Purchasing and Supply Management, Strategic Supply Chain Management

Selected Professional Activities

Editorial Review Board Member: Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management

Conference Editorial Board Member: Academy of Management (Operations Management Division) Officer and Newsletter Editor

Ad Hoc Reviewer: Decision Sciences Journal, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, R&D Management

Selected Publications

Busse, C., Kach, A., & Wagner, S.M. (In-Press): Boundary conditions: What they are, how to explore them, why we need them, and when to consider them, Organizational Research Methods. doi: 10.1177/1094428116641191

Pournader, M., Kach, A., Fahimnia, B., & Sarkis, J. (In-Press): Outsourcing performance quality assessment using data envelopment analytics, International Journal of Production Economics. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2016.07.004

Busse, C., Kach, A., Bode, C. (2016): Sustainability and the false sense of legitimacy: How institutional distance augments risk in global supply chains, Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 37, No. 4, December, pp. 312-328. doi: 10.1111/jbl.12143

Kach, A., Busse, C., Azadegan, A., & Wagner, S.M. (2016): Maneuvering through hostile environments: How firms leverage product and process innovativeness, Decision Sciences. Vol. 47, No. 5, October, pp. 907-956. doi: 10.1111/deci.12196

Pournader, M., Rotaru, K., Kach, A., Hajiagha, SHR., (2016): An analytical model for system-wide and tier-specific assessment of resilience to supply chain risks. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. Vol. 21, No. 5, August, pp. 589-609. doi: 10.1108/SCM-11-2015-0430

Schaltenbrand, B., Foerstl, K., Kach, A., & Maier, M. (2015): Towards a deeper understanding of managerial green investment patterns – A USA–Germany comparison, International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 53, No. 20, September, pp. 6242-6262. doi: 10.1080/00207543.2015.1047979

Kach, A., Azadegan, A., & Wagner, S.M. (2015): The influence of different knowledge workers on innovation strategy and product development performance in small and medium-sized enterprises, International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 53, No. 8, April, pp. 2489-2505. doi: 10.1080/00207543.2014.975856

Kach, A., Azadegan, A., & Dooley, K. (2012): Analyzing the successful development of a high novelty innovation project under a time-pressured schedule, R&D Management, Vol. 42, No. 5, November, pp. 377-400. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.2012.00690.x

Oke, A. & Kach, A. (2012): Linking sourcing and collaborative strategies to financial performance: The role of operational innovation, Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, Vol. 18, No. 1, March, pp. 46-59. doi: 10.1016/j.pursup.2012.01.001

Kach, A. & Borzabad, A.F. (2011): Use of RFID technology to overcome inefficiencies in the supply chain: An analysis of Renault’s operations in Iran, International Journal of Management, Vol. 28, No. 4, December, pp. 365-378.

Selected Presentations

Pournader, M., Kach, A., Najmaei, A., & Keblis, M. (2014, December) Identifying drivers of supply chain vulnerability: An integrative framework. Presented at the 28th annual meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Sydney, Australia.

Pournader, M., Kach, A., Keblis, M., & Najmaei, A. (2014, November) Sustainability-related Supplier Risk Identification and Evaluation Practices: Building a Comprehensive Framework. Presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Decision Sciences, Tampa, FL.

Grosse-Ruyken, P., Kach, A., & Wagner, S. (2013, November). A Multi-Method Study on the Impact of a Chief Supply Chain Officer. Presented at the 44th annual meeting of the Decision Sciences, Baltimore, MD.

Kach, A. & Bode, C. (2013, May). The Combined role of Manufacturing Strategy and Strategic Orientation: Achieving Innovative Excellence. Presented at the 24th annual meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society, Denver, CO.

Kach, A., Azadegan, A., & Teich, J. (2012, November). The Impact of Environmental Hostility on Firm Performance: A Strategic Orientation of Manufacturing Industries Perspective. Presented at the 43rd annual meeting of the Decision Sciences New Talent Showcase, San Francisco, CA.

Kach, A. & Azadegan, A. (2011, November). Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, and Scientific Attitude: How Different and how Important to Innovation Programs are they? Invited presentation at the 42nd annual meeting of the Decision Sciences, Boston, MA.

Kach, A. (2011, August). The Impact of Environmental Hostility on Firm Performance: A Balanced Scorecard Approach. Presented at the 71st annual meeting of the Academy of Management OM Division Doctoral Student Consortium, San Antonio, TX.  

Kach, A. & Azadegan, A. (2010, November). Determinants in Successful High Novelty Innovation Projects under Time-Pressured Schedules. Presented at the 41st annual meeting of the Decision Sciences, San Diego, CA.

Kach, A. & Teich, J. (2010, November). Airline Security and the Impact on Individual Stress Levels. Presented at the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Austin, TX.

Benson, P., Barney, C., & Kach, A. (2009, October). The Impact of Daylight Saving Time on Organizations and Management: Let’s All Set Our Clocks Back 12 Hours and Eliminate Darkness Altogether. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of International Business – Southeast, St. Petersburg Beach, FL.

Kach, A. & Azadegan, A., Chethan, D.D. (2009, October). The Eclipse 400 Case Study. Presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the Product Development and Management Association, Anaheim, CA.

Haski-Leventhal, D., Kach, A., & Pournader, M. (2016, August) Revisiting Corporate Volunteering: The Impact of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation to Volunteer. Presented at the 76th annual meeting of the Academy of Management SIM Division, Anaheim, CA.