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Andrew Kach

Professor of Operations and Supply Chain

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301

Portland Center

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland  Oregon  97201


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


Andrew Kach is a 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.

Areas of Instruction

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

Awards, Honors and Distinctions

Outstanding Associate Editor Award (Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management) 2021

#3 Most Downloaded Paper Award (Decision Sciences Journal) 2021

#4 Most Cited Paper Award (Decision Sciences Journal) 2020-2021

Top Downloaded Paper Award (Wiley) 2019-2020

Renjen Prize for Faculty Excellence (Willamette University) 2019

Best Student Paper Award (Academy of Management OSCM Division) 2018

Best Reviewer Award Finalist (Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management) 2017

Service Recognition Award for Teaching and Thesis Supervision (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) 2015

Outstanding Teaching Award (New Mexico State) 2010

Selected Publications

Simpson, D., Segrave, M., Quarshie, A., Kach, A., Handfield, R., Panas, G., & Moore, H. (2021). The role of psychological distance in organizational responses to modern slavery risk in supply chains. Journal of Operations Management. 67(8), 989-1016. doi.

Pournader, M., Kach, A., & Talluri, S. (2020). A review of the existing and emerging topics in the supply chain risk management literature. Decision Sciences. 51(4), 867-919. doi.

Haski-Leventhal, D., Kach, A., & Pournader, M. (2019). Employee need satisfaction and positive workplace outcomes: The role of corporate volunteering. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 48(3), 593-615. doi.

Pournader, M., Kach, A., Fahimnia, B., & Sarkis, J. (2019). Outsourcing performance quality assessment using data envelopment analytics. International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 207, January, pp. 173-182. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2016.07.004

Azadegan, A., Golara, S., Kach, A., & Mousavi, N. (2018). Corporate environmental
investments: A cross-national study on managerial decision making. International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 199, December, pp. 47-64. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2017.09.010

Busse, C., Kach, A., & Wagner, S.M. (2017): Boundary conditions: What they are, how to explore them, why we need them, and when to consider them, Organizational Research Methods, Vol. 20, No. 4, October, pp. 574-609. doi: 10.1177/1094428116641191

Pournader, M., Kach A., Hajiagha, S.H.R., & Emrouznejad, A. (2017): Investigating the impact of behavioral risks on supply network efficiency: Insights from banking’s corporate bond networks, Annals of Operations Research, Vol. 254, No. 1-2, July, pp. 277-302. doi: 10.1007/s10479-017-2457-8

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. doi: 1008666370

Selected Presentations

Mateska, I., Busse, C., Kach, A., & Wagner, S. (2018, August). More than reputation losses? How firms glean financial consequences from sustainability-related supply chain risks. Presented at the 78th annual meeting of the Academy of Management OSCM Division, Chicago, IL. Best Student Paper Award (Finalist)

Mateska, I., Busse, C., Kach, A., & Wagner, S. (2018, June). Financial consequences from supply chain sustainability risks. Presented at the 30th annual NOFOMA, Kolding, Denmark.

Mateska, I., Busse, C., Kach, A., & Wagner, S. (2018, March). Thirty-six million dollars gone in the blink of an eye: How environmental, social, or governance related misconduct in the supply chain harms buying firms. Presented at the 5th annual EurOMA Sustainable Operations & Supply Chains Forum, Kassel, Germany.

Mateska, I., Kach, A., Busse, C., & Wagner, S. (2017, July). Juxtaposing the Impact of Environmental, Social and Governance related Supply Chain Sustainability Risks. Presented at the 24th annual meeting of the European Operations Management Association, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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. 

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.

Selected Professional Activities

Associate Editor: Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management

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

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

Willamette University

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

Portland Center

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.