Edward W. Davis

Oliver Wight Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Areas of Expertise

Automotive Industry, Global Manufacturing, Operations Strategy, Supply Chain Management

Education: B.S., MSIE, Georgia Institute of Technology; MPhil, Ph.D., Yale University; Postgraduate Study, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

Oliver Wight Professor of Business Administration Emeritus Edward W. Davis headed the Operations area at Darden. His research and expertise are in the areas of supply chain management, operations strategy and global sourcing. He has authored more than 100 case studies and numerous articles and is author or co-author of three books on supply chain management, project management and production management.

Davis joined the Darden faculty in 1978 after teaching at Harvard Business School, Sloan School of Management at MIT and the University of North Carolina.

Selected Publications

Steven A. Melnyk,  Edward W. Davis  , Robert E. Spekman, and Joseph Sandor. "Outcome-Driven Supply Chains,"  Sloan Management Review  , Vol. 51, No. 2, January 2010, 33-38.


Case Studies

Advancing knowledge through research that shapes business, Darden professors are recognized thought leaders in their fields. They are not only master case method teachers, they also author many of the cases used in Darden classrooms and around the world.