Associate Professor of Global Supply Chain Management
Mike Ilitch School of Business
2771 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
- Global supply chain management
Quality improvement, multi-criteria decision-making, automotive supply chain management, advanced statistical analysis
Research and teaching interests
- Analytical Decision Tools
- Multiple Objective Decision Models
- Operations Strategy
- Quantitative Analysis
- Supply Chain Management
- Quality Management
- Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1989
- MBA, University of Memphis, 1983
- BBA, University of Memphis, 1978
With more than 20 years of service to Wayne State, Dr. Butler teaches operations management, supply chain management, decision tools, statistics, and quality improvement. Dr. Butler is committed to utilizing technology in teaching, and was active in developing the Ph.D. program for the School of Business, serving as chair of the faculty Ph.D. program development committee and as the first director of the program. Hw was also insturmental in the development of the General Motors / Wayne State Supply Chain Case Competition and the Mike Ilitch School of Business Study Abroad program.
His research focus is operations and supply chain management, examining process operations, efficiency, and operations strategy. Dr. Butler's research has appeared in the Journal of Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, and Decision Sciences. A member of INFORMS, he has served on the Health Care Applications Group Council. Dr. Butler serves on the editorial board of Health Care Management Science, and has previously served on the editorial board of International Journal of Integrated Supply Management. In 2015, Dr. Butler was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship, whereby he traveled and taught in Poland.
- Butler, T.W., D.L. Williams, T. Yan, “MMOG/LE: Improving Supply Chain Delivery Performance Through Buyer-Supply Collaboration, Journal of Transportation Management, Vol 25 (2), 2015, 57-68.
- Basson, M.D., T.W. Butler, H. Verma, “Predicting Patient Non-Appearance for Surgery as a Scheduling Strategy to Optimize Operating Room Utilization in a Veterans Administration Hospital”, Anesthesiology, Vol. 104, No. 4, 2006, pp. 826-834.
- Butler, T.W. and L.X. Li, "The Utility of Returns to Scale in DEA Programming: An Analysis of Michigan Rural Hospital", 2005, European Journal of Operational Research.
- Li, L.X. and T.W. Butler, "The Influence of Management Action on Hospital Efficiency" , 2005, International Journal of Operations and Operational Research.
- Evaluations of Operating Room Efficiency in Veterans Administration Hospitals using Data Envelopment Analysis (with M. Basson) Scientific Session Presented at 2006 Association of VA Surgeons, Cincinnati.
- Predicting Patient Non-Appearance for Surgery as a Scheduling Strategy to Optimize Operating Room (OR) Utilization" (with M. Basson and H. Verma), Poster Session presented at 2006 Association of VA Surgeons, Cincinnati.
- Predicting Patient Non-Appearance for Surgery as a Scheduling Strategy to Optimize Operating Room Utilization in a Veterans Administration Hospital, (with M. Basson and H. Verma), 2006, Anesthesiology.
- Forecasting Outpatient Surgery No-Shows (with M. Basson and H. Verma) Presented at the 2005 National Informs, San Francisco.
Fulbright Scholar, 2015 - 2020