John Hanson

Chair, Operations, Supply Chain Management and ITM
Associate Professor of Decision Science and Supply Chain Management
John Hanson
(619) 260-7673
Office Location
Alcala West, Durango A
  • PhD, Michigan State University, Operations Management
  • MBA, Michigan State University
  • BASc, University of Toronto, Aerospace Engineering
Areas of Expertise
Supply Chain Management

Selected Publications

  • Learning on the Shop Floor: the Behavioural Roots of Organisational Knowledge, Title: Behavioural Operations Management, Editor: Ilaria Giannoccaro, Publisher: Springer
  • Defining and Measuring Alignment in Performance Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management
  • Differential Method for TCO Modelling: An Analysis and Tutorial, International Journal of Procurement Management
  • Cost Modelling Based On Experience: Do We Have It Backwards?, International Journal of Procurement Management
  • Hitting the Target...but Missing the Point: Resolving the Paradox of Strategic Transition, Long Range Planning


Hanson received a BASc in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto and for many years was licensed as a professional engineer. He received a MBA and a PhD in operations management from Michigan State University, where he was a Masco doctoral scholar. He remains a faculty advisor on MSU's award-winning executive leadership program in operations management.

Prior to entering academia, Hanson worked for more than 20 years in the automotive industry and held management positions with AlliedSignal (now Honeywell), Siemens, Dura Automotive and Eaton Corp. His fields of expertise are corporate strategy and advanced technology planning, and he holds several patents on automotive technology. Hanson's research interests are focused on issues of knowledge management in the supply chain, and his course development for the School of Business and the Supply Chain Management Institute executive programs keeps emphasis on "how business works."