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Koray Özpolat

  • Associate Professor/Area Coordinator of the doctoral program in Supply Chain Management
  • Area: Supply Chain Management—Specialization: Humanitarian Logistics, Trust in Supply Chain Management
  • Phone: 401.874.5750
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  • Office Location: 208 Ballentine Hall


I am a supply chain management scholar with a passion in humanitarian logistics and disaster relief. My career journey started as an electrical engineer. Having worked in IT for a while as an applications developer and a lecturer, I realized that I am more interested in working with humans than machines. This became clearer during my employment at the United Nations as a Logistics Systems Analyst where I provided process mapping and programming support to the Procurement and Logistics Division. Upon talking to the beneficiaries and witnessing the agency’s terrific impact on generations of refugees, I came to find a deeper meaning and satisfaction in this field. Eventually, I did my PhD in supply chain management and started doing research to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian supply chains. Following the teacher-scholar model, I work with business students in the classroom to promote smart compassion by designing public service announcements. In collaboration with government agencies, I also develop decision support tools to educate the public in making right donation decisions.

I am the coordinator of the doctoral program in supply chain management and also act as an advisor to the Business Living and Learning Community (BLLC) at URI. I have been serving the profession as a VP for Technology at the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute since 2015.


Humanitarian Logistics and Disaster Relief, Trust and Technology in Supply Chain Management.


Ph.D. in Business and Management, University of Maryland, College Park, 2011
Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply, CIPS Institute, U.K., 2007
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Colorado State University, 2000


Selected Recent Publications

Özpolat K., Jank W., 2015, “Getting the Most out of Third-party Trust Seals: An Empirical Analysis,” Decision Support Systems, 73 (2015), 47-56

Özpolat K., Ribbink, D., Hales, D., Windle, R., 2015, “Food Aid Procurement and Transportation Decision-making in Governmental Agencies: The United Nations/European Union versus the United States Approach,”Transportation Journal, 54(2), 159-185.

Özpolat K., Rilling, J., Altay N., Chavez, E., 2015, “Engaging Donors in Smart Compassion: USAID CIDI’s Greatest Good Donation Calculator,” Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 5(1), 95-112

Özpolat K. ,Chen Y., Hales, D., Yu D., and Yalcin M. G., 2014. “Using Contests to Provide Business Students Project-Based Learning in Humanitarian Logistics: PSAid Example,” Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 12(4), 269-285

Özpolat K., Gao G., Jank W., Viswanathan S., 2013. “The Value of Third Party Assurance Seals in Online Retailing: An Empirical Investigation,” Information Systems Research, 24(4), 100-1111

Cantor D.E, Corsi T.M., Grimm C.M. and Özpolat K., 2010, “A Driver Focused Truck Crash Prediction Model,” Transportation Research Part-E, 46, 683-692


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