Maling Ebrahimpour

  • Professor of Supply Chain Management, Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Coordinator
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Phone: 401.874.4244
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  • Office Location: 351, Ballentine Hall


Dr. Maling Ebrahimpour is a Professor of Supply Chain and Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Coordinator at the College of Business. From 2015-2022 he served as the Dean of the College of Business and the Alfred J. Verrecchia-Hasbro Leadership Chair at the University of Rhode Island (URI). Prior to URI, he served as the Dean of the College of Business at the University of South Florida Saint Petersburg (USFSP). Under his leadership, at USFSP, the newly established Entrepreneurship Program (2013) was ranked as Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program by USASBE.

He has been the Organizer for the TEDxURI since 2018, working with a great team of volunteers from across the university to create a TEDx event at URI. Professor Ebrahimpour has taught, lectured, and presented on various business related topics in universities and conferences around the globe in countries such as France, Germany, Russia, India, Brazil, Dubai, Hungary, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, and Japan.

Dr. Ebrahimpour serves as a board member, advisor, or an officer in various organizations such as AACSB International, Decision Sciences Institute, Florida Holocaust Museum, Evergreen Living Services, Heaven Dropt,  CASA, and SAVVY CARD, to name a few.  He was the first person in the State of Rhode Island selected as an evaluator for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the first person inducted to the Rhode Island Quality Hall of Fame. Dr. Ebrahimpour is the recipient of various awards and honors, including the International Shingo Prize in Manufacturing Research.

Dean Ebrahimpour is an experienced scholar in global business where his research work has appeared in top tier international journals such as Supply Chain Management: An International Journal; International Journal of Operations and Production Management; International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration; International Journal of Services and Operations Management; International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management;European Management Journal, International Journal of Production Economics; and Management International Review.


Dr. Ebrahimpour’s research focus expands from Economic Impact Study to ISO9000, Health Care Management issues, Corporate Social Responsibility, and examining the code of conduct among companies in a global supply chain setting.


Ph.D., Business Administration, Majors: Production/Operations Management and Management Science; Minors: Mathematics (Optimization) and Economics (Econometrics); University of Nebraska‑Lincoln, 1986

M.B.A., Major: Operations Research; Minor: Marketing; University of Nebraska-Kearney, 1980

B.S., Major: Cost Accounting; Minor: Economics; Institute of Advanced Accounting, Tehran, Iran, 1976

Selected Publications

Marco Sartor, Guido Orzes; Carmela Di Mauro, Maling Ebrahimpour, Guido Nassimbeni, “The SA8000 social certification standard: Literature review and theory-based research agenda,” International Journal of Production Economics, Volume 175, May 2016, Pages 164-181.

Rebecca Harris, Maling Ebrahimpour, “On Teaching Genocide to Business Students,” Global Education Journal, 2015.

Withers, B., Ebrahimpour, M., and Liu, Z., “The Corporate Social Responsibility in the Supply Chain:  A Look at the Chinese Perspective,” Journal of Business and Management Landscapes, Vol. 3, No. 1, December 2014, pp. 15-29.

Corton, M. L., Ebrahimpour M. (2014), “Forecasting Film-Induced Tourism – The Dolphin Tale Case,” Tourism Economics, Volume 20, Number 6, December, pp. 1349-1356(8).

Corton, M. L., Ebrahimpour M., (2013), “The Economic Impact of the Arts and Culture sector in the City of St. Petersburg, Florida,” Journal of Business and Management Landscapes, Vol. 2, No. 1, December 2013, pp. 15-29.