William Sawaya, Ph.D.



Position: Chair & Associate Professor
Phone: (419) 372-8320
Email: wsawaya@bgsu.edu
Address: 241D Maurer Center

Dr Sawaya’s current research focuses are on decision making in complex environments such as supply networks and other multi-stakeholder and multi-objective systems, the use of quality tools in improvement efforts, sustainable operations, and developing robust systems. He does research in a variety of setting including both manufacturing, distribution and services including humanitarian supply chains and healthcare. He is a committed teacher of operations, supply chain, quality, and strategy; and has been honored with teaching awards. He is a founding member of the Center for Supply Networks at Arizona State University. His research has been published in journals such as Decision Sciences, International Journal of Production Research, Research in Transportation Economics, and Industrial Engineering Transactions. He regularly reviews articles for journals and is an associate editor for Decision Support Systems.

He is also actively involved in service with a number of professional organizations and charitable organizations. He has worked on consulting projects related to operations management, supply chain management, quality, and education.


Ph.D. in Business Administration, Major Field: Operations and Management Science, Supporting Field: Strategy

Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, July, 2006. Dissertation Title: The Performance Impact of the Extent of Inter-Organizational Information Sharing: An Investigation using a Complex Adaptive System Paradigm and Agent-Based Simulation. - Advisor: Kingshuk K. Sinha

Masters of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, June 1998.  

Bachelors of Science in Manufacturing Engineering, Minor in Management, Magna Cum Laude Brigham Young University, August 1996

Academic Experience:

Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Department of Management. Summer 2012 to present.

Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution.  Fall 2008 to Summer 2012.

Research Associate/Post Doctoral Associate, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Fall 2005 to Fall 2008.

Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant and Instructor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Carlson School of Management, Departments of Operations and Management Science, and Strategic Management and Organization, Fall 1998 to Spring 2005. 


Sawaya, W. J., S. Pathak, M. Kristal, and J. Day. 2015. “Sensing Resource Flow Changes Using Process Charts with Adaptive Limits in a Humanitarian Supply Network,” Decision Sciences Journal, Vol. 46, No. 5, 961- 979.

Narayanan, A., M. Johnson, and W. J. Sawaya, 2014. “Linking student evaluations scores with grades and instructor experience in Business School,” Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Vol. 12, No. 3, 233-265.

Johnson, M.D., Natarajarathinam, M., & W.J. Sawaya, “A methodology for modeling comprehensive international procurement costs,” International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 51, No. 18, 2013, pp. 5549-5564.

Johnson, M.D., A. Narayanan, & W.J. Sawaya, “Linking student evaluations scores with grades and instructor experience in engineering,” Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 102, No 2, 2013, pp. 289-318.

Narayanan, A., M. Johnson, and W. J. Sawaya, “Linking Student Evaluations Scores With Grades and Instructor Experience in Engineering,” Journal of Engineering Education, April 2013.

Jones, D., J. Lloyd, O. Bernstain, C. Davis, A. Turk, M. Turnquist, L. Nozick, B. Levine, C. Rawls, S. Ostrowski, and W.J. Sawaya. “U.S. Import/Export Container Flow Modeling and Disruption Analysis,” Research in Transportation Economics, Vol. 32, 2011, pp. 3-14.