Dr. David J. Closs is the John H. McConnell Chaired Professor of Business Administration in the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. Dr. Closs completed his MBA and Ph.D. at Michigan State in 1978 focusing on the topics of marketing, logistics, and management science.
Dr. Closs has been extensively involved in the development and application of computer models and information systems for logistics operations and planning. The computer models have included applications for location analysis, inventory management, forecasting, and routing. The information systems development focuses on inventory management, forecasting, and transportation applications. His experience has focused on the logistics-related issues in the consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical products, and parts industries. Dr. Closs actively participates in logistics executive development seminars and has presented sessions in North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and Eastern Europe. Dr. Closs's primary research interests include supply chain strategy, information systems, security, and planning techniques. He was one of the principle researchers in two studies completed by Michigan State University investigating world-class logistics and supply chain capabilities.
Dr. Closs has authored and co-authored numerous articles and made presentations regarding world-class logistics and supply chain capabilities and logistics information systems applications.
Dr. Closs is an active member in the CSCMP and was Editor of the Journal of Business Logistics. He is Executive Editor of Logistics Quarterly.