Deputy Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
Director, Integrated Supply Chain Management Program
Director, Supply Chain Exchange Program
Jim Rice joined the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) in 1995 and he was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Center in 2007. In this capacity he oversees several research and outreach programs, MIT CTL Executive Education Programs and outreach marketing activities. Jim serves as the Director of the MIT Integrated Supply Chain Management (ISCM) Program, a collaborative research consortium with industry sponsors. As part of these roles, Jim works with industry sponsors to develop research projects and educational and knowledge sharing events for the sponsors.
In addition to his core responsibilities at MIT CTL, Jim also serves in several other capacities:
Researcher in Supply Chain Management – Jim conducts research in supply chain management, with particular focus on organizational aspects of how firms coordinate both internally within the organization, and externally with customers and suppliers.
Instructor in Supply Chain Management – Jim is instructor for the graduate course “Supply Chain Context” in MIT’s Master of Engineering in Logistics academic program.
In addition to his role at MIT, Jim has been invovled with several organizations:
Co-founder of Daily Grommet, early-stage COO and currently investor
Member of Scientific Committee, International Center for Competitiveness Studies in the Aviation Industry (ICCSAI), Bergamo, Italy, 2007-Present
Appointment as Visiting Faculty Member, Politecnico di Milano MBA School (MIP), 2006-Present
Member of National Research Council’s ‘Board on Manfacturing and Engineering Design’ (BMAED) serving through 2005
International Advisory Board for the KLICT Research Initiative sponsored by a Ministry of the government of The Netherlands
Editorial Board for Supply Chain Management Review
The Editorial Board – Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal, 2001 – Present
Prior to joining MIT, Jim managed manufacturing and distribution operations at Procter & Gamble, and served as a sales and market manager at General Electric Company. Jim earned his MBA in Operations and Finance from the Harvard Business School, and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame located in the undulating hills of northern Indiana.
His research covers different aspects of dynamic pricing and revenue management, supply chain management, and transportation economics. Using game theory frameworks, Prof. Mantin seeks to explore and understand the strategic interactions between suppliers, vendors, and consumers in different market settings. He also conducts extensive empirical work using retail and airfare data. In his research, Benny addresses topical and compelling questions and his research has been published or accepted for publication in numerous journals such as Marketing Science, Production and Operations Management, Naval Research Logistics, Transportation Research Parts B and E, and European Journal of Operational Research.
Prof. Mantin is a board member of the Journal of Air Transport Management and he is on the advisory board of the Hamburg Aviation Conference.
His research has been recognized and supported by several grants.
Prof. Mantin has been engaged in consulting on air-transport policies and has been involved in numerous projects where he led students to improve processes at different firms. Prior to joining the LCL, Prof. Mantin was an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, and M.Sc. as well as B.Sc. from Tel-Aviv University.
His research focuses on decision-support models for supply chain management, retail operations and health care operations, as well as the general application of operations management models and methods to real-world problems. Topics at the interface to other business functions, such as strategic planning or marketing and sales planning represent another focus area of his research.
Prior to his academic career, Alexander spent 6 years working for McKinsey & Company as consultant and project manager. He was member of the Supply Chain Management and Consumer Goods Practice. He has been involved in numerous consulting projects on supply chain optimization with various companies from different industries, including the consumer goods, retailing, automotive, pharmaceutical, and financial industry. Furthermore, Alexander worked as operations planner in the processing industry over three years and gained experiences in automotive industries through internships at leading OEMs and suppliers.
Prior to joining the LCL, Alexander was a Junior professor of Operations Management at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany. He received his Ph.D. also from the CU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.