Jim Rice joined the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics in 1995 and was appointed as the Deputy Director of CTL in 2007. In this capacity he oversees all industrial outreach programs and serves as the Director of the Supply Chain Exchange, including marketing and communication for CTL, and runs CTL’s Executive Education Programs.
His primary research has been focused on a broad range of study and contributions on resilience and risk management related topics – supply chain resilience, port resilience and supply chain security. Recently, Jim lead a team applying resilience concepts to maritime transportation systems through a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. In this research, his team developed principles and frameworks for creating resilient maritime transportation systems, specifically resilient ports, and developed an online application that the USCG currently uses to aid in their response to port disruptions. In addition to studying resilience and risk management, Jim studies supply chain innovation and has helped identify key success factors and methods for pursuing and achieving innovation in the supply chain.
Outside of research and the Supply Chain Exchange, Jim teaches in the graduate degree program (Supply Chain Financial Analysis course), in the online SC2x course and in CTL’s executive education programs. His teaching includes case instruction on supply chain design for strategic advantage, supply chain financial analysis, and workshops and simulations focused on strategic alignment, business continuity planning supply chain dynamics.
His written work includes contributions to books, working papers and recently published authored and co-authored articles, a list of which can be furnished on request. In 2013 Jim was selected as one of DC Velocity’s 2013 Rainmakers.
In addition to his role at MIT, Jim has served the community via several supply chain-related Boards, Committees and Appointments, including:
- Visiting Faculty Member, Politecnico di Milano MBA School (MIP), 2006-Present
- The Editorial Board – Supply Chain Management Review, 1998 – Present
- 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.