Professor of Supply Chain Management

Robert C. Lieb

214 Hayden Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000

617.373.4813
r.lieb@northeastern.edu


Profile

Education

DBA in Transportation and Logistics, University of Maryland
MBA, University of Maryland
BS, Duquesne University, Pennsylvania

Research & Teaching Interests

Dr. Robert C. Lieb is Professor of Supply Chain Management in the College of Business Administration at Northeastern University in Boston. He designed and implemented the College’s Supply Chain Management programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

His primary areas of research and consulting include third party logistics, global supply chain management, and strategic planning. Each year he conducts surveys of the CEOs of major third party logistics companies operating in North America, Europe and Asia that focus on the evolution of the third party logistics industry.

Industry & Academic Experience

Professor Lieb has written eight books and more than one hundred articles in professional journals. His research has been covered in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Logistics Management, The Journal of Commerce, Traffic World, The Financial Times, and American Shipper. While his first seven books were in the field of supply chain management, his last book, Shooting Threes and Shaking the Basketball Establishment: The Short, Chaotic Run of the American Basketball League (2014) focused on professional basketball!

Professor Lieb received his BA in Commerce from Duquesne University, and his MBA and DBA from the University of Maryland.

Services to the Profession

Professor Lieb is a member of a number of professional organizations such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.

He is on the editorial boards of a number of logistics and transportation journals including the Transportation Journal and Supply Chain Management Review.

In addition to teaching at Northeastern, he has been a visiting professor at several European universities. He has provided consulting services and executive education to a broad variety of industrial and governmental clients.

Awards & Recognition

Top Ten Industry Thought Leaders Global Commerce, UPS. (2004).

Finalist World Outsourcing Achievement Award, PricewaterhouseCoopers. (2000).

Twice awarded the College’s Walsh Research Professorship

Recieved the 2016 Thinkers and Movers Award by DSC Logistics for his long-term contributions to the field of logistics/supply chain management

 

Publications

Selected Publications

Lieb, R. “Life As We Know It, Circa 2020,” Supply Chain Management Review, online edition, March 25, 2016.

Lieb, R. Lieb, K., “3PL CEO Perspectives on the Current Status and Future Prospects of the Third Party Logistics Industry in North America: The 2014 Survey,” Transportation Journal Vol. 55, No 1, 2016, 78-92.

Lieb, R.“Consolidation in the 3PL Industry: Why Is It Happening, and What Does It Mean?” Supply Chain Quarterly (Q3 2015), 36-41. Also published in the online edition.

Lieb, R.“Consolidation in the 3PL Industry: Why Is It Happening and What Does It Mean?” DC Velocity, December 2015, reprinted with permission from Supply Chain Quarterly (Q3 2015), also published in the online edition.

Lieb, R. Lieb K., “The North American Third Party Logistics Industry in 2013: The Provider CEO Perspective,” Transportation Journal, Vol. 54, No. 1, 2015, pp. 104-121.

Lieb, R., Lieb K., “Is Amazon a 3PL?” Supply Chain Quarterly (Quarter 3, 2014), pp. 24-27.

Lieb, R. “Looking Back on 25 Years of Research on Third Party Logistics,” Supply Chain Management Review (December 2014), pp. 16-24.

Lieb, R. (2014) Shooting Threes and Shaking the Basketball Establishment: The Short, Chaotic Run of the American Basketball League. New Jersey: St. Johann Press.

Lieb, R. (2013). "How to Fix the 3PL Talent Problem." Supply Chain Quarterly, Quarter 3, p27-30.

Lieb, R., Lieb, K. (2012). "The European Third Party Logistics Industry in 2011: The Provider CEO Perspective." Supply Chain Forum, 13(1), p2-7.

Lieb, R., Lieb, K. (2011). "The North American 3PL Industry in 2011: The Provider CEO Perspective." Transportation Journal, 51(3), p353-367.

Lieb, R., Lieb, K. (2011). "The North American Third Party Logistics Industry in 2010: The Provider CEO Perspective." Supply Chain Forum, 12(3), 44-53.

Presentations

Selected Presentations

“Solving the Growing Talent Gap in Manufacturing,” National Manufacturing Day Program, sponsored by Kronos and the Cambridge Innovation Center, Cambridge, MA, October 5, 2016.

“23rd Annual Survey of North American, European, and Asia-Pacific Markets for 3PL Services,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Orlando, September 26, 2016.

“What is causing the labor and skills gap?” panelist, Industry Week webinar sponsored by Kronos, February 15, 2016.

“North American, European and Asia-Pacific Markets for 3PL Services: 2015 3PL Provider CEO Perspective,” with Kristin Lieb and Joseph Carlier, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, San Diego, September 28, 2015.

“Building a Research and Teaching Program,” panelist, 2015 Logistics Doctoral Program, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, February 27, 2015.

Lieb, Robert (Presenter & Author), Goldman Sachs Industrial Conference, "Near-sourcing and its implications to supply chain management", Goldman Sachs, Boston. (November 13, 2013).

Lieb, Robert (Presenter & Author), Goldman Sachs Industrial Conference, "The future of E-Commerce and its implications to supply chain management", Goldman Sachs, Boston. (November 13, 2013).

Lieb, Robert (Presenter & Author), Lieb, Kristin (Presenter & Author), Carlier, Joseph (Presenter Only), Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), "North American, European and Asia-Pacific Markets for 3PL Services: 2013 3PL Provider CEO Perspective", CSCMP, Denver. (October 21, 2013).

Lieb, Robert (Presenter & Author), 11th Annual International Conference on Management, "The Evolution and Status of the Third Party Logistics Industry", Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece. (July 1, 2013).

Lieb, Robert (Presenter & Author), JOC Webcast, "Top Global Logistics Providers", The Journal of Commerce, Boston. (April 30, 2013).

Selected Media Appearances