Sean Handley

Associate Professor

Sean  Handley

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Professor Handley’s primary scholarly interests lie in studying the challenges and approaches to managing outsourced business processes with a particular interest in: formal and informal mechanisms for managing inter-organizational relationships, the management of offshore outsourcing engagements, and quality management with outsourced manufacturing. Dr. Handley’s research has been published in several top tier journals including but not limited to the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management Journal, and Strategic Management Journal. He obtained his PhD and MBA from The Ohio State University, and received his BS in Industrial Management from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to entering academics, Professor Handley served in multiple technical and managerial capacities primarily supporting Honda’s North American logistics and supply chain operations.

Areas of Expertise



Global supply management

Buyer-supplier relationships

Inter-organizational quality management


Ph D, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

MBA, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

BS, University of Cincinnati


Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Management


"Antecedents of Information Systems Sourcing Strategies in U.S. Hospitals: A Longitudinal Study", (with Corey Angst, Kaitlin Wowak, Ken Kelley), to appear in MIS Quarterly.

"How Governance Misalignment and Outsourcing Capability Impact Performance", to appear in Production and Operations Management.

"Managing Quality in a Heterogeneous Contract Manufacturing Environment", (with John Gray), Decision Sciences, 46, 2015.

"Inter-organizational Conflicts:Research Overview, Challenges, and Opportunities", (with Fabrice Lumineau, Stephanie Eckerd), Journal of Strategic Contracts and Negotiation, 1, 2015.

"The Impact of Culture on the Relationship between Governance and Opportunism in Outsourcing Relationships", (with Corey Angst), Strategic Management Journal, 36, 2015.

"Managing Contract Manufacturer Quality in the Presence of Performance Ambiguity", (with John Gray), Journal of Operations Management, 38, 2015.

"Inter-organizational Quality Management: The Use of Contractual Incentives and Monitoring Mechanisms with Outsourced Manufacturing", (with John Gray), Production and Operations Management, 22, 2013.

"The Influence of Task- and Location-specific Complexity on the Control and Coordination Costs in Global Outsourcing Relationships", (with W.C. Benton), Journal of Operations Management, 31, 2013.

"Mediated Power and Outsourcing Relationships", (with W.C. Benton), Journal of Operations Management, 30, 2012.

"The Influence of Exchange Hazards and Power on Opportunism in Outsourcing Relationships", (with W.C. Benton), Journal of Operations Management, 30, 2012.

"The Perilous Effects of Capability Loss on Outsourcing Management and Performance", Journal of Operations Management, 30, 2012.

"Managing Quality in Outsourced Production: Construct Development and Measurement Validation", (with John Gray), Quality Management Journal, 18, 2011.

"Unlocking the Business Outsourcing Process Model", (with W.C. Benton), Journal of Operations Management, 27, 2009.

"An Investigation of the Value of Cross-docking for Supply Chain Management", (with Michael Galbreth, James Hill), Journal of Business Logistics, 29, 2008.