Mendoza School of Business

Kaitlin Wowak

Assistant Professor
IT, Analytics, and Operations
  338A Mendoza College of Business
  • Biography
  • Background
  • Publications
  • Awards

Professor Wowak’s research interests lie within the field of strategic supply chain management, with a focus on supply chain knowledge and disruptions. In recent studies, she has focused on product recalls and how these disruptions can facilitate organizational learning and capability development to mitigate the impact of future disruptive events. She is also currently studying traceability and how firms can trace products as they are distributed through global networks. Her research has been published in Journal of Operations Management, MIS Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Decision Sciences, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Logistics, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and Communications of the Association for Information Systems. She received her Ph.D. in business administration from the Pennsylvania State University; her M.S. in information systems from Johns Hopkins University; and her B.S. in finance from the University of Florida. She teaches process analytics at the undergraduate and graduate level and won the 2017 James Dincolo Teaching Excellence Award.

Ph D, Pennsylvania State University
MS, Johns Hopkins University
BS, University of Florida

Areas of Expertise
Product recalls
Supply chain risks and disruptions
Supply chain knowledge
Strategic supply chain management

"Product competition, managerial discretion, and manufacturing recalls in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry", (With George Ball, Rachna Shah), Journal of Operations Management, 58-59, 2018

"Antecedents of information systems sourcing strategies in U.S. hospitals: A longitudinal study", (With Corey Angst, Sean Handley, Ken Kelley), MIS Quarterly, 41, 2017

"Toward a theoretical toolbox for the supplier-enabled fuzzy front end of the new product development process", (With Christopher Craighead, David Ketchen, Jr, Tomas Hult), Journal of Supply Chain Management, 52, 2016

"Tracing bad products in supply chains: The roles of temporality, supply chain permeation, and product information ambiguity", (With Christopher Craighead, David Ketchen, Jr), Journal of Business Logistics, 37, 2016

"A tutorial on empirical ICT4D research in developing countries: Processes, challenges, and lessons", (With Idris Adjerid, Corey Angst, Juan Carlos Guzman), Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 38, 2016

"Resource gaps and resource orchestration shortfalls in supply chain management: The case of product recalls", (With David Ketchen, Jr., Christopher Craighead), Journal of Supply Chain Management, 50, 2015

"So many recalls, so little research: A review of the literature and roadmap for future research", (With Christopher Boone), Journal of Supply Chain Management, 51, 2015

"Throwing caution to the wind: The effect of CEO stock option pay on the incidence of product safety problems", (With Adam Wowak, Michael Mannor), Strategic Management Journal, 36, 2015

"Supply chain knowledge and performance: A meta-analysis", (With Christopher Craighead, David Ketchen, Jr., Tomas Hult), Decision Sciences , 44, 2013

"Addressing common method variance: Guidelines for survey research on information technology, operations, and supply chain management", (With Christopher Craighead, David Ketchen, Jr., Tomas Hult), IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management , 58, 2011

"An empirically derived framework for global supply chain resiliency", (With Jennifer Blackhurst, Christopher Craighead), Journal of Business Logistics , 32, 2011

"Nominee, Outstanding Professor Award", University of Notre Dame, 2019

"Nominee, Outstanding Professor Award", University of Notre Dame, 2018

"James Dincolo Teaching Excellence Award", University of Notre Dame, 2017

"Nominee, Outstanding Professor Award", University of Notre Dame , 2017

"Office of the Dean Mission Award", University of Notre Dame, 2017

"Outstanding Reviewer Award", Journal of Supply Chain Management , 2015

"Outstanding Reviewer Award", Academy of Management, 2014

"Outstanding Reviewer Award", Decision Sciences Journal , 2014

"DSI Best Empirical/Theoretical Paper", Decision Sciences Institute, 2013