Strategic Management of the Health Care Supply Chain

Strategic Management of the Health Care Supply Chain provides students, faculty, managers, and researchers with a clear understanding of the health care supply chain and its role in health care strategy. It builds on fundamental concepts including sourcing of materials, forecasting demand, selecting and employing distribution models, and assessing risks, showing how they aid in the pursuit of supply management excellence in the health sector.


Eugene Schneller is a professor of supply chain management at the W. P. Carey School of Business. He joined ASU in 1985 and has been a Dean's Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar since 2007. His research and consulting focus on health sector supply chain strategy, group purchasing, distribution models and talent development. He has studied public and private health care procurement in both the U.S. and abroad with a focus on design, integrity, efficiency and effectiveness. His consulting and research in these areas centered on Europe, Asia, South America. His recent clients include the Children's Hospital Association, HCA, CombineMed, FTI, Health Industry Group Purchasing Association, and Costal Carolinas Health Alliance.

Prior to ASU, Professor Schneller's academic appointments were in very diverse settings, including business, liberal arts, medicine, and public health. He has held positions in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, University of Colorado, Union College, Albany Medical College, Columbia University, and Duke University. He is on the editorial review board for the Journal of Supply Chain Management (2005-present), Healthcare Briefings (2000-present), and Electronic Highway (1999-present). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Health Administrators Forum, Phoenix, Arizona (1998-present) and the Network for Health Administration Education (1996-present). In addition, he is active on the Governor's Council on Telemedicine, Phoenix, Arizona, (1997-present).

Praise for this book

Based on Schneller and Smeltzer's recent empirical research, and drawing on contemporary cases, this book presents compelling arguments for the value-added through effective supply chain performance and for repositioning the supply chain function to a strategic position within organizational structures.

Howard Zuckerman Senior advisor at the Center for Health Management Research

This book reveals insights into possibilities for rapid, meaningful, and measurable improvements to the health care supply chain. It provides a futuristic view of the possibilities of the health care supply chain and provides workable solutions for improvement and market-based approaches for health care executives. This is a must read.

Mark McKenna President at Novation
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