Dave Nelson, Ph.D.
Dr. Nelson works currently as a Lecturer at the University of Michigan - Flint School of Management and previously in the UM Dearborn Department of Management Studies. He teaches in Management areas of IS, OM, Quantitative Analysis and Supply Chain, with specialty focus on Green Supply Chains, Corporate Social Responsibility and Circular Economy. Dave’s work for the Flint campus also entails advising students in the Supply Chain and Operations Management organization, along with mentoring both entry-level students and those transitioning into second careers. He also teaches at regional satellite facilities for the Dual Education Enrollment Program (DEEP), involving AP-level students attending university-level classes while completing high school.
Dave has over 12 years of experience instructing across in-class, online and hybrid settings in Business and Mathematics at undergraduate and graduate levels. He has three graduate degrees - a Master’s degree in Science, an MBA from Purdue University and a PhD in Operations Management from the University of Toledo.
Dr. Nelson has extensive industry experience, working with global manufacturing and service companies seeking assistance in design, management, planning and personnel training under the purview of federal and state regulatory agencies. Project scope ranged from short to long-term, necessitating liaison between the client’s company and agencies while working towards a proactive strategy. His expertise also encompasses business startup, development, and expansion. Dave set up a company in Michigan which grew into three offices servicing large global manufacturing firms.
Dr. Nelson’s research encompasses his professional expertise and academic thrust - Supply Chain Sustainability Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility, Triple Bottom Line Performance and Circular Economy, with publications in the Journal of Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, and Biodiesel. He was co-author of an Alternative Energy study in mass transit funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Dave belongs to several academic and professional societies, actively participates in local and regional conferences as a chair, moderator and reviewer, in addition to authoring papers presented both internationally and in North America.