Walter Zinn

Professor Walter Zinn

Walter Zinn is Professor of Logistics.  He currently serves Ohio State’s  Fisher College of Business as Associate Dean for Graduate Students and Programs. He previously served as Chairman of the Department of Marketing and Logistics (2010-2016) and as Director of the Master in Business Logistics Engineering (MBLE), an innovative joint program between the Schools of Business and Engineering (2005-2010).

Dr. Zinn is Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Business Logistics, He formerly served the journal as the Systems Section Editor (1997-2001) and as Editor for a Special Section on Logistics, Marketing and Supply Chain Strategies in 2000. Dr. Zinn’s research interests focus primarily on the relationship between customer service policy and inventory investment; particularly consumer response to stockouts, supply chain risk management, and the effects of inventory centralization and sales forecasting on safety stocks. He is also interested in logistics issues in Latin America.

Dr. Zinn is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. He chaired several committees and served as a member of the Board of Directors (2011-2014). He is a Michigan State University graduate, with MBA (1979) and Ph.D. (1986) degrees.