Stephen M. Rutner


Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Tennessee,
Knoxville, Tennessee, Completed December 1995
Major: Logistics and Transportation
Minors: Operations Management and Marketing

“The Quantification of the Value of Logistics”

C. John Langley, Jr. (Chair), John T. Mentzer, Ray A. Mundy, and Arun Chatterjee

The goal of the dissertation was to determine
measures of value that logistics adds throughout the total channel.
Traditional measurement systems concentrate solely on the costs
associated with logistics operations. However, advanced
companies have recognized the advantages of employing this often
overlooked portion of the marketing mix to create additional
customer value and satisfaction. This work examined companies
through in-depth interviews and an extensive survey.

Doctoral Comprehensive Exams: Passed in June 1994
Dissertation Defense Date: November 21, 1995

Master of Strategic Studies, Army War College
Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania

MBA, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Concentration: Marketing and Logistics

1983-1987 BA, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania
Major: History
Stephen M. Rutner Curriculum Vita


Dr. Steve Rutner is currently a Professor of Logistics and Transportation at Georgia Southern University.  His responsibilities include Co-Director of the Southern Center of Logistics and Intermodal Transportation.

Steve received his Ph.D. in Logistics and Transportation from the University of Tennessee and earned a MBA in Marketing and Logistics from the University of Alabama.

Steve’s professional background includes serving as a Transportation Officer in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve and two tours in SW Asia (Iraq/Kuwait.)  COL Rutner’s current position is as the Commander of the Defense Logistics Agency Army Reserve Element.  He also spent time at IBM working as a Strategic Analyst in the Service Sector Division for Alliances.  Steve has extensive consulting and training experience in a number of corporate areas including Performance Based Logistics, airport landside operations, maritime terminal operations and other areas.

His research background has covered the areas of logistics value, logistics information systems, capacity problems in aviation, and alliances and partnerships in transportation.  He has over eighty publications in numerous business, logistics and transportation journals.

Last updated: 8/14/2017

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