Mehdi Jourabchi (PhD) is a faculty in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Lethbridge’s Dhillon School of Business. Prior to joining Dhillon in 2020, he was a PhD candidate at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University where he also taught Operations Management, Fundamental of Operations, and Management Information Systems.
He successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, “Environmental Goal Misalignment between Logistics Service Providers and Shippers,” on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The inspiration for his dissertation emerged from an ongoing debate that exposes a gap in the transportation industry about who should pay for greening initiatives – shippers or Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) – the outsource entities shippers employ to manage warehousing, distribution, and transportation of freight. His thesis examines this gap, which reflects a misalignment between the parties’ environmental decision-making processes. His research adds a new perspective to the study of a supplier’s environmental performance assessment, emphasizing conflict resolution in the parties’ accountability for environmental issues in the supply chain. He undertook three studies (one conceptual theory building and two game-theoretic models) to discuss the conditions under which improved LSP-shipper environmental collaboration can be realized within the supply chain. Jourabchi’s thesis provides scholarly insights and practical solutions for the parties involved in the logistics and freight transport sector. His findings are also of interest and value to policy makers who are seeking to align the economic incentives of the transport sector with environmental objectives.