• Jim Rice
  • Deputy Director of Center for Transportation & Logistics, MIT
    Director of Supply Chain Exchange Program, MIT
    Visiting Faculty, NSCIIC
  • Phone:617-258-8584
  • Email:jrice@mit.edu



Jim Rice joined the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics in 1995 and was appointed as the Deputy Director of CTL in 2007.  In this capacity he oversees all industrial outreach programs and serves as the Director of the Supply Chain Exchange, including marketing and communication for CTL, and runs CTL’s Executive Education Programs.

His primary research has been focused on a broad range of study and contributions on resilience and risk management related topics – supply chain resilience, port resilience and supply chain security.  Recently, Jim led a team applying resilience concepts to maritime transportation systems through a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.  In this research, his team developed principles and frameworks for creating resilient maritime transportation systems, specifically resilient ports, and developed an online application that the USCG currently uses to aid in their response to port disruptions.  In addition to studying resilience and risk management, Jim studies supply chain innovation and has helped identify key success factors and methods for pursuing and achieving innovation in the supply chain.

Prior to joining MIT, Jim managed manufacturing and distribution operations at Procter & Gamble, and served as a sales and market manager at General Electric Company.  Jim earned his MBA in Operations and Finance from the Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.


Research Interests

supply chain resilience, port resilience, supply chain security, and supply chain innovation


Teaching Interests

supply chain design for strategic advantage, supply chain financial analysis, strategic alignment, business continuity planning, and supply chain dynamics.


Selected Publications

Rice, J., & Sheffi, Y. (2005). A supply chain view of the resilient enterprise. MIT Sloan Management Review, 47(1), 41-48.