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About Carlos Mena

Dr. Carlos Mena received his Doctorate degree from the University of Warwick (UK). Prior to joining PSU, Dr. Mena worked for Michigan State University and for Cranfield University in the UK. The focus of his research is the impact of supply chain management practices on economic, social and environmental performance.  He has more than 25 refereed publications to his name, as well as two books entitled “Leading Procurement Strategy” and “Delivering Performance in Food Supply Chains”. Dr. Mena will be teaching a variety of courses in Supply Chain Management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Upon hire, Dr. Mena was awarded the School of Business Nike Professorship of Supply Chain Management.


Present Professor, Portland State University The School of Business
2012 - 2015 Assistant Professor, Michigan State University ‐ Eli Broad School of Business
2011 - 2015 Associate Professor, Cranfield University ‐ Cranfield School of Management
2004 - 2011 Assistant Professor, Cranfield University ‐ Cranfield School of Management
2001 - 2004 Assistant Professor, University of Warwick
1998 - 2001 Research Engineer, University of Warwick

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • • Winner of the “Instructor Excellence Award for the Undergraduate Program 2018” Broad college of Business, Michigan State University.
  • • Winner of the best-selling case award 2016: The Case Centre, for Saghiri, S., Mena, C. & Bernon, M. (2013) Supply Management in Cradle to Cradle® Programmes: DESSO Approach (No. 715-052-1), Cranfield School of Management case collection.
  • • Student Lead Teaching Awards (Cranfield Student Association) – Most Engaging Professor 2014
  • • Finalist for the 2013 Harold E. Fearon Best Paper Award for: Mena, C., Humphries, A. & Choi, T. (2013) “Towards a Theory of Multi-tier Supply Chain Management”, Journal of Supply Chain Management, 49(2): 58-77.
  • • Award for Innovation in Teaching – Cranfield School of Management 2013
  • • Emerald Outstanding Paper Award for: Christopher, M., Mena, C., Khan, O., & Yurt, O. (2011) The Impact of Global Sourcing on Supply Chain Risk, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 16(2): 67-81.
  • • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) – since 2014
  • • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) - since 2013
  • • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) – since 2007
  • • Warwick University Doctoral Scholarship (1998 – 2002)
  • • Doctoral Scholarship from the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) (1998)


2003 EngD, University of Warwick ‐ Engineering
1997 MS, University of Warwick ‐ Engineering Business Management
1994 BEng, Universidad Iberoamericana ‐ Industrial Engineering

Contact Information

Portland State University
Business Administration, School of (SBA) 
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207

Research Works (40)