Robert Swinney is an Associate Professor in the Operations Management area of the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

His research focuses on strategic problems in operations management, including the impact of customer behavior on operational decisions, social responsibility and disruption risk in supply chains, platform operations, and the operations of start-up firms.

He currently serves as an Associate Editor at Management Science and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and his work has been published in academic journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Marketing Science.

At Fuqua, he is the coordinator of the doctoral program in Operations Management, and teaches a core course on Technological Transformation of Business as well as an elective on Operations Strategy in the MBA program.

Research Interests

  • Consumer behavior in operations

  • Social responsibility

  • Supply chain risk

  • Platform operations

  • Start-up operations

Academic Positions

Duke University, Fuqua School of Business

  • Associate Professor, 2013 - Present

Stanford University, Graduate School of Business

  • Associate Professor, 2012 - 2013

  • Assistant Professor, 2008 - 2012


  • Ph.D. in Operations Management, 2008, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

  • B.S. in Astronomy, 2002, California Institute of Technology