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Christian  Hofer

Christian  Hofer

Associate Professor

Department of Supply Chain Management
Office: WCOB475F
(479) 575-6154


  • BA, European School of Business Reutlingen, International Business, 06/2001
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Transportation, 8/2007

Research Interests

  • Competitive dynamics
  • Inventory management
  • Aviation economics

Teaching Interests

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics Management
  • Inventory Management.


Dr. Hofer received his Ph.D. from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a BA with Honors in General and International Business from the European School of Business in Reutlingen, Germany and Reims Management School, France. Dr. Hofer currently teaches classes in Retail and Consumer Products Supply Chain Management in both the full-time and part-time MBA programs. In addition, he teaches an undergraduate class in Advanced Logistics Operations. Dr. Hofer’s research focuses on competitive dynamics in SCM and operations, inventory management, and aviation economics. His work has been published in Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Retailing, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, Transportation Research Part E, International Journal of Logistics Management, Transportation Journal, Transportation Research Part D and Journal of the Transportation Research Forum. Prior to returning to academia in 2003, Dr. Hofer worked as a management consultant with Booz & Company in Munich, Germany.
Martin Dresner, Cuneyt Eroglu, Christian Hofer, Fabio Mendez, Kerry Tan, (in press). The Impact of Gulf Carrier Competition on U.S. Airlines, Transportation Research: Part A
Adriana Hofer, Christian Hofer, Matthew Waller, (2014). What Gets Suppliers to Play and Who Gets the Pay? On the Antecedents and Outcomes of Collaboration in Retailer-Supplier Dyads,International Journal of Logistics Management, 25 (2): 226-244
Cuneyt Eroglu, Christian Hofer, (2014). The effect of environmental dynamism on returns to inventory leanness,Journal of Operations Management, 32 (6): 347-356
Zuozheng Wang, Christian Hofer, Martin Dresner, (2013). Financial condition, safety investment and accident propensity in the US airline industry: A structural analysis,Logistics and Transportation Review, 49 (1): 24-32
Christian Hofer, Yao Jin, Rodger Swanson, Matthew Waller, Brent Williams, (2012). The Impact of Key Retail Accounts on Supplier Performance: A Collaborative Perspective of Resource Dependency Theory,Journal of Retailing, 88 (3): 412-420
Christian Hofer, Cuneyt Eroglu, Adriana Hofer, (2012). The Effect of Lean Production On Financial Performance: The Mediating Role Of Inventories,International Journal of Production Economics, 138 (2): 242-253
Woohyun Cho, Robert Windle, Christian Hofer, (2012). Route Competition in Multi-Airport Cities,Transportation Journal, 51 (3): 265-288
Christian Hofer, David Cantor, Jing Dai, (2012). The Competitive Determinants of a Firm's Environmental Management Activities: Evidence from US Manufacturing Industries,Journal of Operations Management, 30 (1-2): 69-84
Adriana Hofer, Christian Hofer, Cuneyt Eroglu, Matthew Waller, (2011). An Institutional Theoretic Perspective on Forces Driving Adoption of Lean Production Globally: China Vis-À-Vis the United States,International Journal of Logistics Management, 22 (2): 148-178
Cuneyt Eroglu, Christian Hofer, (2011). Inventory Types and Firm Performance: Vector Autoregressive and Vector Error Correction Models,Journal of Business Logistics, 32 (3): 227-239
Cuneyt Eroglu, Christian Hofer, (2011). Lean, Leaner, Too Lean? the Inventory-Performance Link Revisited,Journal of Operations Management, 29 (4): 356-369
Christian Hofer, Cuneyt Eroglu, (2010). Investigating the effects of economies of scope on firms’ pricing behavior: Empirical evidence from the US domestic airline industry ,Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review 46 (1): 109-119
Christian Hofer, M Dresner, R Windle, (2009). The Impact of Airline Financial Distress on U.S. Air Fares: A Contingency Approach,Transportation Research: Part E (The Logistics and Transportation Review) 45E (1): 238-249
Christian Hofer, R Windle, M Dresner, (2008). Price Premiums and Low-Cost Carrier Competition,Transportation Research: Part E (The Logistics and Transportation Review) 44 (5): 864-882
Christian Hofer, M Dresner, R Windle, (2005). Financial Distress and U.S. Airline Fares,Journal of Transport Economics and Policy 39 (3): 323-340
Department of Supply Chain Management
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