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COBE Advisory Council

Active. Engaged. Valued.

The College of Business and Economics (COBE) is helping create the future for our students and the Treasure Valley through entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, and collaboration. Collaboration with leaders from our vibrant business community is central to the College’s ability to achieve its vision, mission and strategic directions. The COBE Advisory Committee (COBEAC) is made up of business leaders who not only care about the direction of our Valley, but believe strongly that COBE can be a key driver in creating economic value and improving our community’s high quality of life.

Kenneth J. Petersen, PhD

Dean • (208) 426-3110 • Mail Stop: 1600
Office Number: MBEB 3131

Kenneth J. Petersen is the dean of the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University and Visiting Senior Fellow at Manchester Business School in Manchester, England. Prior to joining Boise State, Petersen served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Arizona State University, the University of Oregon and Colorado State University. Petersen received a Ph.D. from Michigan State University where he studied operations, sourcing management and information systems, an MBA from the University of Akron where he studied information systems and a B.S. from the University of Alabama where he studied finance and economics.

Petersen serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Operations Management and the Journal of Business Logistics. He has recently published a new book entitled Global Supply Chains: Evaluating Regions on an EPIC Framework. He has also published in various supply chain management and business journals including Academy of Management Journal, Decision Sciences Journal, Journal of Operations Management, California Management Review, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Business Horizons, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Research and Inside Supply Management.

Petersen has professional experience in supply chain management as a supply officer in the United States Navy, and has also consulted with many firms in the area of supply chain management. Some of these firms include Honeywell, IBM, Raytheon, Solectron, Texas Instruments, JP Morgan Chase and Delphi.


  • PhD Operations and Sourcing Management (Michigan State University, 1999)
  • M.B.A. Management (University of Akron, 1994)
  • B.S. Finance and Economics (University of Alabama, 1988)

Teaching Areas

  • Supply Chain Management

Featured Publications

  • Journal of Supply Chain Management
  • Journal of Business Logistics
  • Business Horizons
  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Journal of Product Innovation Management
  • Journal of Operations Management