Steve Walton

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  • Associate Professor in the Practice of Information Systems & Operations Management
  • Phone: (404) 727-3526
  • Fax: (404) 727-6313

Mailing Address:

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322


Professor Walton joined Goizueta Business School in the Fall of 1996. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1993 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Steve served on the faculties of North Carolina A&T State University and Baylor University. Steve's efforts in the classroom have been highlighted by six teaching awards, including The Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, a university-wide honor, and the Adler Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Before coming to Emory, Steve also worked for IBM.

Steve's current interests include strategic execution, operational decision making and the impact of leadership on operations outcomes. Steve has published in Journal of Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management and the Proceedings of the Decision Sciences Institute. Professor Walton also serves as a reviewer for Decision Sciences, Journal of Operations Management, the Journal of Supply Chain Management and Organization Science.

Steve's consulting clients include Sony, First Data, UPS, The Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, Usher’s New Look Foundation, SunTrust, Panasonic, McKesson Information Solutions, The Arthur M. Blank Family Office, Siemens Medical Systems, Synovus and others.


  • Handfield, R.B., S.V. Walton and R. Sroufe, Applying Environmental Criteria to Supplier Assessment: A Study in the Application of the Analytical Hierarchy Process, European Journal of Operations Research, 2002
  • Galea, C. and S.V. Walton, Is E-commerce Sustainable? An Analysis of Webvan, Sustainability in the Digital Economy, Greenleaf Publishing, 1997
  • Walton, S.V. and J.N.D. Gupta, Electronic Data Interchange and Operations Management: A Research Agenda, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 372-388, 1998
  • Walton, S.V., R.B. Handfield and S.A. Melnyk, The Green Supply Chain: Integrating Suppliers into Environmental Management Processes, International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 2-11, 1998
  • Handfield, R.B., S.V. Walton, S.A. Melnyk and L. Seegars, The "Green" Supply Chain: Best Practices from the Furniture Industry, Journal of Operations Management, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 293-315, 1997
  • Walton, S.V. and A.S. Marucheck, The Relationship between EDI and Supplier Reliability, International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 30-35, 1997
  • Handfield, R.B., S.V. Walton, A.S. Marucheck and A. McKinney-Wilkens, International Purchasing Transactions through Electronic Data Interchange Systems, Global Information Technology Applications: Focus on the Organization and Its Functional Areas, C. Deans and K. Karwan (eds.), pp. 312-328

Working Papers

  • Walton, S.V., The Influence of Supplier Leverage on Supply Chain Performance
  • Walton, S.V., Toward a Valid Measure of "Criticality" in the Buyer/Supplier Relationship
  • Walton, S.V. and R.B. Handfield, The Role of Paradigm in Operations Management Publication Patterns

Areas of Specialization

  • Strategic execution
  • Strategic decision making
  • Operational excellence
  • Environmental management
  • Supply chain management
  • Applications of qualitative research methods

Achievements and Honors

  • Modular Executive MBA Best Distance Educator, 2013
  • Evening MBA Distinguished Educator, 2005
  • The Marc F. Adler Prize for Excellence in Teaching 2002
  • The Emory Williams Distinguished Educator 2000
  • Two-time recipient of the BBA Distinguished Educator Award, 1999 and 2000
  • Dedicated Service to the Emory Community, 1997
  • Honorable Mention for The Green Supply Chain as Best Environmental Issues Paper, Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference of the Decision Sciences Institute, 1997
  • Baylor University MBA Student Award for Teaching Excellence, 1995
  • Liberty Fellowship, 1987

Selected Consulting Clients

  • Sony
  • First Data
  • UPS
  • The Home Depot
  • Siemens Medical Systems
  • McKesson Information Solutions
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • Atlanta Casualty Company


  • Ph.D. Operations Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 1993
  • Master's Industrial Management, Clemson University , Clemson, SC 1987
  • Bachelor's Science in Industrial Management, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 1986