James Abbey

Assistant Professor


Professor Abbey has worked in the domain of remanufacturing and Closed-Loop Supply Chains for the better part of a decade. Professor Abbey’s research focuses on consumer perceptions and reactions toward multiple lifecycle products, designing products for multiple lifecycles, and remanufacturing processes. In addition, Professor Abbey continues to work in the domain of healthcare supply chains with a particular focus on reimbursement systems and processes. His research has been published in Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, The Oxford Handbook Series, The Springer Science & Business Series, California Management Review, and more.

Professor Abbey also serves on the Journal of Operations Management Editorial Review Board, the Production and Operations Management Editorial Review Board, and the Remanufacturing Industry Council’s Consensus Body for Establishing an ANSI Standard for Remanufacturing. In addition, he reviews for multiple premier journals, including Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, Industrial Ecology, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and more.

In Fall of 2015, Dr. Abbey co-chaired an international conference on Closed-Loop Supply Chains. The conference brought together academics and industry experts from around the world to the Mays Business School City Centre facility in Houston for a two-day event focused on recycling, consumer returns, remanufacturing, and reclamation systems. Executives and academics put in a collective effort to address current issues in circular economies and closed-loop supply chains.


His recent manuscripts and chapters include:

Lee, S.J.*, J.D. Abbey, G.R. Heim, D.C. Abbey. 2016. Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Institutional Environment Impacts on Reimbursement Processes and Healthcare Operations. Journal of Operations Management. Forthcoming. [*Result of mentoring a Ph.D. student.]

The Role of Perceived Quality Risk in Pricing Remanufactured Products. 2016. Production and Operations Management. Forthcoming.

Consumer Markets for Remanufactured and Refurbished Products. 2015. California Management Review 57/4(Summer): 26-42.

Optimal Pricing for New and Remanufactured Products. 2015. Journal of Operations Management 36: 130-146.

Remanufactured Products in Closed-Loop Supply Chains for Consumer Goods. 2015. Production and Operations Management 24(3): 488-503.

Delayed Differentiation for Multiple Lifecycle Products. 2013. Production and Operations Management 22(3): 588-602.

Consumer Perceptions of Remanufactured Products. 2016. Springer series in Sustainable Operations Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains. New York: Springer Science + Business Media LLC.

Closed-Loop Supply Chains: Matching Strategy and Market. 2016. Sustainable Supply Chains. Springer.

Closed-Loop Supply Chains. 2012. In The Oxford Handbook on Business and the Natural Environment. New York: Oxford University Press.

Research Interests

Closed-Loop Supply Chains | Healtchare Supply Chains and Reimbursement | Remanufacturing Processes and Systems | Consumer Markets in Closed-Loop Supply Chains