Michael J. Murray

Instructional Assistant Professor

Michael Murray


Michael J. (Mike) Murray, PhD, PE is a Clinical Professor of Supply Chain Management in the department of Decision and Information Sciences at the University of Houston, and Chief Operating Officer of Cougar Investment Fund, LLC. He earned his PhD and MBA at the University of Houston, holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and is a registered professional engineer.

Mike has significant business experience and a diverse portfolio of skills developed over a successful career in manufacturing operations, corporate planning and business consulting. His operations experience includes positions as both a production superintendent and as a manager of engineering/technical development for Lyondell Chemical and its predecessor, as well as roles in manufacturing evaluations and corporate planning during and after Lyondell's Initial Public Offering. Mike's business consulting experience includes positions as a senior consultant in KPMG's (now BearingPoint) supply chain management practice, and as a senior petrochemical/refining consultant for Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (now part of IHS, Inc.) and Jacobs Consultancy.

Research Interests

  • Building on a successful career in manufacturing operations and management consulting, my primary research interests are business analytics, process economics and finance, decision support systems (LP/ERP), continuous production systems, and supply chain modeling and analysis.

Areas of Expertise

  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Analytics
  • Petroleum refining and petrochemical operations
  • Optimization and Simulation


  • Murray, M. J., Chin, W. W. and Anderson-Fletcher, E. (2012). Satisfaction with Enterprise Systems in Supply Chain Management. 7th International Conference on Partial Least Squares and Related Methods, Houston, TX, May 19 22, 2012.
  • Murray, M. J. (2012). Teaching Business Intelligence Concepts with PowerPivot.

Working Papers

  • Reducing order variability in complex supply networks with Demand Portfolio Management
  • Improving the Value of Enterprise Systems in Supply Chain Management
  • Academic Associations & Editorial Boards

    • Informs
    • Decision Sciences Institute
    • Global Manufacturing Research Group
    • APICS
    • AIChE

    Activities & Interests

    • Photography
    • Cycling
    • Astronomy
    • Atlanta Braves baseball

    Contact Info

    MH 260G
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    • Spring 2015:
    • SCM 7380 Enterprise Operations & Business Intelligence
    • BZAN 7320 Business Modeling for Competitive Advantage


    PhD Operations Management University of Houston
    MBA (finance) University of Houston
    BS Chemical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology
    Professional Engineer, Texas