Michael J. Murray

Instructional Assistant Professor

Michael Murray


Michael J. (Mike) Murray, PhD, PE is an Instructional Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management in the department of Decision and Information Sciences at the University of Houston, the Chief Operating Officer of Cougar Investment Fund, LLC., a member of the UH Faculty Senate and chair of the University Undergraduate Committee. 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 performance improvement.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Analytics
  • Optimization and Simulation
  • Supply chain performance improvement
  • Petroleum refining and petrochemical operations


  • Murray, Michael J. (2022) "Teaching how supply chain operations impact financial results: A case study using cloud-based simulation," Southwestern Business Administration Journal: Vol. 20: Iss. 1, Article 2. Available at: https://digitalscholarship.tsu.edu/sbaj/vol20/iss1/2
  • Murray, M.J. (2018). "Flipping a course on a shoestring: Maximizing your return on investment." 26th Annual Southwest Business Administration Teaching Conference, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX, November 1-2, 2018.
  • Tollerson, C.D., W.W. Chin, G.O. Gamble, M.J. Murray, and C-C Chang. (2017). "Segment Data Decision-Usefulness Model: An Exploration." Journal of Accounting and Finance, vol. 17, iss. 8, (Dec 2017): 71-96.
  • Murray, M. J. (2012). Teaching Business Intelligence Concepts with PowerPivot.
  • Murray, M.J. and J.M. Day (2008). Mitigating the Bullwhip Effect with Demand Portfolio Management. Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) 19th annual conference, La Jolla, CA, May 9- 12, 2008.


  • Murray, M. J., Chin, W. W. and Anderson-Fletcher, E. (2013). Satisfaction with Enterprise Systems in Supply Chain Management. In H. Abdi, W. W. Chin, V. E. Vinzi, G. Russolillo, & L. Trinchera (Eds.), New Perspectives in Partial Least Squares and Related Methods, Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics (Book 56), Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 295-313.
  • Newman, M. R., G.O. Gamble, W.W. Chin, M.J. Murray. (2013). An Investigation of the Impact Publicly Available Accounting Data, Other Publicly Available Information and Management Guidance on Analysts' Forecasts, In H. Abdi, W. W. Chin, V. E. Vinzi, G. Russolillo, & L. Trinchera (Eds.), New Perspectives in Partial Least Squares and Related Methods, Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics (Book 56), Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 315-339.

Academic Associations & Editorial Boards

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

Activities & Interests

  • Photography
  • Astronomy
  • Cycling
  • Atlanta Braves baseball

Contact Info

MH 260G
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  • BZAN 7320 Business Modeling for Competitive Advantage
  • SCM 4385 Supply Chain Analytics
  • SCM 7320 Supply Chain Analytics
  • SCM 7380 Analytics and Enterprise Operations


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