John Saldanha

John Saldanha

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia (Greater Pittsburgh Area)
Logistics and Supply Chain

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John Saldanha's Overview

  • Blackpool & Fylde College Fleetwood Nautical Science
  • Sacred Heart Boys High School
  • Lal Bahadhur Shastri College of Engineering and Nautical Science
  • T.S. Jawahar

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John Saldanha's Summary

Specialties: International Logistics, Information Systems, Inventory Management, Supply Chain Management, Ocean Shipping, Motor Carrier, Truck Driver Management.

John Saldanha's Experience

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management

West Virginia University

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

June 2014Present (4 months) Morgantown, WV

Asst. Prof of Logistics

Fisher COB, The Ohio State University

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

July 2006May 2014 (7 years 11 months)

Research Assistant

Penn State University

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

January 2001June 2006 (5 years 6 months)

Second Officer

Barbers Ship Management

January 2000September 2000 (9 months)

Second Officer

Eurasia Shipping Co. Ltd

August 1999November 1999 (4 months)

Second Officer

Dole Food Company

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; DOLE; Food Production industry

January 1994June 1997 (3 years 6 months)

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Logistics and Supply Chain industry

January 1990December 1993 (4 years)

John Saldanha's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Animal Welfare
      • Arts and Culture
      • Children
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      • Economic Empowerment
      • Education
      • Environment
      • Health
      • Human Rights
      • Politics
      • Poverty Alleviation
      • Science and Technology
      • Social Services

John Saldanha's Publications

  • Linking formal controls to motor carrier performance: Curvilinear and interaction effects

    • Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
    • March 1, 2014
    Authors: John Saldanha, Jason Miller, PhD, John Mello, Shane Hunt

    We examine the relationships between formal management controls (FMCs)—activity controls and output controls—and motor carriers’ operational and market performance. Using nonlinear structural equation modeling, we identify curvilinear and interaction effects of FMCs on carrier performance. We contribute to theory by providing evidence that the relationships between FMCs and performance are more complex than previously theorized. Namely, excessive activity control will adversely affect market performance, especially when output control is low. However, when output control is high, increasing activity control improves market performance—up to a point. Accordingly, we provide managerial guidance on appropriate levels of FMC use.

  • Combining Formal Controls to Improve Firm Performance

    • Journal of Business Logistics
    • December 7, 2013
    Authors: Jason Miller, PhD, John Saldanha, Shane Hunt, John E. Mello

    We investigate the contingent effects of formal controls that influence the behavior of truck drivers and thereby influence the operational performance of firms in the U.S. motor carrier industry. We collected primary data from a large sample of U.S. motor carrier firms. The results of our analyses suggest a complex set of relationships between formal controls and operational performance. For example, using technology to monitor driver behavior can result in positive and/or negative organizational outcomes.

  • Driver Management That Drives Carrier Performance

    • Journal of Business Logistics
    • March 20, 2013
    Authors: John Saldanha, Shane Hunt, John E. Mello

    Our results shed light on the processes whereby some management initiated controls of truck drivers directly influence operational performance, whereas others indirectly influence operational performance. Motor carrier firms that employ a combination of formal and informal management initiated control of truck drivers perform better operationally than firms that do not do so. Hence, our results show, those employing such a combination of controls will realize a larger market share.

  • Cutting Logistics Costs with Ocean Carrier Selection

    • Journal of Business Logistics
    • September 1, 2009
    Authors: John Saldanha, John Tyworth, Peter F. Swan, Dawn M. Russell

    Two decades of survey research has shown that transit-time differences among ocean carriers are often secondary considerations in carrier selection. However, this study found that shippers can pay substantial premiums for superior ocean transit-time service, and cut logistics costs even when substantial variability occurs in landside segments of supply chains.

  • A Disaggregate Analysis of Ocean Carriers' Transit Time Performance

    • Transportation Journal
    • March 1, 2006
    Authors: John Saldanha, John Tyworth, Dawn M. Russell

    This study provides a disaggregate analysis of ocean carrier speed and reliability. The findings produce direct evidence that dramatic differences in carrier transit time and transit time reliability, also referred to collectively as transit time performance, prevail across major trade lanes. These results bring attention to transit time performance, which previous studies have shown to receive little attention from shippers, especially for ocean carrier selection. One study concluded that shippers perceived little difference in transit time reliability among carriers and therefore did not consider transit time performance important for ocean carrier selection. Differences in transit time performance impact not only shippers’ carrier selection decisions, but also their development of effective international ocean transportation strategies. Liner ocean carriers can also use these results as a benchmark to judge how well they perform relative to the competition.

John Saldanha's Skills & Expertise

  1. Supply Chain Management
  2. Information Systems
  3. International Logistics
  4. Logistics
  5. Data Analysis
  6. Supply Chain Optimization
  7. Transportation
  8. Inventory Management
  9. Statistics
  10. Operations Management
  11. Logistics Management
  12. Shipping
  13. Analysis

John Saldanha's Education

Penn State University

PhD, Business Administration


Ph.D. Business Administration, Concentration in Business Logistics, Minor in Statistics

University of Plymouth

BSc, Maritime Business & Transport


B.S. Maritime Business (Hons).

Blackpool & Fylde College Fleetwood Nautical Campus

HND, Nautical Science


H.N.D. Nautical Science, Second Class Deck Officer License

Blackpool & Fylde College Fleetwood Nautical Science

Class II Deck Officer, Nautical Science


Completed Higher National Diploma (HND) in Nautical Science. Class II Deck Officer Certificate of Competency. SOLAS Short Course Certificates for Class II License including GMDSS, SCMC, etc.

Sacred Heart Boys High School

Junior High (Secondary School Certificate)


Lal Bahadhur Shastri College of Engineering and Nautical Science

Class III Deck Officer, Nautical Science


Completed the exam for the Second Mate's License including other related required SOLAS short courses.

T.S. Jawahar

Non Degree, Pre-Sea Training


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