Dr. F. Barry Lawrence

Program Coordinator and Professor, Industrial Distribution Program

Dr. F. Barry Lawrence

Phone: (979) 845-1463
Email: barry.lawrence@tamu.edu

Program Coordinator, Industrial Distribution Program,
Leonard and Valerie Bruce Leadership Chair
Director, Global Supply Chain Laboratory,
Director, Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education
Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution Department
3367 TAMU
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843
Office: 205G Fermier
Phone: (979) 845-1463
Fax: (979) 845-4980
Email: barry.lawrence@tamu.edu

Classes Taught:

  • IDIS 444 – Leadership in Technology
  • IDIS 489 – New Directions in Distributor Competitiveness
  • IDIS 621 – Industrial Distributor Processes I
  • IDIS 622 – Industrial Distributor Processes II
  • IDIS 624 – Strategic Relationships for Industrial Distributors
  • IDIS 634 – Quality Concepts in Industrial Distribution
  • IDIS 655 – Global Distribution

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • inventory and Asset Management Optimization
  • Industrial Distribution Systems
  • ERP Systems
  • Software and Strategy
  • Distribution Process Matching to Information Technology
  • E-business Implementation
  • Pricing Optimization
  • Global Supply Chain Throughput


  • Ph.D. in Information and Operations Management, Texas A&M University, 1999
  • M.B.A., Texas State University, 1992
  • B.B.A. in Finance, University of Texas, 1980


Dr. Barry Lawrence holds the Leonard and Valerie Bruce Leadership Chair, the Program Director of the Industrial Distribution Program, Director of the Thomas and Joan Read Center, and Director of the Global Supply Chain Laboratory at Texas A&M University.

As a faculty member of the Industrial Distribution Program, he is involved in graduate, undergraduate, and professional continuing education teaching activities, funded research projects, publications, and industry presentations. His teaching activities surround classes in manufacturer / distributor relationships, Supply Chain Management, distributor profitability, and distribution strategy. He is a frequent speaker for distribution associations, buying groups and companies on topics ranging from distributor profitability, distribution growth and market share, pricing optimization, inventory asset management, sales and marketing optimization, global distribution, and numerous other topics.

Dr. Lawrence is a fellow of the National Association of Wholesale Distributors (NAW) institute and the author of four books on distributor competitiveness. Dr. Lawrence holds a Ph.D. in Information and Operations Management from Texas A&M University, an M.B.A. from Texas State University, and a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He has more than ten years of industry experience in sales and retail business before joining Texas A&M.


F. Barry Lawrence, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, Industrial Distribution Program
3367 TAMU, Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3367
Office: (979) 845-1463
Mobile: (979) 571-5513
Fax: (979) 845-4980
E-Mail: barry.lawrence@tamu.edu
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