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Ednilson Bernardes Ph.D.

Ednilson Bernardes Ph.D.

Professor, Global Supply Chain Management


304-293-3011Ednilson.Bernardes@mail.wvu.edu6003Reynolds Hall

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Ednilson Bernardes Ph.D.

Professor, Global Supply Chain Management

Fellow, WVU Morris L. Hayhurst LaunchLab, Launch Lab


Dr. Ednilson Bernardes is an expert in process transformation and supply network innovation. He started his post-secondary education and career with the Brazilian Air Force. Upon graduation, he worked in air transportation as an aircrew member and led quality control and process innovation, improvement, and digitization initiatives. His responsibilities also included project management, materiel management and relationship with suppliers, directing maintenance and monitoring activities, and aircrew training.

He later joined the aerospace conglomerate Embraer, the world's third-largest aircraft manufacturer, under their Young Talents Program, a fast career track program aimed at training and developing selected employees to ascend to critical leadership roles. This experience enabled him to observe the dynamics and some of the challenges and opportunities surrounding global supply network interactions and operations first hand. In this position, he led process innovation and digitization projects, quality and performance improvement initiatives, and served as a liaison between engineering departments.

Dr. Bernardes' background in the highly innovative environment of aviation and the aerospace industry has had a profound influence on his research and teaching. It was the foundation for his doctoral study, which examined strategic sourcing and social capital, and his continued interest in technology and innovation. Dr. Bernardes holds a Ph.D. in Operations and Management Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master's Science degree in Operations, Innovation, and Technology Management from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. He has taught, advised students, and developed curriculum at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive, and Ph.D. levels, and has assessed and led the development of academic programs. He has served as guest speaker and delivered talks and seminars to various organizations and countries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Logistics, and the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. His research appears in the top empirical journals publishing studies in his field, including Strategic Management Journal, Decision Sciences Journal, Journal of Supply chain Management, and Journal of Business Logistics, among others. Besides research, he has interacted with and led or facilitated innovation and performance improvement initiatives in large organizations, such as WVUHospital and the DEA, including quality, logistics, and process flow issues. He has also served in the Boards of government authorities and other organizations, as well as advised government offices in supply chain issues. He has co-authored various books, including Digital Supply Network: Transform Your Supply Chain and Gain Competitive Advantage with Disruptive Technology and Reimagined Processes.



  • Ph.D., Operations and Management Science, University of Minnesota
  • M.Sc., Operations, Innovation, And Technology Management, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  • B.B.A, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul
  • Aeronautics, Flight Engineer, Brazilian Air Force

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