Professor Corbett's research and teaching focus on the interfaces between operations management, sustainability, and entrepreneurship. The environmental work revolves around examining links between good business practices and environmental protection. This has included studying the effects and global diffusion of ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 and of the LEED green building standards; the way in which supply contracts are changed from volume-based to service-based to align incentives between suppliers and buyers; the environmental footprint of a project-based industry such as the motion picture and television industry; and adoption of energy-efficiency practices in small and medium-sized businesses. His research in entrepreurship focuses on how for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs and small business owners make decisions and run their organizations on a day-to-day basis. His earlier work has focused mostly on how contracts can help improve coordination between buyers and suppliers, whether related to inventory control, service contracts or project management.
Dr. Corbett has published in his field's top academic and business journals in several countries. He holds or has held various editorial positions at Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Operations Research, Management Science and Production and Operations Management, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Foundations and Trends in Technology, Information and Operations Management.
He has given around 100 presentations at academic conferences and institutions around the world, including (semi-)plenary and keynote presentations in Bali, Istanbul, Lima, Mexico City, Shanghai, and Tainan.
He currently serves as Department Chairman and Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs. He served as Associate Dean of the MBA program from 2004-2006, and is the founding director of the UCLA Leaders in Sustainability graduate emphasis. Before joining the faculty in 1996, Professor Corbett was a visiting scholar at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Professor Corbett teaches the core course in operations management for the MBA and EMBA programs, in addition to his electives on "Business and the Environment" and "Managing Entrepreneurial Operations". He has also taught a doctoral course in empirical research in operations management. He is a frequent advisor to MBA teams fulfilling the Applied Management Research requirement, and has also participated in the Global Access Program in the FEMBA program. In addition, he is affiliated with the UCLA Institute of the Environment. Dr Corbett has also taught courses on supply chain management and on environmental management at the Ecole des Mines de Nantes and at ESC Reims in France, and at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago. He has received the Citibank Teaching Award, UCLA, June 2008, the EMBA Class of 2006 Outstanding Teaching Award, June 2006, the George Robbins Assistant Professor Teaching Award 2002, and the UCLA Staff Assembly's 2007 Faculty/Staff Partnership Award.
Suresh Muthulingam, Charles J. Corbett, Shlomo Benartzi, and Bohdan Oppenheim. (February 2009). “Managerial Biases and Energy Savings: An Empirical Analysis of the Adoption of Process Improvement Recommendations." [ Link ]
Charles J. Corbett, and Suresh Muthulingam. (August 2007). “Adoption of Voluntary Environmental Standards: The Role of Signaling and Intrinsic Benefits in the Diffusion of the LEED Green Building Standards." [ Link ]
Charles J. Corbett, and Jan C. Fransoo. (August 2007). "Entrepreneurs and Newsvendors: Do Small Businesses Follow the Newsvendor Logic When Making Inventory Decisions?" [ Link ]