WFU Undergrad Head Shots. 8/24/15Haresh Gurnani, Executive Director, Benson-Pruitt Professor, Area Chair (Quantitative Methods and Operations)

Haresh Gurnani is Benson-Pruitt Professor of Business and Executive Director, Center for Retail Innovation at Wake Forest University. He also serves as Area Chair of Quant Methods & Operations, Marketing and Economics areas. He was previously Leslie O Barnes Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Miami, Coral Gables where served as Chair of the Management Department and on the University’s Research Council, Graduate Council and the Provost’s Advisory Promotion Board.

His primary research interests are in supply chain management with interface issues with marketing, economics, and information systems. He has extensively worked on managing supply disruptions, supply contracts, and bargaining and game theory applications in supply chains. He has received several research and teaching awards, including The William W. Cooper Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in the area of Business and Economics, The William Larimer Fellowship, Richard M. Cyert Fellowship nomination, Cowan Faculty Research award at Wake Forest University, the University of Miami Excellence in Teaching nomination, Best Professor of Management award from the World Education Congress, the Michael G. Dale Prize nomination for Teaching and the Franklin Prize for Teaching Excellence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

He has served on review panels for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, and on multiple journal editorial boards. He is the founding Department Editor at Production and Operations Management Journal in the interface area of Operations-Economics, and previously served as Senior Editor where he co-edited a special issue on Global Supply Chain Risk Management. He also serves as Guest Associate Editor at Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM), Senior Editor at Decision Sciences, Editorial Board Member at Journal of Retailing, and has previously served as Area Editor at IIE Transactions, Associate Editor at Decision Sciences, and Senior Editor at the Journal of Flexible Services and Manufacturing. He serves as Vice-President (Publications) for Production and Operations Management Society, and has previously served as Vice-President (Colleges). He has co-edited a book on Supply Chain Disruptions: Theory and Practice of Managing Risk, published by Springer-Verlag (London) in 2011. His articles have been accepted in journals such as Management Science, Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, Decision Sciences, Journal of Retailing, IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, European Journal of Operational Research, etc. He has interacted extensively on research and training programs in different industries, including those corporations such as IBM, AT&T, General Motors, Lowes Foods, Covidien, Burger King, Texas Instruments, INMAR, and Bellomy Research, along with various Asian companies.

Haresh received his B.Tech. (Mechanical Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and the M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. He is a member of INFORMS, Production and Operations Management Society, the Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Society, and the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals.


Research Interests: Supply Chain Risk Management; Applied Game Theory models; Behavioral Operations Management; Healthcare Operations; Interface with Marketing, Information Systems and Economics.

Edited Book: Supply Chain Disruptions: Theory and Practice of Managing Risk (2012)

Teaching Interests: UG, MBA, Exec MBA, Exec Ed and PhD courses – Operations Management, Supply Chain Analytics, Retail Operations, Healthcare Operations, Operations for Investment Professionals.