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Haresh Gurnani is the Thomas H Davis Chair of Business at Wake Forest University. He is an internationally recognized thought leader in supply chain & operations management with research interests related to supply chain risk management, product innovation and sustainability, retail distribution channel design and management.

He serves as Area Chair of Quant Methods/Analytics, Operations Management, Marketing, and Economics areas; Program Director of the Mathematical Business program; and has served as the Benson-Pruitt Professor of Business and Executive Director of the Center for Retail Innovation at Wake Forest University.

He was previously Leslie O Barnes Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Miami, Coral Gables where he served as Chair of the Management Department and on the University's Research Council, Graduate Council and the Provost's University-wide Advisory Promotion Board.

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, and Richard M. Cyert Fellowship nomination at Carnegie Mellon University, 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. In 2015, two of his papers (in Management Science and IIE Transactions) received the best paper awards.

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 also serves as Guest Associate Editor at Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Department Editor at Decision Sciences, Editorial Board Member at Journal of Retailing, and has previously served as Area Editor at IIE Transactions.

He has served as Vice-President (Publications) and as Vice-President (Colleges) for the Production and Operations Management Society. He has co-edited a book on Supply Chain Disruptions: Theory and Practice of Managing Risk, published by Springer-Verlag (London) in 2011. His research publications 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, Volvo, Hanesbrands, Food Lion, 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.

Operations and Supply Chain Risk Management, Supply Chain Analytics, Retail Distribution Channel, Product Innovation and Sustainability, Behavioral Operations, Healthcare Operations, Operations for Financial Professionals

Research Interests

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

Teaching Interests

  • UG, MBA, Exec MBA, Exec Ed and PhD courses - Operations Management, Supply Chain Analytics, Retail Operations, Healthcare Operations, Operations for Investment Professionals.

  • Thanh, T. ,  Gurnani, H. , &  Desiraju, R. (Forthcoming). Optimal Design of Returns Policies. Marketing Science.
  • Guan, H. ,  Gurnani, H. ,  Geng, X. , &  Luo, Y. (Forthcoming). Strategic Inventory and Supplier Encroachment. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management.
  • Wang, Z. ,  Hu, X. ,  Gurnani, H. , &  Guan, H. (2018). Multichannel Distribution Strategy: Selling to a Competing Buyer with Limited Supplier Capacity. Management Science, 64 (5), 2199-2218.
  • Boleslavsky, R. ,  Cotton, C. , &  Gurnani, H. (2017). Demonstrations and Price Competition in New Product Release. Management Science, 63 (6), 2016-2026.
  • Bagchi, R. ,  Kukova, N. ,  Gurnani, H. ,  Nagarajan, M. , &  Oza, S. (2016). Walking in My Shoes: How Expectations of Role Reversals in Future Transactions Impact Present Behaviors. Journal of Marketing Research, 53 (3), 381-395.
  • Chen, H. ,  Gupta, D. ,  Gurnani, H. , &  Janakiraman, G. (2016). A Stochastic Inventory Model with Fast-Ship Commitment. Production and Operations Management, 25 (4), 684-700.
  • Wang, H. ,  Gurnani, H. , &  Erkoc, M. (2016). Entry Deterrence of Capacitated Competition using Price and Non-Price Strategies. Production and Operations Management, 25 (4), 719-735.
  • Chen, H. ,  Gupta, D. , &  Gurnani, H. (2016). Balancing Inventory and Stockout Risk in Retail Supply Chains Using Fast-ship. Production and Operations Management, 25 (12), 2103-2115.
  • Tang, Y. ,  Gurnani, H. , &  Gupta, D. (2014). Managing Disruptions in Decentralized Supply Chains with Endogenous Supply Reliability. Production and Operations Management, 23 (7), 1198-1211.
  • Gurnani, H. ,  Ramachandran, K. ,  Ray, S. , &  Xia, Y. (2014). Ordering Behavior Under Supply Risk:An Experimental Investigation. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 16 (1), 61-75.
  • Hu, X. ,  Gurnani, H. , &  Wang, L. (2013). Managing Risk of Supply Disruptions: Incentives for Capacity Restoration. Production and Operations Management, 22 (1), 137-150.
  • Gumus, M. ,  Ray, S. , &  Gurnani, H. (2012). Supply Side Story: Risks, Guarantees and Information Asymmetry. Management Science, 58 (9), 1694-1714.
  • Xu, Y. ,  Gurnani, H. , &  Desiraju, R. (2010). Strategic Supply Chain Structure Design for a Proprietary Component Manufacturer. Production and Operations Management, 19 (4), 371-389.
  • Gurnani, H. ,  Sharma, A. , &  Grewal, D. (2010). Optimal Return Policy under Demand Uncertainty. Journal of Retailing, 86 (2), 137-147.
  • Yin, S. ,  Ray, S. ,  Gurnani, H. , &  Animesh, A. (2010). Durable Products with Multiple Used Goods Markets: Product Upgrade and Retail Pricing Implications. Marketing Science, 29 (3), 540-560.
  • Luo, Y. ,  Shenkar, O. , &  Gurnani, H. (2008). Strategic Alliances as Loosely Couple Systems: An Interactive Typology of Control and Cooperation. Journal of International Business, 39 (3), 428-453.
  • Gurnani, H. , &  Shi, M. (2006). A Bargaining Model for a First-Time Interaction Under Asymmetric Beliefs of Supply Reliability. Management Science, 52 (6), 865-880.
  • Gurnani, H. , &  Tang, C. (1999). Optimal Ordering Decisions with Uncertain Cost and Demand Forecast Updating. Management Science, 45 (10), 1456-1462.

  • 2018 - Thomas H Davis Chair of Business, Wake Forest University
  • 2016 - Cowan Faculty Research Award, Wake Forest University
  • 2015 - Best Paper Award, IIE Transactions Focused Issue on Scheduling and Logistics
  • 2015 - Best Paper Award, M&SOM Society iFORM Special Interest Group
  • 2015 - Benson-Pruitt Professor of Business, Wake Forest University
  • 2014 - Leslie O Barnes Professor, University of Miami
  • 2013 - Global Best Professor of Management Award, World Education Congress

  • March 8, 2018 - What Trump's Tariffs Could Mean for Consumers, US News World Report | more information
  • October 9, 2017 - Managing Your Supply Chain: Why Asking Questions Now Can Help Avoid Disturbance Later, American Express | more information
  • April 10, 2017 - Wake Forest School of Business MBA Team Takes First Place in 27th Marketing Analytics Summit , Businesswire.com | more information
  • January 9, 2017 - https://www.chase.com/news/122716-gas-prices, Chase.com | more information
  • April 30, 2016 - Will Lundgren stay at Macy's helm?, Cincinnati Enquirer | more information
  • March 23, 2016 - Easter 2016 By the Numbers, Wallethub.com | more information
  • February 10, 2016 - Drivers-paying-lowest-february-gas-prices-in-12-years, Time Warner Cable News | more information
  • January 5, 2016 - What Consumers Should Know About Dynamic Pricing, USNews | more information
  • November 20, 2015 - Why Wal-Mart, Target aren't growing online as quickly as Amazon, MarketWatch | more information
  • February 18, 2010 - Helping Haiti, Supplymanagement.com | more information