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Haresh Gurnani

Thomas H. Davis Chair in Business; Professor and Area Chair; UG Program Director -Math Business

Haresh Gurnani is the Thomas H Davis Chair of Business at Wake Forest University. His research interests are related to Supply Chain Disruptions and Restoration, Healthcare Operations and Marketing, Process Analytics, Business Analytics, Operations Management, Sharing Economy, Retail Distribution Design - Marketing and Operations.

He serves as Area Chair of Quant Methods/Analytics, Operations Management, Marketing, and Economics areas; Program Director of the Mathematical Business program; member of the Dean's Council, and Council member on Diversity and Inclusion at Wake Forest University. He leads student groups on capstone projects with corporate partners including one where a $128M new business opportunity was identified for the firm. He 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, Associate Editor at Service Science, 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.

Supply Chain Disruptions and Restoration, Healthcare Operations and Marketing, Process Analytics, Business Analytics, Operations Management, Sharing Economy, Retail Distribution Design - Marketing and Operations.

Research Interests

  • Supply Chain Disruptions and Restoration, Healthcare Operations and Marketing, Process Analytics, Business Analytics, Operations Management, Sharing Economy, Retail Distribution Design - Marketing and Operations.

Teaching Interests

  • UG, MBA, Exec MBA, Exec Ed and PhD courses - Supply Chain Analytics
  • Healthcare Operations and Marketing
  • Process Analytics
  • Business Analytics, Operations Management, Retail Marketing and Operations.

  • Guan, H., Geng, X.,  Gurnani, H. (Forthcoming). Peer-to-Peer Sharing Platforms with Quality Differentiation: Manufacturer's Strategic Decision under Sharing Economy. Production and Operations Management.
  • Erkoc, M., Gurnani, H., Ray, S.,  Jin, M. (Forthcoming). Quality Investment, Inspection Policy and Pricing Decisions in a Decentralized Supply Chain. Production and Operations Management.
  • Gurnani, H., Singh, S., Tang, S.,  Wang, H. (2022). Service Provision in Distribution Channels. Journal of Marketing Research, 59 (5),  926-940.
  • Tian, Z., Gurnani, H.,  Xu, Y. (2021). Collaboration in Development of New Drugs. Production and Operations Management, 30 (11),  3943-3966.
  • Farahani, M., Dawande, M., Gurnani, H.,  Janakiraman, G. (2021). Better to Bend than to Break: Sharing Supply Risk Using the Supply-Flexibility Contract. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 23 (5),  1257-1274.
  • Bai, J., Gurnani, H.,  Yin, S. (2021). Retail Distribution Strategy with Outlet Stores. Production and Operations Management, 31 (1),  281-303.
  • Wang, S., Gurnani, H.,  Subramaniam, U. (2021). The Informational Role of Buyback Contracts. Management Science, 67 (1),  279-296.
  • Guan, H., Gurnani, H., Geng, X.,  Luo, Y. (2019). Strategic Inventory and Supplier Encroachment. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 21 (3),  536-555.
  • Thanh, T., Gurnani, H.,  Desiraju, R. (2018). Optimal Design of Returns Policies. Marketing Science, 37 (4),  649-667.
  • 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

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