Elena Katok

Ashbel Smith Professor
Professor of Operations Management
ekatok@utdallas.edu
972-883-4047
SOM3201
Tags: Supply Chain Operations Management

Professional Preparation

Ph.D.
Penn State University - 1996
MBA
Penn State University - 1992
B.S. - Business Administration w/ emphasis on Finance and Economics
University of California, Berkeley, CA - 1987

Research Areas

Research Expertise
  • Market design and strategic procurement
  • Behavioral operations management
Teaching Expertise
  • Operations and supply chain management: strategic procurement, supply chain coordination, inventory management, production planning and scheduling.

Publications

Michael Becker-Peth, Elena Katok and Ulrich Thonemann, Designing Contracts for Irrational but Predictable Newsvendors, Management Science, in press (2012). 2012 - Publication
David Cantor and Elena Katok, The Bullwhip Effect and Order Smoothing in a Laboratory Beergame, Transportation Research Part E 48, 2012, pp. 781-794. 2012 - Publication
Ernan Haruvy and Elena Katok, Increasing Revenue by Decreasing Information, Production and Operations Management, in press (2012). 2012 - Publication
Elena Katok, Valery Pavlov, and Tava Olson, Wholesale pricing under mild and privately known concerns for fairness, Production and Operations Management, in press (2012). 2012 - Publication
Rachel Croson, Karen Donohue, Elena Katok and John Sterman, Order Stability in Supply Chains: Coordination Risk and the Role of Coordination Stock, Production and Operations Management, in press (2012). 2012 - Publication
Zhixi Wan, Damian R. Beil and Elena Katok, When does it pay to delay supplier qualification? Management Science, in press (2012). 2012 - Publication
Andrew M. Davis, Elena Katok and Anthony M Kwasnica, Do auctioneers pick optimal reserve prices? Management Science, 2011, 57(1) pp. 177-192. 2011 - Publication
Elena Katok, Laboratory Experiments in Operations Management, in TutORials in Opertions Research (J. Geunes Ed.). Presented at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, November 13-16, 2011, Chapter 2, pp. 15-35. 2011 - Publication
Elena Katok, Buyer Determined Procurement Auctions Experiments, The Oxford Handbook of Market Design, (Alvin Roth, Nir Vulkan, Zvika Neeman and Muriel Niederle Eds.) Oxford University Press., Oxford, UK, 2011. 2011 - Publication
Elena Katok and Enno Siemsen, The Influence of Career Concerns on Task Choice: Experimental Evidence, Management Science, 2011, 57(6) pp. 1042-1054. 2011 - Publication

Appointments

Co-Director
University of Texas at Dallas [2012–Present]
Jindal School of Management
Ashbel Smith Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2012–Present]
Jindal School of Management
Co-Director
Penn State University [2008–2012]
Smeal College of Business
Endowed Fellow and Professor
Penn State University [2008–2012]
Smeal College of Business
Visiting Scholar
University of Cologne, Germany [2007–2018]
Associate Professor with tenure
Penn State University [2004–2008]
Smeal College of Buiness
Visiting Scholar
Harvard University [2000–2001]
Havard Business School
Assistant Professor
Penn State University [1999–2004]
Smeal College of Business
Assistant Professor
Colorado School of Mines [1997–1998]
Visiting Assistant Professor
State University of New York [1996–1997]

Additional Information

Honors and Awards
Winner of the 2000 Franz Edelman Award for achievement in the practice of OR&MS

News Articles

Professor is a Pioneer in Behavioral Operations Management
A researcher gives you $10 and tells you to split the money with someone else. If the other person rejects your offer, each of you gets nothing. How much would you keep for yourself and how much would you give the other person? That’s the type of question Dr. Elena Katok might ask as part of her experiments at the Center and Laboratory for Behavioral Operations and Economics in the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Katok, Ashbel Smith Professor of Operations Management, is a pioneer in an emerging field called behavioral operations management, which studies how human behavior factors into managerial decisions. The professor helped establish the Behavioral Operations Management section of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) and helps organize its Behavioral Research in Operations Management conference, which had its 8th annual conference last week in Ann Arbor, Mich. In 2000, Katok was part of a team that won the Franz Edelman Award presented by INFORMS in 2000.

Activities

Professional Service
  • INFORMS Behavioral Operation Management Section, President 2010-2012.
  • INFORMS Behavioral Operation Management Section, Vice President 2008-2010.
  • Co-Organizer of the Michael H. Rothkopf Memorial Conference, at the Smeal College of 
  • Business, Penn State University, June 1-3 2009.
  • The National Science Foundation DRMS review panel 2004 – 2006.
Editorial Service
  • Department Editor  Production and Operations Management, Behavioral Operations 
  • Department, 2012 – present.
  • Editor of the Special Issue on Behavioral Mechanism Design in Operations Management 
  • in Production and Operations Management, 2011.
  • Editor of the  Special “Michael Rothkopf Memorial” Issue on Auctions in  Decision 
  • Analysis (INFORMS journal), 2010.
  • Senior Editor Production and Operations Management, 2007 – 2012.
  • Deputy Editor, Interfaces 1999 – 2004.

Affiliations

Economic Science Association (ESA)
Production and Operations Management (POM)
The Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS)
Behavioral Operations Management (BOM) Section of INFORMS