Ozalp Ozer

Ashbel Smith Professor
Professor - Management
Tags: Supply Chain Operations Management

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Columbia University - 2000
M.S. - Operations Research
Columbia University - 1997
B.S. - Industrial Engineering
Bilkent University - 1996

Research Areas

Research Interest

Information and Operations Management; Supply Chain Management; Distribution Channel Management; Multi-Echelon Inventory Planning and Control; Incentive Mechanisms and Contracts; Pricing and Revenue Optimization; Behavioral Operations.


O. Ozer and Y. Zheng. 2009. Behavioral Issues in Pricing Management. To appear in the Oxford Handbook of Pricing Management. 2009 - Publication
Product Replacement Planning Under Stochastic Technological Changes, (with H. Liu), International Journal of Production Economics, 122(2), pp. 567–580, 2009. 2009 - Publication
Ozer, O. 2008. Inventory Management: Information, Coordination and Rationality. Chapter 14 in the Handbook in Production Management. K. Kempf, P. Keskinocak, and R. Uzsoy (Eds.), Kluwer. 2008 - Publication
Lutze, H. and O. Ozer. 2008. Promised Lead Time Contracts under Asymmetric Information. Operations Research. 56, pp. 898-915. 2008 - Publication
Ozer, O. and H. Xiong. 2008. Stock Positioning and Performance Evaluation for Distribution Systems with Service Constraints. IIE Transactions. 40(12), pp 1141-1157. 2008 - Publication
Chen, K., M. Kaya and O. Ozer. 2008. Dual Sales Channel Management with Service Competition. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. 10(4), pp. 654-675. 2008 - Publication
Kaya M, and O. Ozer. 2008. Risk and Information Sharing through Pricing Contracts. To appear in the Handbook of Pricing Management. 2008 - Publication
Ozer, O. and R. Phillips (Eds). 2008. The Handbook of Pricing Management. Oxford University Press. (In preparation). 2008 - Publication
Gaukler, G., O. Ozer and W. Hausman. 2008. Order Progress Information: Dynamic Emergency Ordering Policies. Production and Operations Management. 17 (6), pp. 599-613. (The rule of alphabetical ordering is not followed per the request of the third author) 2008 - Publication
Gallego, G., O. Ozer and P. Zipkin. 2007. Bounds, Heuristics and Approximations for Distribution Systems. Operations Research. 55(3), pp. 503-517. 2007 - Publication


University of Texas at Dallas [2012–Present]
Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2009–2012]
Associate Professor
Columbia University [2008–2009]
Consulting Associate Professor
Stanford University [2007–2009]
Assistant Professor
Stanford University [2000–2007]
Affiliated Faculty
Stanford University [2000–Present]
Research Assistant
Columbia University [1999–2000]
Research Assistant
Columbia University [1998–1999]
Columbia University [1998–2000]

Additional Information


XI Supply Chain Thought Leaders Roundtable, June 24, 2008. IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.

  • Trust in Forecast information sharing.

INFORMS-Seattle, November 4, 2007. Invited Chair.

  • Advance orders and market segmentation in a multi-product supply chain.
  • Integrating time-to-market, pricing and production decisions.
  • The role of trust in supply chain projects.

RFID Eurasia 2007, World RFID Conference in Istanbul, September 5, 2007. Plenary Speaker.

  • Unlocking the Value of RFID in Supply Chain Management.

2nd Behavioral Operations Conference, July, 24, 2007. Carlson School of Management, U. of Minnesota.

  • Dual Sales Channel Management with Service Competition.

Decision and Risk Analysis Conference, May 21, 2007. The School of Management, UT-Dallas.

  • Competing on Time: A Framework to Optimize Dynamic Time-to-Market and Operational Decisions.

POMS 2007 Conference, Dallas, May 4, 2007.

  • Competing on Time: A Framework to Optimize Dynamic Time-to-Market and Operational Decisions.

INFORMS-Pittsburgh, November 6, 2006. Invited Chair.

  • New Product Introduction and the Role of Inventory Control.

Supply Chain Thought Leaders Roundtable, July 29, 2006. Olin School, Washington University-St Louis,Applied Research Projects with Industry: Success Factors.
INFORMS-International, Hong Kong, June 25, 2006. Invited Session.

  • A Framework for New Product Introduction Decisions in Hard-Disk Drive Industry.
  • Coordination in a Dual Channel Distribution System with Service Competition.

INFORMS Conference in OM/MS Practice, Miami, May 2, 2005. Invited Session.

  • A framework for new product introduction decisions in hard-disk drive industry.

INFORMS-San Francisco, November 13-16, 2005. Invited Sessions.

  • Pricing Mechanisms to Induce Forecast Effort in a Decentralized Supply Chain.
  • Stock Positioning in a Distribution System with Service Constraints.

Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Conference, Chicago, June 28, 2005.

  • If the inventory manager knew: the Value of RFID under Imperfect Inventory Information.

INFORMS-Denver, October 24 and 26, 2004. Invited Session.

  • Assuring Production Capacity During Supply Channel Selection.
  • Bounds Heuristics and Approximations for Distribution Systems with Service Constraints.

Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands July 2, 2004.

  • Information Acquisition via Pricing & Advance Sales for Capacity Planning: When to Stop and Act?
  • Promised Leadtime Contracts.

INFORMS-Atlanta, October 19 and 21, 2003. Invited Session.

  • Dual Purchase Contract under Forecast Update.
  • Strategic Commitments for Optimal Capacity Decisions under Asymmetric Forecast Information.

Euro-INFORMS-Istanbul, July 7 and 8, 2003. Invited Chair.

  • Bounds Heuristics and Approximations For Multi-Echelon Production/Inventory Systems.
  • Strategic Commitments for Optimal Capacity Decision.

Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Conference, Los Angeles, June 15, 2003.

  • Bounds Heuristics and Approximations For Multi-Echelon Production/Inventory Systems.
  • Strategic Commitments for Optimal Capacity Decision.

CORS (Canadian Operations Research Society), Vancouver, Canada, June 2, 2003. Invited Chair.

  • Strategic Commitments for Optimal Capacity Decision.

INFORMS-San Jose, November 18, 2002. Invited Chair.

  • Robust Supply Chain Design: Bounds, Heuristics and Approximations.

INFORMS-Miami, November 7, 2001. Invited Session.

  • Value of Demand Information for Inventory Control When Capacity is Limited.”

INFORMS-International, Hawaii-Maui, June 17-20, 2001. Invited Session.

  • Replenishment Strategies for Distribution Systems.

INFORMS-San Antonio, November 16, 2000. Invited Session.

  • Optimal Replenishment Policies for Multi-Echelons in Series under Advance Demand Information.

INFORMS-Philadelphia, November 9, 1999, Invited Session. 

  • Inventory Policies with Forecast Revisions.

Referee for Journals:
Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Marketing Science, Operations Research Letters, IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, European Journal of Operational Research, Int. Journal of Production Economics, Mathematics of Operations Research, Econometrica.

Professional Memberships:
American Society for Engineering Education; The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences; The Production and Operations Management Society; Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Stanford Activities:

  • 2006 Member of the Department of MS&E strategic planning committee.
  • 2003 Liaison for the POM group, invited to present POM group’s research and teaching activity to MS&E Industry Affiliates, promoted our program to Silicon Valley companies
  • 2003 Member of the MS&E Web design committee.
  • 2001 Organized a one-day seminar on “Synchronized Supply Chains” for Global Supply Chain Management Forum, Stanford University.
  • 2000-2006 Member of the MS&E Ph.D. Admissions Committee.
  • 2000-Present MS&E Graduate and Undergraduate Degree Advisor (over 60 Grad & Undergrads)
  • 2000-Present Served as a reader and examiner for 17 doctoral students dissertations.

Other Activities:

  • 2008-2010 Elected Secretary and Board Member of the Production and Operations Management Society.
  • 2005-Present Invited member, annual meetings of Supply Chain Thought Leaders Roundtable
  • 2006 -2007 Member of the advisory council of INFORMS conference on OR/MS practice.
  • 2006 Member of the Supply Chain Risk Leadership Council of Bay Area High Tech Firms.
  • 2005-2006 Member of the Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Accomplishments Award Committee.
  • 2004 Member of the Scientific Board of International Committee on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production.
  • 2004 Nominated for the Young Researcher Roundtable for 2004 MIT/INFORMS Joint Practice Conference in Boston.
  • 2003-2007 NSF proposal reviewer: MES Unsolicited proposal reviewer.
  • 2005-2006 Cluster chair for INFORMS International Hong Kong, INFORMS-San Francisco.
  • 2003-2007 Judge of Manufacturing & Service Ops. Mgmt. Society, student paper competition.
  • 2002-2007 Invited session chair at 2007 INFORMS-Seattle national meeting; 2006 INFORMSPittsburgh national meeting; 2006 INFORMS-Hong Kong International meeting; 2005 INFORMS-San Francisco national meeting; 2004 INFORMS-Denver national meeting; 2003 INFORMS-Atlanta national meeting; 2003 joint Euro-INFORMS-Istanbul international meeting; 2003 CORS-Vancouver, Canada; 2002 INFORMS-San Jose national meeting.
  • 2002 Invited to Japan to advise and mentor 10 Stanford PhD students, recipients of Future Professors of Manufacturing fellowships. Program focus was to meet Japanese executives from Toyota, Honda, Sony and Sharp and discuss new initiatives in manufacturing, and supply chain management.
  • 2001, 2002 Invited to present advances in research and practice in supply chain management and the impact on the telecommunication supply chains to Ericsson executives at Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2000 Invited to serve as a member of the program committee for International Conference on Global Supply Chain Management, Beijing, China.
  • 2008-Present Associate Editor for Management Science
  • 2007-Present Associate Editor for Operations Research
  • 2003-Present Senior Editor for Production and Operations Management
  • 2001-2006 Editorial Board Member of Manufacturing & Service Operations Management
  • 2006-Present Associate Editor for International Journal of Inventory Research
  • 2008-Present Associate Editor for Journal of Flexible Service and Manufacturing
  • 2008-Present Secretary and Board Member of the Production and Operations Management Society.

News Articles

Business Prof Explores How Much Trust is Enough
A classroom full of students sat behind desktop computers in a School of Management computer lab recently making business decisions and wondering whether they could trust one another. As students role-played the parts of manufacturers and suppliers in an online simulation, they calculated each decision as if they were playing chess. Taking learning beyond the classroom, Professor Özalp Özer offered these students an intriguing blend of teaching and research by simulating real-life business challenges with a game of trust, the subject of his National Science Foundation-funded research.
JSOM Profs Bring Data-Driven Business Perspective to Healthcare Operations
By securing an undisclosed amount of funding from one of the nation's leading healthcare systems to jump-start research into data-driven medical decision making, a Naveen Jindal School of Management professor has once again strengthened the reputation of the school and UT Dallas as go-to partners for innovation at the cutting edge of the changing global economy.
Dr. Özalp Özer
, Ashbel Smith Professor of Operations Management, will collaborate with University Hospitals of Cleveland to develop technology that can more easily extract valuable information from electronic medical records. The goal is to help healthcare providers optimize medical decisions that can improve healthcare outcomes for patients while also improving operational efficiencies.
Jindal Professors Earn NSF Grants for Operations Management Studies
Two professors in the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s operations management program — Dr. Alain Bensoussan and Dr. Özalp Özer — recently were awarded grants by the National Science Foundation.

“We are especially pleased to have two research grants from the National Science Foundation awarded to our faculty in recent months,” said Dr. Hasan Pirkul, dean of the Jindal School. “Our faculty and our centers, such as the International Center for Decision and Risk Analysis, are solving real-world problems relevant to the industry’s needs of today.”

Bensoussan, professor of risk and decision analysis and Ashbel Smith Professor, was awarded a $208,559 grant in August for a project titled “New Problems in Mean Field Control Theory.”


Wei Wei. 2003. Capacity Management under Forecast Update in Decentralized Supply Chains. Associate, Morgan Stanley, Fixed Income Derivatives Research. Holly Lutze. 2004. Mitigating Supply Chain Risk: Pooling, Contracting, and Supply Channel Selection. Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Dallas, School of Management. Aykut Atali. 2006. Quantitative Modeling in Inventory Management with Imperfect Information. Algorithm Design Engineer, SmartOps Inc. Murat Kaya. 2006. Essays in Supply Chain Contracting: Dual Channel Management with Service Competition and Quality Risk in Outsourcing. Assistant Professor, Sabanci University, Turkey, School of Engineering and Research Scientist at Hewlett Packard Laboratories. Onur Uncu. 2007. Dynamic Time-to-market and Operational Decisions in High Technology Firms. Associate, Fixed Income, Credit Suisse. Heng Liu, 2007. Essays in New Product Management. Senior Software Product Development Manager, Oracle. Sechan Oh, 2010. Optimal Stopping Problems in Operations Management., IBM
Karen Zhang, Expected graduation 2010