UPS Foundation Professor of Business Logistics
Ananth Raman, UPS Foundation Professor of Business Logistics, specializes in operations management. He teaches courses in supply chain management, service operations, and the investor's perspective on operations to MBA students and executive participants. He teaches a doctoral course on operations management at Harvard Business School, and serves as primary thesis advisor for multiple doctoral students.
He is co-director of a multi-year research project (the "Consortium for Operational Excellence in Retailing") to study retail operations, supply chain, and merchandising practices. Over 30 retailers from the United States, Japan and Europe have participated in this study. The project involves researchers from a number of universities including the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
He has consulted with, and been responsible for management education programs for executives in, a number of companies. His research on forecasting and inventory planning has been implemented at multiple companies.
Raman has a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
The new Science of Retailing
Authors Marshall Fisher and Ananth Raman, argue that the time is ripe for “rocket science retailing.” Just as Wall Street was transformed in the 1970’s by the influx of physicists, engineers, and “rocket scientists” with mathematical techniques that allowed the harnessing of vast, complicated transaction data, so too retailing is now ready, and in fact beginning a “rocket science revolution.”