Ananth Raman

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.

  1. Supply Chain Coordination for Products with Uncertain Demand

    Ananth Raman has been investigating supply chain coordination for products with uncertain demand in industries as diverse as apparel, power tools, computers, and footwear. Most recently he has been exploring the role of intermediaries, particularly in supply chains that transcend national boundaries. This research, spurred by the steadily rising costs of mismatched supply and demand, takes on added importance with the continuing proliferation of product models and ever-diminishing product life cycles. Raman has identified a number of operational changes that might enable a firm to better match supply with demand, and has developed tools for quantifying the impact of those changes. His findings have been reported in Harvard Business Review and Operations Research, as well as in a number of industry publications.