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About Panos



Panos Kouvelis is the Emerson Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain, Operations, and Technology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also the Director of The Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation, a supply chain management research center.


Prior to joining Olin, Panos Kouvelis served as an associate professor at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published three books and over 80 papers in top-quality academic journals. Kouvelis has held visiting appointments with the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, where he taught in the executive programs in Barcelona, Chicago and Singapore, WHU- Koblenz School of Management, Germany, and Singapore Management University, Singapore.


He has consulted with and/or taught executive programs for Emerson, IBM, Dell Computers, Boeing, Hanes, Duke Hospital, Solutia, Express Scripts, Spartech, MEMC, Ingram Micro, Smurfit Stone, Reckitt & Colman, and Bunge on supply chain, operations strategy, inventory management, lean manufacturing, operations scheduling and manufacturing system design issues.

Areas of Expertise


Decision Analysis

Math Programming

Supply Chain Management

International Business

Management Strategy

Technology Management

Academic/Professional Activities
  • Editor-in-Chief, Foundations and Trends in Technology, Information and Operations Management

  • Co-editor, Special Issue on Empirically Grounding Analytics (EGA), Journal of Operations Management (JOM)

  • Department Editor, Production & Operations Management 

  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Production Research (IJPR)

  • Editorial Board, INFORMS Analytics Collections (IAC)

  • Advisor to Editorial Board, International Journal of Revenue Management

  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Inventory Research


Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering

and Engineering Management
Specialty: Operations and Supply

Chain Management
Minor field: Operations Research


Masters in Business Administration
Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering


Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

  • MSOM Distinguished Fellow Award, 2022

  • Fellow of POMS Award, 2016

  • Appointment to the Academic Council, ALBA Graduate School of Business, 2015

  • Founders Day Distinguished Faculty Award, Washington University, 2013

  • Appointed to St. Louis Regional Chamber Multimodal Logistics Forum, 2013

  • EMBA Reid Teaching Award, Washington University, Olin School of Business, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012

  • M&SOM Meritorious Service Award, M&SOM, 2005

  • M&O Classes I, II, III and V Teaching Awards, M&O, 2002

  • Best Research Paper, Institute of Industrial Engineers for service to their flagship journal, 2000

  • MBA Reid Teaching Awards, Best Teacher of the Year, Washington University Olin School of Business, 1998, 2000

  • EM3 Program Teaching Award, 1998, 1999

  • Ranked as the 7th most productive researcher of production & operations management in U.S. business school, 1993

Research Interests



Global supply chain management


supply chain finance


supply chain risk management


empirically grounding analytics


agribusiness supply chains


socially responsible supply chains


renewable technologies


machine learning applications


managing commodity risks


integrated risk management


cash hedging


platform business models and supply chains


managing innovation


disruptive innovation strategies


operations strategy


outsourcing and procurement strategies


managing production-inventory systems


lean product development


health care management


project management


project-based supply chains


marketing/manufacturing interfaces


robust operational decision making


facilities location and layout design


lean operations


operational excellence

Professional Societies
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), MSOM Division

  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

  • Decision Sciences Institute (DSI)

  • Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)

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