Aydin Alptekinoglu

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Associate Professor of Supply Chain & Information Systems, Robert G. Schwartz University Endowed Fellow in Business Administration, Director of Research of Center for Supply Chain Research

Office Address 483 Business Building
Phone Number 814-867-4795
Email Address aydin@psu.edu

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Dr. Alptekinoğlu received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2004. Prior to joining Smeal in 2013, he held faculty positions at University of Florida and Southern Methodist University. His broad research interests involve three elements of product strategy: Variety, price, and availability.

Expertise

(1) Variety: mass customization, retail assortment planning, multiproduct competition, post-purchase variety. (2) Price: advance selling, pricing service capacity, product-line pricing. (3) Availability: inventory pooling, inventory competition.

Education

Ph D, Operations Management, UCLA, 2004

MS, Industrial Engineering, University of Arizona, 1996

BS, Industrial Engineering, Bilkent University, 1993

Courses Taught

SCM 596 – Individual Studies (Variable)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, that are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

SCM 450 – Design and Mgt Sc (3)
Strategic design and management of supply chains. SCM 450W Strategic Design and Management of Supply Chains (3) This course is about the strategic design and effective operation of supply chains. It will help prepare you for supply chain management positions in manufacturing, distributing, and other service firms including providers of logistics services. The course focuses on the definition, as well as the application, of a single logic that guides the management of all the supply chain activities. Information decision support systems, primarily computer-based, provide the foundation for this logic. Because the determination of inventory locations and the control of inventory levels play a key role in this logic, we spend considerable time on these subjects. The last section of the course covers ways to lead and organize people to manage cross-firm and cross-functional relationships effectively. After completing this course, students should have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to: • Articulate the process perspective and the total systems view of supply chain management, the impact of systems thinking on firm performance, and the nature of relationships supply chain networks. • Quantify the effect of strategic initiatives such as postponement and risk pooling on the financial performance of the firm, as well as on supply chain performance. • Use and apply selected quantitative tools useful in implementing supply chain strategies. • Explain the complex nature of human interaction needed to successfully introduce supply chain concepts in the firm.This is the prescribed capstone course for the Supply Chain and Information Systems major. It builds upon the fundamental supply chain knowledge, skills, and abilities developed in foundation and intermediate courses. Students must complete SCM 421 before taking this course. SCM 450W is a writing-intensive course. In addition to written assignments encompassing case studies, hands-on exercises, and examinations, student evaluations include oral presentations and class participation.

SCIS 596 – Individual Studies (1)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, that are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses. A specific title may be used in each instance and will be entered on the student's transcript.

SCIS 597 – Special Topics (1)
Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or semester.

SC&IS 596 – Individual Studies (7)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, that are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses. A specific title may be used in each instance and will be entered on the student's transcript.

SC&IS 597 – Special Topics (2)
Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or semester.

SC&IS 597E – Operations-Marketing Interface: Research Tools and Topics (3)
This is a doctoral level course that focuses on research at the interface of operations management and marketing disciplines. Topics include product variety management, retail assortment planning, mass customization, pricing, revenue management, consumer

SCM 450W – Strategic Design and Management of Supply Chains (3)
Strategic design and management of supply chains.

Selected Publications

Petersen J., Alptekinoglu A., "Managing Product Returns in Retailing." 2018, Invited.
Alptekinoglu A., Semple J. H., "The Exponomial Choice Model: A New Alternative for Assortment and Price Optimization." Operations Research, vol. 64, no. 1, 2016, pp. 79-93.
Seref M. M., Seref O., Alptekinoglu A., Erenguc S. S., "Advance Selling to Strategic Consumers." Computational Management Science, vol. 13, no. 4, 2016, pp. 597-626.
Alptekinoglu A., Grasas A., "When to Carry Eccentric Products? Optimal Retail Assortment under Consumer Returns." Production and Operations Management, vol. 23, no. 5, 2014, pp. 877-892.
Alptekinoglu A., Banerjee A., Paul A., Jain N., "Inventory Pooling to Deliver Differentiated Service." Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, vol. 15, no. 1, 2013, pp. 33-44.
Ulu C., Honhon D., Alptekinoglu A., "Learning Consumer Tastes Through Dynamic Assortments." Operations Research, vol. 60, no. 4, 2012, pp. 833–849.
Alptekinoglu A., Corbett C. J., "Leadtime-Variety Tradeoff in Product Differentiation." Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, vol. 12, no. 4, 2010, pp. 569-582.
Alptekinoglu A., Grasas A., Akcali E., "Is Assortment Selection a Popularity Contest? A Study of Assortment, Return Policy and Pricing Decisions of a Retailer." (Springer), 2009, pp. 205-228, Invited.
Smith J. C., Lim C., Alptekinoglu A., "New Product Introduction Against a Predator: A Bilevel Mixed-Integer Programming Approach." Naval Research Logistics, vol. 56, no. 8, 2009, pp. 714-729.
Alptekinoglu A., Corbett C. J., "Mass Customization versus Mass Production: Variety and Price Competition." Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, vol. 10, no. 2, 2008, pp. 204–217
[Finalist in the 2003 MSOM Society Student Paper Competition; extended abstract published in M&SOM 6 (1) 98-103.].
Chen Y., Vakharia A. J., Alptekinoglu A., "Product Portfolio Strategies: The Case of Multifunction Products." Production and Operations Management, vol. 17, no. 6, 2008, pp. 587–598.
Alptekinoglu A., Tang C. S., "A Model for Analyzing Multi-Channel Distribution Systems." European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 163, no. 3, 2005, pp. 802-824.
Tang C. S., Rajaram K., Alptekinoglu A., Ou J., "The Benefits of Advance Booking Discount Programs: Model and Analysis." Management Science, vol. 50, no. 4, 2004, pp. 465-478.

Editorships

Production and Operations Management, Associate Editor, March 2018 - Present
Decision Sciences, Associate Editor, November 2017 - Present
Production and Operations Management, Editorial Board, August 2015 - March 2018