Aydin Alptekinoglu

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

Department Supply Chain & Information Systems
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.


(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.


Ph D, Operations Management, UCLA, 2004

MS, Industrial Engineering, University of Arizona, 1996

BS, Industrial Engineering, Bilkent University, 1993

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Alptekinoglu A., Ramachandran K., "Flexible Products for Dynamic Preferences." Production and Operations Management, 2018.
Petersen J., Alptekinoglu A., "Managing Product Returns in Retailing." Handbook of Research on Retailing, (Edward Elgar Publishing), 2018, pp. 220-233, 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.


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