Suresh Muthulingam

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Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

Department Supply Chain & Information Systems
Office Address 460 Business Building
Phone Number 814-867-4798
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Suresh Muthulingam received his PhD from the UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, in 2009, his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad, in 1993, and his BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, in 1991. From 2009 to 2014, he was an assistant professor at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Before coming to academia, Suresh worked in the industry for 12 years, in various leadership positions at IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Coopers & Lybrand.


Environmental Issues in Operations Management;
Supply Chain Management;
Quality Management;
Learning and Forgetting.


Ph D, Business (Operations Management), University of California, Los Angeles, 2009

MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India, 1993

Batchelor of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, 1991

Courses Taught

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.

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

Selected Publications

Mani V., Muthulingam S., "Does Learning from Inspections Affect Environmental Performance? – Evidence from Unconventional Well Development in Pennsylvania." Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2018, pp. 21 pages,
Agrawal A., Muthulingam S., Rajapakshe T., "How Sourcing of Interdependent Components Affects Quality in Automotive Supply Chains." Production and Operations Management, vol. 26, no. 8, 2017, pp. 1512-1533.
Dowell G., Muthulingam S., "Will Firms Go Green if It Pays? The Impact of Disruption, Cost, and External Factors on the Adoption of Environmental Initiatives." Strategic Management Journal, vol. 38, no. 6, 2017, pp. 1287-1304.
Muthulingam S., Agrawal A., "Does Quality Knowledge Spillover at Shared Suppliers? – An Empirical Investigation." Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, vol. 18, no. 4, 2016, pp. 525-544.
Agrawal A., Kim Y., Kwon D., Muthulingam S., "Investment in Shared Suppliers: Effect of Learning, Spillover, and Competition." Production and Operations Management, vol. 25, no. 4, 2016, pp. 736-750.
Kwon D., Xu W., Anupam A., Muthulingam S., "Impact of Bayesian Learning and Externalities on Strategic Investment." Management Science, vol. 62, no. 2, 2016, pp. 550-570.
Lee J., Gaur V., Muthulingam S., Swisher G., "Stockout-Based Substitution and Inventory Planning in Textbook Retailing." Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, vol. 18, no. 1, 2016, pp. 104-121.
Agrawal A., Muthulingam S., "Does Organizational Forgetting Affect Vendor Quality Performance? – An Empirical Investigation." Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, vol. 17, no. 3, 2015, pp. 350-367.
Blass V., Corbett C. J., Delmas M. A., Muthulingam S., "Top Management and the Adoption of Energy Efficiency Practices: Evidence from Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Firms in the US." Energy, vol. 60, 2013, pp. 560-571.
Muthulingam S., Corbett C. J., Benartzi S., Oppenheim B., "Energy Efficiency in Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Firms: Order Effects and the Adoption of Process Improvement Recommendations." Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, vol. 15, no. 4, 2013, pp. 596-615.
Dowell G., Muthulingam S., "Behavioral and Institutional Influences on Energy Saving Initiatives." pp. 6.


Production and Operations Management, Associate Editor, (, February 2017 - Present
Have handled 5 papers as Associate (i.e., Senior) Editor for Production and Operations Management
Journal of Operations Management, Editorial Board, (, September 2015 - Present
Production and Operations Management, Editorial Board, April 2015 - February 2017