Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management
Department: Supply Chain and Information Systems
Office: 465 Business Building
Member of Faculty Since: 2013
Aydın Alptekinoğlu is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Prior to joining Penn State, he held faculty positions at the University of Florida and Southern Methodist University.
His broad research interests lie in three elements of product strategy: Variety, price, and availability. The major emphasis of his research program has been on supply chain aspects of product variety management. His basic objective has been helping firms match consumers’ thirst for choice with the optimal breadth and depth of product variety minding operational capabilities and constraints. His current research projects include developing a brand new discrete choice model, studying flexible product designs that offer post-purchase choice to consumers, and understanding the economics of personalized medicine. Dr. Alptekinoğlu is particularly interested in mass customization as an emerging area in academia, and a flourishing practice in a number of industries (e.g., fashion, apparel, furniture, PC, auto, biotech). A part of his dissertation work in this area was awarded a finalist prize in the 2003 MSOM Student Paper Competition of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences).
(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.
Aydin Alptekinoglu, Alex Grasas, "When to Carry Eccentric Products? Optimal Retail Assortment under Consumer Returns", Production and Operations Management, Forthcoming.
Aydin Alptekinoglu, Arunava Banerjee, Anand Paul, Nikhil Jain, "Inventory Pooling to Deliver Differentiated Service", Manufacturing and Service Operations Management , 15 (1), pp. 33-44.
Canan Ulu, Dorothee Honhon, Aydin Alptekinoglu, "Learning Consumer Tastes Through Dynamic Assortments", Operations Research , 60 (4), pp. 833-849.
Aydin Alptekinoglu, Charles Corbett, "Leadtime - Variety Tradeoff in Product Differentiation", Manufacturing and Service Operations Management , 12 (4), pp. 569-582.