Aydin Alptekinoglu

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management , Robert G. Schwartz University Endowed Fellow in Business Administration , Research Director of the Center for Supply Chain Research
Department: Supply Chain and Information Systems, Center for Supply Chain Research
Office: 483 Business Building
Phone: 814-867-4795
Fax: 814-863-7067
E-mail: aydin@psu.edu
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.

Current Research

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).

Research Interests:

(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.

Publication List

Aydin Alptekinoglu, John Semple, "The Exponomial Choice Model: A New Alternative for Assortment and Price Optimization", Operations Research, forthcoming,

Aydin Alptekinoglu, Alex Grasas, "When to Carry Eccentric Products? Optimal Retail Assortment under Consumer Returns", Production and Operations Management, May 2014, 23 (5), pp. 877-892.

Aydin Alptekinoglu, Arunava Banerjee, Anand Paul, Nikhil Jain, "Inventory Pooling to Deliver Differentiated Service", Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Winter 2013, 15 (1), pp. 33-44.

Canan Ulu, Dorothee Honhon, Aydin Alptekinoglu, "Learning Consumer Tastes Through Dynamic Assortments", Operations Research, July 2012, 60 (4), pp. 833-849.

Aydin Alptekinoglu, Charles Corbett, "Leadtime - Variety Tradeoff in Product Differentiation", Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Fall 2010, 12 (4), pp. 569-582.

Cole Smith, Churlzu Lim, Aydin Alptekinoglu, "New Product Introduction Against a Predator: A Bilevel Mixed-Integer Programming Approach", Naval Research Logistics, December 2009, 56 (8), pp. 714-729.

Yuwen Chen, Asoo Vakharia, Aydin Alptekinoglu, "Product Portfolio Strategies: The Case of Multifunction Products", Production and Operations Management, November 2008, 17 (6), pp. 587-598.

Aydin Alptekinoglu, Charles Corbett, "Mass Customization versus Mass Production: Variety and Price Competition", Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Spring 2008, 10 (2), pp. 204-217.

Aydin Alptekinoglu, Chris Tang, "A Model for Analyzing Multi-Channel Distribution Systems", European Journal of Operational Research, June 2005, 163 (3), pp. 802-824.

Chris Tang, Kumar Rajaram, Aydin Alptekinoglu, Jihong Ou, "The Benefits of Advance Booking Discount Programs: Model and Analysis", Management Science, April 2004, 50 (4), pp. 465-478.


Editorial Board of Production and Operations Management


PhD, Operations Management, UCLA, 2004