Panos Kouvelis

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Panos (Panagiotis) Kouvelis is the Emerson Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain, Operations, and Technology[1] and director of The Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation[2] at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.[3] He is best known for his work on supply chain management, supply chain finance, operational excellence, and risk management.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Kouvelis was born in Greece. After graduating from National Technical University of Athens[4] in 1983, he moved to the United States, where he went on to earn an MBA from the Marshall School of Business[5] and an MSISE from the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department of the Viterbi School of Engineering[6] at the University of Southern California (USC)[7]. In 1988, he earned his PhD from the Management Science and Engineering department at Stanford University.[8]


Kouvelis served as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin[9] from 1988 to 1991 and an associate professor at Duke University's[10] Fuqua School of Business[11] from 1992 to 1997. He visited Washington University in St. Louis from 1996 to 1997, where he accepted a full professor position in 1997. He was installed as the inaugural Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management in 2000. Kouvelis served as the senior associate dean and director of executive programs at the Olin Business School from 2009 to 2013, as well as area chair of the Operations and Manufacturing Management department from 2005 to 2009. He has accepted visiting professorships at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management,[12] the University of Chicago,[13] and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Kouvelis is an editor for the journals Production & Operations Management[14] and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management,[15] and is the editor-in-chief of Foundations and Trends in Technology, Information and Operations Management.[16]

The Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation[edit]

Kouvelis was a founding co-director of The Boeing Center for Technology, Information, and Manufacturing in 1997. He became the director of the center in 2000, and continues to direct it.[17] The center was renamed to The Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation[18] (BCSCI) in 2016. He has offered editorial services for all top operations research journals, including Operations Research and Management Science.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Distinguished MSOM Fellow Award (2022)[19] - Highest honor that can be bestowed upon a research scholar in the field of operations management. Rare distinction, akin to a lifetime achievement award, recognizes outstanding scholarship and research accomplishments throughout one’s career.
  • Fellow of POMS Award (2016)[20] - Lifetime achievement award for contributions in the field of operations management, awarded by the Production and Operations Management Society.[21] (POMS)
  • Received Laudatio in the November 2020[22] issue of Production and Operations Management. This honorific recognition is reserved for scholars with significant contributions to the field of Operations Management via research and teaching.
  • In a recent OM research productivity study published in Decision Sciences,[23] Kouvelis was ranked:
  • 2 - Total number of papers, weighted for co-authorship (Management Science publications included in all departments, with some OM linkage)
  • 3 - Total number of papers , weighted for co-authorship (Management Science publications counted only in the OM department)
  • 3 - Total number of papers
  • 1 - Publications in MSOM
  • Top 5 Operations Management Research Ranking (2015)[24] - Ranked as the 5th most productive researcher in the field.
  • Finalist, 2022 MSOM iFORM SIG Best Paper Award Competition[25] - “A Supply Chain Theory of Factoring and Reverse Factoring.” Management Science (2021) 67(10): 6071-6088)
  • Best Research Paper Award - IIE Transactions on Operations Engineering [26]. Awarded by the Institute of Industrial Engineers for the best research paper in the Institute’s flagship publication of IIE Transactions.


  • Research monograph on “Robust Discrete Optimization and its Applications.” Kluwer Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, 1997.[27]
  • Global Operations and Logistics: Text and Cases, Wiley, NY, 1998.[28]
  • “Supply chain management research and Production and Operations Management: Review, trends, and opportunities,” Prod Oper Manage 15(3):449-469, 2006.[29]
  • “Robust Scheduling to Hedge against Processing Time Uncertainty in Single-Stage Production.” Management Science 41(2):363–376, 1995.[30]
  • “Flexible and Risk Sharing Supply Contracts Under Price Uncertainty,” Management Science 45(10):1378–1398, 1999.[31]
  • "Financing the newsvendor: supplier vs. bank, and the structure of optimal trade credit contracts,” Operations Research 60(3):566-580, 2012.[32]
  • "Impact of Tariffs on Global Supply Chain Network Configuration: Models, Predictions, and Future Research," Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2020.[33]
  • "Cash Hedging in a Supply Chain," Management Science, 2019.[34]
  • "Parkinson's Law and Its Implications for Project Management," Management Science, 1991.[35]


  1. ^ "Faculty". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  2. ^ "BCSCI Faculty & Staff | WashU Olin Business School". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  3. ^ "Washington University's Olin Business School". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  4. ^ "ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΜΕΤΣΟΒΙΟ ΠΟΛΥΤΕΧΝΕΙΟ". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  5. ^ "Home page | USC Marshall". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  6. ^ "USC Viterbi School of Engineering". USC Viterbi | School of Engineering. Retrieved 2023-11-29.
  7. ^ "University of Southern California". University of Southern California. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  8. ^ Stanford, ©Copyright Stanford University; California 94305. "Stanford University". Stanford University. Retrieved 2020-07-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "The University of Texas at Austin". The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  10. ^ "Duke University". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  11. ^ "Duke's Fuqua School of Business". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  12. ^ "Private Business School for Economics & Management". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  13. ^ AvenueChicago, The University of ChicagoEdward H. Levi Hall5801 South Ellis; Us, Illinois 60637773 702 1234 Contact. "The University of Chicago". The University of Chicago. Retrieved 2020-07-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  14. ^ "POMS". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  15. ^ "Editorial Board | Manufacturing & Service Operations Management". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  16. ^ "now publishers - Editorial Board Foundations and Trends in Technology, Information and Operations Management". Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  17. ^ "BCSCI Faculty & Staff | WashU Olin Business School". Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  18. ^ "Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation". Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  19. ^ INFORMS. "MSOM Distinguished Fellows Award". INFORMS. Retrieved 2023-11-29.
  20. ^ "POMS". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  21. ^ "POMS". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  22. ^ "Production and Operations Management: Vol 29, No 11". Production and Operations Management. 29 (11). November 2020. doi:10.1111/poms.v29.11. ISSN 1059-1478.
  23. ^ Koufteros, Xenophon A.; Babbar, Sunil; Behara, Ravi S.; Baghersad, Milad (2020). "OM Research: Leading Authors and Institutions". Decision Sciences. 52: 8–77. doi:10.1111/deci.12452. ISSN 1540-5915. S2CID 219909629.
  24. ^ Shang, Guangzhi; Saladin, Brooke; Fry, Tim; Donohue, Joan (2015-10-18). "Twenty-six years of operations management research (1985–2010): authorship patterns and research constituents in eleven top rated journals". International Journal of Production Research. 53 (20): 6161–6197. doi:10.1080/00207543.2015.1037935. ISSN 0020-7543. S2CID 108674394.
  25. ^ INFORMS. "MSOM iFORM SIG Best Paper Award". INFORMS. Retrieved 2023-11-29.
  26. ^ "IISE Transactions Award Description". Retrieved 2023-11-29.
  27. ^ Kouvelis, Panos; Yu, Gang (1997). "Robust Discrete Optimization and Its Applications". Nonconvex Optimization and Its Applications. 14. doi:10.1007/978-1-4757-2620-6. ISBN 978-1-4419-4764-2. ISSN 1571-568X.
  28. ^ Whiteing, reviewed by A. E. (1999-11-01). "Global Operations and Logistics: text and cases (Philippe-Pierre Dornier, Ricardo Ernst, Michel Fender & Panos Kouvelis)". International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications. 2 (3): 343. doi:10.1080/13675569908901589. ISSN 1367-5567.
  29. ^ Kouvelis, Panos; Chambers, Chester G.; Wang, Haiyan (September 2006). "Supply Chain Management research and Production and Operations Management: Review, trends, and opportunities". Production and Operations Management. 15 (3): 449–469. doi:10.1111/j.1937-5956.2006.tb00257.x. ISSN 1059-1478.
  30. ^ Daniels, Richard L.; Kouvelis, Panagiotis (1995). "Robust Scheduling to Hedge against Processing Time Uncertainty in Single-Stage Production". Management Science. 41 (2): 363–376. doi:10.1287/mnsc.41.2.363. ISSN 0025-1909. JSTOR 2632994.
  31. ^ Li, Chung-Lun; Kouvelis, Panos (1999-10-01). "Flexible and Risk-Sharing Supply Contracts Under Price Uncertainty". Management Science. 45 (10): 1378–1398. doi:10.1287/mnsc.45.10.1378. ISSN 0025-1909.
  32. ^ Kouvelis, Panos; Zhao, Wenhui (2012-06-01). "Financing the Newsvendor: Supplier vs. Bank, and the Structure of Optimal Trade Credit Contracts". Operations Research. 60 (3): 566–580. doi:10.1287/opre.1120.1040. ISSN 0030-364X. S2CID 37770551.
  33. ^ Dong, Lingxiu; Kouvelis, Panos (2019-09-11). "Impact of Tariffs on Global Supply Chain Network Configuration: Models, Predictions, and Future Research". Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. 22 (1): 25–35. doi:10.1287/msom.2019.0802. ISSN 1523-4614.
  34. ^ Kouvelis, Panos; Wu, Xiaole; Xiao, Yixuan (2018-09-14). "Cash Hedging in a Supply Chain". Management Science. 65 (8): 3928–3947. doi:10.1287/mnsc.2017.2997. ISSN 0025-1909.
  35. ^ Gutierrez, Genaro J.; Kouvelis, Panagiotis (1991-08-01). "Parkinson's Law and Its Implications for Project Management". Management Science. 37 (8): 990–1001. doi:10.1287/mnsc.37.8.990. ISSN 0025-1909.

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