Ravi Anupindi

Colonel William G. and Ann C. Svetlich Professor of Operations Research and Management,
Professor of Technology & Operations,
Faculty Director, Center for Value Chain Innovation

University of Michigan: Ross School of Business



Ravi Anupindi is Colonel William G. and Ann C. Svetlich Professor of Operations Research and Management at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business; founding Faculty Director of the Center for Value Chain Innovation; co-Director of the Technology and Business Innovation Forum at Ross and Chair of (UM) President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights. He is a Research Fellow at the William Davidson Institute and faculty associate with the Erb Institute and GlobalREACH. He was the (founding) Faculty Director for the Master of Supply Chain Management Program from 2008-2015. He was also a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University (Fall 2010) and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India (Winter 2011). Prior to joining the University of Michigan in 2002, he taught at the Stern School of Business, New York University (2000-2002) and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University (1993-2000).

His main research areas include value chain innovation, technology and business innovation; supply chain management; strategic sourcing; supply chain risk management; lean operations; supply chain sustainability; value chains for economic development and health care delivery in low and middle income countries. His current work includes decision models for commodity operations, supply chain risk management, emerging markets supply chains, resource allocation for malaria interventions, and a study of models of TB treatment and health market innovations. His work has appeared in several leading journals including Management Science, Operations Research, Journal of MSOM, Marketing Science, The Lancet, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has also authored several case studies in supply chain risk management, healthcare delivery, and sustainability; a brief summary of these writings is available here.

At the Ross school he has taught the Operations Management (core) and an elective class in Strategic Sourcing. He currently teaches elective courses in Global Supply Chain Management; Innovations in Global Healthcare Delivery; and Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Management. He also teaches in several open and custom executive education programs. He was the director of the Leadership in Plant Operations program for executives. He has worked with several companies on various issues in operations and supply chain, sustainability, sourcing, supply chain visibility and traceability and new product launch processes. Under a USAID grant, he has assisted University of Johannesburg in South Africa develop a graduate degree program in Supply Chain Management. He is the co-author of a textbook, Managing Business Process Flows (3rd Edition), Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011.

Ravi is recipient the Ross School of Business Neary Teaching Excellence Award (2019), Victor L. Bernard Teaching Leadership Award (2019), and the CORE (Contribution to Research Environment) Award (2015). Ravi is a member of Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), Institute for Supply Management (ISM), and the Supply Chain Thought Leaders (SCTL) group. He serves on the Governing Council of the Supply Chain Risk Leadership Council (SCRLC). He was a member of the advisory board and executive committee for the People That Deliver Initiative for Global Health from 2012-2015. He now serves on the board the William Davidson Institute and the Fair Labor Association, and as a technical advisor to Vital Ocean.