Aravind Chandrasekaran

Aravind Chandrasekaran is an associate professor in the Department of Management Sciences. He came to Fisher in 2009 after earning his PhD in business administration from the University of Minnesota. His research investigates innovation, learning and knowledge creation issues, with particular attention given to understanding how organizations manage the productivity dilemma and minimize tensions between competing learning mechanisms. Dr. Chandrasekaran teaches the MBA core operations management course for both the full-time and working professional students at Fisher along with an MBA elective on operations and technology strategy.

Dr. Chandrasekaran’s award-winning research spans areas including high-tech R&D, manufacturing and health-care delivery. His work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management (POMS), Harvard Business Review, Decision Sciences and the International Journal of Production Research.

In terms of service, Dr. Chandrasekaran has served as the track chair for innovation and knowledge creation tracks in 2013 POMS and 2011 & 2014 Decision Sciences Institute annual meetings. In 2013, he designed and developed a new track on learning and knowledge management with Michael Lapre at the 2013 annual POMS meeting. He serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management, IEEE Transactions for Engineering and Management and is an ad-hoc reviewer for Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Management Science, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Journal of Marketing, and the Academy of Management journal. He also has presented his research with several organizations including 3M, Motorola, Medtronic, Cleveland Clinic, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and University of California-Irvine Hospitals.

Areas of Expertise

  • Product and process innovation
  • Managing exploration a exploitation tensions and ambidexterity
  • Knowledge management
  • Learning issues in health-care delivery
  • Multilevel issues in operations management


  • PhD in Business Administration, University of Minnesota
  • MS in Industrial Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • BS, College of Engineering, Anna University India


  • Pace Setters Research Award (2015)
  • Carol J. Latta Award for Outstanding Early Career Scholar (awarded by DSI), 2013
  • Winner of INFORMS – ISA Best Paper Award, 2013
  • Daniel Westerbeck Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, 2013      
  • Chan-Hahn Best Paper Award Finalist, 2013
  • Outstanding Reviewer for Decision Sciences Journal, 2012
  • Outstanding Core Professor in WPMBA Program, 2012


MBA 6231 - Operations Management I

How the operations function contributes to ensuring effective and efficient flow of materials and information within and outside the organization.

MBA 6232 - Operations Management II

How the operations function contributes to ensuring effective and efficient flow of materials and information within and outside the organization. Continuation of 6231.

7251 - Operations and Supply Chain Strategy

Strategic management of operations is viewed by organizations as a means of building a competitive edge. Focus on how a well-defined operations strategy leads to a set of decisions regarding operations resulting in improved financial performance.

Published Articles


  • R.G. Schroeder and A. Chandrasekaran, "Instructors Test Bank and Students' Online Quizzes," in Operations Management: Contemporary Concepts and Cases, 3rd edition (McGraw-Hill/ Irwin, 2005).

In Press

  • Chandrasekaran, A., Anand, G., Sharma, L., Ward, P., Henry, M., Pesavento, T., Moffatt-Bruce. The relationship between Patient Anxiety, Quality of Discharge Instructions and 30-day Readmission Rates for Kidney Transplant Recipients. Review at Journal of Surgery Research
  • E. Anderson, A. Chandrasekaran, G. Parker, and A. Davis-Blake, “Managing Distributed Product Development Projects: Integration Strategies for Language and Time-Zone Barriers,” Invited for revision at Information Systems Research.
  • J.P. Montanez, A. Chandrasekaran, F. Salvador, "Task Performance in Knowledge Intensive Environments: An Empirical Analysis of the Interplay between Worker and Managerial Experience," Resubmission to Management Science.
  • Sharma, L., Chandrasekaran, A., The Impact of Electronic Medical Record Technology Adoption Process on Patient Experience and Cost Under Revision, Management Science 


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