Aravind Chandrasekaran

Professor of Operations
Associate Dean for Executive Education
Academic Director, MBOE

Center for Operational Excellence (COE)

Management Sciences


Dr. Aravind Chandrasekaran is a Professor in Management Sciences at the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. He received his PhD in Operations and Management Sciences from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Chandrasekaran’s research investigates innovation, learning and knowledge creation issues in a variety of areas including high-tech R&D, manufacturing and health-care delivery. In recent years, he has begun to study the challenges involved in developing patient-centric healthcare models by conducting field experiments in collaboration with several physician and nursing leaders.  His research has been published or forthcoming in all top OM journals including Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (MSOM), Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management,  as well as other premier journals including Information Systems Research, Journal of Surgical Research and Harvard Business Review. His research has won several awards including the 2017 Poets and Quants 40 Under 40 Top Business School Professors, 2012 INFORMS-Industry Studies Best Paper Award, 2013 Carol J. Latta Emerging Leadership Award for Outstanding Early Career Scholar by the Decision Sciences Institute and 2015 Pace Setters Award for Research.

Dr. Chandrasekaran is the academic director for the Master of Business in Operational Excellence (MBOE) - an executive masters program preparing leaders to drive, build and sustain continuous learning culture in organizations. In addition, he also teaches the MBA core operations class and an elective on product and process innovation. He has won several teaching awards including the 2016 & 2012 Best Outstanding Core Professor Award (WPMBA), as well as the 2013 Pace Setter Award for Teaching Excellence. He has presented his research with several organizations including 3M, Motorola, Medtronic, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and University of California-Irvine Hospitals.

 In terms of service, Dr. Chandrasekaran currently serves as the Department Editor for the Design Science Department at JOM, and Senior Editor at POMS.  He also served as track chairs at several conferences including POMS, INFORMS and DSI. He reviews frequently for several leading academic journals including Management Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, MSOM, Decision Sciences and Journal of Marketing and Health Service Research.


  • Poets and Quants Best 40 Under 40 Professors (2017)
  • Outstanding Core Professor (2016)
  • 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)     
  • Outstanding Reviewer for Decision Sciences Journal  (2012)
  • Outstanding Core Professor in WPMBA Program (2012)

Areas of Expertise

  • Product and Process Innovation
  •  Healthcare Delivery

  • Managing Exploration & Exploitation Tensions & Ambidexterity
  • Knowledge Management
  • Multilevel Issues in Operations Management

Areas of Expertise


  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing

Production/Operations Management

  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Quality Improvement
  • Technology Management


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


Published Articles


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


Working Papers

  • Sharma, L., Chandrasekaran A. The Impact of Hospital Information Technology Adoption Process on Quality of Care and Cost. 
  • Pan, M., Chandrasekaran, A., Hill J., Rungtusanatham M., When Should Small Firms Conduct R&D Projects Externally? Evidence from Science and Technology Industry.
  • Lan, Y.C., Chandrasekaran, A., Walker D.  Collaboration in Accountable Care Organizations: The Impact of Continuum of Care and Provider scale
  • Chun, Y., S. Harris, A. Chandrasekaran. Managing Patient Care Transitions: A Randomized Control Trial 


  • BUSMGT 7800 - Advanced Topics in Management Sciences for EMBA

    Advanced Topics in Management Sciences for students in the Executive MBA Program. Prereq: Enrollment in EMBA program. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs or 7 completions.

  • MBA 6230 - Operations Management

    How the operations function contributes to ensuring effective and efficient flow of materials and information within and outside the organization. Prereq: Enrollment in Executive MBA program or Working Professional MBA program; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 850. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 cr hrs. This course is progress graded.