Jayashankar Swaminathan is the GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations and associate dean of of both the Global OneMBA and UNC-Tsinghua EMBA Dual Degree Programs. He also is director of the Global Business Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler.
He is an internationally recognized thought leader in innovations and productivity improvements related to global operations and supply chain management. His areas of expertise include global health operations, supply chain management, global execution models, emerging markets, retailing, sustainable enterprise, operations management and e-commerce. He teaches courses in global operations, global supply chain strategy and management, and doing business in India.
The Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) inducted him as POMS Fellow, a lifetime honor that recognizes exceptional intellectual contributions through research and teaching, in 2015.
Dr. Swaminathan has published dozens of articles in leading academic journals and is author of Indian Economic Superpower: Fiction or Future? He has received numerous awards, including the NSF Career Award, George Nicholson Prize, Schwabacher Fellowship and Weatherspoon Distinguished research and teaching awards. He was as a principal investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, Obama-Singh Knowledge Initiative and U.S. Department of Education.
He has consulted with a number of firms over the last two decades, including AGCO, Agilent, CEMEX, Cisco, IBM, Kaiser, McKinsey, Nokia, Public Health Institute, Railinc, Samsung, Sara Lee, Schaeffler Group, TVS Motors, UNICEF and the U.S. Navy. His work with UNICEF led to major changes in the global supply chain planning and execution for Plumpy’Nut (RUTF) into Africa. His work to configure-to-order assembly using vanilla boxes impacted the electronics industry in the 1990s.
A sought after expert speaker, his insights have appeared in media outlets including the Financial Times and Businessweek.
Industry Expertise (5)
Areas of Expertise (6)
Global OneMBA Program: Associate Dean (professional)
The Global OneMBA® is the largest and most diverse partnership among international MBA programs.
UNC-Tsinghua EMBA Dual-Degree Program (professional)
The UNC-Tsinghua EMBA Dual Degree Program develops the next generation of supply chain leaders through a unique partnership between top-ranked UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and Tsinghua University’s Department of Industrial Engineering, the premier engineering school in China.
Global Business Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler: Director (professional)
The Global Business Center helps students, educators and companies develop the tools to build critical trust and business across boundaries.
National Science Foundation CAREER Award (professional)
Received the NSF's most prestigious award in support of early career-development activities
Production and Operations Management Society Fellow (professional)
Received the lifetime honor that recognizes exceptional intellectual contributions through research and teaching, in 2015
UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Fellow (professional)
The Institute for the Arts and Humanities is UNC-Chapel Hill’s faculty home for interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration.
Carnegie Mellon University: Ph.D., GSIA, Industrial Administration
Carnegie Mellon University: M.S., GSIA, Industrial Administration
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi: B. Tech, Computer Science
- Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS)
- Manufacturing and Service Operations Society (MSOM)
- Production and Operations Management Society
Media Appearances (5)
Business schools breaking out of the 'West Is Best' mindset
“Companies from Beijing to Bangalore are learning to work in virtual teams, across time zones, with a management team that can understand what is happening in the rest of the world,” explains Jay Swaminathan, Associate Dean of the OneMBA executive MBA program. Jay discusses the gaps these companies need to bridge in order to be internationally competitive.
Why Asia's elite is signing up for American MBAs
Asia’s business class is eager to fill the shortage of managerial talent in China by enrolling in executive MBA programs. "The UNC-Tsinghua EMBA program is rather unique in that it offers a dual emphasis on business and engineering," says Jayashankar Swaminathan, associate dean of the program.
Can companies know every supplier?
Financial Times online
Jay advises on how companies can better manage the many layers of sub-suppliers.
1-800-Flowers.com's response to a downturn
Financial Times print
Jay Swaminathan writes a case study that shows how innovation can increase value in processes, from design to production to delivery.
International programmes not providing a global education
Financial Times online
Jay Swaminathan writes that Executive MBA programs tend to offer a single "global" model that applies strategies the same way to all markets.
Funding for humanitarian operations in the global health sector is highly variable and unpredictable. The authors study the problem of managing inventory in the presence of funding constraints over a finite planning period. The goal is to determine the optimal procurement policy given the complexities associated with funding and also to analyze the impact of funding amount, funding schedule, and uncertainty around the funding timing on operations.
Attracting shoppers to stores and converting the incoming traffic into sales profitably are vital for the financial health of retailers. The authors use proprietary data pertaining to an apparel retailer to study the relationship between store traffic, labor, and sales performance.