Arunachalam Narayanan

Assistant Professor

Arunachalam Narayanan


Arunachalam (Chalam) Narayanan, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management in the department of Decision and Information Sciences. He earned a PhD in Operations Management and MS in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. He also earned a BE in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy in India. Prior to his appointment at University of Houston, he was a faculty member in the Industrial Distribution Program in College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received tenure in 2012 at Texas A&M University. He has consulted with several firms including Schlumberger, Gulf States Toyota, Lyondell Basell, Lufkin, Brenntag, Wilson (now NOV) and non-profits like Salvation Army and Capital Area Food Bank. His dissertation was recognized by CSCMP with the Annual Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2007.

Research Interests

  • Coordinated replenishment and Inventory Management
  • Forecasting
  • Behavioral Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Risk Management

Areas of Expertise

  • Mathematical Programming
  • Optimization
  • Experimental Research

Selected Publications

  • Narayanan A, Mortiz B "Decision Making and Cognition in Multi-Echelon Supply Chains: An Experimental Study", Production and Operations Management, 2015, 24(8), 1216 - 1234
  • Sahin F., Narayanan A. and Robinson E.P. "Rolling horizon planning in supply chains: A literature review", International Journal of Production Research, 2013, 51, 5413-5436
  • Narayanan A. and Robinson E.P. "Efficient and Effective Heuristics for the Coordinated Capacitated Lot-size Problem", European Journal of Operational Research, 2010, 3, 583-592
  • Natarajarathinam M., Capar I. and Narayanan A. "Managing Supply Chains in Times of Crisis: A review of literature and insights", International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 2009, Vol. 39, 535-573. (Top 20 Most Downloaded Articles for IJPDLM)
  • Robinson E.P., Narayanan A. and Sahin F. "Coordinated deterministic dynamic demand lot sizing problem: A review of models and algorithms", Omega: The International Journal of Management Science, 2009, Vol. 37, 3-15.

Academic Associations & Editorial Boards

  • Decision Sciences Institute (DSI)
  • Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

Contact Info

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PhD Operations Management, Texas A&M University
MS Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University
BE Mechanical Engineering, CEG, Anna Univeristy