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 and promoted to Associate Professor 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), HEB and non-profits like Salvation Army and Capital Area Food Bank. His dissertation was recognized by DSI and CSCMP in 2007. He has also created of a popular version of online beergame:

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

  • Ishfaq R., Narayanan A. "Incorporating Order-fulfillment Flexibility in Automotive Supply Chain through Vehicle Trades", Decision Sciences Journal, forthcoming
  • 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.

Working Papers

  • Narayanan A., Sahin F., Robinson E.P. "Demand and Order Fulfillment Planning: The Value of Point-of-sale, Sell Through and Order Data in Forecast Accuracy", Journal of Operations Management (4rd round minor revision (editorial comments))
  • Freeman N., Narayanan A., Burns G. "A Decision Support System for Empty Hopper Car Management", Interfaces (Minor revision)
  • Academic Associations & Editorial Boards

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

    Contact Info

    MH 260E
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    PhD Operations Management, Texas A&M University
    MS Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University
    BE Mechanical Engineering, CEG, Anna Univeristy