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Mumin Kurtulus

Associate Professor of Operations Management

Subject Area(s): Operations Management

Mumin Kurtulus is associate professor of operations management at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He joined Vanderbilt in 2005 after getting his PhD in Operations Management from INSEAD in France. His research focuses on retail supply chains with focus on manufacturer-retailer collaboration practices in the consumer goods industry. Professor Kurtulus is teaching Operations Management classes in the MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA) Programs at Vanderbilt's Owen School of Management and was the recipient of the Faculty Teaching Award by the EMBA class of 2015. Professor Kurtulus was born in Bulgaria, lived in Turkey and France before moving to United States.


PhD in Operations Management, INSEAD, 2005
M.S. in Management, INSEAD, 2002
M.S. in Industrial Engineering, Bilkent University, 2000
B.S. in Physics, Koc University, 1998

Other Course(s):
Operations Management
Supply Chain Management

Research Interest(s):
Supply chain management with focus on manufacturer-retailer collaboration practices in the consumer goods industry.

Area(s) of Expertise:
Supply chain management, collaborative forecasting in supply chains, category captainship implementations, retail assortment planning and commodity procurement strategies.


Galbreth, M, M. Kurtulus, and M. Shor. How Collaborative Forecasting Can Reduce Forecast Accuracy. Forthcoming in Operations Research Letters.
Kurtulus, M., S. Ulku, J. Dotson, and A. Nakkas. The Impact of Category Captainship on Breadth and Appeal of Retail Assortment. Journal of Retailing. 90 (3), 379-392.
Kurtulus, M, A. Nakkas, and S.Ulku. The Value of Category Captainship in the Presence of Manufacturer Competition. Production and Operations Management, Vol.23, No.3, pp. 420-430, March 2014.
Wang, T., A Atasu and M. Kurtulus. A Multi-Ordering Newsvendor Model with Dynamic Forecast Evolution, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Vol.14, No. 3, pp. 472-484.
Kurtulus, M., S. Ulku, and L.B. Toktay. The Value of Collaborative Forecasting in Supply Chains, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Vol.14, No.1, pp.82-98. Winter 2012.
Kurtulus, M., and A. Nakkas. Retail Assortment Planning under Category Captainship, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Vol.13, No.1, pp.124-142. Winter 2011.
Kurtulus, M., and L.B. Toktay. Category Captainship vs. Retailer Category Management under Limited Retail Shelf Space, Production and Operations Management, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp.47-56. January/February 2011.
Kurtulus, M., and L.B. Toktay. Category Captainship: Who Wins, Who Loses? ECR Journal, Vol.4, No.2, Winter 2004.


Kurtulus, M., L.B. Toktay. “Category Captainship Practices in Retail Industry.” Chap. 5 in Retail Supply Chain Management. Vol. 122, edited by Narendra Agarwal and Stephen Smith. International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. Springer, 2009.


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