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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 Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He joined Vanderbilt in 2005 after getting his PhD in Operations Management from INSEAD in France. Professor Kurtulus’ research focuses on retail supply chains with focus on manufacturer-retailer collaboration practices in the consumer goods industry. His articles have appeared in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, and ECR Journal. Professor Kurtulus has presented at conferences worldwide, received the Wickham Skinner Best Paper Award in 2006, the gold medal in the 2004 ECR Student Paper Competition and was a finalist for the EURO/INFORMS 2003 Management Science Strategic Innovation Prize.

Professor Kurtulus is teaching various classes at Owen Graduate School of Management including the Core Operations Management Class in the MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA) Programs as well as an Elective on Supply Chain Management in the MBA Program. In addition, he has also been teaching in various custom designed executive programs.

Professor Kurtulus was born in Bulgaria, lived in Turkey (11 years) and France (5 years) before moving to United States. Currently, he lives in Nashville Tennessee.

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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