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Arzum Akkas

Associate Professor

Operations & Information Management


PhD in Engineering Systems - Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015
MEng in Supply Chain Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004
BS in Industrial Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 2000

Professional Experience

Associate, Archstone Consulting, New York, NY, 2008-2009
Senior Operations Manager, Go-To-Market Sales and Delivery Team, Pepsi Bottling Group, Somers, NY, 2007-2008
Operations Manager, Integrated Planning Team, Pepsi Bottling Group, Somers, NY, 2004-2007
Business Systems Consultant, Bogazici Software, Istanbul, Turkey, 1999-2002

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Operations and Technology Management Department, Questrom School of Business, Boston University, 2015-2023

Research Interests

Sustainable Supply Chains
Food Supply Chains
Food Waste
Reverse Logistics
Consumer Packaged Goods
Operations/Marketing Interface
Business Analytics
Empirical Operations Management

Selected Publications

Akkas, A., Gaur, V. and Simchi-Levi, D., 2019. Drivers of Product Expiration in Consumer Packaged Goods Retailing. Management Science, 65(5), pp.2179-2195

Akkaş, A., 2019. Shelf Space Selection to Control Product Expiration. Production and Operations Management, 28(9), pp.2184-2201.

Akkaş, A. and Sahoo, N., 2020. Reducing Product Expiration by Aligning Salesforce Incentives: A Data‐driven Approach. Production and Operations Management, 29(8), pp.1992-2009.

Akkas, A. and Honhon, D., 2021. Shipment Policies for Products with Fixed Shelf Lives: Impact on Profits and Waste. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. Published online.

Akkas, A. and Gaur, V., 2022. OM Forum - Reducing Food Waste: An Operations Management Research Agenda. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. Published online.

Akkas, A. and Honhon, D., 2022. “Determining Maximum Shipping Age Requirements for Shelf Life and Food Waste Management”. Production and Operations Management. Forthcoming.