Ram's Research


Edited Volumes
Sustainable Supply Chains: Models, Methods, and Policy Implications, Springer, New York, 2012 (with Tonya Boone and Vaidy Jayaraman; 244 pages).
New Directionsin Supply-Chain Management: Technology, Strategy and Implementation, AMACOM Press, May 2002 (Co-edited with Tonya Boone, William & Mary; 387 pages).
Quantitative Models for Supply Chain Management, Kluwer Academic Publications, December 1998 (Co-edited with Sridhar Tayur, Carnegie Mellon; and Mike Magazine, Cincinnati; 885 pages).
Refereed Accepted/Forthcoming and Published Papers
(Journal Articles & Book Chapters)
Achieving Sustainability in a Digital, Inter-connected world. Invited paper, to appear in Journal of Business Logistics. (with T. Boone, N. Sanders, and N. Wood)
Consumer Analytics in the Era of Big Data in the Supply Chain. Conditionally accepted in International Journal of Forecasting. (with T. Boone, N. Sanders, and A. Jain)
"Big Data in Supply Chain Management," Production and Operations Management Journal. (with N. Sanders)
"Can customer Search data improve product forecasts?" Production and Operations Management Journal. (with T. Boone, N. Sanders, R.L. Hicks, and N. Sanders)
How Big Data Could Challenge Planning Processes Across the Supply Chain - From S&OP Through Detailed Product Planning. Forthcoming in the Foresight: International Journal of Applied Forecasting. (with Boone and Sanders)
"Analysis of issues controlling the feasibility of automobile remanufacturing business in India, forthcoming in the International Journal of Service and Operations Management26(4), 459-475. (with S. Mondal, A. Sinha, and T. Boone)
"Incorporating Google Trends Data into Sales Forecasting," Forthcoming in the Foresight: International Journal of Applied Forecasting, 2015, 38, 9-15.
"The Keys to Demand-Supply Integration: An Extended Context." Foresight: International Journal of Applied Forecasting, 2015, 36, 21-23.
"Using Clickstream Analysis for Forecasting Online Behavior," in Foresight: International Journal of Applied Forecasting, 2014, 33, 15-19.
"Commentary: CPFR in the Supply Chain," Foresight: International Journal of Applied Forecasting, 2014, 33, 13-14.
"Free Shipping Policies of Online Retailers," in International Journal of Production Economics 2013, 143, 627-632. (with T. Boone)
"The View Across the Supply Chain," Foresight: International Journal of Applied Forecasting, Issue 27, Fall 2012, 16-18.
"Editorial: Sustainable Supply Chains," in Sustainable Supply Chains: Models, Methods, and Policy Implications, Boone, Jayaraman, and Ganeshan, editors, Springer, New York, 2012, 1-8 (with Tonya Boone and Vaidy Jayaraman).
"By the Numbers: Visual Chronicle GHG Emissions," in Sustainable Supply Chains: Models, Methods, and Policy Implications, Boone, Jayaraman, and Ganeshan, editors, Springer, New York, 2012, 9-28 (with Tonya Boone).

"A Primer on E-waste," in Sustainable Supply Chains: Models, Methods, and Policy Implications, Boone, Jayaraman, and Ganeshan, editors, Springer, New York, 2012, 107-128 (with Tonya Boone).

"Carbon Foot printing: A Supply Chain Approach," in Sustainable Supply Chains: Models, Methods, and Policy Implications, Boone, Jayaraman, and Ganeshan, editors, Springer, New York, 2012, 175-192 (with Tonya Boone and Vaidy Jayaraman).

"Foundation Principles for Supply Chain Partners," Foresight: International Journal of Applied Forecasting, 24, Winter 2012, 40-41.

"Do Professional Services Learn, Sustain, and Transfer Knowledge?," in Learning Curves: Theory, Models, and Applications, M. Y. Jaber editor, CRC Press (Taylor and Francis), 2011, 367-379 (with T. Boone and R. Hicks).

"Forecasters in the Field," Foresight: International Journal of Applied Forecasting, Fall 2009, 15, 47 (featured with T. Boone).

"Forecasting Project Cost of Architectural and Engineering Projects." Foresight: International Journal of Applied Forecasting, Fall 2009, 15, 37-41 (T. Boone and R. Hicks).

"Optimal Procureent Portfolios when using B2Bs: A Model and Analysis," International Journal of Production Economics, 2009, 118,1 146-151 (with P. Aggrawal and T. Boone).

"Learning and Depreciation in Professional Services," Management Science, 2008, 54, 7, 1231-1236 (with T. Boone and R. Hicks).

"Knowledge Acquisition and Transfer among Engineers: Effect of Network Structure," Managerial Decision Economics, 2008, 29, 5, 459-468 (with T. Boone).

"The Value of Information Sharing in the Retail Supply Chain: Two Case Studies," Foresight: International Journal of Applied Forecasting, Issue 9, Spring 2008 (with T. Boone).

"E-Business and Supply Chain Management: New Frontiers," Journal of Operations Management, 2007, 25, 6, 1195-1198 (with T. Boone).

"Risk Management Tools in B2Bs: An Exploratory Study," International Journal of Production Economics, 2007, 108, 1, 2-7 (with P. Aggrawal).

"Centralizing Retailing: How much Supply Chain Costs is it Worth?," International Journal of Production Economics, 2007, 108, 2, 341-348. (with L. Ring and J. Strong).

"Web-enabling Your Supply Chain: A Case Study," In New Directions in Supply-Chain Management: Technology, Strategy, and Implementation, T. Boone and R. Ganeshan, editors, AMACOM Press, May 2002, 73-90 (with Reeja Marath).

"B2B Exchanges and Supply Chain Management: Can they Co-Exist?," In New Directions in Supply-Chain Management: Technology, Strategy, and Implementation, T. Boone and R. Ganeshan, editors, AMACOM Press, May 2002, 24-38 (with Katherine Gehman).

"The Impact of Information Sharing Initiatives on Supply Chain Performance: An Exploratory Simulation Study," In Supply Chain Management - Applications and Algorithms, J. Geunes, P.M. Pardalos, and H.E. Romeijn, editors, Kluwer, February 2002, 363-381 (with T. Boone and A. J. Stenger).

"The Impact of Imperfect Processes on Production Run Times," Decision Sciences, 2001, 31, 4, 773-787 (with Y. Guo, T. Boone, and J.K. Ord).

"The Effect of IT on Learning in Professional Services," Journal of Operations Management, 2001, 19, 4, 485-495 (with T. Boone).

"Viewpoint: Are More Suppliers Better: Extending the Guo and Ganeshan Procedure," Journal of the Operational Research Society, 2001, 52, 1, 122-123.

"Production Economics and Process Quality: A Taguchi Perspective," International Journal of Production Economics, 2001, 71, 343-350 (with T. Boone and S. Kulkarni).

"The Impact of Inventory and Flow Planning Parameters on Supply Chain Performance: An Exploratory Study," International Journal of Production Economics, 2001, 71, 111-118 (with T. Boone and A. J. Stenger).

"A Note on the (s,Q) Inventory Policy with Gamma Demand," International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 2000, 30, 6, 534-539 (with J. E. Tyworth).

"The Integration in Supply Chain Management: A Framework and a Simulation," In Supply Chain Management: Innovations for Education, M.E. Johnson and D. F. Pyke, editors, POMS Special Issue in Technology and Operations Management 2000, 2, 41-156 (with T. Boone and A. J. Stenger).

"Models and Methods to Support a New Type of Inventory Performance Measure: The ESWSO," Decision Sciences, 2000, 31, 1, 243-258 (with T. Boone).

"Managing Supply Chain Inventories: A Multiple Supplier, One Warehouse, Multiple Retailer Model," International Journal of Production Economics, 1999, 59, 341-354 (This paper was awarded the best student paper in the student paper competition held by the International Society fo Inventory Research for 1995-96).

"Dual Sourced Supply Chains: The Discount Supplier Option," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 1999, Part E, 35, 11-23 (with Y. Guo and J.E. Tyworth).

"A Taxonomic Review of Supply Chain Management." In Quantitative Models for Supply Chain Management, S. Tayur, R. Ganeshan, and M. Magazine, editors, Kluwer Academic Press, 1998, 839-879 (with P. Stephens, E. Jack, and M. Magazine).

"Validation in Simulation: Various Positions in the Philosophy of Science," Management Science, 1998, 44, 8, 1087-1099 (with G. B. Kleindorfer, and L. O'Neill).

"Inventory Control Under Stochastic Demand and Lead-time Conditions," Journal of Business Logistics, Spring, 1996, 7, 1, 291-304 (with J.E. Tyworthand Y. Guo).

"Are More Suppliers Better?," Journal of the Operational Research Society, 1995, 46, 7, 892-895 (with Y. Guo).

Papers under Review/ Working Papers
Supply Chain in the Era of big data. Invited Introductions for the POMS Journal. (with Singhal, Shantikumar, Feng, and Sanders)
Perspectives on Forecasting. Invited Introduction for the International Journal of Forecasting (with Files, Boylan, Boone, and Sanders)
"Syed Bawker of Channai" ISB/Ivey case under development.
"Freight Mode with Carbon Constraints," (with T. Boone)
"Free-Shippiing Loyalty Programs From Online Retailers: Are they Worth it?" Working Paper. (with T. Boone) 
"Linking Operations, IT Investments, and Firm-level Performance: An Examination of Internal Supply chains in Hospitals." Working Paper (with T. Boone, C. Abraham, R. Kohli).
"Using the Quincunx to Teach 6-sigma Ideas." Working Paper (with T. Boone, M. Fry, and A. Raturi).
"Multiple Sourcing and the Gamma Distribution." Working Paper (with T. Boone and Y. Guo)
"The Impact of Information Sharing Initiatives on Supply chain Performance: A Simulation Study." Working Paper (with T. Boone & A. J. Stenger).
"Dynamics of Knowledge Transfer in Professional Service Organizations" Research in Progress (with T. Boone and R. Hicks)
"Do Professional Services Learn from Outsourcing Projects?" Research in Progress (with T. Boone and R. Hicks)
Refereed Proceedings
"Analysis of Premium Shipping Policies of Online Retailers," in the Proceedings of the International Seminar on Production Economics, 2014, Innsbruck, Austria, Volume 2, 87-96. (with T. Boone)
"Centralizing Retailing: How much Supply Chain Costs is it Worth?: A Case Study," Proceedings of the International Seminar on Production Economics, 2004, 139-153. (with L. Ring and J. Strong).
"The Impact of Technology on the Learning Curve of Service Organizations," Proceedings of the 1998 MSOM Conference, Seattle, WA.
"The Philosophy of Science and Validation in Simulation," Proceedings of the 1993 Winter Simulation Conference, G.W. Evans, M Mallaghasemi, E. C. Russell, W. E. Biles eds., 50-57
Publications in Business Periodicals
"Leaving a Trail of Carbon Footprints," ISB Insight, 2012, 10, 2, 22-25.
"Four Steps to Effective Supply Chain Management," Inbound Logistics, February 1999, page 16. [editor reviewed; this supply chain business-journal has a circulation of over quarter of a million]
"Plugging in the Supply Chain," @Markets magazine, September 2000, 9-22. [editor reviewed]
"An Introduction to Supply Chain Management." Online publication in World-Wide-Web for OR & MS (WORMS), 1995 (with T.P. Harrison). In 2001, Lycos listed this as one of the five most accessed web pages in supply chain management.
Applied Research (available at Operationsbuzz.com)
"In Conversation: Human Genome Science's Hays Watkins"

"In Conversation: Saatchi & Saatchi's Bob Seelert"

"In Conversation: United Company's James McGlothlin"

"In Conversation: Legg Mason's Raymond "Chip" Mason"

"In Conversation: Citi's James W. Brinkley"

"In Conversation: LaTienda.com's Tim Harris"

"From Life, Hope: LifeNet's Supply Chain"
"5 Products, 5 Supply Chains, 5 footprints"
"A Day in the Life: SunTrust's Steve Nerhiem"
"A Day in the Life: Pear Budgets Charile Perk"
"How much is a Frequent Flier Worth?" 
"Does Filling up the Plane Make the Airline Money?"
"The iPhone 4 Supply Chain"
"Does Retail Size Matter? $/Sq. Ft. of Mall Stores"
"A Day in the Life: JantaKhoj's Tarun Bangari"
"A Visual Journey of Carbon Footprints"