Academic Profile

Professor S. Viswanathan
Professor of Operations Management
Director, Centre for Business Sustainability
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)
Phone: +65 6790 4798
Office: S3-01B-53
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  • PhD (Operations Research), Case Western Reserve, 1992
  • MS (Management Science), Case Western Reserve, 1990
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management, IIM Calcutta, 1986
  • B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering), IIT Madras 1984

Dr. S. Viswanathan (Vish) is a Professor of Operations Management at the Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he has been a faculty member since 1992. He also serves as the Director of the Centre for Business Sustainability. He has assisted the school and university previously in varied service roles, including Associate Dean (Research), Head of the Academic Division of IT and Operations Management (ITOM), Director of PhD Programme, Programme Director of MBA (Technology & Operations Specialisation), Programme Director of MDP@Nanyang, Chairman of the IT Resources Group and as Cluster Director of the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

Vish was a member of the team responsible for the curriculum design and redesign of the full-time MBA into a one-year MBA program. As Head of ITOM, he was involved in developing the initial curriculum for the MSc(Technology Management) segment of the Renaissance Engineering Programme. He was the founding Programme Director of the NTU-Waseda double MBA program and was involved in developing the curriculum for the NTU-Waseda double MBA and the MBA (Technology & Operations) curriculum. He was also involved in developing the curriculum for the Management Development Program @ NTU, as its Founding Programme Director. As Director/Associate Dean, he has overseen the PhD programme in the school for 9 years.

Vish obtained a Ph.D. in Operations Research with minor in Operations Management from Case Western Reserve University in 1992, MBA (Gold Medallist) from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1986, and B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1984.

Vish's teaching interests are in Corporate Sustainability, Sustainable Operations, Operations Management, Inventory Theory, Supply Chain & Logistics Management and Optimization.

His research interests are in Inventory Management, Sustainable Operations & Supply Chains, Policies for regulating carbon emissions, Reverse Logistics & Remanufacturing, Transportation Scheduling & Timetabling, and Supply Chain & Service Operations.

His research has been published in Financial Times and Business Week ranked top tier Business journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Production & Operations Management, and Journal of Operations Management and other top journals such as International Journal of Production Research, European Journal of Operational Research, Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, Operations Research Letters, Journal of the Operational Research Society, International Journal of Production Economics, Integrated Manufacturing Systems, International Journal of Technology & Management, International Journal of Logistics, and International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management.

He is very active as a Senior Editor, Editorial Board Member, Guest Editor, or Associate Editor in several top journals such as Decision Sciences, Production & Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, and International Journal of Production Research . He has made several appearances in Whos who in the World, Whos Who in Asia, Whos Who in Finance and Industry and Whos Who in Science and Engineering lists. He was awarded the prestigious Nanyang Award for Research Excellence in 2010.

Selected Publications

  • N. Bryan, M. Srinivasan, and S. Viswanathan (2016), Managing Supply Systems with Partial Information on Shipment Locations, Accepted and Forthcoming, International Journal of Production Research.

  • S. Ghosh, R. Piplani, S. Viswanathan. (2015). A new two-bin policy for inventory systems with differentiated demand classes. Production and Operations Management, 24(5), 840-850.

  • S. Axsater and S. Viswanathan. (2012). On the value of customer information for an independent supplier in a continuous review inventory system. European Journal of Operational Research, 221, 34-347.

  • M. M. Srinivasan and S. Viswanathan, (2010), Optimal WIP Inventory Levels for High-Variety Low-Volume Manufacturing Systems, IIE Transactions, 42, 379-391.

  • Viswanathan, (2007), An Algorithm for determining the best lower bound for the Stochastic Joint Replenishment Problem, Operations Research, , 55, 992-996.

  • H. Widiarta, S. Viswanathan, and R. Piplani, (2007), On the Effectiveness of Top-Down Approach for Forecasting Autoregressive Demands, Naval Research Logistics, 54, 176-188.

  • S. Viswanathan and R. Piplani, (2001), Coordinating Supply Chain Inventories Through Common Replenishment Epochs, European Journal of Operational Research , 129, 277-286.

  • S. Viswanathan, (1997), Periodic Review (s, S) Policies for Joint Replenishment Inventory Systems, Management Science, 43, 1447-1454.

  • S. Viswanathan and K. Mathur, (1997), Integrating Routing and Inventory Decisions in One Warehouse Multi-Retailer Multi-Product Distribution Systems, Management Science, 43, 294-312.