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Eli Broad Endowed Professor, Department of Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University

Dr. Anand Nair is the Eli Broad Endowed Professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University.

Dr. Nair has worked with organizations in manufacturing, healthcare and retail sectors on issues such as inventory management, forecasting, pricing, capacity planning, lean systems, manufacturing planning and control, quality management, contracting, product development, process improvement and technology implementation. As a part of his research, Dr. Nair examines administrative Innovation (i.e. process reengineering/improvement), technological Innovation, and behavioral dynamics in projects, firms and supply networks. He also has active research interest in complex adaptive systems and machine learning.

In his research works Dr. Nair investigate ways in which manufacturing and service firms learn, adapt, and self-organize to manage complexity, risk, and relationships inherent in operational, supply chain, and innovation activities. He examines how manufacturing and service firms can manage supply and innovation networks by strengthening end-to-end visibility and fostering adaptive strategic and operational behaviors to improve cost, quality, delivery, flexibility, innovation and sustainability performance. His research and teaching endeavors also consider how manufacturing and service firms can effectively manage their capacity & inventories and create appropriate relationships with supply and distribution partners so as to reduce cost and improve customer service.

Dr. Nair’s research articles have been published in leading operations and supply chain management journals. He was selected as the Fulbright-Aalto University Distinguished Chair in 2017-2018. He serves on the editorial boards of various journals and is currently serving as a Department Editor for the Journal of Operations Management and an Associate Editor
for Decision Sciences.

Dr. Nair teaches operations and supply chain management to MBA, Executive-MBA, undergraduate, and doctoral students. He is actively involved in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Nair holds the Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM) designation from ASCM – The Association of Supply Chain Management and has completed the deep learning specialization from Deeplearning.AI and Data Science Methodology certification from IBM. He has served as Decision Sciences Institute’s Vice-President and Secretary as well as a member of its Board of Directors.


  • –present
    Nair, Michigan State University


  • 2003 
    Michigan State University, Ph.D. - Business Administration (Operations and Supply Chain Management)