Tava Olsen is Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Director of the Centre for Supply Chain Management, and joint Head of Department for the departments of Information Systems and Operations Management and Accounting and Finance at the University of Auckland Business School. She has previously served as Deputy Dean at the University of Auckland Business School. Prior to joining Auckland, she was Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, which she joined after serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Tava received her B.Sc. (honours) in Mathematics from the University of Auckland and her Masters in Statistics in 1992 and Ph.D. in Operations Research in 1994, both from Stanford University. Tava’s research interests include supply-chain management; pricing and inventory control; and stochastic modelling of manufacturing, service, agricultural, and healthcare systems.
Tava is currently the Area Editor for Operations and Supply Chain at Operations Research and a senior editor of Production and Operations Management. She has previously served as an Associate Editor for Management Science and Manufacturing and Services Operations Management (M&SOM), and was the Topical Editor for Supply-Chain Management for the Wiley Encyclopaedia of Operations Research and Management Science. She is a past president of the Manufacturing and Service Operations (MSOM) society and has thrice been awarded the Auckland Business School’s research excellence award. Among other journals, her publications have appeared in Management Science, Operations Research, M&SOM, & POM. Tava has been awarded over $3 million dollars of external funding over her career, including being a recipient of the prestigious NSF CAREER award and RSNZ Marsden grant.