Saravanan Kesavan
Saravanan Kesavan

Associate Professor of Operations and Sarah Graham Kenan Scholar

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Saravanan Kesavan is an associate professor and Sarah Graham Kenan Scholar in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Kesavan conducts research on supply chain management for retailers, with an emphasis on benchmarking operational performance and management of retail store labor. His research topics include improving labor productivity, reducing employee turnover, forecasting performance, designing managerial incentives, and digitization. His research has appeared in Management Science, M&SOM, POMS, and Harvard Business Review. He is a senior editor at POMS and an ad-hoc reviewer at Management Science, M&SOM andPOMS. He teaches retail operations and digital operations for MBA students. He has received the “MBA Teaching All Star” award seven times between 2007 and 2017, and the Weatherspoon Award for Teaching Excellence in the full-time MBA program in 2018. 

Kesavan received his Ph.D. in technology and operations management from Harvard Business School. He also has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, respectively.


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