Jayashankar M. Swaminathan

GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations, Director of Value Chain Lab

Jay is an internationally recognized thought leader in innovations and productivity improvements related to global operations and supply chain management who has held multiple leadership positions at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Jay has published dozens of articles in leading academic journals. An award winning researcher and instructor, he is an elected fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) and Production and Operations Management Society (POMS).

Jay received his Doctoral and Master’s degrees in Industrial Administration from GSIA (now Tepper School of Business) at Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Prior to joining UNC in 2000, he was a faculty at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Recent Publications

September 15, 2021

In the wake of the pandemic, global supply chain challenges have driven massive product shortages and rising prices on goods, from cars and building supplies to electronics, medicine and more. As the Delta variant causes COVID-19 surges across the United States, and the global response continues to be slow and uneven, hear from two of our leading experts on global supply chains.

Jayashankar M. Swaminathan

May 22, 2020

Apple and Google, whose operating systems power the vast majority of smart phones, have unlocked software protocols to allow their phones — if owners have installed the right apps — to monitor when someone who is infected or possibly infected has contact with someone else. But digital contact tracing also raises difficult ethical, legal and technical questions.

Jayashankar M. Swaminathan

September 27, 2018

Electricity end-users have been increasingly generating their own electricity via rooftop solar panels. Our paper studies the implications of such “distributed renewable energy” for utility profits and social welfare under net metering that has sparked heated debates in practice. The common belief is that such type of generation significantly decreases utility profits because (i) distributed generation reduces utility’s market size, and (ii) under net metering, utilities must buy back the excess generation of their customers at a rate typically larger than their procurement cost.

Jayashankar M. SwaminathanNur Sunar

August 15, 2018

We show that blockchain can be more effective than pricing strategy in eliminating the post-purchase regret and improving social welfare.

Jayashankar M. Swaminathan