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Faculty and Staff Profile

Ahmet Colak

Assistant Professor of Management

Office: 120C Sirrine Hall
Phone: (864) 656-0591

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Operations Management
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University 2017

M.A. Economics
Northwestern University 2013

B.S. Industrial Engineering
Bilkent University 2011

 Courses Taught

MGT 3170 Logistics Management
MGT 4120 Sourcing Management


Ahmet is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Clemson College of Business. His research and teaching areas lie in the Operations and Supply Chain Management area. Prior to Clemson, he obtained his doctoral degree in Operations Management from Kellogg School of Management and his master’s degree in Economics from Northwestern University. His research studies service and supply chain operations from a strategic view and addresses both theory and practice. Methodologically, he uses empirical frameworks such as structural econometrics and machine learning. His current research focuses on strategic recall and sourcing decisions in the auto industry – studying novel data sets from public agents, private companies, consumer reports, and online reviews. Ahmet has held research presentations at prestigious business schools, companies, and conferences, including INFORMS, MSOM, and POMS. Ahmet teaches operations management with an emphasis on supply chains and services. His applied teaching areas cover a rich domain of practice-driven operational strategies across industries.

 Research Interests

Structural Estimation, Data Analytics, Empirical Operations, Supply Chain Management

 Research Publications

1. "Empirical Studies on Auto Recalls"
PhD Dissertation, 2017
Northwestern University

2. "Supply Chain Proximity and Product Quality"
Forthcoming at Management Science, 2018
With Robert Bray and Juan Camilo Serpa

3. "Why Do Automakers Initiate Recalls? A Structural Econometric Game"
Major Revision at Management Science, 2017
With Robert Bray

Last Updated: June 2018