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Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business

Profile Information

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 & Supplier Management
  • MGT 4240 Global Supply Chain Management
  • MGT 8560 Business for Supply Chain 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, sourcing, and shipment decisions in the auto and retail industries---studying novel data sets from public agents, marketplace companies, consumer reports, and online reviews. Ahmet has held more than 50 research presentations at prestigious business schools, companies, and conferences, including INFORMS, MSOM, and POMS. Ahmet serves as a reviewer for Management Science, MSOM, Decision Sciences, NBER, NSF, JOM, Service Science, and POM. Also, he is active with PhD dissertation supervision, currently advising doctoral students from Clemson, Kellogg, and the USC. He 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

  • Supply chain innovation
  • AI, data analytics and machine learning
  • Sustainable and scalable operations
  • Online retail & sourcing
  • Regulation and quality improvement

Research Publications

  • "Empirical Studies on Auto Recalls," PhD Dissertation, 2017, Northwestern University
  • "Supply Chain Proximity and Product Quality," Management Science, 2019, 65(9), 4079-4099 With Robert Bray and Juan Camilo Serpa
  • "Why Do Automakers Initiate Recalls? A Structural Econometric Game," Under Revision at Management Science, With Robert Bray
  • "Bilateral R&D Productivity and Supply Chain Networks," R&R at Management Science (Honorable Mention at 2020 POMS SCM Student Paper Competition) With Yuqi Peng, Yan Dong, Sriram Venkataraman


Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business
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