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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
(Teaching Scores: 4.80, 4.58, 4.93, 5.00 out of 5)

Description: Efficiency in managing transportation and logistics is vital for many supply chain companies. Most online and store operations rely on highly responsive inbound and outbound logistics between different stages of the supply chain. This course introduces the essential topics of logistics management - a sector that makes more than 1.5 trillion dollars annually in the United States and accounts for 15% of the global GDP (the underlying statistics change dynamically each year). Using supply chain cases and team games, we will explore the importance of responsiveness, flexibility, and innovation in logistics management. We will also study information sharing, transparency, ecological footprint, channel integration, resource utilization, and sustainable scaling in supply chain logistics. We will examine how operational capabilities and levers relate to competitive strategy and performance. Students can learn advanced insights about managing continuous improvement and new product development in logistics and transportation management.

MGT 4120 Sourcing & Supplier Management
(Teaching Scores: 4.41, 4.52, 4.48, 4.81 out of 5)

Description: A large fraction of modern-day supply chains are constantly growing, evolving, and changing at high speed. Therefore, effective sourcing and supplier management is vital for any business that runs on recurring transactions. This course studies the value of coordination, customization, and sustainability in supply chain networks. Using a rich collection of cases and games, we will study the fundamental concepts of sourcing management. We will explore the underlying interactions between upstream and downstream firms; we will examine major sourcing strategies in perishable and storable consumer goods industries. Students can learn executive insights about managing stockouts, bullwhip, mass customization, and complexity across a diverse panorama of supply chain environments. We will also discuss the contemporary topics in practice, and have various opportunities to engage in team work under different business scenarios.

MGT 4240 Global Supply Chain Management

Description: Supply chain networks in consumer industries are becoming more global than ever before. Interestingly, a large majority of supply chain design, innovation, sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, logistics, distribution, and sales span a diverse base of geographic regions, covering multiple continents around the world. Using a rich collection of international (and domestic) cases and games, this course introduces the foundational topics of global supply chain management. We will study the value of geography, variety, and technology management in major global supply chain industries. We will explore the underlying operations of domestic and foreign companies that engage in international acquisitions, offshoring, and outsourcing. We will examine cost, responsiveness, and coordination tradeoffs to manage global opportunities and risks. Moreover, students can increase their international supply chain knowledge with engaged group challenges and assignments.

Case Companies: 7-Eleven Japan, Amazon, Amazon Euro, Amazon Go, Apple, Barilla, Barnes & Noble, Blockbuster, Blue Nile, BMW, Capital One, Dell, Domino's, GE Healthcare, Harley Davidson, Heineken, IKEA, LEGO, Netflix, Nike, Ocado, Peapod, Pfizer, P&G Finance, Redbox, Seagate, Seiko, Swatch, Tesco, Tiffany, Timbuk2, Trader Joe's, Unilever, Walmart Supply Chains, Walmart Sustainability, Zales, Zappos, Zara,, and Zespri

Industry Guests: Amazon, BMW, DHL, Ferguson, and Samsung


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 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, and POM. 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

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

2. "Supply Chain Proximity and Product Quality"
Management Science, 2019, 65(9), 4079-4099
With Robert Bray and Juan Camilo Serpa

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

4. "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