Harihara Prasad Natarajan

Assoc. Professor
Vice Dean, Undergraduate Business Education

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Hari Natarajan is Professor of Management and Vice Dean of Undergraduate Business Education at the Miami Herbert Business School (MHBS). Previously, he served as the Academic Director of MHBS’ Global Executive MBA program. Hari received his undergraduate degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and MS and PhD degrees (with dual titles in Business Administration and Operations Research) from the Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business, where he won the Alumni Association Award for his doctoral dissertation.

Hari’s research develops and applies optimization models to support practical decision-making in supply chains and service networks. He has worked on collaborative research projects with several companies including Armstrong, Capital One, Corning, Florida Panthers, Intcomex, and Uponor Aldyl. He has also been a technical advisor for analytics firms such as Marketics and LatentView, and serves as a non-executive director on the board of MetaCorp. His research has appeared in top journals and has won awards including the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering Transactions Best Paper Award. His work has been supported by the eBusiness Research Center and the Center for Supply Chain Research at Penn State, the Center for International Business Education and Research, and the James W. McLamore Award (now Provost’s Research Award) at the University of Miami.

Hari is a Senior Editor of the Production and Operations Management Journal and Associate Editor of the Decision Sciences Journal and is the President of the South Florida chapter of INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences).

At the Miami Herbert Business School, Hari teaches courses on operations and supply chain management at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, and has been recognized for teaching excellence by cohorts of the Executive MBA program.



2004Ph.D. in Business Administration (Dual-title in Operations Research), Pennsylvania State University
2003M.S. in Business Administration, Pennsylvania State University
1996B.Tech. in Naval Architecture, Indian Institute of Technology

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Sourcing and procurement coordination | Assortment planning, inventory management, and pricing | Design and configuration of infrastructure and service networks, and | Mathematical programming and discrete optimization

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Sourcing and procurement coordination | Assortment planning, inventory management, and pricing | Design and configuration of infrastructure and service networks, and | Mathematical programming and discrete optimization

Professional Experience

2021 - Professor, Miami Herbert Business School
2011 - 2021Associate Professor, Management, Miami Herbert Business School
2004 - 2011Assistant Professor, Management, University of Miami School of Business Administration
2003 - 2004Instructor, University of Miami School of Business Administration
2002 - 2003Visiting Researcher, University of Texas
1997 - 2002Instructor, Pennsylvania State University

Honors & Acknowledgements

Excellence in Teaching Award, EMBA program, Miami Herbert Business School 2017, 2020
Provost’s Research Award, University of Miami, 2019
Best Paper in IIE Transactions Scheduling and Logistics, 2016
UM CIBER International Business Research Grant, 2012
Penn State Alumni Association Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2002


With Balakrishnan, A., and M.S. Pangburn Optimizing Delivery Fees for a Network of Distributors (Manuf. and Service Operations Management 2(3), 297-31. 2000).

With A. Balakrishnan and P. Mirchandani Connectivity Upgrade Models for Survivable Network Design (Operations Research 57(1), 170-186. 2009).

With Y. Akcay and S. H. Xu Joint Dynamic Pricing of Multiple Perishable Products under Consumer Choice (Management Science 56(8), 1345-136. 2010).

With G. A. Meester, A. Mehrotra, and M. J. Seifert Optimal Configuration of a Service Delivery Network: An Application to a Financial Services Provider (Production and Operations Management 19(6), 725-741. 2010).

With A. Balakrishnan Integrated Procurement Planning in Multi-division firms (Production and Operations Management 23(10), 1795-1810. 2014).

With A. Balakrishnan Designing Fee Tables for Retail Delivery Services by Third-party Logistics Providers (IIE Transactions 46(12), 1261-127. 2014).

With P. Bernales, Y. Guan, P. Souza-Gimenez, and M. X. A. Tajes Less is More: Harnessing Product Substitution Information to Rationalize SKUs at Intcomex (INFORMS Journal of Applied Analytics (previously Interfaces), 47(3). 2017).

With F. Fang and H. Gurnani Leadership, Dominance, and Pre-eminence, in a Channel Structure with a Common Retailer (Decision Sciences, 49(1), 65-119. 2018).

With F. Fang Sourcing and Procurement Cost Allocation in Multi-division firms (Production and Operations Management 29(3), 767-787. 2020).

With Y. Akcay, Y. Li Category Inventory Planning with Service Level Requirements and Dynamic Substitutions (Production and Operations Management 29(11), 2553-2578. ).