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Manoj Malhotra

Jeff Bates Professor in Business Administration and Director of the Center for GSCPM

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Office: 803.777.2712
Fax: 803.777.6876

Chair of the Management Science Department



Manoj K. Malhotra is the Jeff B. Bates Professor in the Moore School of Business, and has served as the Chairman of the Management Science Department at the University of South Carolina (USC), Columbia since 2000.  He is also the founding Director of the Center for Global Supply Chain and Process Management (GSCPM), which was established at the Moore School of Business in 2005.  He earned an engineering undergraduate degree from The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India in 1983, and a Ph.D. in operations management from The Ohio State University in 1990. He is a Fellow of the American Production and Inventory Management Society (CFPIM), and a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI).  He has conducted seminars and consulted with firms such as Carolina Healthcare Systems, Cummins, John Deere, Metso Paper, Palmetto Health Richland, Phelps Dodge, Sonoco, UCB Chemicals, Verizon, and Westinghouse Nuclear Fuels Division, among others.

Apart from teaching operations management, supply chain management, and global business issues at USC, Manoj has also taught at the Terry School of Business, University of Georgia; Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien in Austria; and the Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University, Australia. His research has thematically focused on the deployment of flexible resources in manufacturing and service firms, operations strategy, supply chain integration, and on the interface between operations and other functional areas of business such as marketing and information systems.  His work on these and related issues has been published in refereed journals such as Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, IIE Transactions, Interfaces, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Operations Management, OMEGA, and Production and Operations Management Journal.  He is a recipient of the Decision Sciences Institute’s Outstanding Achievement Award for the Best Application Paper in 1990, the Stan Hardy Award for the best paper published in the field of Operations Management in 2002 and 2006, and the 2007 runner-up award for the best paper published in the Journal of Operations Management.  Manoj also won the USC Educational Foundation Award for the Professional Schools in 2007, which is the University's most prestigious annual prize for innovative research, scholarship, and creative achievement. More recently, he received the Decision Sciences journal best paper award for the year 2011.

 As part of his pedagogical endeavors, Manoj has co-authored one of the leading textbooks in the field of operations management. Manoj has won several teaching awards, including the Michael J. Mungo Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in 2006 from the University of South Carolina and Alfred G. Smith Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award in 1995 from the Moore School of Business.  He was voted by the students as an Outstanding Professor in the MIBS and International MBA program by the classes of 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, and 2008; and as the Outstanding Professor in the IMBA-Vienna program by the classes of 1998 and 2004.  He was designated as one of the first “Master Teachers” in the Moore School of Business in 1998, and has been listed in "Who's Who among America's Teachers" in 1996 and 2000.  Manoj has worked actively with Ph.D. students, and chaired or co-chaired ten dissertations to date.  Alan Mackelprang, whose dissertation Manoj chaired, won the prestigious Elwood S. Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Decision Sciences Institute in 2012.

Along with serving on several college-wide committees over the course of years such as the Committee for Teaching Excellence and the Student Academic Responsibility Committee, Manoj was actively involved in a substantive revision of the graduate program at Moore School. He has also played a key leadership role in launching the Technology Commercialization and Innovation Management initiative at the college level, and along with the Management Science department faculty, is currently spearheading the growth and development of the Center for Global Supply Chain and Process Management (GSCPM) at the Moore School of Business.  At the university level, he has chaired the Michael Mungo Graduate Award Committee for the past two years, and served on the Faculty Senate, the Provost’s Committee on Informatics and Information Systems Professions, and the Provost’s Committee for Dean Evaluation.

Manoj is a senior editor of Decision Sciences and the POMS journal.  He has served as the past area editor for POMS journal (2000-2003) and an associate editor for the Journal of Operations Management (2001-2010). He is an active referee for several other journals in the field, and served as the co-editor for special focus issues of Decision Sciences (1999) and Journal of Operations Management (2002). He was the Program Chair for the 36th International Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) in San Francisco in 2005, and will be the Program Chair for the POMS international meeting in Denver in May 2013.  He has been involved in the Mid-Carolina chapter of APICS as its past President, executive board member, and an instructor of professional level CPIM certification courses.  He has also served as the founding member on the board of Shingo Prize for Lean Excellence in the State of South Carolina.


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1990
  • M.A., The Ohio State University, 1988
  • M.S. The Ohio State University, 1984
  • B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, 1983