Karthik Natarajan

Karthik Natarajan

Assistant Professor
Supply Chain and Operations


  • Ph.D. 2013
    Operations University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Humanitarian and Not-for-profit Operations
  • Global Health Supply Chains
  • Health Care Delivery Systems in Resource Constrained Settings
  • Socially Responsible Operations


Karthik Natarajan is an assistant professor of Supply Chain and Operations at the Carlson School of Management. He received his Ph. D. in Operations from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, where he won numerous awards for his research including the outstanding graduating student award and a competitive university-wide fellowship.

Natarajan's research interests are in humanitarian and non-profit operations with a specific focus on global public health. In a recent work, he studied how different donor funding schedules and uncertainty in donor funding impact the operational performance of humanitarian health supply chains. Natarajan's previous work experience include Honeywell Technology Solutions and Brakes India Limited, and he is currently consulting for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He is an ad hoc reviewer for the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) journal.

Selected Works & Activities.

  • Journal Articles
    Natarajan, K.V., J.M. Swaminathan. 2014. "Inventory Management in Humanitarian Operations: Impact of Amount, Schedule, and Uncertainty in Funding", Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 16(4), pp. 595-603
  • Journal Articles
    Natarajan, K.V., J.M. Swaminathan. 2016. "Multi-Treatment Inventory Allocation in Humanitarian Health Settings under Funding Constraints", Production and Operations Management.
  • Scholarly Service

    Reviewer for Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management and Decision Sciences.

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