Necati Ertekin

Necati Ertekin

Associate Professor
Supply Chain & Operations


  • PhD 2016
    Operations & Supply Chain Management, Texas A&M University
  • MBA 2008
    Naval Postgraduate School
  • MS 2008
    Systems Engineering, Naval Post Graduate School
  • BS 2003
    Industrial Engineering, Turkish Naval Academy


  • Retail Operations
  • Consumer Returns
  • Operations/Marketing Interface
  • Empirical OM


Necati Ertekin is an Associate Professor in the Supply Chain and Operations Department at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., he served in the Navy as an officer for eight years and resigned as Lieutenant.

Necati has developed a research stream that is grounded in practice with a strong managerial focus. His primary research interests center on retail operations and operations/marketing interface with an emphasis on omnichannel retailing, store labor, and the behavioral aspects of consumer returns. His research has been published in Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Marketing Science, and Production and Operations Management. He has been an active member of the Consortium for Operational Excellence in Retailing (COER, a Harvard Business School and The Wharton School initiation to facilitate partnership between academics and retail practitioners) since 2016 and has been invited to present his works at professional and practitioner conferences in North America. He has also consulted with several national retailers.

At the Carlson School, Necati primarily teaches PhD, MS in Supply Chain Management, MBA, and Undergraduate level courses in “Retail Operations”, “Sales, Inventory, and Operations Planning”,  and “Supply Chain Planning and Control”.

Media Coverage of Research:

  • Should Multichannel Retailers Consider Adjusting Their Return Time Windows?, by Reverse Logistics Magazine, Edition 115 (page 52), September 2021 PDF: Edition115.pdf
  • New Leases On Life: Malls Converting To Fulfillment Centers, Other Non-Retail Uses, by Forbes, August 14, 2021 URL:
  • Let Your Salespeople Create A Good Vibe with the Customer: Managing Returns in High Customer Contact Businesses, by Reverse Logistics Magazine, Edition 104 (page 38), October 2019 PDF: Edition104.pdf
  • Stack or Bundle Those Discounts? by The Wiglaf Journal, April 2019, URL:
  • Stacked Discounts Hurt Profitability, by Harvard Business Review, March-April 2019, Vol. 97 Issue 2 (pages 26-28), URL:
  • The Secrets of Managing In-Store Product Exchanges, by Reverse Logistics Magazine, Edition 93 (page 36), July 2018 PDF: Edition93.pdf
  • Sick of Losing Money on Product Returns? Here’s How to PROFIT From Them Instead!, by Frank Reactions, April 18, 2018 

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