Kannan Sethuraman

Associate Professor of Operations Management

Kannan Sethuraman joined Melbourne Business School in 2001 as an Associate Professor of Operations Management.

Upon completing his PhD at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Kannan held associate and assistant professorial roles at the Indian Institute of Management and Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Kannan’s research has been published in renowned journals, including in the Management Science, INFORMS Journal of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and more.

Kannan has received extensive teaching accolades in Australia and overseas and lectures Managing Processes and Supply Chain Management in the MBA, Executive MBA, Senior Executive MBA and Master of Business Analytics programs.

Most Notable Research

Product variety and manufacturing performance: Evidence from the international automotive assembly plant study’, MacDuffie, JP, Sethuraman, K & Fisher, M, March 1996, Management Science, pp. 350–369.

Congestion and complexity costs in a plant with fixed resources that strives to make schedule’, Lovejoy, WS & Sethuraman, K, Summer 2000, INFORMS Journal of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 221–239.

Locus of supply and global manufacturing’, Ettlie, JE & Sethuraman, K, 2002, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 349–370.

SMS text messaging improves outpatient attendance’, Downer, S, Meara, JG, Da Costa, A & Sethuraman, K, August 2006, Australian Health Review, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 289–296.

On the hospital volume and outcome relationship: Does specialization matter more than volume?’, Lee KC, Sethuraman, K & Yong, J, December 2015, Health Services Research, vol. 50, no. 6, pp. 2019–2036.

Most Notable Awards

Recipient of Teaching Excellence Award from the full-time MBA graduating class, Melbourne Business School 2003, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Recipient of Teaching Excellence Award from the part-time MBA graduating class, Melbourne Business School 2007, 2008, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Recipient of Teaching Excellence Award from the Senior Executive MBA graduating class Melbourne Business School 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Recipient of the 1996 BBA Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Michigan Business School, Ann Arbor, 1996.

Recipient of Best Paper Prize for ‘Is sustainability worth the effort? Relationship between sustainability practices and financial performance of firms’, Lam, J, Singh, P & Sethuraman, K at the Ninth ANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium, 2011.