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Kamalini Ramdas

Professor of Management Science and Operations; Deloitte Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

BSc (Delhi), MS (Delaware), PhD (Pennsylvania)

Professor Kamalini Ramdas is an expert in the innovation arena. Her current research examines new ways to create value through innovation, including: service innovation, operational innovation and business model innovation. She has also examined the amount of product variety and component-level variety that firms should offer, and how variety can be managed effectively through design. 

She has served as co-principal investigator on a $1.2M grant to model and implement profitable cardiac preventive care via delivery innovation. She has also examined delivery innovation in an array of service industries supported by a grant from the UK Economic and Social Research Council. 

Professor Ramdas’s work has been published in Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Harvard Business Review, and other journals. She has served as Departmental Editor of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Department of Management Science.

Her expertise has seen her consult on innovation and operations management in a variety of industries, including healthcare, telecoms, consumer packaged goods and assembled products.

She teaches a course on Business Model Innovation, as well as courses on Entrepreneurship, Operations Management, and Empirical Research Methods. She has taught at the University of Virginia, University of Texas at Austin, The Wharton School, and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. 


Is IT enough? Evidence from a natural experiment in India’s agriculture Markets

Savva N; Parker C; Ramdas K

Management Science 2015 Forthcoming

Robust scheduling practices in the U.S. airline industry: Costs, returns, and inefficiencies

Ramdas K; Atkinson S A; Williams J W

Management Science 2015 Forthcoming


Can financial markets inform operational improvement efforts? Evidence from the airline industry

Ramdas K; Williams J; Lipson M

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management 2013 Vol 15:3 p 405-422

The M in future

Chandy R; Ramdas K

Business Strategy Review 2013 Vol 24:1 p 30-43


Four ways to reinvent service delivery

Teisberg E; Tucker A; Ramdas K

Harvard Business Review 2012

From zero to ubiquity

Chandy R; Ramdas K

Business Strategy Review 2012 Vol 24:1 p 14-25


A methodology to support product differentiation decisions

Ramdas K; Zhylevskyy; Moore W

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 2010 Vol 57:4 p 649-660

Using location to innovate in healthcare delivery

Ramdas K; Teisberg E

Business Strategy Review 2010 Vol 21:4 p 35

Helping hospitals to improve healthcare

Ramdas K

Business Strategy Review 2010 Vol 21:4 p 32-34


Who do I listen to? The role of the cusomer in product evolution

Ramdas K; Meyer M; Randall T

Book Chapter: In Loch C, Kavadias S eds., Handbook of New Product Development Research, Springer Press, 2008.

Does component sharing help or hurt reliability? An empirical study in the automotive industry

Ramdas K; Randall T

Management Science 2008 Vol 54:5 p 922-938


Up or out: new product positioning in an evolving technology environment

Ramdas K; Jain S

Production and Operations Management 2005 Fall Vol 14:No. 3 p 362-376


Managing variety for assembled products: Modeling component systems sharing

Ramdas K; Fisher M L; Ulrich K T

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management 2003 Spring Vol 5:2 p 142-156

Managing product variety: An integrative review and research directions

Ramdas K

Production and Operations Management 2003 Spring Vol 12:1 p 79-101


Product types and supplier roles in product development: an exploratory analysis

Ramdas K; Laseter T

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 2002 May Vol 49:No. 2 p 107-118


Ending inventory valuation in multi-period production scheduling

Ramdas K; Fisher M L; Zheng Y S

Management Science 2001 Vol 47:No. 5

A cross-functional approach to designing multiple product line extensions with components sharing

Ramdas K; Sawhney M

Management Science 2001 January Vol 47:1 p 22-36


Chain or shackles: understanding what drives supply chain performance

Ramdas K; Spekman R

Interfaces 2000 July-August Vol 30:No. 4 p 3-21


Components sharing in the management of product variety: A study of automotive braking systems

Fisher M L; Ulrich K T

Management Science 1999 March Vol 45:5 p 297-315

Current Teaching

MBA Core:

C103 Operations Management

Executive MBA Dubai:

CD32 Developing Entrepreneurial Opportunities 


E480 Innovating Business Models, Products & Services

E487 Managing Healthcare 


P003 Core - Statistical Research Methods II

Research Interests

  • Innovation in operations
  • Innovation in services
  • Service operations
  • Supply chain management