Dr. Özalp Özer

Professor of Management Science

Ashbel Smith Professor

Özer joined the Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas in 2009. He previously held faculty positions at Columbia University and Stanford University. A global value chain management and innovation expert, Özer spent his 2013-14 sabbatical as a visiting professor at MIT Sloan School of Management.

His research explores how trust and trustworthiness affect the management of global businesses and decisions, such as pricing. His areas of specialty include end-to-end management and design of global supply chains, capacity/inventory planning, logistics design, incentive/contract design, retail and pricing management. He has published on these topics in leading international journals, such as Management Science and Operations Research and also co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Pricing Management.

Özer works closely with industry and has consulted for companies, including Ericsson, GM, Hitachi and Hewlett-Packard. He has designed software that optimizes market timing and pricing decisions, and has also developed data-driven algorithms used by firms such as IBM as a tool for their consulting and business practices.

Özer has given executive training workshops and seminars on value chain management and pricing. He was recognized with the Teaching Excellence Award at MIT Sloan Executive Education in 2014, a teaching award at Columbia University in 2009, and the Eugene Grant Teaching Award at Stanford in 2003 and 2004 — all by the vote of his students.

Özer received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Bilkent University. He earned a master’s degree in financial engineering and a master’s degree and PhD in operations research from Columbia University. 

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Dr. Ozalp Ozer

Naveen Jindal School of Management


The University of Texas System supports the professorship.


In 2014, Özer received the Management Science Best Paper Award “for his contribution to the theory and practice of management.” He received the Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Accomplishment Award from the Production and Operations Management Society in 2004 “for altering the way that production and operations management is conceptualized today.”


“I am passionate about working with students, researchers and practitioners on the next new ‘think’ that calls for the exciting opportunity to explore, learn, define, solve and contribute. I strive to work on high-impact management topics. I hope to leave a lasting and positive impact on the lives of organizations and people. I cannot imagine working at a better place than an institution that has a mission of producing high-quality products, services, research and graduates, and that is rigorous and fair in achieving its mission. UTD today is such an institution. Hence, this investiture is an honor.”