Arian Aflaki

  • Assistant Professor of Business Analytics and Operations


Arian Aflaki is an Assistant Professor of Business Analytics and Operations at the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. His research provides practical insights into supply chain management and effective solutions to the challenges of firm operations spanning over two specific areas: retail operations and humanitarian operations management. In retail, he studies the impact of consumer behavior on firm pricing, inventory, channel, and product design decisions and seeks for the solutions that benefit firms and consumers; in humanitarian operations, he focuses on the influence of contributor behavior on the funding strategies of humanitarian organizations and develops strategies to improve their operational efficiency. Arian also serves as a referee for various leading academic journals in the field of management science and operations. He is a member of INFORMS, MSOM, and POMS.


  • PhD in Operations Management, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • MSc in Applied Mathematics, Sharif University of Technology
  • BSc in Industrial Mathematics, Sharif University of Technology

Recent Publications

"Humanitarian Funding in a Multi-Donor Market with Donation Uncertainty," with A.J. Pedraza Martinez. Production and Operations Management, 25(7), pp. 1274 1291, 2016.

Recent Working Papers

"Choosing to Be Strategic: Implications of the Endogenous Adoption of Forward-Looking Purchasing Behavior on Multiperiod Pricing," with P. Feldman and R. Swinney (under review).

"Inventory Integration with Rational Consumers," with R. Swinney (under review).

"Competition over Funding Resources in Humanitarian Operations," with A.J. Pedraza Martinez.

"Optimal Fashionability for Seasonal Products," with R. Swinney.

Academic Area

Business Analytics and Operations