Arian Aflaki
Assistant Professor of Business Administration

206 Mervis Hall
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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 two specific areas: retail operations and humanitarian operations managementIn 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.


  • 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

Inventory Integration with Rational Consumers, with R. Swinney.  Operations Research, Vol. 69, No. 4, July-August 2021

Becoming Strategic: Endogenous Consumer Time Preferences and Multiperiod Pricing, with P. Feldman and R. Swinney. Operations Research, Vol. 68, No. 4, July-August 2020

Humanitarian Funding in a Multi-Donor Market with Donation Uncertainty, with A.J. Pedraza Martinez. Production and Operations Management, Vol. 25, No. 7, July 2016

Working Papers

Donations in Humanitarian Operations: Earmarking, Competition, and Joint Fundraising, with A.J. Pedraza Martinez

Allocation of Nonprofit Funds Among Program, Fundraising, and Administration, with T. Kotsi, G. Aydin, A.J. Pedraza Martinez

Optimal Fashionability for Seasonal Products, with R. Swinney

Academic Area

Business Analytics and Operations