UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Shaping Leaders, Driving Results

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Jayashankar M. Swaminathan

GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations and Associate Dean, OneMBA and UNC-Tsinghua EMBA Programs

McColl 4717
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Chapel Hill, NC

 office: (919) 843-8341


Jayashankar (Jay) Swaminathan is associate dean of OneMBA, the global executive MBA program offered in partnership with other top schools, and the UNC-Tsinghua EMBA Program, the dual-degree Global Supply Chain Leaders Program offered with Tsinghua University's Department of Industrial Engineering. He also is faculty director of the Global Business Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

The GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of operations, Dr. Swaminathan's areas of expertise include global health operations, supply chain management, global execution models, emerging markets, retailing, sustainable enterprise, operations management and e-commerce. He teaches courses in global operations, global supply chain strategy and management, and doing business in India.

He is an internationally recognized thought leader in innovations and productivity improvements related to global operations and supply chain management. He has published dozens of articles in leading academic journals and is author of Indian Economic Superpower: Fiction or Future?

Dr. Swaminathan has received numerous awards, including the NSF Career Award, George Nicholson Prize, Schwabacher Fellowship and Weatherspoon Distinguished research and teaching awards. He served as a principal investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, Obama-Singh Knowledge Initiative and the CIBER Award from U.S. Department of Education.

He has consulted with a number of firms over the last two decades, including AGCO, Agilent, CEMEX, Cisco, IBM, Kaiser, McKinsey, Nokia, Public Health Institute, Railinc, Samsung, Sara Lee, Schaeffler Group, TVS Motors, UNICEF and the U.S. Navy. His work with UNICEF led to major changes in the global supply chain planning and execution for Plumpy’Nut (RUTF) into Africa. His work configure-to-order assembly using vanilla boxes impacted the electronics industry in the 1990s.

A sought after expert speaker, his insights have appeared in media outlets including the Financial Times and Businessweek.

He has held several leadership positions  at UNC Kenan-Flagler in the past, including senior associate dean of academic affairs and chair of the operations area.

He is a fellow of the Academic Leadership Program in the Institute of Arts and Humanities at UNC, and serves  as a member of the Academic Advisory Council at Deloitte LLP. He served as vice president of INFORMS and president of POMS College of Supply Chain Management. Dr. Swaminathan joined UNC  Kenan-Flagler in 2000 from the business faculty of the University of California, Berkeley.

He received his PhD and master's in industrial administration from GSIA (now Tepper) at Carnegie Mellon University and his bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.