Vishal Gaur
Area Coordinator of Operations Management
Professor of Operations Management
321 Sage Hall
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201
Phone: 607-255-6755

Professor Gaur's research interests lie in retail operations and supply chain management, including topics such as inventory management, product variety, distribution logistics, and linking operations to financial performance. He conducts empirical research in inventories using aggregate firm-level and proprietary data to assess performance improvement of firms, improve demand forecasting, and identify the drivers of inventory turnover. He also conducts theoretical research in inventories to study the relationship of stocking policies with product variety, consumer choice behavior, competition, and financial considerations such as hedging, growth and bankruptcy risk.

Gaur teaches the MBA core course in operations management and an MBA elective course in retail operations. He was awarded the Clifford H. Whitcomb Faculty Fellowship in 2010-11, the Johnson Core Faculty Award by the graduating class of 2008, the Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Accomplishments Award by Production and Operations Management Society in 2006, and honorable mention in the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award Competition in 2001. His paper "Hedging Inventory Risk Through Market Instruments" (co-authored with professor Sridhar Seshadri, University of Texas Austin), published in Manufacturing and Service Operations Management received the 2008 Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Best Paper Award. He serves as a department editor for Production and Operations Management Journal and an associate editor for Management Science and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. Prof. Gaur received his PhD from Wharton, U. Penn., in 2001, his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad in 1995, and his BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 1993. Before joining Johnson, he was an assistant professor at NYU Stern School of Business during 2001-07 and a visiting associate professor at Harvard Business School during 2007-08.