Vishal Gaur

Vishal Gaur

  • Emerson Professor of Manufacturing Management
  • Program Director MPS in Business Analytics
  • Program Director MS in Business Analytics

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Faculty Expertise

  • Operations Management
  • Quantitative Modeling
  • Business Analytics


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management


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Professor Vishal Gaur is Emerson Professor of Manufacturing Management, and professor of operations, technology and information management at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. His research interests lie in data-driven modeling, econometric analysis, and optimization of operations management problems with applications in supply chains, retailing, and e-Commerce. His current research projects deal with online marketplace operations, reduction of food waste, supply chain risk, and linking operations with financial performance of firms.

Prof. Gaur serves as the program director for Johnson's MS in Business Analytics program and previously served as associate dean of MBA programs during 2014-2019. He also served as a department editor for the Operations Management department of Management Science during 2014-2021. He teaches graduate courses in operations management, digital business and retail operations, and data analysis in SQL and Tableau. He has received numerous awards for his research and teaching: the Cornell-Tsinghua Dual Degree MBA Gravitas Award in 2021; the Stephen Russell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2020; the Johnson Core Faculty Award by the graduating classes of 2015, 2012, and 2008; the Johnson Cornell Tech Core Faculty Award by the graduating class of 2017; the Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Accomplishments Award by the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) in 2006; and honorable mention in the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award Competition in 2001. Prof. Gaur received his PhD from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and his BTech in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Before joining Johnson, he was an assistant professor at the NYU Stern School of Business during 2001-07 and a visiting associate professor at Harvard Business School during 2007-08.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Core Faculty Award (2017) Johnson Cornell Tech Class of 2017
  • The Core Faculty Award (2015) Johnson Graduate School of Management
  • Best Paper Award Runner Up (2014) M&SOM iFORM SIG
  • Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Accomplishments Award (2006) POMS
  • George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention (2001) INFORMS

Recent Courses

  • NBA 6550 - Business Data Analysis with SQL
  • NBA 5205 - Digital Business and Retail Operations
  • NBA 6850 - Digital Business Operations
  • NMI 5000 - Directed Reading & Research
  • NCCT 5080 - Managing Operations
  • NRE 5410 - PhD Seminar: Empirical Research in Operations Management
  • NBA 5200 - Retail Operations
  • NBA 6500 - Strategic Operations Immersion Practicum

Academic Degrees

  • PhD The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • MA The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • MBA Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1995
  • Btech Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 1993