Robert Bray
Robert Bray

MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS & DECISION SCIENCES; OPERATIONS
Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Print Overview

Robert is an empiricist who studies supply chains. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Operations Research from UC Berkeley in 2006, and his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2012. He grew up in Palos Verdes, CA.



Areas of Expertise
Econometrics
Supply Chain Design and Management
Print Vita
Education
PhD, 2012, Operations, Information, and Technology, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
BS, 2006, Industrial Engineering Operations Research, University of California at Berkeley

Academic Positions
Donald P. Jacobs Scholar/Assistant Professor, Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2012-present
Lecturer: Introduction to Operations (PhD), Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, 2009-2011
Course Assistant: Electronic Commerce (MBA), Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, 2009-2011
Teaching Assistant: Discrete Event Simulation (undergraduate), University of California at Berkeley, 2006-2006
Research Assistant: Cohn Visual Detection Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley, 2004-2005

Other Professional Experience
Referee: Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 2009-present
Participant: Chicago-Argonne Initiative for Computational Economics, Program on estimation of structural econometric models, 2009-2009
Semiconductor Manufacturing Consultant, Leachman & Associates, 2006-2007
Student consulting project, Restoration Hardware, 2006-2006
Manufacturing Engineering Co-op, Intel, 2005-2005
Industrial Engineering Co-op, Disneyland, 2005-2005
Participant: Georgia Tech East Asia Industrial Engineering Program, Tsinghua University and National University of Singapore, 2004-2004

Grants and Awards
1st prize, Best Student Paper Competition, Production and Operations Management, 2011
Finalist, George Nicholson Student Paper Competition, INFORMS, 2011
Finalist, MSOM Student Paper Competition, MSOM Society, 2011
President/Social Chair, Stanford Graduate School of Business PhD Association, 2009-2011
Doctoral Fellowship, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2007-12
Alumni Scholarship for Leadership, University of California at Berkeley, 2002-04

 
Print Research
Articles
Bray, Robert and Haim Mendelson. 2012. Information Transmission and the Bullwhip Effect: An Empirical Investigation. Management Science. 58(5): 860-875.
Working Papers
Bray, Robert and Haim Mendelson. 2013. Disentangling Production Smoothing from the Bullwhip Effect.

 
Print Teaching
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Operations Management (OPNS-430-0)

This course counts toward the following majors:Operations.

Operations management is the management of business processes--that is, the management of the recurring activities of a firm. This course aims to familiarize students with the problems and issues confronting operations managers, and to provide the language, concepts, insights and tools to deal with these issues to gain competitive advantage through operations. We examine how different business strategies require different business processes and how different operational capabilities allow and support different strategies to gain competitive advantage. A process view of operations is used to analyze different key operational dimensions such as capacity management, cycle time management, supply chain and logistics management, and quality management. Finally, we connect to recent developments such as lean or world-class manufacturing, just-in-time operations, time-based competition and business re-engineering.

Doctoral
Structural Estimation in Operations Management (OPNS-523-0)
This seminar class will cover structural estimation papers, in operations management contexts.