Tarek Abdallah joined in 2018 the faculty of the Operations Division of the Managerial Economics, Decision Science, and Operations Department at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Prior to joining Kellogg, he received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from NYU Stern School of Business.
Tarek’s research lies at the intersection of operations management, economics, and marketing. His research focuses on the pricing and revenue management problems that arise in traditional and innovative marketplaces. He is particularly interested in the analysis of subscription services and the design of practical yet efficient bundle pricing mechanisms. He is also interested in empirical research related to demand estimation from censored sales data.
The value of analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) in today's business landscape cannot be overstated. These tools have become integral to the decision-making process for many organizations across a variety of industries, including services, marketing, transportation, online platforms, and finance. AI systems often utilize a range of analytics techniques to make data-driven, evidence-based decisions. The analytics tools can be broadly classified to three types:
Prescriptive analytics, in particular, plays a key role in the functionality of AI systems. This type of analytics involves the use of data-driven models to determine the best course of action in a given situation, based on data and analysis of past outcomes and trends. By utilizing prescriptive analytics, organizations can make informed, strategic decisions that optimize outcomes and drive business success. For example, an AI system might use prescriptive analytics to determine the best way to match drivers with riders, recommend the best portfolio of stocks, or to recommend the most effective marketing campaign for a new product. By leveraging the power of advanced analytics techniques, organizations can gain a competitive edge and make more informed, strategic decisions that can drive growth and success.
This course focuses on developing a holistic understanding of prescriptive analytics by introducing the basic principles and techniques of applied mathematical modeling for managerial decision-making. You will learn to use important analytic methods, such as spreadsheet modeling, optimization, and Monte Carlo simulation, to recognize their assumptions and limitations, and to employ them in decision-making. The emphasis will be on model formulation and interpretation of results, rather than on mathematical theory or coding. We will cover a wide range of prescriptive analytics models that are widely used in diverse industries and functional areas, including finance, operations, and marketing.