University of Southern California

Sampath Rajagopalan
Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

PhD, MS, Carnegie Mellon University; MBA, Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad; BTech, Indian Institute of Technology - Madras


Raj Rajagopalan's research covers capacity and technology acquisition, supply chain management, and product variety and its impact on operations performance. He has published in journals such as Management Science, Production and Operations Management, and Operations Research. He served as a Department Editor at IIE Transactions, Senior Editor at Production and Operations Management, and as an Associate Editor at Management Science and Operations Research. Professor Rajagopalan has consulted for Johnson and Johnson, Fidelity Investments, and Hewlett Packard. He has taught courses in operations and supply chain management in the MBA and Executive MBA programs.


Tong, C., and Rajagopalan, S. (2014) "Pricing and Operational Performance in Discretionary Services (forthcoming in POM)," Production and Operations Management, 23 (4), 689-703.
Kostami, V., and Rajagopalan, S. (2014) "Speed Quality Tradeoffs in a Dynamic Model," Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 16 (1), 104-118.
Kong, G., Rajagopalan, S., and Zhang, H. (2013) "Serving Heterogeneous Customers Through Price and Effort Differentiation,".
Kong, G., Rajagopalan, S., and Zhang, H. (2013) "Revenue Sharing and Information Leakage in a Supply Chain," Management Science, 59 (3), 556-572.
Rajagopalan, S. (2012) "Impact of Variety and Distribution System Characteristics on Inventory Levels at US Retailers," Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 15 (2), 191-204.
Rajagopalan, S., and Xia, N. (2011) "Product Variety, Pricing and Differentiation in a Supply Chain," European Journal of Operational Research, 217 (1), 84-93.
Xia, N., and Rajagopalan, S. (2009) "A Competitive Model of Customization with Lead Time Effects," Decision Sciences, 40 (4), 727-58.
Rajagopalan, S., "Capacity Planning: Issues and Models," in , Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science 2009.
Xia, N., and Rajagopalan, S. (2009) "Standard versus custom products: variety, lead time and price competition," Marketing Science, 28 (5), 887-900.
Nagarajan, M., and Rajagopalan, S. (2009) "A multi-period model of inventory competition," Operations Research, 57 (3), 785-90.
Nagarajan, M., and Rajagopalan, S. (2008) "Inventory Models for Substitutable Products: Optimal Policies and Heuristics," Management Science, 54 (8).
Nagarajan, M., and Rajagopalan, S. (2008) "Coordination Issues in vendor managed inventory systems," Production and Operations Management, 17 (2), 200-210.
Li, G., and Rajagopalan, S. (2008) "Process Improvement Investments and Learning: A Real Options Approach," Production and Operations Management, 17 (1), 61-74.
Rajagopalan, S. (2002) "Make - to - Stock or Make - to - Order: Model and Application," Management Science, 48 (2), 241-256.
Rajagopalan, S., and Swaminathan, J. (2001) "A Coordinated Production Planning Model with Capacity Expansion and Inventory Management," Management Science, 47 (11), 1562-1580.
Rajagopalan, S., and Yu, S. (2001) "A Capacity Planning Model with Congestion Costs," European Journal of Operational Research, 134 (2), 137-149.
Rajagopalan, S., and Malhotra, A. (2001) "Have Inventories Declined in the U.S.: An Empirical Study," Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 3 (1), 14-24.
Rajagopalan, S. (1999) "Adoption Timing of a New Equipment with Another Innovation Anticipated," IEEE Transactions in Engg. Management, 46 (1), 14-25.
Rajagopalan, S. (1998) "Capacity Expansion and Equipment Replacement: A Unified Approach," Operations Research, 46 (6), 846-857.
Li, G., and Rajagopalan, S. (1998) "Process Improvement, Quality and Learning Effects," Management Science, 44, 11 (1), 1517-1532.
Rajagopalan, S., Singh, M., and Morton, T. E. (1998) "Capacity Expansion and Replacement with Uncertain Technological Breakthroughs," Management Science, 44 (1), 12-30.
Li, G., and Rajagopalan, S. (1997) "A Learning Curve Model with Knowledge Depreciation," European Journal of Operational Research, 105 (1), 143-154.
Li, G., and Rajagopalan, S. (1997) "The Impact of Quality on Learning: An Empirical Study," Journal of Operations Management, 15, 181-191.
Rajagopalan, S., and Loomba, A. (1994) "Allocation and Routing of Mobile Computer Tomography Equipment," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 28 (4), 229-240.
Rajagopalan, S., and Soteriou, A. (1994) "Capacity Acquisition and Disposal with Discrete Facility Sizes," Management Science, 40 (7), 903-917.
Rajagopalan, S. (1994) "Capacity Expansion with Alternate Technology Choices," European Journal of Operational Research, 77 (3), 1-12.
Rajagopalan, S., and Kumar, K. R. (1994) "Retail stocking decisions with Order and Stock Sales," Journal of Operations Management.
Chase, R. B., and Rajagopalan, S. (1993) "A Production Planning and Scheduling System at an Environmental Laboratory," International Journal of Production Economics, 29 (1), 125-138.
Rajagopalan, S. (1993) "Flexible versus Dedicated Technology: A Capacity Expansion Model," International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, 5 (3), 129-142.
Rajagopalan, S., and Hadjinicola, G. (1993) "Scheduling of Diagnostic Imaging Equipment among Hospitals," Production and Operations Management, 2 (3), 164-176.
Rajagopalan, S. (1992) "A Note on an Efficient Zero-One Formulation of the Multi-level Lot-Sizing Problem," Decision Sciences, 23 (3), 1023-1027.
Rajagopalan, S. (1992) "Deterministic Capacity Expansion under Deterioration," Management Science.
Akella, R., Rajagopalan, S., and Singh, M. (1992) "Part Dispatch in Random Yield Multistage Test Systems," Operations Research, 40 (4), 776-789.
Rajagopalan, S. (1990) "Adoption timing of Improved Technology under Uncertainty," Proceedings of the Decision Sciences Institute Conference, San Diego.
Rajagopalan, S., Kekre, S., Nandakumar, P., and Powell, T. A. (1990) "A Logistics Analysis at Heinz," Interfaces, 20 (5), 1-13.
Morton, T. E., Lawrence, S. R., Rajagopalan, S., and Kekre, S. (1988) "SCHED-STAR: Patriarch's Planning Module," Journal of Mfg. and Operations Mgmt., 1 (1), 131-181.
Akella, R., Rajagopalan, S., and Kumar, P. (1986) "Part dispatch in multistage card lines," Proceedings of the IEEE Intl. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, San Francisco.
Rajagopalan, S. (1986) "Formulation and heuristic solutions for parts grouping and tool loading in flexible manufacturing systems," Proceedings of the Second ORSA/TIMS Conference on Flexible Manufacturing Systems.
Rajagopalan, S., and Hu, S. "Fixed and Time-based Pricing: Experimental Evidence,".