Gérard Cachon

Gérard Cachon
  • Fred R. Sullivan Professor
  • Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions
  • Professor of Marketing
  • Vice Dean of Strategic Initiatives

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    3730 Walnut Street
    543 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: operations strategy, pricing, supply chain management, sustainability

Links: CV, Personal Website


Professor Cachon studies supply chain management, operation strategy and pricing with a focus on how technology transforms competitive dynamics and enables novel operational strategies.

He is an INFORMS Fellow, a Fellow and former President of the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society, and the former Editor-in-Chief of  Management Science as well as Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.

He has authored two textbooks (along with Christian Terwiesch): Operations Management (1e) and Matching Supply with Demand: An Introduction to Operations Management (3rd ed.). These books have been used in undergraduate, MBA and executive MBA courses at Wharton as well as at numerous other business schools throughout the world.

His articles have appeared in Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Marketing ScienceOperations Research, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Harvard Business Review, among otherse

As Vice Dean of Strategic Initiatives he is responsible for developing and leading new initiatives for enhancing Wharton’s excellence in teaching and research.

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  • Gérard Cachon See my personal website (link above) for research papers (https://www.gerard-cachon.com).


Past Courses


    OIDD 101 explores a variety of common quantitative modeling problems that arise frequently in business settings, and discusses how they can be formally modeled and solved with a combination of business insight and computer-based tools. The key topics covered include capacity management, service operations, inventory control, structured decision making, constrained optimization and simulation. This course teaches how to model complex business situations and how to master tools to improve business performance. The goal is to provide a set of foundational skills useful for future coursework atWharton as well as providing an overview of problems and techniques that characterize disciplines that comprise Operations and Information Management.


    Operations strategy is about organizing people and resources to gain a competitive advantage in the delivery of products (both goods and services) to customers. This course approaches this challenge primarily from two perspectives: 1) how should a firm design their products so that they can be profitably offered; 2) how can a firm best organize and acquire resources to deliver its portfolio of products to customers. To be able to make intelligent decisions regarding these high-level choices, this course also provides a foundation of analytical methods. These methods give students a conceptual framekwork for understanding the linkage between how a firm manages its supply and how well that supply matches the firm's resulting demand. Specific course topics include designing service systems, managing inventory and product variety, capacity planning, approaches to sourcing and supplier management, constructing global supply chains, managing sustainability initiatives, and revenue management. This course emphasizes both quantitative tools and qualitative frameworks. Neither is more important than the other.

Awards and Honors

  • INFORMS Fellow, 2015
  • Rapaport Award for Excellence in Teaching the Undergraduate Core, 2013
  • “Tough, but I’ll thank you in 5 years”, 2012
  • Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society Fellow, 2011
  • Penn Fellow: One of six mid-career Penn faculty chosen for this leadership development program, 2011
  • M&SOM Best Paper Award Finalist 2010 for “In Search of the Bullwhip Effect”, 2010
  • “Tough, But I’ll Thank You in 5 Years Award”, 2009
  • MSOM Society Service award, 2008
  • Miller-Sherrerd teaching award: Awarded to the 8 professors with the highest core teaching evaluations, 2004
  • MSOM Meritorious Service award, 2004
  • Tough, But I’ll Thank You in 5 Years” Award, given by the Wharton Graduate Students Association, 2002
  • ‘Fuqua School of Business’ Daimler-Chrysler Teaching Award for Innovation and Excellence in an Elective Course, 1999

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Gérard Cachon See my personal website (link above) for research papers (https://www.gerard-cachon.com).
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Although Amazon has faced a series of accusations by President Trump about its business practices recently, the company would likely survive any attempts to bring antitrust action against it, experts say.

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Awards and Honors

INFORMS Fellow 2015
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