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Leela Nageswaran
Office: 573

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353226
Seattle, Washington 98195

Leela Nageswaran

Assistant Professor of Operations Management


BTech Indian Institute of Technology (2010)
MS Carnegie Mellon University (2014)
PhD Carnegie Mellon University (2018)

Academic Expertise

operations management
service management operations

Current Research

retail operations, returns management, OM-marketing interface, service operations

Positions Held

Associate, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Mumbai, India, June 2010 – May 2012

Selected Publications

  1. Offline Returns for Online Retailers via Partnership
    Journal Article:Leela Nageswaran, Elina Hwang, Soo-Haeng Cho, (forthcoming). Management Science,
  2. Implications of Vaccine Shopping during Pandemic
    Journal Article:Leela Nageswaran, (2022). Production and Operations Management, Vol. 32(4), pp. 1133-1149.
  3. Value of Online-Offline Return Partnership to Offline Retailers
    Journal Article:Elina Hwang, Leela Nageswaran, Soo-Haeng Cho, (2021). Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Vol. 24(3), pp. 1630-1649.
  4. Queues with Redundancy: Is Waiting in Multiple Lines Fair?
    Journal Article:Leela Nageswaran, Alan Scheller-Wolf, (2021). Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Vol. 24(4), pp. 1959-1976.
  5. Consumer Return Policies in Omnichannel Operations
    Journal Article:Nageswaran, L., Cho, S.H., Scheller-Wolf, A., (2019). Management Science, Vol. 66(12), pp. 5558-5575.

Working Papers

Impact of COVID-19 on Omnichannel Retail: Drivers of Online Sales during Pandemic (with Elina Hwang and Soo-Haeng Cho)
Capacity Flexibility via On-Demand Warehousing (with Soraya Fatehi and Michael Wagner)
Horizontal Information Sharing in Omnichannel Operations: Impact of Information Errors (with Jizhou Lu, Jinpeng Xu, Jin Kyung Kwak, Nagesh Gavirneni)
The Role of Product Quality in Marketplaces (with Aditya Jain and Haresh Gurnani)

Honors and Awards

Poets & Quants Top 50 Best Undergraduate Business Professors, 2022.
Dean's Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching, Foster School of Business, University of Washington, 2022
William W. Cooper Doctoral Dissertation Award, Carnegie Mellon University, 2018
Second place, IBM Service Science Best Student Paper Award, 2016
William Larimer Mellon Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012-2016