UCL School of Management

Kenan Arifoglu

Associate Professor
Phone number
(0)20 3108 6047
(internal 56047)
Office location
Level 38, 1 Canada Square
Rm W6


Dr Kenan Arifoglu is an Associate Professor (Reader) in the UCL School of Management. Kenan received his PhD from the Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences (IEMS) department at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA) in 2012. He also has MScs from the IEMS department at Northwestern University (2008) and the Industrial Engineering department at Koc University (Istanbul, Turkey, 2007). He got his BSc in industrial engineering from Koc University in 2005. Before joining UCL, he had a postdoctoral position in Ross Business School at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, USA).


Dr Arifoglu’s current research examines the behavioral motivations and incentives of people and firms, and identify the issues that they cause in healthcare, the retail/service industry, and entrepreneurial settings. His broad research interests lie in the areas of healthcare management, supply-chain management, pricing and revenue management, and entrepreneurial operations. His research articles have been published in several academic journals, such as Management Science, Marketing Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management Journal, European Journal of Operational Research, and International Journal of Production Economics.

Research projects

Inefficiency in the flu vaccine supply chain

This project aims to understand the sources of inefficiency in the flu vaccine supply chain and eliminate them.

Entrepreneurial operations management

Develop stylized insights/practical frameworks to aid operations of high-growth entrepreneurial firms.
Selected publications
Arifoglu, K., & Tang, C. S. (2023). Luxury Brand Licensing: Competition and Reference Group Effects. Production and Operations Management. doi:10.1111/poms.14032open_in_newISSN [link]
Arifo─člu, K., & Tang, C. S. (2022). A Two-sided Incentive Program for Coordinating the Influenza Vaccine Supply Chain. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 24 (1), 235-255. doi:10.1287/msom.2020.0938 [link]
Yoo, O. S., Huang, T., & Arifoglu, K. (2021). A Theoretical Analysis of the Lean Startup Method. Marketing Science, 40 (3). doi:10.1287/mksc.2020.1269 [link]
Arifoglu, K., Ren, H., & Tezcan, T. (2021). Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Does Not Provide the Right Incentives: Issues and Remedies. Management Science, 67 (4), 2191-2210. doi:10.1287/mnsc.2020.3649 [link]
Arifo─člu, K., Deo, S., & Iravani, S. M. R. (2020). Markdowns in Seasonal Conspicuous Goods. Marketing Science, 39 (5), 1016-1029. doi:10.1287/mksc.2020.1223 [link]
Ren, H., Huang, T., & Arifoglu, K. (2018). Managing Service Systems with Unknown Quality and Customer Anecdotal Reasoning. PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT, 27 (6), 1038-1051. doi:10.1111/poms.12850 [link]
Arifoglu, K., Deo, S., & Iravani, S. M. R. (2012). Consumption Externality and Yield Uncertainty in the Influenza Vaccine Supply Chain: Interventions in Demand and Supply Sides. Management Science, 58 (6), 1072-1091. doi:10.1287/mnsc.1110.1469 [link]
Arifoglu, K., & Ozekici, S. (2011). Inventory management with random supply and imperfect information: A hidden Markov model. International Journal of Production Economics, 134 (1), 123-137. doi:10.1016/j.ijpe.2011.04.033 [link]
Arifoglu, K., & Ozekici, S. (2010). Optimal policies for inventory systems with finite capacity and partially observed Markov-modulated demand and supply processes. European Journal of Operational Research, 204 (3), 421-438. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2009.10.029 [link]

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