Mumin Kurtulus

Mumin Kurtulus

Associate Professor of Operations Management

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Supply chain management, collaborative forecasting in supply chains, category captainship implementations, retail assortment planning

Subject Areas

Operations Management & Quantitative Methods


An expert in category captainship, Mumin Kurtulus takes a retail-centric approach to his research on supply chains and the relationship between manufacturers and retailers.

Awards & Accomplishments

Mumin has won several awards at Owen, including the 2015 and 2016 Executive MBA teaching award, the 2016 Dean’s Teaching Innovation Award, and the 2013 Research Productivity Award. He earned the Wickham Skinner Best Paper Award in 2006 and the Gold Medal in the 2004 ECR Student Paper Competition.


Mumin sits on the Editorial Review Board of Production & Operations Management and is an ad-hoc reviewer for several publications, including Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Naval Research Logistics.


Professor Kurtulus has been published in a variety of journals across disciplines, including the Journal of Retailing, Production and Operations Management, Manufactuing & Service Operations Management, and ECR Journal.


Professor Kurtulus teaches within the MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive Education programs; his courses include Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, and Operations Topics.

Research Interests

Mumin’s interests revolve around retail supply chain management and the value and effectiveness of collaborative retailing practices in the consumer goods industry.


PhD, Operations Management, INSEAD, 2005

MS, Management, INSEAD, 2002

MS, Industrial Engineering, Bilkent University, 2000

BS, Physics, Koc University, 1998

Select Publications


empirical CC

Alan, Y., J. Dotson, and M. Kurtulus. An Empirical Investigation of the Competitive and Collaborative Implications of Category Captainship. Forthcoming in Journal of Marketing


Galbreth, M, M. Kurtulus, and M. Shor. How Collaborative Forecasting Can Reduce Forecast Accuracy. Operations Research Letters. 43 (4), 349-353. 2015.

assortment breadth and appeal

Kurtulus, M., S. Ulku, J. Dotson, and A. Nakkas. The Impact of Category Captainship on Breadth and Appeal of Retail Assortment. Journal of Retailing. 90 (3), 379-392. 2014.


Kurtulus, M, A. Nakkas, and S.Ulku. The Value of Category Captainship in the Presence of Manufacturer Competition. Production and Operations Management, Vol.23, No.3, pp. 420-430, March 2014.

A Multi-Ordering Newsvendor

Wang, T., A Atasu and M. Kurtulus. A Multi-Ordering Newsvendor Model with Dynamic Forecast Evolution, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Vol.14, No. 3, pp. 472-484.

Value of CF

Kurtulus, M., S. Ulku, and L.B. Toktay. The Value of Collaborative Forecasting in Supply Chains, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Vol.14, No.1, pp.82-98. Winter 2012.

Assortment Paper

Kurtulus, M., and A. Nakkas. Retail Assortment Planning under Category Captainship, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Vol.13, No.1, pp.124-142. Winter 2011.


Kurtulus, M., and L.B. Toktay. Category Captainship vs. Retailer Category Management under Limited Retail Shelf Space, Production and Operations Management, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp.47-56. January/February 2011.

ECR Paper

Kurtulus, M., and L.B. Toktay. Category Captainship: Who Wins, Who Loses? ECR Journal, Vol.4, No.2, Winter 2004.


Forecasting Chapter

Kurtulus, M. Collaborative Forecasting in Retail Supply Chains." To appear in Handbook of Information Exchange in Supply Chain Management edited by Albert Ha and Chris Tang. Springer, 2016.


Kurtulus, M., L.B. Toktay. “Category Captainship Practices in Retail Industry.” Chap. 5 in Retail Supply Chain Management. Vol. 122, edited by Narendra Agarwal and Stephen Smith. International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. Springer, 2009.