Professor of Operations Management
Director, Centre for Business Sustainability

College of Business (Nanyang Business School)
Nanyang Technological University


Professor “Vish” Viswanathan obtained a Ph.D. in Operations Research with minor in Operations Management from Case Western Reserve University in 1992, MBA (Gold Medallist) from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1986, and B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1984. He has been a faculty member at the Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore for 28 years. He has taught previously at Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University in Texas.

Currently, he is Professor of Operations Management at Nanyang Business School. He also serves as the Director of the Centre for Business Sustainability. He has previously served as Associate Dean (Research), Head of the Division of Information Technology & Operations Management (ITOM), Director of the PhD Program, Program Director of MBA specialization in Technology & Operations and Programme Director of MDP@Nanyang. Prior to entering academia, Vish worked as an Operations Auditor and as an IT Software Specialist.

Vish was a member of the team responsible for the curriculum design and redesign of the full-time MBA into a one-year MBA program. As Head of ITOM, he was involved in developing the initial curriculum for the MSc (Technology Management) segment of the Renaissance Engineering Programme. He was the founding Programme Director of the NTU-Waseda double MBA program and was involved in developing the curriculum for the NTU-Waseda double MBA and the MBA (Technology & Operations) curriculum. He was also involved in developing the curriculum for the Management Development Program @ NTU, as its Founding Programme Director.

Vish’s research interests are in Inventory Management, Joint Replenishment Inventory Systems, Corporate Sustainability, Sustainable Operations, Closed Loop Supply Chain, Manufacturing Systems, Transportation & Urban Mobility, and Optimization. His teaching interests are in Corporate Sustainability, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Inventory Theory, and Optimization. He currently teaches in the Masters, PhD, MBA and Executive Programs.

His research has been published in Financial Times and Business Week ranked top tier Business journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Production & Operations Management, and Journal of Operations Management; and other top journals such as International Journal of Production Research, European Journal of Operational Research, Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, Operations Research Letters, Journal of the Operational Research Society, International Journal of Production Economics, Integrated Manufacturing Systems, International Journal of Technology and Management, International Journal of Logistics, and International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management.

He has served (or is serving) as Senior Editor, Editorial Board Member, or Associate Editor in top journals such as Decision Sciences, Production & Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, IEEE Transactions in Automation Science & Engineering, and International Journal of Production Research. He has made several appearances in Who’s who in the World, Who’s Who in Asia, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering lists. He was selected for the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. He was awarded the prestigious Nanyang Award for Research Excellence in 2010.