MEHDI AMINI, George Johnson Professor

MEHDI AMINI

George Johnson Professor, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management

Phone
901.678.2479
Email
mamini@memphis.edu
Fax
901.678.2685
Office
FCB 229
Office Hours
by appointment

Biography

Dr. Amini is the George Johnson Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics (FCBE), at The University of Memphis. He is a Visiting Professor in the Division of Business Administration & Industrial Engineering, the Department of Business Administration, Technology & Social Sciences, at the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. During 2011-2016, he held an Affiliate Professorship in the School of Industrial Engineering and Management, at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He serves as Associate Director of FedEx Center for Supply Chain Management and Director of the Enterprise Simulation and Optimization Lab (eSOL) at the FedEx Institute of Technology, The University of Memphis. Also, he served as Director of FCBE Master Programs from 1994 to 1996.

Dr. Amini primary teaching areas are supply chain management, operations management, sustainable enterprise and business analytics. He has been teaching in the undergraduate, Professional MBA, Executive MBA, Customer-Driven MBA, and Ph.D. programs in United States and countries in Europe, Africa, and Middle East.

His current research program is focused on issues relevant to: (a) supply chain/operations management in service and manufacturing industries, (b) sustainable supply chain management, (c) supply chain analytics, and (d) dynamics and analytics of new product diffusion in consumer social networks. His publications include articles in Management Science, Journal of Production and Operations Management, OMEGA: International Journal of Management Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing, International Journal of Heuristics, European Journal of Operational Research, Operational Research Society Journal, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Clean Production, Annals of Operations Research, Journal of Retailing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, and Journal of Information and Management. He has published over hundred conference proceedings and research abstracts. In addition, Dr. Amini has contributed to cutting-edge books in the areas of application of artificial intelligence in model-assisted managerial decision-making and supply chain management.

Dr. Amini has received several millions dollars of funding from institutions within the private and public sectors to support different research projects. Dr. Amini has been involved in corporate research, consulting, and executive educational programs for more than two decades. He has received several university awards for his teaching, research, service and outreach efforts.

Dr. Amini holds a BA in Business Administration from The University of Tehran. He received his MBA degree in Production Operations Management from The University of North Texas, USA, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Operations Research from Southern Methodist University, USA.

Research

Current Research Interests:

  • Supply chain design and configuration in the age of socially networked consumers
  • Integrated closed-loop supply chain design for new and reconstructed products
  • Status of corporate sustainability

Contributed Book Chapters:

  • Glover, F., G. Kochenberger, A. Alidaee, and M. Amini, “Solving Quadratic Knapsack Problems by Reformulation and Tabu Search, Single Constraint Case,” Combinatorial and Global Optimization, Pardalos, Migdalas, and Bukard, Editors, World Scientific Publishing, 2002.
  • Amini, M.M., B. Alidaee, and G. Kochenberger, A Scatter Search Approach to Unconstrained Quadratic Binary Programs, New Ideas in Optimization, Corne, Dorigo, and Glover (Eds.) McGraw-Hill, 2000. 
  • Glover, F., G. Kochenberger, B. Alidaee, M.M. Amini, A Tabu Search with Critical Event Memory: An Enhanced Application for Binary Quadratic Programs, Meta-Heuristics: Advances and Trends in Local Search Paradigms for Optimization, Edited by Voss et al., Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 93-109,1998.

Refereed Journal Publications:

  • Gaur, J., M. Amini, A.K. Rao, "Closed-Loop Supply Chain Configuration for New and Repurposed Product: An Integrated Optimization Model," Forthcoming, OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Science, February 2016.
  • Nejad, M.G., M. Amini, D. Sherrell, "The Profit Impact of Heterogeneity and Assortativity in the Presence of Negative Word-of-Mouth," International Journal of Research in Marketing, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2016.
  • Nejad, M.G., M. Amini, E. Babakus, "Success Factors in Product Seeding: The Role of Homophily," Journal of Retailing, Vol. 91, No. 1, pp 68–88, 2015.
  • Amini, M and H. Li, "The Impact of Dual-Market on Supply Chain Configuration for New Products," International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 53, No. 18, pp. 5669-5684, 2015.
  • Gaur, J., M. Amini, P. Banerjee, and R. Gupta, "Drivers of Consumer Purchase Intentions for Remanufactured Products: A Study of Indian Consumers Relocated to USA," Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp 30-47, 2015.
  • Nejad, M.G., M. Amini, E. Babakus, "Success Factors in Product Seeding: The Role of Homophily," Journal of Retailing, Vol. 91, No. 1, pp 68–88, 2015.
  • Dehghan, M., J. A. Harrison, M. Scarbecz, S. E. Langham and M. Amini "Implementation of the "Comprehensive Care" Educational Model: Student Survey at University of Tennessee College of Dentistry," Journal of Dental Education, pp 133-139, 2015.
  • Amini, M., and C. Bienstock, "Corporate Sustainability: An Integrative Definition and Framework to Evaluate Corporate Practice and Guide Academic Research," Journal of Cleaner Production, 76, pp 12-19, 2014.
  • Allen, D., M. Amini, B. Janz, E. Nichols, M. Racer, "The Human Supply Chain: Mapping and Modeling the Flow of Human Capital for Navy 'Seabees'," Journal of Supply Chain and Customer Relationship Management, 2013(2013), Article ID 175961, DOI: 10.5171/2013.175961, 2013.
  • Amini, M., T. Wakolbinger, M. Racer, and M. Nejad, "New Product Diffusion in Presence of Supply Chain Capacity Constraint and Negative Word of Mouth: An Agent- Based Modeling and Simulation Approach," European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 216, No. 2, pp 301-311, 2012.
  • Buffington, J., M. Amini, and K. Timur, "Development of a Product Design and Supply-Chain Fulfillment System for Discontinuous Innovation," International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 50, No. 14, pp 3776-3785, 2012.2.
  • Liu, G., M. Amini, E. Babakus, and M.R. Stafford "Handling Observations with Low Interrater Agreement Values," Journal of Analytical Sciences, Methods and Instrumentation, 1 (2), pp 9-18, 2011.
  • Bienstock, C.C., M. Amini, D.R. Retzlaff-Roberts, “Re-Engineering a Reverse Supply Chain for Product Returns Services,” To appear in the International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modeling, 3(4), pp 335-352, 2011.
  • Amini, M., and H. Li, “Supply Chain Configuration for Dynamic Diffusion of New Products: An Integrated Optimization Approach,” Omega: International Journal of Management Science, Vol. 39, pp. 313–322, 2011.
  • Amini, M.M., R.F. Otondo, B.D. Janz, and M.G. Pitts, “Simulation Modeling and Analysis: A Collateral Application and Exposition of RFID Technology,” Journal of Production and Operations Management, Vol. 16, No. 5, pp. 586-598, 2007. 
  • Glover, F., M.M. Amini, and G. Kochenberger, “Parametric Ghost Image Processes for Fixed-Charge Network Problems: A Study of Transportation Networks,” Journal of Heuristics, Vol. 11, pp. 307-336, 2005.
  • Amini, M.M., D. Retzlaff-Roberts, and C. Bienstock, “Designing a Reverse Logistics Operation for Short Cycle Repair Services,” International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 96, No. 3, pp. 367-380, 2005.
  • Alidaee, B., M.M. Amini, and G. Kochenberger, “A Greedy Solutions of Selection and Ordering Problems,” European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 134, No. 1, pp. 203-215, 2001.
  • Amini, M.M., D. Retzlaff-Roberts, “A Reverse Logistics Process Reengineering: Improving Customer Service Quality,” Cycle Time Research Journal, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 31-42, 1999.  
  • Amini, M.M., D. Retzlaff-Roberts, “A Multi-Facility Decisions for Meeting Customer Service,” Cycle Time Research Journal, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 13-20, 1999.
  • Amini, M.M., M. Racer, "Heuristic Sensitivity Analysis in a Combinatoric Environment:  An Exposition and Case Study," European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 108, No. 3, pp. 604-617, 1998.
  • Schmitt, L., and M.M. Amini, "Performance Characteristics of Alternative Genetic Algorithmic Approaches to the Traveling Salesman Problem: An Empirical Study, European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 108, No. 3, pp. 551-570, 1998.
  • Retzlaff-Roberts, D., and M.M. Amini, "A Decision Support System for Integrated Part Inventory Management: Improving Customer Service Quality," Cycle Time Research Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 33-42, 1998.
  • Amini, M.M., and S. Mehra, "The Impact of Inflation on the Optimal Lot Sizing with Regular Inspections," International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 191-204, 1996.
  • Amini, M.M., and M. Racer, "A Hybrid Heuristic for the Generalized Assignment Problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 87, pp. 343-348, 1995.
  • Amini, M.M., and M. Racer, "A Rigorous Computational Comparison of Alternative Solution Methodologies for the Generalized Assignment Problem," Management Science, Vol. 40, No. 7, pp. 868-890, 1994.
  • Amini, M. M. and R. S. Barr, "Network Reoptimization: A Statistically Designed Comparison,"     ORSA Journal on Computing, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 395-409, 1993.
  • Racer, M., and M.M. Amini, "A Robust Heuristic for the Generalized Assignment Problem," Annals of Operations Research, Vol. 50, pp. 487-503, 1994.
  • Amini, M. M., "Determining the Minimum Cost Bid for Asset Evaluation of Insolvent Saving and Loan Institutions," Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 45, No. 9, pp. 999-1010, 1994.
  • Mehra, S., and M.M. Amini, "A Simulation Analysis of Ordering Policies Under Inflationary Conditions," International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 14, No. 10, pp. 72-83, 1994.
  • Amini, M. M., "Vectorization of an Auction Algorithm for Solving Linear Assignment Problem," Computers and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 141-149, 1994.
  • Amini, M. M., R. E. Schooley, "Supercomputing In Corporate America: A Sample Survey," Information and Management, Vol. 24, pp. 291-303, 1993.
  • Amini, M. M., and G. Greer, "Determining the Minimum Bid Price for Projects Involving Analysts from Multiple Locations," Journal of Real Estate Research, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 265-278, 1993.
  • Amini, M. M., R. Nath, and R. E. Schooley, "The Status of Supercomputing in the Schools of Business," the Journal of Computer Information Systems, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 25-28, 1992.