Meet our Deputy Dean
Learn more about Tava Olsen, Deputy Dean of the Business School.
Tava Olsen is the Deputy Dean (since 1 July 2020) and a Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Auckland Business School. She was previously the Head of the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management (from July 2017 to June 2020) and Acting Associate Dean Faculty (from January 2020 to June 2020). She also serves as the Director of the Centre for Supply Chain Management.
Prior to joining Auckland, Tava was Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St Louis, which she joined after serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Tava’s research interests include supply chain management; pricing and inventory control; and stochastic modelling of manufacturing, service, and healthcare systems. Among other journals, her publications have appeared in Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (M&SOM), Production and Operations Management (POM), Journal of Operations Management (JOM) and the Journal of Applied Probability. She has a Google Scholar h-index of 28.
Tava has taught a wide variety of courses, including operations and supply chain management, service operations, healthcare management, simulation, critical thinking, and project management, to a range of audiences from bachelors- to executive-level.
Tava is currently an area editor for Operations Research and is a senior editor of Production and Operations Management. She has previously served as an associate editor for Management Science and M&SOM, and as the topical editor for Supply Chain Management for the Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. She is co-author of the popular textbook Production and Operations Analysis, with Steve Nahmias. She is a past president of the Manufacturing and Service Operations (MSOM) society and has twice been awarded the Auckland Business School’s Research Excellence Award.