Ravi’s research focuses on environmental and social sustainability and interfaces operations and supply chain management with a range of disciplines, including public policy, industrial ecology, strategy, organizational behavior, and marketing. Ravi’s published research predominantly spans three categories: (i) environmental sustainability in firms and supply chains; (ii) value and effectiveness of corporate sustainability efforts; and, (iii) transparency and disclosure. More recently, he has extended his research along themes centered on socioeconomic impact. Ravi’s research has been published in Journal of Industrial Ecology, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, and has been cited in Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Reuters, and Yahoo Finance, among others.
Ravi received the inaugural Paul Kleindorfer Award in Sustainability in 2012, which recognizes “scholars who have distinguished themselves through the breadth and innovativeness of their scholarly work on questions related to sustainable operations and the social and environmental impact of business.” Ravi served as a Department Editor for the Sustainable Operations Department of Production and Operations Management from 2015 to 2018 and received an inaugural Best Department Editor Award in 2018. He currently serves as Senior Editor for the Department.
Ravi’s teaching interests are in data analytics, and in core operations/supply chain management concepts and their interrelationships with economic, environmental, and social sustainability. He currently teaches core data analytics and operations management courses in the evening and executive MBA programs, and an elective course on business sustainability and shared value at the undergraduate level. He also conducts sessions on demand-driven supply chain planning in leadership programs for Coca-Cola, Clorox, and Georgia-Pacific. Ravi received the Scheller College of Business’ inaugural James F. Frazier Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009, the Brady Family Award for Faculty Teaching Excellence in 2014 and 2020, and was voted MBA Core Professor of the Year in 2012 and 2021.
Ravi has prior business experience in operations strategy, manufacturing planning, and ERP implementation. He has also collaborated on NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)-funded work with UrjaNet – a Georgia Tech Advanced Technology Development Center startup offering energy information solutions.
Ravi holds a PhD in Operations and Management Science (Ross School of Business) and an MS in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, a Master of Management degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai (India), and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani (India).