Charles J. Corbett

Professor of Operations Management and Sustainability

Phone: (310) 825-1651

Fax: (310) 206-3337

charles.corbett at

Gold Hall, Room B-507


Charles Corbett, Ph.D., is professor of Operations Management and Sustainability at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and holds a joint appointment at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He served as Chairman and Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs from 2009-2012, and previously as Associate Dean of the MBA program. He has received the Citibank Teaching Award, the Executive MBA Class of 2006 Outstanding Teaching Award and the Robbins Assistant Professor teaching award, in addition to the UCLA Staff Assembly's Faculty/Staff Partnership Award and the Anderson School's J. Clayburn LaForce Faculty Leadership Award. He was an AT&T Faculty Fellow in Industrial Ecology. He is the founder and co-director of the award-winning UCLA Leaders in Sustainability graduate certificate program and founded the Easton Technology Leadership Program which he directed until 2014.

His areas of teaching include operations of entrepreneurs and small business, sustainability, operations management, and supply chain management. He has given (semi-)plenary and keynote lectures at conferences in Bali, Istanbul, Lima, Mexico City, Paris, Sao Paulo, Salvador (Brazil), Shanghai, and Tainan (Taiwan).

His current research focuses on sustainable operations and operations management in entrepreneurial firms. He has published in leading academic and business journals, including Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Operations Research, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, the Journal of the Operational Research Society, Production and Operations Management, Energy, Environmental and Resource Economics, and others. Dr. Corbett is Editor-in-Chief of Foundations and Trends in Technology, Information and Operations management; he has been guest editor of three special issues of Production and Operations Management on Environmental Management & Operations and holds various editorial positions at other leading journals including POM and the Journal of Industrial Ecology. His 2006 study on sustainability in the motion picture industry was featured in media outlets worldwide, including CNN, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The Guardian, La Opinion, and various radio and TV stations.

In 2013 he was elected a lifetime Fellow of the Production and Operations Management Society.

Professor Corbett holds a Ph.D. in Production and Operations Management from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and a Drs. in Operations Research from Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands).


Ph.D. Production and Operations Management, 1996, INSEAD
Drs. Operations Research, (M.Sc. equivalent) 1992, Erasmus University


Environmental Management and Sustainability, Entrepreneurial Operations, Supply Chain Management


* Elected Fellow of the Production and Operations Management Society, 2013
* Citibank Teaching Award, UCLA, June 2008
* EMBA Class of 2006 Outstanding Teaching Award, June 2006
* 2002 George Robbins Assistant Professor Teaching Award
* AT&T Faculty Fellow of Industrial Ecology in 1998-1999

  • Felipe Caro, Charles J. Corbett, Tarkan Tan, Rob Zuidwijk. (2013). Double Counting in Supply Chain Carbon Footprinting. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 15(4) 545-558. [ Link ]
  • Muthulingam, S., C. Corbett, S. Benartzi, B. Oppenheim. (2013). Energy Efficiency in Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Firms: Order Effects and the Adoption of Process Improvement Recommendations. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 15(4) 596-615. [ Link ]
  • Blass, V., C. Corbett, M. Delmas, S. Muthulingam. (2013). Top Management and the Adoption of Energy Efficiency Practices: Evidence from Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Firms in the US. Energy, in press. [ Link ]
  • Sarang Deo and Charles J. Corbett. (Fall 2009). Cournot Competition under Yield Uncertainty: The Case of the U.S. Influenza Vaccine Market. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 11(4): 563-576. [ Link ]
  • Paulo Albuquerque, Bart J. Bronnenberg, and Charles J. Corbett. (March 2007). A Spatio-Temporal Analysis of the Global Diffusion of ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 Certification. Management Science, 53(3): 451-468. [ Link ]
  • Charles J. Corbett. (Fall 2006). Global Diffusion of ISO 9000 Certification Through Supply Chains. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 8(4): 330-350. [ Link ]
  • Charles J. Corbett, and Kumar Rajaram. (Fall 2006). A Generalization of the Inventory Pooling Effect to Non-Normal Dependent Demand. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 8(4): 351-358. [ Link ]