Nicole DeHoratius

Visiting Adjunct Professor of Operations Management
Areas of Expertise:
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Emerging Markets
  • Organizational Management
  • Retail Operations
  • Supply Chain Management




Nicole DeHoratius is an expert in the management of retail operations. She has published in leading journals such as Management Science, Harvard Business Review and California Management Review. The Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (MSOM) Society awarded her its Best Paper Award for the article “Retail Inventory Management When Records Are Inaccurate” (co-authored with Adam Mersereau and Linus Schrage).

DeHoratius’ industry projects include work with Fred Meyer, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Staples, Target, Ulta Beauty and Walmart, among others. For her work with Hugo Boss (co-authored with Nathan Craig and Ananth Raman), she received the Ralph Gomory 2016 Best Industry Studies Award. She is the past president of the Production and Operations Management (POM) Society’s College of Supply Chain Management, and serves as an associate editor for MSOM and a department editor for POM.

DeHoratius joined Chicago Booth School of Business in 2001 and since then has taught operations management, service operations and supply chain management to executives in programs and companies around the globe. For exemplifying the characteristics students most value in their professors, DeHoratius earned the 2015 and 2016 Rotman School of Management Teaching Award.



DBA, Technology and Operations Management, Harvard Business School

M.Sc., Technology and Innovation Management, University of Sussex

A.B., History and Science, Harvard University



Bendoly, E., Craig, N., and N. DeHoratius. Forthcoming. Consistency and Recovery in Retail Supply Chains. Journal of Business Logistics.

Mou, S., Robb D., and N. DeHoratius. 2018. Retail Store Operations: Literature Review and Research Directions. European Journal of Operational Research, 265: 399-422.

Craig, N. DeHoratius, N and A. Raman. 2017. Ralph Gomory Best ISA Paper Award 2016. M&SOM, 19(3): 337.

Jin, M., DeHoratius, N., and G. Schmidt. 2017. Want to Reduce the Bullwhip Effect? Measure It. Here’s How. Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, 22(4): 297-304.

Jin, M., DeHoratius, N., and G. Schmidt. 2017. In Search of Intra-Industry Bullwhips. International Journal of Production Economics, 191: 51-65.

Craig, N., DeHoratius, N., A. Raman. 2016. The Impact of Supplier Inventory Service Level on Retailer Demand. M&SOM, 18(4): 461-474. Ralph Gomory 2016 Best Industry Studies Award.

Goyal, S., Hardgrave, B., Aloysius, J., N. DeHoratius. 2016. The Effectiveness of RFID in Backroom and Sales Floor Inventory Management. International Journal of Logistics Management, 27(3): 795-815. Abstract

Craig, N., DeHoratius, N., Jiang, Y., D. Klabjan. 2015. Execution Quality: An Analysis of Fulfillment Errors in a Retail Distribution Center. Journal of Operations Management, 38: 25-40. Abstract

DeHoratius, N., E. Rabinovich. 2011. Field Research in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Journal of Operations Management, 29: 371-375. Abstract

Aksin, Z., N. DeHoratius. 2010. Introduction to the Special Issue, Part 2: Teaching Services & Retail Operations Management. INFORMS Transactions on Education, 11(1): 1-2. Download

Aksin, Z., N. DeHoratius. 2010. Introduction to the Special Issue: Teaching Services & Retail Operations Management. INFORMS Transactions on Education, 10(1):1-2. Download

DeHoratius, N., A. Raman. 2008. Inventory Record Inaccuracy: An Empirical Analysis. Management Science, 54(4): 627-641. Abstract (E-Companion)

DeHoratius, N., Mersereau A. J., L. Schrage. 2008. Retail Inventory Management When Records are Inaccurate. M&SOM, 10(2): 254-277. 2009 Best Paper Award

DeHoratius, N., A. Raman. 2007. Store Manager Incentive Design and Retail Performance: An Exploratory Investigation. M&SOM, 9(4): 518-534. Abstract (Technical Appendix)

Peace, W. D., N. DeHoratius. 2007. Effective Supply Chain Design and Execution in Developing Markets. POMS Chronicle, 14(2): 5-7. Download

DeHoratius, N. 2006. Identifying Defects and Rework in the Inventory Management Process. Extended Retail Industry Journal, 2(5): 24-25.

DeHoratius, N. 2005. Inventory Record Inaccuracy in Retail Supply Chains. POMS Chronicle, 12(1): 12-14. Download

DeHoratius, N. 2004. In Pursuit of Information Quality, Opening Statement. Cutter IT Journal, 17(9): 2-4. Abstract

DeHoratius, N., A. Raman. 2003. Building on Foundations of Sand, with Ananth Raman. ECR Journal, 3(1): 62-68. Abstract

DeHoratius, N., A. Raman. 2003. Incentives: Getting What You Pay For, with Ananth Raman. ECR Journal, 3(2): 53-62. Download

Raman, A., DeHoratius, N., Z. Ton. 2001. Execution: The Missing Link in Retail Operations. California Management Review, 43(3): 136-152. Abstract

Raman, A., DeHoratius, N., Z. Ton. 2001. The Achilles’ Heel of Supply Chain Management. Harvard Business Review, 79(5): 25-27. Download

Working Papers and Work in Progress

Point-of-Care Testing: Improving Emergency Department Performance through Process Redesign, with Thomas Lee, Tava Olsen, Lijie Song, and Esther Chen. Download

Modeling the Behavior of Patients Who Leave the Emergency Department Without Being Seeing by a Physician, with Ehsan Bolandifar, Tava Olsen, and Jennifer Wiler. Download

Execution Quality and Chargeback Penalties in Retail Supply Chains, with Nathan Craig and Diego Klabjan. Download

The Impact of Trade Promotions within the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain, with Ming Jin and Glenn Schmidt.

Understanding the Behavioral Drivers of Execution Failures in Retail Supply Chains: An Experimental Study Using Virtual Reality, with Kyle Hyundman, Dorothee Honhon, and Özgür Gürerk. Download



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