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M. Ali Ulku

Associate Professor; Director, Centre for International Trade & Transportation

Rowe School of Business , Department of Industrial Engineering , School for Resource and Environmental Studies

Email: ulku@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-4098
Fax: 902-494-1107
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue, Room 4062
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2


  • PhD (Waterloo), Management Sciences
  • MSc (Çukurova), Operations Research
  • BSc (Bilkent), Industrial Engineering

Research Interests

Professor Ülkü’s writings include the theoretical modeling of service and manufacturing systems, the development of practical logistics policies for green supply chains, and such interdisciplinary topics as behavioural issues in operations management, sustainable consumption, and the mathematical modeling of societal problems. Ali believes in the “science and teaching of better.”

Selected Awards and Honours

  • 2014, Invited Keynote Speaker, ISM-Central Ohio, USA
  • 2013, Best Paper Award in the Service Science Cluster (runner up), INFORMS Conference
  • 2012, Best Paper Award in Services Marketing and Retailing track, ACME Conference
  • 2012, POMS Emerging Scholar Program (selected)
  • 2007, Exceptional Teaching Award, University of Waterloo

Selected Publications

  • Perspectives on interdisciplinary undergraduate research. Ülkü, M. A., Karkowski, A. M., & Lahm, T. D. Educational Studies 1-17 (2017)
  • Towards sustainable consumption and production: Competitive pricing of modular products for green consumers. Ülkü, M.A. & Hsuan, J. Journal of Cleaner Production 142, 4230-4242 (2017)
  • On physical internet logistics: Modeling the impact of consolidation on transportation and inventory costs. Venkatadri, U., Krishna, S.K. &  Ülkü, M.A. IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering 13(4), 1517-1527 (2016)
  • On supply chain integration to free trade zones: The case of the United States of America. Benton, C.N., Napier, M. &  Ülkü, M.A. Global Business Review 17(4), 779-789 (2016)
  • Modeling the impact of donor behavior on humanitarian aid operations. Ülkü, M.A., Bell, K.M., & Gray Wilson, S. Annals of Operations Research 230, 153-168 (2015)

Current Teaching

  • BUSI 5551 - Operations Management
  • MGMT 3501 - Operations Management