Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Rohit Bhatnagar

Associate Professor
Division of Information Technology and Operations Management
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)

Phone: (+65)6790 6235
Office: S3-B2A-21

  • PhD McGill University 1994
  • DipMgmt Indian Institute of Management 1985
  • BTech(Hons) Banaras Hindu University 1983
Dr. Rohit Bhatnagar is currently Associate Professor of Operations Management, ITOM Division, Nanyang Business School. He joined NTU in December, 1994. He obtained a PhD from McGill University, Canada, MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India and B.Tech. from Institute of Technology, BHU, India.

He has a total of 47 publications including 19 in top tier international journals such as Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Operations Research Letters, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Operational Research Society, Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management and International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems. His name has appeared in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (since 2003). He has refereed papers in top international journals in Operations Management and Supply Chain Management Dr. Bhatnagar obtained AStar-SMA and MOE funding in excess of $1,150,000 as Principal Investigator since 2000. He has obtained funding in excess of $130,000 from sources such as MOE, AcRF Tier 1, ASEAN-EC Management Center as Co-Principal Investigator. He has supervised 4 Phd students, 3 of whom have graduated. Two Phd students supervised by him are currently Assistant Professors in NTU and SMU respectively. He has also supervised 5 Research Fellows over the previous years. His research has been published in collaboration with faculty from Sloan School of Management Massachusetts University of Technology, USA, University of South Carolina, USA, Monash University, Australia, Concordia University, Canada, Singapore Management University, and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India. He has also published collaborative research with several Singapore based companies such as YCH Logistics, Hewlett-Packard, UPS, Motorola, Caterpillar Logistics, DHL and Dell Computers, Apple Computers and Keppel-Fels among others.

At NBS, Dr. Bhatnagar has taught a wide variety of courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels including Quantitative Methods, Managing Business Operations, Managing SME Operations (EMBA Course), and Data Modeling and Operations Management among others. He has introduced web based games as pedagogical tools in the above courses which significantly enhanced the learning for the participants. Since 2000, he has taught in the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) Program jointly with faculty from Sloan School, MIT and NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. He has also taught several courses for companies and programs such as MINDEF, DuPont, Jardine Shipping, CIT-NTU LPD Program, SPC and BI-NTU.

Dr. Bhatnagar was an Assessor for the MAXA Award, 2006-2009 and an Assessor for Singapore Quality Award, 1996-1998.
Research Interests
Dr. Bhatnagar’s research encompasses two broad areas (1) Supply Chain Planning and Design with focus on third party logistics services providers, and (2) Planning and Design of Manufacturing Systems with focus on production and inventory planning within a multi-plant context.

His work in the first area – supply chain planning and design with focus on third party logistics services providers – has evolved as part of his agenda to conduct research in collaboration with the local industry. He has specifically sought collaborative tie-ups with Singapore based companies such as YCH Logistics, Hewlett-Packard, UPS, Motorola, Caterpillar Logistics, DHL and Dell Computers among others. His work in the second area – planning and design of manufacturing systems within a multi-plant context – was initially inspired by his doctoral training and later reinforced by his tie-ups with Singapore based manufacturing firms such as Apple Computers and Keppel-Fels. Since his research work has been carried out in rich real-life contexts, and in close collaboration with the local logistics and manufacturing industry, many of the research findings and insights have been shared and implemented in these firms. This is a significant impact of his research. Another important impact has been the development of robust analytical research methods with broad applications in real life settings.
Research Grant
  • MOE Grant (2014-) [by MOE]
Current Projects
  • Optimization Models for Capacity & Service Enhancements in Rail Systems
Selected Publications
  • Rohit Bhatnagar, Mehta P., and Teo C.C. (2011). A Coordinated Approach to Planning and Scheduling Decisions in Supply Chains with Multiple Supply Modes Accepted for Publication. International Journal of Production Economics, .
  • J. Foreman, Jeremie Gallien, J. Alspaugh, F. Lopez, R. Bhatnagar, C.C.Teo, C. Dubois. (2010). Implementing Supply Routing Optimization in a Make-To-Order Manufacturing Network. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 12(4), 547-568.
  • Rohit Bhatnagar and Venkatramanaiah S. (2010). Models for Cellular Manufacturing Systems Design: Matching Processing Requirements and Operator Capabilities. Operational Research Society. Journal, 61(5), 827-839.
  • Xu J., Chen Shaoxiang, Lin B., and Rohit Bhatnagar. (2009). Optimal Production and Rationing Policies of a Make-To-Stock Production System with Batch Demand and Backordering. Operations Research Letters, 38(3), 231-235.
  • Bhatnagar Rohit and Viswananthan S. (2009). Analysis of Warehouse Location Decisions in Urban Distribution Systems. Accepted for publication.. Technology and Operations Management, .

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