Department: UCLA Anderson School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Keywords: Latin America, Chile
Felipe Caro leads UCLA Anderson's new M.S. in business analytics. He holds editorial positions at Management Services, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management, and he has won multiple awards and contributed significantly to the international academic literature on supply chain management. His Management Science article "Product and Price Competition with Satiation Effects" was awarded first prize in the 2010 INFORMS Junior Faculty Interest Group Paper Competition.
Caro's main interests are related to decisions made under uncertainty with a strong emphasis on practical applications. The mathematical model he developed to support the decisions fast-fashion retailers face each period resulted in increased season sales of 3-4 percent for the Spanish apparel giant Zara. His collaboration with Zara and the effectiveness of his analytical models in the fast-fashion industry made him a Franz Edelman Laureate in 2009. Professor Caro's case Zara: Staying Fast and Fresh is widely taught in business schools in the U.S. and abroad. This case won the ecch (now The Case Centre) New Case Writer award and the Production & Operations Management award. Caro was the first recipient in the awards' 22-year history to win both categories simultaneously.
Prior to receiving his Ph.D. in operations management from MIT, Caro worked as an instructor in the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Chile and did research on natural resources, mostly in the forestry and copper industries. His paper "Optimizing Long-Term Production Plans in Underground and Open Pit Copper Mines," published as the lead article in Operations Research, won the 2014 ENRE Best Publication Award in Natural Resources. Caro's current research projects concern carbon allocation in supply chains, coordination of pricing and inventory decisions, unauthorized subcontracting in supply chains, and exploration versus exploitation problems. His latest research investigates the state of scope 3 carbon emissions reporting in supply chains.