Gad Allon

Gad Allon
  • Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor
  • Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions
  • Director of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    3730 Walnut Street
    549 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Overview

Gad Allon is the Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor and Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, and the director of the Management and Technology Program at the university of Pennsylvania.

He received his PhD in Management Science from Columbia Business School in New York and holds a Bachelor and Master degree from the Israeli Institute of Technology.

His research interests include operations management in general, and service operations and operations strategy in particular. Professor Allon has been studying models of information sharing among firms and customers both in service and retail settings, as well as competition models in the service industry. His articles have appeared in leading journals, including Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and Operations Research. Professor Allon won the 2011 “Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Award” of the Production and Operations Management Society. He is the Operations Management Department Editor of Management Science and serves on the editorial board of several journals.

Gad is an award-winning educator, teaching courses on scaling operations and operations strategy and was recently named among the “World’s Top 40 B-School professors under the age of 40.” He has also been an innovative leader in many educational technology initiatives. He is the co-founder of ForClass, a platform that enables professors to drive higher student engagement and accountability in their classrooms. Professor Allon regularly consults firms both on service strategy and operations strategy.

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Research

  • Gad Allon and Jan A Van Mieghem (2016), Global Dual Sourcing: Tailored Base-Surge Allocation to Near- and Offshore Production, Management Science, 56 (1), pp. 110-124. 10.1287/mnsc.1090.1099

  • Gad Allon, Achal Bassamboo, Kejia Hu (Work In Progress), Understanding Customers Retrial in Call Centers: Preference of Service Quality and Service Speed.

  • Gad Allon, Qiuping Yu, Achai Bassamboo (Forthcoming), How do Delay Announcement Shape Customer Behavior: An Empirical Study.

  • Gad Allon, Ruomeng Cui, Achal Bassamboo, Jan A Van Mieghem (2015), Information Sharing In Supply Chains: An Empirical and Theoretical Valuation, Management Science, 61 (11), pp. 2803-2824. 10.1287/mnsc.2014.2132

  • Gad Allon and Noam Shamir (Work In Progress), The Impact of Collusion on Service Quality.

  • Gad Allon, Achal Bassamboo, Qiuping Yu (Work In Progress), The Reference Effect of Delay Announcements: A Field Experiment.

  • Gad Allon, Achal Bassamboo, Martin Lariviere (Under Revision), Will The Social Planner let Bags Fly Free?.

  • Gad Allon, Achal Bassamboo, Evan Barlow (Under Revision), Worker Poaching in a Supply Chain: Enemy from Within?.

  • Gad Allon, Achal Bassamboo, Eren B Çil (Under Review), A Service Marketplace with Multiple Classes and Multiple Skilled Agents.

  • Gad Allon, Achal Bassamboo, Evan Barlow (Work In Progress), Autonomous Flexible Labor.

Teaching

Current Courses

  • OIDD236 - Scal Ops In Tech Venture

    This course helps students learn to make strategic scaling decisions that are grounded in operational reality. Students will study how to build and evaluate the "operation systems" of the firm to maximize value with the focus on scaling the firm's operations. This involves tailoring the firm's operational competencies, assets, and processes to a specific business strategy. The course will approach the challenge of scaling operations and operations strategy by taking a holistic view that incorporates competitive strategy, financial evaluation, and the customer experience.

    OIDD236001

  • OIDD299 - Judg & Dec Making Res Im

    This class provides a high-level introduction to the field of judgment and decision making (JDM) and in-depth exposure to the process of doing research in this area. Throughout the semester you will gain hands-on experience with several different JDM research projects. You will be paired with a PhD student or faculty mentor who is working on a variety of different research studies. Each week you will be given assignments that are central to one or more of these studies, and you will be given detailed descriptions of the research projects you are contributing to and how your assignments relate to the successful completion of these projects. To complement your hands-on research experience, throughout the semester you will be assigned readings from the book Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein, which summarizes key recent ideas in the JDM literature. You will also meet as a group for an hour once every three weeks with the class's faculty supervisor and all of his or her PhD students to discuss the projects you are working on, to discuss the class readings, and to discuss your own research ideas stimulated by getting involved in various projects. Date and time to be mutually agreed upon by supervising faculty and students. the 1CU version of this course will involve approx. 10 hours of research immersion per week and a 10-page paper. The 0.5 CU version of this course will involve approx 5 hours of research immersion per week and a 5-page final paper. Please contact Maurice Schweitzer if you are interested in enrolling in the course: schweitzer@wharton.upenn.edu

    OIDD299004

  • OIDD636 - Scaling Operations

    THE GOAL OF THIS COURSE is to make strategic scaling decisions that are grounded in operational reality. We study how to build and evaluate the operational business model of the firm to maximize value with the focus on scaling the firm's operations. We will approach the challenge of scaling by taking a holistic view that incorporates competitive strategy, financial evaluation, and the customer experience. We focus on decisions and challenges that many firms that try to scale their operations face with the focus on assessing the readiness of the firm to scale, and the required steps to scale. In particular, we will discuss whether the firm should build competencies in-house (i.e., investing in a portfolio of assets) or buy them (i.e., developing and implementing a global sourcing strategy and integrating external partners) and the risks associated with scaling these. We will also discuss the organizational implications of scaling.

    OIDD636001 ( Syllabus )

    OIDD636002 ( Syllabus )

Past Courses

  • OIDD236 - SCAL OPS IN TECH VENTURE

    This course helps students learn to make strategic scaling decisions that are grounded in operational reality. Students will study how to build and evaluate the "operation systems" of the firm to maximize value with the focus on scaling the firm's operations. This involves tailoring the firm's operational competencies, assets, and processes to a specific business strategy. The course will approach the challenge of scaling operations and operations strategy by taking a holistic view that incorporates competitive strategy, financial evaluation, and the customer experience.

  • OIDD299 - JUDG & DEC MAKING RES IM

    This class provides a high-level introduction to the field of judgment and decision making (JDM) and in-depth exposure to the process of doing research in this area. Throughout the semester you will gain hands-on experience with several different JDM research projects. You will be paired with a PhD student or faculty mentor who is working on a variety of different research studies. Each week you will be given assignments that are central to one or more of these studies, and you will be given detailed descriptions of the research projects you are contributing to and how your assignments relate to the successful completion of these projects. To complement your hands-on research experience, throughout the semester you will be assigned readings from the book Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein, which summarizes key recent ideas in the JDM literature. You will also meet as a group for an hour once every three weeks with the class's faculty supervisor and all of his or her PhD students to discuss the projects you are working on, to discuss the class readings, and to discuss your own research ideas stimulated by getting involved in various projects. Date and time to be mutually agreed upon by supervising faculty and students. the 1CU version of this course will involve approx. 10 hours of research immersion per week and a 10-page paper. The 0.5 CU version of this course will involve approx 5 hours of research immersion per week and a 5-page final paper. Please contact Maurice Schweitzer if you are interested in enrolling in the course: schweitzer@wharton.upenn.edu

  • OIDD399 - SUPERVISED STUDY

  • OIDD636 - SCALING OPERATIONS

    THE GOAL OF THIS COURSE is to make strategic scaling decisions that are grounded in operational reality. We study how to build and evaluate the operational business model of the firm to maximize value with the focus on scaling the firm's operations. We will approach the challenge of scaling by taking a holistic view that incorporates competitive strategy, financial evaluation, and the customer experience. We focus on decisions and challenges that many firms that try to scale their operations face with the focus on assessing the readiness of the firm to scale, and the required steps to scale. In particular, we will discuss whether the firm should build competencies in-house (i.e., investing in a portfolio of assets) or buy them (i.e., developing and implementing a global sourcing strategy and integrating external partners) and the risks associated with scaling these. We will also discuss the organizational implications of scaling.

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Gad Allon and Jan A Van Mieghem (2016), Global Dual Sourcing: Tailored Base-Surge Allocation to Near- and Offshore Production, Management Science, 56 (1), pp. 110-124. 10.1287/mnsc.1090.1099
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What’s Ahead for the Stock Market in 2019

The U.S. stock market ended 2018 skimming bear market territory. Wharton's Jeremy Siegel and Gad Allon look at what's on the horizon for 2019.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2019/01/8
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