Beste Kucukyazici

Assistant Professor, Operations Management
Contact Information
Email address: 
beste.kucukyazici [at]
Alternate email address: 
marina.nikoghossian [at]

Bronfman Building [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5


PhD in Operations Management, McGill University, Canada

Operations Management

Dr. Beste Kucukyazici is an Assistant Professor of Operation Management at Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. She is also a Research Associate at St. Mary's Research Center and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics . Prior to joining to McGill University, Dr. Kucukyazici was a Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program from 2009 to 2012. She holds a PhD in Operations Management from McGill University and also participated as a practitioner trainee in the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Health Informatics Strategic Training Program (CHPSTP). 

Prof. Kucukyazici’s research interest is socially responsible supply chains and data-driven practice-focused research, with a particular emphasis on healthcare analytics. She is particularly interested in data-driven modeling and analysis of problems through the use of the methodologies of Markov decision processes, stochastic analytical models, simulation and machine learning. Prof. Kucukyazici has published papers and has papers under review in leading operations management and health care journals. She is also a Fellow of McGill’s Marcel Desautel Institute of Integrated Management (MDIIM) in the area of health.

Currently, Prof. Kucukyazici serves as the Director of McGill's MD-MBA Program. 


BUSA 698 Health Care Systems 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGCR 472 Operations Management 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Tenured & Tenure Track
Research areas: 
Big Data & Machine Learning
Data Analytics
Health Care
Risk Management
Supply Chain Management
Selected publications: 

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Chen W., Kucukyazici B. and Saenz, M.J. Redesign of Extended Producer Responsibility and Its Impact on the OEM’s Recovery Strategies. Accepted; International Journal of Production Economics

Samiedaluie, S., Kucukyazici, B., Verter, V. and Zhang, D. Managing Patient Admissions in a Neurology Ward, Operations Research, 2017, 65(3): 635–656

Ibrahim, R., Kucukyazici, B., Verter, V., Gendreau, M. and Blostein, M. Designing Individualized Treatment: An Application to Anticoagulation Therapy, Production and Operations Management, 2016, 25(5): 902-918

Chen, W., Kucukyazici, B.,Verter, V. and Saenz, M.J. Supply Chain Design for Unlocking the Value of Remanufacturing Under Uncertainty, European Journal of Operational Research, 2015, 247(3): 804-819

Kucukyazici, B., Verter V. and Mayo N. An Analytical Framework for Designing Community-Based Care Delivery Processes for Chronic Diseases. Production Operations Management, 2011, 20(3): 474-488

Kucukyazici, B., Verter V., Nadeau L. and Mayo N. Improving Post-Stroke Health Outcomes: Can Facilitated Care Help? Health Policy, 2009, 93: 180-187

Verter V., Kucukyazici, B. and Mayo N. On the Significance of Reducing the Need for Stroke Patients to Visit the Emergency Department. Clinical and Investigative Medicine Journal, 2005, 23(6): 371-375

Kucukyazici, B., Ozdamar, L., and Pokharel, S. Developing concurrent investment plans for power generation and transmission. European Journal of Operational Research, 2005, 166(2): 449-468

Ozdamar, L., Ekinci, E., and Kucukyazici, B. Emergency Logistics Planning in Natural Disasters. Annals of Operations Research, 2004, 129: 217-245

Books and Edited Volumes


Chapters in Books

Kucukyazici B. and V. Verter, Managing Community-based Care for Chronic Diseases: The Quantitative Approach, In G.S. Zaric (Ed.), Operations Research and Health Care Policy, Springer Publishers, New York, 2013: 71-90.

Konrad R., Kucukyazici B. and Lawley M. Using Patient Flows to Examine Hospital Operations. ¨Management Engineering for Effective Healthcare Delivery: Principles and Applications¨; edited by Alexander Kolker and Pierce Story, IGI Global, 2011: 402-417.

Kucukyazici B., Keshavjee K., Bosomworth J., Copen J., Lai J. Best Practices for Implementing Electronic Health Records and Information Systems. “The Human and Social Side of Health Information Systems” edited by Dr. Andre W. Kushniruk and Prof. Elizabeth Borycki, Idea Group Publishing, PA; 2008; pp. 120-138.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 


2007: Silver Poster Award, National Poster Competition, Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

2005: Graduate Student Conference Support Award, Canadian Operations Research Society

2004-2008: Graduate Studies Scholarship, McGill University

2000-2002: Graduate Studies Scholarship, Yeditepe University


2007-2008: Principle’s Dissertation Fellowship, McGill University

2004-2005: Entrance Fellowship, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University


2016-2018: Fonds de Recherche du Quebec- Sante (FRSQ), Operating Grant on Emergency Services Issues and Continuum of Care (PI)

2015-2016: Rossy Cancer Network (Co-applicant)

2014-2017: Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC) New Researcher Grant (PI)

2014-2015: Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), SPOR Networks (Co-applicant)

2012-2015: New Investigator’s Research Award, St. Mary’s Research Center (PI)

2012: Paper Presentation Grant, McGill University

2012-2015: Start-up Research Grant, McGill University

2009-2012: Start-up Research Grant, Zaragoza Logistics Center

2008: Travel Grant, SSRHC

2007: The Alma Mater Student Travel Grant, McGill University