Damian R. Beil




Associate Professor of Technology and Operations

Faculty Director, Master of Management Program

Stephen M. Ross School of Business

University of Michigan


Email: dbeil_at_umich_dot_edu

Phone: (734) 936-5934

701 Tappan Street, R4422                

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234


Primary Research Interests: Procurement and strategic sourcing, online auctions, health care.




Published Papers


15. Bid-Taker Power and Supply Base Diversification, (with Zhixi Wan), 2014. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 16: 300-3143. MSOM 2008 Student Paper Competition Finalist (link to published abstract).

14. Split Award Auctions for Supplier Retention, (with Aadhaar Chaturvedi and Victor Martinez de Albeniz), 2014. Management Science, 60: 1719-1737.

13. Price-Quoting Strategies of an Upstream Supplier, (with Bin Hu and Izak Duenyas). 2013. Management Science, 59: 2093-2110.

12. Simple Auctions for Supply Contracts, (with Bin Hu and Izak Duenyas). 2013. Management Science, 59: 2332-2342.

11. Does Pooling Purchases Lead to Higher Profits?, (with Bin Hu and Izak Duenyas), 2013.  Management Science, 59: 1576-1593.

10. When Does it Pay to Delay Supplier Qualification? Theory and Experiments, (with Zhixi Wan and Elena Katok), 2012. Management Science, 58: 2057-2075.

9. Using a Dual-Sourcing Option in the Presence of Asymmetric Information about Supplier Reliability: Competition vs. Diversification, (with Zhibin (Ben) Yang, Goker Aydin and Volodymyr Babich), 2012. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 14: 202-217.

8. Solving Truckload Procurement Auctions Over An Exponential Number of Bundles,  (with Richard Chen, Shervin AhmadBeygi, Amy Cohn and Amitabh Sinha), 2009. Transportation Science, 43: 493-510. (Data files.)

7. Total-Cost Procurement Auctions: Impact of Suppliers' Cost Adjustments on Auction Format choice, (with Dimitris Kostamis and Izak Duenyas), 2009. Management Science, 55: 1985-1999.  (Online appendix.)

6. Supply Disruptions, Asymmetric Information and a Backup Production Option, (with Zhibin (Ben) Yang, Goker Aydin and Volodymyr Babich), 2009. Management Science, 55: 192-209.

5. RFQ Auctions with Supplier Qualification Screening, (with Zhixi Wan), 2009. Operations Research, 57: 934-949.

4. A Pooling Analysis of Two Simultaneous Online Auctions, (with Lawrence M. Wein), 2009. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 11: 33-51. (Online appendix.)

3. An Inverse-Optimization-Based Auction Mechanism to Support a Multi-Attribute RFQ Process, (with Lawrence M. Wein), 2003.  Management Science, 49: 1529-1545.

2. Analysis and Comparison of Multimodal Cancer Treatments, (with Lawrence M. Wein), 2002.  IMA Journal of Mathematics Applied to Medicine and Biology, 18: 343-376.

1. Sequencing Surgery, Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy: Insights from a Mathematical Analysis, (with Lawrence M. Wein), 2002.  Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 74: 279-286.



Working Papers


Auctions to Learn Consumer Demand for a Product with a Short Selling Horizon, (with Matthew L. Potoff), 2007. Under submission.

The Role of Cost Modeling in Competitive Bid Procurement, (with Yan Yin and Hyun-soo Ahn). 2012. POMS 2013 Student Paper Competition Finalist. Under submission.

Total-Cost Procurement Auctions with Sustainability Audits to Inform Bid Markups, (with Karca D. Aral and Luk Van Wassenhove), 2014.



Invited Articles & Chapters


Supplier Selection, 2010. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science.

Decentralized Supply Risk Management, (with Zhibin (Ben) Yang, Goker Aydin and Volodymyr Babich), 2010.  Handbook of Integrated Risk Management in Global Supply Chains, co-edited by Panos Kouvelis, Onur Boyabatli, Lingxiu Dong, and Rong Li. Wiley.

Procurement Auctions, 2010. Tutorials in Operations Research.




Strategic Sourcing (MBA). Fall 2010-14.

Operations Management (MBA). Winter 2008-12, 14.

Operations Management (BBA). Winter 2004-7.

Procurement Research Seminar (PhD). Fall 2005, Winter 2010, Fall 2013.

Multidisciplinary Action Project faculty advisor (MBA). Winter 2004-6,10 (18 projects).

Tauber Institute for Global Operations faculty advisor (MBA, MS). Summer 2004-13 (13 projects).



Honors and Awards: 


Global MBA Teaching Excellence Award, voted by 2014 Graduating Global MBA class

2009 Arnold M. & Linda T. Jacob Faculty Development Award, Ross School of Business

BBA Teaching Excellence Award, voted by 2007 Graduating BBA class

NSF Grant, Simplified Bidding and Solution Structures for Combinatorial Procurement Auctions, DMI-0620153, $149,114, September 1, 2006 - August 31, 2009 (with Amy Cohn (PI), & Amitabh Sinha)

NSF Grant, Supply Risk Management and Asymmetric Information, CMMI-0800158, $220,000, September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2010 (with Volodymyr Babich (PI), & Goker Aydin)

2002 Nicholson Student Paper Competition Finalist