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Indiana University Bloomington

Operations & Decision Technologies

ODT Widget Faculty

"The faculty at Kelley are amazing to work with. The Academy students are really engaged and are very impressive."
Casey Wayson,
Recruiter, Eaton Corp.

Kurt M. Bretthauer

Contact Information

(812) 855-3487
kbrettha [at] indiana [dot] edu (E-mail)
Business School

  • Professor of Operations & Decision Technologies
  • W. Michael & William D. Wells Life Sciences Faculty Fellow


  • Bloomington


  • PhD, Indiana University, 1990
  • MBA, Indiana University, 1986
  • BS, Purdue University, 1984

Professional Experience

  • Indiana University, 1999-Present
  • Decision Sciences , 2004-2010, 2012-Present, Associate Editor
  • Indiana University, Chairperson of Doctoral Programs, Kelley School of Business, 2006-2012
  • Decision Sciences, 2010-2012, Senior Editor
  • Naval Research Logistics, 2000-2003, Associate Editor
  • Texas A & M University, 1990-1999

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • W. Michael & William D. Wells Life Sciences Faculty Fellow, 2013-Present
  • Kimball Faculty Fellow, 2003-2013
  • Outstanding Senior Editor Award, 2012, Decision Sciences
  • Outstanding Associate Editor Award, 2007, Decision Sciences
  • Two best paper awards - Decision Sciences Institute
  • Stan Hardy best paper award

Professional Interests

Service Operations Management, Healthcare Services, Supply Chain Management

Selected Publications

  • Bretthauer, K., H. S. Heese, H. Pun, and E. Coe (2011), "Blocking in Healthcare Operations: A New Heuristic and an Application," Production and Operations Management, Vol. 20, No. 3, May/June, pp. 375-391. Read Abstract ››

  • Salzarulo, P., K. Bretthauer, M. Côté, and K. Schultz (2011), "The Impact of Variability and Patient Information on Healthcare System Performance," Production and Operations Management, Vol. 20, No. 6, November/December, pp. 848-859. Read Abstract ››

  • Wright, P. D. and K. Bretthauer (2010), "Strategies for Addressing the Nursing Shortage: Coordinated Decision Making and Workforce Flexibility," Decision Sciences, Vol. 41, pp. 373-401. Read Abstract ››

  • Mahar, S., K. Bretthauer, and M. A. Venkataramanan (2009), "The Value of Virtual Pooling in Dual Sales Channel Supply Chains," European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 192, pp. 561-575. Read Abstract ››

  • Wright, P. D., K. Bretthauer, and M. Côté (2006), "Reexamining the Nurse Scheduling Problem: Staffing Ratios and Nursing Shortages," Decision Sciences, Vol. 37, pp. 39-70. Read Abstract ››

  • Bendoly, E., D. Blocher, K. Bretthauer, S. Krishnan, and M. A. Venkataramanan (2005), "Online/In-Store Integration and Customer Retention," Journal of Service Research, Vol. 7, pp. 313-327. Read Abstract ››

  • Hur, D., V. Mabert, and K. Bretthauer (2004), "Real-Time Work Schedule Adjustment Decisions: An Investigation and Evaluation," Production and Operations Management, Vol. 13, pp. 322-339. Read Abstract ››

  • Bretthauer, K. (2000), "Optimal Service and Arrival Rates in Jackson Queueing Networks," Naval Research Logistics, Vol. 47, pp. 1-17. Read Abstract ››

  • Bretthauer, K. and M. Côté (1998), "A Model for Planning Resource Requirements in Health Care Organizations," Decision Sciences, Vol. 29, pp. 243-270. Read Abstract ››

  • Bretthauer, K. and B. Shetty (1997), "Quadratic Resource Allocation with Generalized Upper Bounds," Operations Research Letters, Vol. 20, pp. 51-57. Read Abstract ››

  • Bretthauer, K. and B. Shetty (1995), "The Nonlinear Resource Allocation Problem," Operations Research, Vol. 43, pp. 670-683. Read Abstract ››