Kut "Rick" C. So

Professor, School of Business
Paul Merage School of Business

PH.D., Stanford University

Phone: (949) 824-5054
Fax: (949) 824-8469
Email: rso@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
308 GSM
Mail Code: 3125
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Operations management, design of production and service systems, just-in-time production systems, supply chain management, time-based management.
Research Abstract
Professor So's research focuses on the optimal allocation of resources in the design and management of production and services systems. He has studied and evaluated different operating strategies with the objective of maximizing efficiency and improving response time of the systems. His research results have generated many useful managerial insights that can save company time and money. His recent research can also help corporations select the best strategy for using price, delivery lead time and capacity expansion in a time-based competitive environment. In a latest study, he analyzes at the benefits of information sharing and replenishment coordination in a supply chain.
"Optimal Maintenance Policies For Single-Server Queueing Systems Subject to Breakdowns," (with A. Federgruen), Operations Research, Vol. 38, pp.330-343 (1990).

"The Impact of Buffering Strategies on the Performance of Production Line Systems," International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 28, pp.2293-2307 (1990).

"Optimal Production Sequence for a Product with Matching Components," (with C. H. Scott), Operations Research, Vol. 42, pp.694-708 (1994).

"Optimal Operating Policy for a Bottleneck with Random Rework," (with C. S. Tang), Management Science, Vol. 41, pp.620-636 (1995).

"Optimal Batch Sizing and Repair Strategies for Operations with Repairable Jobs," (with C. S. Tang), Management Science, Vol. 41, pp.894-908 (1995).

"On the Optimal Design of Tandem Queueing Systems with Finite Buffers,"(with F. S. Hillier), Queueing Systems, Vol. 21, pp.245-266 (1995).

"On the Simultaneous Optimization of Server and Work Allocations in Production Line Systems with Variable Processing Times,"(with F. S. Hillier), Operations Research, Vol. 44, pp.435-443 (1996).

"Operational Strategies for Managing Congestion in Service Systems," (with C. S. Tang), European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 92, pp.83-98 (1996).

"Interrelations Between Leadtime, Price, and Capacity Expansion" (with J.S. Song), Working Paper (1995).
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