Sinan Erzurumlu

Associate Professor

Academic Division: TOIM
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Sinan Erzurumlu is an Associate Professor of Technology and Operations Management at Babson College. Professor Erzurumlu’s research and teaching interests span technology management, operations and supply chain strategy, and sustainability at established and entrepreneurial firms. Sinan takes an operational lens to decision making and risk management, focusing on how entrepreneurial firms set up and improve business models by leveraging operational constraints around resources and processes and the resulting capabilities. In particular, he examines coordination and financing issues in development, commercialization and growth of ventures, including sustainability-driven organizations with the goal of creating social and economic value. Through collaborations with academics and practitioners, Sinan participates in applied research projects in a number of different industries including mining, food, clean tech & energy, and high tech. He utilizes qualitative methods, like design thinking to address new insights about a problem, and mathematical models of decision making to guide strategic decisions with rigor. His research has been published in several leading journals including Production and Operations Management, IEEE Transactions, Decision Sciences, Resources Policy, and Omega. At Babson College Sinan teaches courses on technology and operations management, operations strategy, environmental management, and sustainability at the undergraduate, graduate, and Executive Education programs. He values building an innovative character as the driving force for startup and growth. As such, he designs and leads workshops on the implementation of innovation initiatives for executives. Sinan was named among “The Best 40 B-School Profs Under the Age of 40” in the 2015 Poets & Quants ranking of Business School professors. Prior to joining Babson, Sinan has worked as a project-based consultant for Dell on service operations and as a research engineer for Center for Space Research at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD in Management Science and Information Systems from McCombs School of Business and M.S. in Operations Research/Industrial Engineering from Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with distinction from Bogazici University in Turkey. Sinan's selected papers can be viewed at SSRN and ResearchGate. You can follow him on twitter @sinanerzurumlu.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
  • MS, The University of Texas at Austin
  • BS, Bogazici University, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Academic Interests

Technology Management, Operations and Supply Chain Strategy, Sustainability, Operations for Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship

Awards & Honors

  • 2016 - Babson College Kaplan Award Sustainability in Academics , Sustainability Office
  • 2015 - 40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs under 40 in the World , Poets & Quants
  • 2013 - Best Teaching Brief Award, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education
  • 2012 - Best Case Competition Winner , Decision Sciences Institute


Journal Articles

  • Erzurumlu, S.S., Erzurumlu, Y.O. (2015). Sustainable mining development with community using design thinking and multi-criteria decision analysis (in press). Resources Policy, 46(1), 6-14. link
  • Erzurumlu, S.S., Davies, J., Joglekar, N. (2014). Managing Highly Innovative Projects: The Influence of Design Characteristics on Project Valuation. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 61(2), 349 - 361. link
  • Erzurumlu, S.S., Erzurumlu, Y.O. (2013). Development and deployment drivers of clean technology innovations. The Journal of High Technology Management Research, 24(2), 100-108.
  • Erzurumlu, S.S., Rollag, K.W. (2013). Increasing Student Interest and Engagement with Business Cases by Turning Them into Consulting Exercises. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 11(4), 359–381.
  • Erzurumlu, S.S. (2013). The compatibility of durable goods with contingent generic consumables. Omega - The International Journal of Management Science, 41(3), 574-585.
  • Bell, J.E., Erzurumlu, S.S., Fowler, H. (2012). Deploying Sustainability at Solea. IMA Educational Case Journal, 5(2), 1-11.
  • Tanrısever, F., Erzurumlu, S.S., Joglekar, N. (2012). Production, Process Investment and the Survival of Debt Financed Startup Firms. Production and Operations Management, 21(4), 637–652.


  • Bhaskaran, S., Erzurumlu, S.S., Ramachandran, K. (2014, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)) Patience pays off for startups. BizEd: BizEd. link
  • Erzurumlu, S.S. (2014, March) The new leader’s guide to innovation: Basics for your first 90 days. Babson Insight. Wellesley, MA: Babson College

Cases and Teaching Notes

  • Bell, J.E., Erzurumlu, S.S., Fowler, H. (2013). Better Tomorrow at Sodexo North America.
  • Bell, J.E., Erzurumlu, S.S., Fowler, H. (2013). Better Tomorrow at Sodexo North America: Teaching Note.
  • Erzurumlu, S.S. (2012). Goldlake/Eurocantera Honduras.
  • Erzurumlu, S.S. (2012). Goldlake/Eurocantera Honduras: Teaching Note.


  • In Search of the New Employee in On-Demand Business Models through the Lens of Psychological Contracts
    Erzurumlu, S. In Search of the New Employee in On-Demand Business Models through the Lens of Psychological Contracts DSI Conference 2016, Austin, TX (2016)
  • Business model innovations in the on-demand economy
    Erzurumlu, S. Business model innovations in the on-demand economy INFORMS Conference 2016, Nashville (2016)
  • Building Community and Trust in the Sharing Economy
    Sims, J., Erzurumlu, S. Building Community and Trust in the Sharing Economy Sustainability, Ethics, & Entrepreneurship Conference 2016, Denver, CO (2016)