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Sinan Erzurumlu

Associate Professor

Academic Division: TOIM

Bio

Sinan Erzurumlu is an associate professor of technology and operations management at Babson College. His main areas of research include technology and innovation management. He takes an operational lens to startup and growth challenges, with particular attention on how operations design can manage economic incentives and guide strategic decision making, in technology development and deployment. Sinan also investigates incentive mechanism design for sustainable innovations in creating economic and social value (also known as shared 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 uses 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. Sinan teaches courses on technology and operations management, technology development and deployment, environmental management, and sustainability at the undergraduate, MBA, 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

Management of Innovation; Innovation Strategy; Entrepreneurship; Operations Management; Sustainability; Technology Development & Deployment

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 - 40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs under 40 in the World , Poets & Quants
  • 2014 - Summer support, Babson College Faculty Research Fund
  • 2013 - Best Teaching Brief Award, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education
  • 2013 - Course release, Babson College Faculty Research Fund
  • 2012 - Best Case Competition Winner , Decision Sciences Institute
  • 2012 - Course release, Babson College Faculty Research Fund
  • 2011 - Research Scholar, Babson College
  • 2011 - Course release, Babson College Faculty Research Fund
  • 2009 - Summer support, Babson College Faculty Research Fund
  • 2007 - Research Support, Supply Chain Consortium, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2005 - Dean’s Fellowship, Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2002 - Robert’s Fellowship, Management Department, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2000 - Fellowship, Phi Kappa Phi Engineering Honor Society
  • 1999 - University Fellowship, Mechanical Engineering Department, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 1997 - Dean’s Honor Roll, College of Engineering at Bogazici University
  • 1995 - Scholarship, Bogazici University Alumni
  • 1994 - Ranked 63rd out of 1.5 million students in 1994 Turkey National University Entrance Exam
  • 1994 - Scholarship, Turkish Government Outstanding Student in the National University Entrance Exam, Ministry of Education, Turkey

Courses

Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • OPS 7200: TECHNOLOGY AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
  • MOB 7522: LEADING AND MANAGING SUSTAINABILITY

Publications

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 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.
  • Erzurumlu, S.S., Gilbert, S.M., Ramachandran, K. (2010). To Share or To Compete: Managing Revenue Streams for Innovations in Markets with Network Effects. Technology, Operations, and Management, 2(1)
  • Erzurumlu, S.S. (2010). Collaborative Product Development with Competitors to Stimulate Downstream Investment. International Journal of Innovation Management, 14(4), 1-30.

Articles

  • 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. (2013). Note on Innovation Management.
  • Erzurumlu, S.S. (2012). Goldlake/Eurocantera Honduras.
  • Erzurumlu, S.S. (2012). Goldlake/Eurocantera Honduras: Teaching Note.

Conference Proceedings

  • Erzurumlu, S.S., Joglekar, N., Lévesque, M., Tanrisever, F. (2013). Avoiding capability traps through contingent contracts: The role of cash and knowhow in startups. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research,
  • Erzurumlu, S.S., Joglekar, N., Lévesque, M., Tanrisever, F. (2013). Avoiding capability traps through contingent contracts: The role of cash and knowhow in startups. Academy of Management Proceedings,
  • Erzurumlu, S.S. (2012). Operations Design to Enhance ARPA-E Funding for Transformational Clean Technology Startups. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Wellesley, MA,

Others

  • Erzurumlu, S.S., Joglekar, N., Levesque, M. (in press). Business startup operations: Routledge
  • Erzurumlu, S.S. (2013). Will the Real Sustainability Leader Please Stand Up?: TriplePundit link
  • Erzurumlu, S.S., White, W., Crawford, M., Tremblay, T., Raney, J., Neuenschwander, A. (2003). Evaluation and validation of EO-1 and Landsat-7 imagery through an analysis of land cover/land use of rates of deforestation in Belize, Central America
  • Erzurumlu, S.S., White, W.A., Crawford, M., Tremblay, T.A., Raney, J.A. (2002). Analysis of EO-1 ALI data to determine local impacts of Hurricane Iris on broadleaf forests in Belize, Central America

Presentations

  • Sustainable mining development with community using design thinking and decision analysis
    Erzurumlu, S. Sustainable mining development with community using design thinking and decision analysis BFRF Research chat, Babson College (2015)
  • Seeking Early-stage Cash and Knowhow: A Formal and Empirical Analysis of Contingent Contracts
    Erzurumlu, S. Seeking Early-stage Cash and Knowhow: A Formal and Empirical Analysis of Contingent Contracts Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, CANADA (2015)
  • Angel Capital: Contingent Contracts for Cash and Knowhow in Early Stage Start-up Development
    Erzurumlu, S. Angel Capital: Contingent Contracts for Cash and Knowhow in Early Stage Start-up Development POMS Conference, Washington, DC (2015)
  • Sequential Innovation by Startups
    Erzurumlu, S. Sequential Innovation by Startups INFORMS Conference, San Francisco, CA (2014)
  • Sequential Introduction of Innovations: Balancing Survival and Profitability
    Erzurumlu, S. Sequential Introduction of Innovations: Balancing Survival and Profitability INFORMS Conference, San Francisco, CA (2014)
  • The Entrepreneurial Newsvendor: Managing Market Frictions through Process Investment
    Erzurumlu, S. The Entrepreneurial Newsvendor: Managing Market Frictions through Process Investment INFORMS Conference, San Francisco, CA (2014)
  • The Entrepreneurial Newsvendor - Impact of Information Asymmetry on Debt, Operational Hedging and Profitability
    Erzurumlu, S. The Entrepreneurial Newsvendor - Impact of Information Asymmetry on Debt, Operational Hedging and Profitability POMS Conference, Atlanta, GA (2014)
  • Sequential Introduction of Innovations and the Survival of the Start-up Firm
    Erzurumlu, S. Sequential Introduction of Innovations and the Survival of the Start-up Firm BFRF Research chat, Babson Park (2014)
  • The Power of ’20 Questions’: Increasing Student Interest And Engagement With Business Cases by Turning Them into Consulting Exercises
    Erzurumlu, S., Rollag, K. The Power of ’20 Questions’: Increasing Student Interest And Engagement With Business Cases by Turning Them into Consulting Exercises DSI Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD (2013)
  • Entrepreneurial Technology Commercialization
    Erzurumlu, S., Ramachandran, K., Xia, X. Entrepreneurial Technology Commercialization INFORMS Conference, Minneapolis, MN (2013)
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration Panel
    Erzurumlu, S. Interdisciplinary Collaboration Panel Faculty Learn & Share, Babson College Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, Babson College (2013)
  • Avoiding Capability Traps through Contingent Contracts: Role of Cash and Knowhow in Startups
    Erzurumlu, S., Joglekar, N., Lévesque, M., Tanrisever, F. Avoiding Capability Traps through Contingent Contracts: Role of Cash and Knowhow in Startups 24th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), Denver, CO (2013)
  • Sequential Introduction of Innovations and the Survival of the Start-up Firm
    Bhaskaran, S., Erzurumlu, S., Ramachandran, K. Sequential Introduction of Innovations and the Survival of the Start-up Firm 24th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), Denver, CO (2013)
  • Managing Transformational Start-up Risks: Evidence from ARPA-E Program
    Erzurumlu, S. Managing Transformational Start-up Risks: Evidence from ARPA-E Program Faculty Research Chat, Wellesley, MA (2013)
  • Deploying Sustainability at Solea
    Erzurumlu, S. Deploying Sustainability at Solea DSI Conference, San Francisco, CA (2012)
  • Management of Innovations in the Product and Technology Markets
    Erzurumlu, S., Ramachandran, K. Management of Innovations in the Product and Technology Markets DSI Conference, San Francisco, CA (2012)
  • Management of Innovations in the Product and Technology Markets
    Erzurumlu, S., Ramachandran, K. Management of Innovations in the Product and Technology Markets INFORMS Conference, Phoenix, AZ (2012)
  • Managing Transformational Start up Risks: Evidence from ARPA-E Program
    Erzurumlu, S., Ramachandran, K., Davies, J. Managing Transformational Start up Risks: Evidence from ARPA-E Program INFORMS Conference, Phoenix, AZ (2012)
  • The Entrepreneurial Newsvendor, Impact of Information Asymmetry on Debt, Operational Hedging, and Profitability
    Erzurumlu, S. The Entrepreneurial Newsvendor, Impact of Information Asymmetry on Debt, Operational Hedging, and Profitability MIT Operations Management Seminar(2012)
  • Sequential Introduction of Innovations and the Survival of the Start Up Firm
    Erzurumlu, S., Tantisever, F., Ramachandran, K. Sequential Introduction of Innovations and the Survival of the Start Up Firm Academy of Management Conference, Boston, MA (2012)
  • Operations Design Enhance ARPA-E Funding for Transformational Clean Technology Start ups
    Erzurumlu, S. Operations Design Enhance ARPA-E Funding for Transformational Clean Technology Start ups 32nd annual Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Dallas, TX (2012)
  • Girisimci Firmanin Urun Sunum Stratejisi
    Erzurumlu, S., Bhaskaran, S., Ramachandran, K. Girisimci Firmanin Urun Sunum Stratejisi Turkish International OR/IE Conference, Istanbul, Turkey (2012)
  • Cash or Advice? Most Valuable Combination to Entrepreneurs
    Erzurumlu, S. Cash or Advice? Most Valuable Combination to Entrepreneurs POMS Conference, Chicago, IL (2012)
  • Creating Knowledge Workers for the Greener Product Marketplace
    Erzurumlu, S. Creating Knowledge Workers for the Greener Product Marketplace Sustainable Minds Webcast, Online (2012)
  • Cash and Knowledge: Strategic Substitutes and Complements in the Startup Innovation Process?
    Erzurumlu, S. Cash and Knowledge: Strategic Substitutes and Complements in the Startup Innovation Process? DSI Conference, Boston, MA (2011)
  • Cash and Knowledge: Strategic Substitutes and Complements in the Startup Innovation Process?
    Erzurumlu, S., Joglekar, N., Tanrisever, F. Cash and Knowledge: Strategic Substitutes and Complements in the Startup Innovation Process? INFORMS Conference, Charlotte, NC (2011)
  • Effect of Operational Hedging on the Marginal Costs of Capital and Revenue Generation
    Erzurumlu, S., Joglekar, N., Tanrisever, F. Effect of Operational Hedging on the Marginal Costs of Capital and Revenue Generation INFORMS Conference, Charlotte, NC (2011)
  • Introduction of Innovations by Startups
    Erzurumlu, S., Bhaskaran, S., Ramachandran, K. Introduction of Innovations by Startups INFORMS Conference, Charlotte, NC (2011)
  • Operational Hedging Strategies to Overcome Financial Constraints for Clean Technology Startups
    Erzurumlu, S., Joglekar, N., Tanrisever, F. Operational Hedging Strategies to Overcome Financial Constraints for Clean Technology Startups Research Chat, Babson College, Babson Park, MA (2011)
  • Sustainable Packaging: Green Trends along the Supply Chain
    Erzurumlu, S. Sustainable Packaging: Green Trends along the Supply Chain Babson Alumni Green Forum, Babson College (2011)
  • Introduction of Innovations by Startups
    Erzurumlu, S., Bhaskaran, S., Ramachandran, K. Introduction of Innovations by Startups POMS Conference, Reno, NV (2011)
  • Introduction of Innovations by Startups
    Erzurumlu, S., Bhaskaran, S., Ramachandran, K. Introduction of Innovations by Startups INFORMS Conference, Austin, TX (2010)
  • The Role of Operational Hedging to Overcome Financial Constraints for Clean Technology Startups
    Erzurumlu, S., Joglekar, N., Tanrisever, F. The Role of Operational Hedging to Overcome Financial Constraints for Clean Technology Startups INFORMS Conference, Austin, TX (2010)
  • Operational Hedging Strategies to Overcome Financial Constraints for Clean Technology Startups
    Erzurumlu, S. Operational Hedging Strategies to Overcome Financial Constraints for Clean Technology Startups YAEM Conference, Istanbul (2010)
  • Sequential Innovations by Startups
    Erzurumlu, S., Bhaskaran, S., Ramachandran, K. Sequential Innovations by Startups POMS Conference, Vancouver (2010)
  • Production, Process Investment and the Survival of Debt Financed Startup Firms
    Erzurumlu, S., Joglekar, N., Tanrisever, F. Production, Process Investment and the Survival of Debt Financed Startup Firms Babson Faculty Research Chat, Babson College, Babson Park, MA (2010)
  • Licensing Innovations to Competitors in Markets with Network Effects
    Erzurumlu, S., Gilbert, S., Ramachandran, K. Licensing Innovations to Competitors in Markets with Network Effects DSI Conference, Baltimore (2008)
  • Commercializing Component Innovations: The Roles of Firm Capabilities and Network Effects
    Erzurumlu, S., Gilbert, S., Ramachandran, K. Commercializing Component Innovations: The Roles of Firm Capabilities and Network Effects INFORMS Conference, Washington D.C. (2008)
  • Process Investment and the Survival of a Startup under Uncertainty
    Erzurumlu, S., Tanrisever, F., Joglekar, N. Process Investment and the Survival of a Startup under Uncertainty MSOM Conference, Washington D.C. (2008)
  • Collaborating with Competitors in New Product Development
    Erzurumlu, S., Gilbert, S. Collaborating with Competitors in New Product Development DSI Conference, Phoenix, AZ (2007)
  • Process Investment Decisions of an Entrepreneur Firm under Uncertainty
    Erzurumlu, S., Tanrisever, F., Joglekar, N. Process Investment Decisions of an Entrepreneur Firm under Uncertainty INFORMS Conference, Seattle, WA (2007)
  • Process Investment Decisions of an Entrepreneur Firm under Competition
    Erzurumlu, S., Tanrisever, F., Joglekar, N. Process Investment Decisions of an Entrepreneur Firm under Competition Babson Research Chat, Wellesley, MA (2007)
  • Process Investment Decisions of an Entrepreneur Firm under Competition
    Erzurumlu, S., Tanrisever, F., Joglekar, N. Process Investment Decisions of an Entrepreneur Firm under Competition POMS Conference, Dallas, TX (2007)
  • Technology Licensing and Entry Strategies under Compatibility Investments
    Erzurumlu, S., Bhaskaran, S. Technology Licensing and Entry Strategies under Compatibility Investments POMS Conference, Dallas, TX (2007)
  • Commercializing Component Innovations: The Roles of Firm Capabilities and Network Effects
    Erzurumlu, S., Gilbert, S., Ramachandran, K. Commercializing Component Innovations: The Roles of Firm Capabilities and Network Effects INFORMS Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (2006)
  • Strategies for Bundling Durable Products with Contingent Services or Consumable Products
    Erzurumlu, S., Gilbert, S. Strategies for Bundling Durable Products with Contingent Services or Consumable Products INFORMS Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (2006)
  • Analysis of EO-1 ALI data to determine local impacts of Hurricane Iris on broadleaf forests in Belize, Central America
    Erzurumlu, S., White, W., Crawford, M., Tremblay, T., Raney, J. Analysis of EO-1 ALI data to determine local impacts of Hurricane Iris on broadleaf forests in Belize, Central America IEEE International Geosciences and Remote Sensing Symposium , Toronto (2002)