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Sinan Erzurumlu

Associate Professor

Academic Division: TOIM
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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; Technology Development & Deployment; Innovation Strategy; Sustainability ; Entrepreneurship; Supply Chain Management; Operations Management

Awards & Honors

  • 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

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.

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. (2012). Goldlake/Eurocantera Honduras.
  • Erzurumlu, S.S. (2012). Goldlake/Eurocantera Honduras: Teaching Note.