Sinan Erzurumlu is an associate professor of technology and operations management at Babson College. He received his Ph.D. 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 main areas of research include technology management and innovation. He takes an operational lens to approach growth issues in entrepreneurial and innovative ventures, with particular attention on how operations design and strategy can manage risk and guide strategic decision making. Sinan also investigates the development and deployment of sustainability-driven innovations, focusing on how resources and processes can be configured for creating economic and social 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 journals including Production and Operations Management, IEEE Transactions, Decision Sciences, Resources Policy, and Omega.
Sinan teaches courses on technology and operations management, environmental management, and sustainability-driven innovations at the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive Education programs. He values sustainability as the driving force for innovations at all stages of the business system. As such, he designs and leads workshops on the definition and refinement of sustainability as a business model 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.
Prof. Erzurumlu’s selected papers can be viewed at SSRN and ResearchGate. You can follow him on twitter @sinanerzurumlu.