Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies

New Avenues of Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tarkan Tan, Operations Management & Logistics MSc Program Director, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

28th Mar 2017  02:00 pm - Darlington Centre Conference Room – 174 City Road, Darlington

Venue: The Darlington Centre Conference Room – 174 City Road, Darlington

Bio: Tarkan Tan is an associate professor of sustainable operations management in the School of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Dr. Tan received his Ph.D. from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2002. He spent one year at  Columbia University, New York, as a Fulbright scholar. He joined Eindhoven University of Technology in 2003 and he is currently the director of the Operations Management and Logistics M.Sc. program at this university. In 2010 he spent an academic term at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as a visiting scholar, and he is currently visiting the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney Business School, conducting joint research with Prof. Behnam Fahimnia. Dr. Tan is an executive board member of the European Supply Chain Forum. He has published articles in leading academic journals in his field and recently co-edited a book entitled “Sustainable Supply Chains: A Research-based Textbook on Operations and Strategy”.

Abstract: As firms become progressively more tightly coupled in global supply chains, rather than being large vertically integrated monoliths, risks and opportunities associated with activities upstream or downstream will increasingly impinge upon their own wellbeing. For a firm to thrive, it is increasingly imperative that it be aware of economic, environmental and social dimensions of the entire supply chain it belongs to, and that it proactively monitor and manage those. Finding efficient solutions towards a more sustainable supply chain is increasingly important for managers, but clearly this raises difficult questions, often without clear answers. In this talk, we aim to provide insights into these kinds of questions, based on the latest academic research.