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.
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. He visited the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Sydney as a visiting scholar. Dr. Tan is an executive board member of the European Supply Chain Forum. His research interests include inventory theory, capacity management, spare parts management, and supply chain management with a particular focus on sustainability.