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Burak Kazaz

Burak Kazaz

The Steven R. Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management
The Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence
Director of the Robert H. Brethen Operations Management Institute

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Ph D, Purdue University

Burak Kazaz is the Steven Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management, and the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. He is the Executive Director of the first research center established in the field of supply chain management in the US (in 1919), the H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management at Syracuse University. He presently serves as the Whitman Research Fellow.

Dr. Kazaz’s research interests include the integration of supply chain operations (purchasing, production, distribution), marketing (pricing, market segmentation), and finance (managing economic/currency risks, hedging), with a special interest in managing uncertainty and risk (e.g. exchange-rate fluctuations, supply disruptions, lead-time uncertainty, quality uncertainty, demand fluctuations) in global supply chains. His publications can be found in premier journals such as Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Operations Research, and Production and Operations Management. His papers have been the recipient of the best paper awards from the Production and Operations Management Society (2016) and the Decision Sciences Institute (2014). He serves as an Associate Editor for Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, as a Senior Editor for Production and Operations Management, as an Area Editor for IIE Transactions.

Dr. Kazaz also served as a Whitman Teaching Fellow from 2010 to 2012, and is the recipient of the first-ever Whitman School of Management Teaching Innovation Award in 2011. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and his Ph.D. from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University. Prior to this appointment, he taught at the University of Miami and at Loyola University of Chicago. His teaching experience includes undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA courses, and Ph.D. seminars on operations management, global supply chain management, and logistics.

Dr. Kazaz also worked at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. His work is recognized by IBM, British Petroleum, and Procter & Gamble.

You can also visit the personal page of Dr. Kazaz at

Research Topics

  • Supply chain management
  • Supply chain uncertainty
  • Supply chain risk
  • Supply chain finance
  • Supply chain disruptions
  • Wine futures
  • Quality uncertainty
  • Currency risk
  • Hedging
  • Pricing
  • Market segmentation
  • Production planning
  • Purchasing
  • Distribution

Dr. Kazaz teaches the following courses at the Whitman School of Management:

• Undergraduate Supply Chain Management [SCM 265]

• MBA Global Supply Chain Strategy [SCM 777]

• MBA@Syracuse Global Supply Chain Management [SCM 777]

• Ph.D. Seminar in Supply Chain Management [SCM 960]

• Undergraduate Global Supply Chain Management [SCM 477]

• MBA and undergraduate Creatively Growing Your Business: A Design Thinking Approach [SCM 600 and 400]

Professor Burak Kazaz aims to provide the business community with new perspectives on how to manage risk and uncertainty. His research offers solutions for managing global supply chains that operate under volatile international financial markets, such as exchange-rate fluctuations. Kazaz also investigates the impact of disruptions and supply uncertainty in pricing, production, and distribution activities. His work has found implementations in agricultural supply chains that experience supply and demand risk.His recent work on wine futures and pricing of young wines are carefully followed by industry leaders, and have been featured both in premier journals of business and in popular media.

A complete set of Dr. Kazaz's publications, along with his working papers, can be obtained from his personal web site at

Working Papers
  • "Incentivizing Capacity Investments to Serve Low- and Middle-Income Countries", Management Science (with Webster, S., Yadav, P.)
  • "WORK IN PROGRESS “Credit Risk in Supplier Networks”", (with Chernobai, A., Hekimoglu, M.)
Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Selected for INFORMS Conference Tutorial at the 2020 INFORMS Conference - INFORMS (2019)
  • Selected to Lead the Search Committee in choosing the Series Editor of INFORMS Editors' Cut - INFORMS (2019)
  • Recipient of the Senior Faculty Research Award - Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University (2019)
  • 2018 iFORM Best Paper Award (second place) - INFORMS (2018)
  • Chair of iFORM Special Interest Group - INFORMS (2018)
  • INFORMS Editors' Cut -- two different papers are selected to be among most influential papers published in all INFORMS journals. - INFORMS (2017)
  • The Wickham Skinner Prize for the best paper published in the field of Production and Operations Management - Production and Operations Management Society (2017)
  • 2016 POMS Best Paper Award - Production and Operations Management Society (2016)
  • Whitman Research Fellow Award - Martin J. Whitman School of Management (2016)
  • The Steven R. Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management - Syracuse University (2015)
  • Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorship - Syracuse University (2011)
  • Teaching Innovation Award - Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University (2011)
  • Whitman Teaching Fellow Award - Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University (2010)
  • Excellence in Te aching Award - University of Miam i (2005)
  • Recipient of the university-wide compet itive James McLamore summ er research grant - University of Miami (2004)
  • School of Business Administration summer resear ch grant - University of Miami (2002)
  • Recipient of an award for contributions to Procter & Gamble and - Procter & Gamble and (2000)
  • American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) supply chain management research grant - APICS (1999)
  • Recipient of an award for contributions to British Petroleum Chemicals Division - British Petroleum Chemicals Division (1999)
  • Recipient of the university-wide competitive summer research grant - Loyo la University (1998)
  • Recipient of the special research aw ard and grant for contributions to th e IBM Microelectronics Division - IBM (1997)