Burak Kazaz

The Steven R. Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management
The Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence
Executive Director, The H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management

(315) 443-7381
Room: 605

PhD, Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University

Burak Kazaz is the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence and Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. He 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’s research interests include the integration of 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, and Production and Operations Management. He also serves as a Senior Editor for Production and Operations Management, and as an Area Editor for IIE Transactions.

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

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 recent work on this topic is particularly useful for agricultural supply chains that experience supply and demand risk.

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

Selected Publications


  • The Steven R. Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management
  • 2014 Best Analytical Paper Award, Decision Sciences Institute
  • The Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence
  • Recipient of the Whitman Teaching Innovation Award 2011
  • Whitman Teaching Fellow 2010 - 2012
  • Production and Operations Management - Senior Editor
  • IIE Transactions - Area Editor