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“In my research on Sustainable Supply Chains, I treat sustainability explicitly within the supply chain design and operations, without neglecting the economic aspects. This approach is very important, because the economic aspect of sustainability is essential to choices made by companies about the structure of their operations as well as policy decisions of governments.”

Research profile

Tarkan Tan is an associate professor in the School of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology TU/e. His research interests include inventory theory, capacity management, spare parts management, and supply chain management with a particular focus on sustainability.

Sustainability is an ever developing field: The process of making a supply chain truly sustainable can never have a well-defined endpoint. Instead, a more sustainable supply chain is one that is better at identifying current and future environmental and social impacts, and finding ways to mitigate those. Tarkan is currently working on problems such as where to exert sustainability efforts within the whole supply chain, behavioral aspects in sustainable demand planning, food waste minimization, and technology choices for transportation. He plans to continue working on the field of sustainable supply chains and strengthen this area within the TU/e.

Academic background

Tarkan Tan received his Ph.D. from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (2002). He spent one year at Columbia University, New York, as a Fulbright scholar. He joined TU/e as a post-doc researcher in 2003 and started working as an assistant professor the same year in the Operations, Planning, Accounting, and Control group. He is the director of the Operations Management and Logistics MSc program since April 2014. He has spent academic terms at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of Sydney Business School as a visiting scholar. He serves at the boards of BETA Research School and the European Supply Chain Forum.

Tarkan serves as an associate editor for Mathematical Methods of Operations Research and has served as a guest editor for the International Journal of Production Economics. He has published articles in academic journals such as Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, IIE Transactions, and Transportation Science, and recently co-edited a book entitled “Sustainable Supply Chains: A Research-based Textbook on Operations and Strategy”.

Affiliated with

  • Executive Master of Operations and Supply Chain Management program of TIAS School for Business and Society, Tilburg.

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Royal Netherlands Navy
  • ASML
  • Philips
  • NedTrain

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Research Output

Double-counting in supply chain carbon footprinting

Caro, F., Corbett, C. J., Tan, T. & Zuidwijk, R. A., 2013, In : Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. 15, 4, p. 545-558 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 50 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Inventory control in a spare parts distribution system with emergency stocks and pipeline information

    Howard, C., Marklund, J., Tan, T. & Reijnen, I. C., 19 Feb 2015, In : Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. 17, 2, p. 142-156

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
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  • 21 Citations (Scopus)
    226 Downloads (Pure)

    Inventory control with multiple setup costs

    Alp, O., Huh, W. T. & Tan, T., 2014, In : Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. 16, 1, p. 89-103 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
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  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
    156 Downloads (Pure)

    Carbon leakage: the impact of asymmetric regulation on carbon-emitting production

    Huang, X. N., Tan, T. & Toktay, L. B., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Production and Operations Management. 38 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Switching transport modes to meet voluntary carbon emission targets

    Hoen, K. M. R., Tan, T., Fransoo, J. C. & Houtum, van, G. J. J. A. N., 2014, In : Transportation Science. 48, 4, p. 592-608 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 34 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    Best Lecturer in Operations Management and Logistics MSc program

    Tarkan Tan (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

    Best Lecturer in Operations Management and Logistics MSc program

    Tarkan Tan (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

    Fulbright Scholarship for Ph.D. studies at Columbia Business School

    Tarkan Tan (Recipient), 1996

    Prize: OtherScholarshipsScientific

    IISE Transactions 2019 Design & Manufacturing Best Paper Award

    Engin Topan (Recipient), Tarkan Tan (Recipient), Geert-Jan van Houtum (Recipient) & Rommert Dekker (Recipient), 18 May 2019

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

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  • Activities

    Manufacturing and Service Operations Management 2020 Annual Conference

    Tarkan Tan (Organiser)
    28 Jun 202030 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Tarkan Tan (Visiting researcher)
    Feb 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

    Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

    Tarkan Tan (Visiting researcher)
    Nov 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

    Otto Beisheim School of Management

    Tarkan Tan (Visiting researcher)
    Jun 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

    Bandung Institute of Technology

    Tarkan Tan (Visiting researcher)
    Feb 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

    Courses

    Production Control (PhD level)

    1/09/09 → …

    Course

    Sustainable supply chains

    1/09/15 → …

    Course

    Press / Media

    RESEARCH: Inside IISE Journals

    G.J.J.A.N. van Houtum & Tarkan Tan

    1/02/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Student theses

    A condition based maintenance method based on indirect condition information for DAF Trucks N.V.

    Author: Fleuren, W., 15 Sep 2015

    Supervisor: Tan, T. (Supervisor 1) & Topan, E. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    A decision analysis model for multiple investment scenarios in the long-term

    Author: van Donkelaar, B., 31 Aug 2018

    Supervisor: Udenio, M. (Supervisor 1) & Tan, T. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    A framework for implementing condition based maintenance based on operational data

    Author: Stadhouders, H., 30 Apr 2011

    Supervisor: van Houtum, G. (Supervisor 1), Tan, T. (Supervisor 2) & Elwany, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    An analysis of the warranty and service costs of MRI scanners at Philips Healthcare

    Author: Mattheij, P., 30 Nov 2013

    Supervisor: Tan, T. (Supervisor 1) & Peng, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    An assessment methodology for the logistics emissions of companies

    Author: Lenoble, N., 28 Feb 2014

    Supervisor: Tan, T. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

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