Suvrat Dhanorkar

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Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management

Department Supply Chain & Information Systems
Office Address 466 Business Building, University Park, PA 16802
Phone Number 814-863-3077
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I obtained my PhD from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and my MBA from the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.


Sustainable Supply Chains, Environmental Operations, Environmental IS


Ph D, Business Administration (Econometrics), University of Minnesota, 2015

MBA, Business Administration, University of Notre Dame, 2010

Courses Taught

SCM 405 – Mfg Svc Strat (3)
Investigates manufacturing and services strategies in supply chain networks. SCM 405 Manufacturing and Services Strategies (3)This course examines manufacturing and services strategies, with special emphasis given to quality management concepts, methods, and issues. After completing this course, students will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:  Explain the role of manufacturing or services operations from the boundary-spanning perspective of supply chain management and how supply chain management can be used as a strategic competitive advantage  Articulate how the various components of a manufacturing strategy are integrated, particularly with respect to the use of information technologies for supply chains  Effectively apply operational and quality tools useful in implementing manufacturing strategies. Individual and team assignments form the basis for evaluation. Evaluation methods include a combination of class participation, exams, "hands-on" exercises, case studies, and written assignments. This is one of three prescribed foundation courses in the Supply Chain and Information Systems major for which B A 302 "Supply Chains" is a prerequisite. The course is also an important prerequisite for the capstone course in the major, SC&IS 450 "Supply Chain Leadership."

Selected Publications

Dhanorkar S., Kim Y., Linderman K. W., "An Empirical Investigation of Transaction Dynamics in Online Surplus Networks: A Complex Adaptive Systems Perspective." Journal of Operations Management, 2018
Dhanorkar S., "Environmental Benefits of Internet-enabled C2C Closed Loop Surplus Chains: A Quasi-Experimental Study of Craigslist." Management Science, 2018
Dhanorkar S., Donohue K. L., Linderman K. W., "Repurposing materials and waste through online exchanges: overcoming the last hurdle." Production and Operations Management Journal, 2015, doi:10.1111/poms.12345
Dhanorkar S., Siemsen E., Linderman K. W., "Promoting Change from the Outside: Directing Managerial Attention in the Implementation of Environmental Improvements." Management Science, doi:10.1287/mnsc.2017.2748
Su H., Dhanorkar S., Linderman K. W., "A Competitive Advantage from the Implementation Timing of ISO Management Standards." Journal of Operations Management, doi:10.1016/j.jom.2015.03.004

Research Impact and Media Mentions

"Craigslist might seem like an online garage sale, but it can help reduce the 1,500 pounds of garbage the average American generates every year", Business Insider, Web,
"Five best ideas of the day", Aspen Institute, Web,
"Craigslist can cut solid waste, one used sofa at a time", The Conversation, Web,
"Amazon is packing more stuff into warehouses and is considering a change in how it measures space", CNBC, Web,
"Craigslist, other online exchanges, may be good for the environment", PSU News, Web,
"Timing of regulatory stick and supportive carrot may keep businesses focused", PSU News, Web,
"Fostering Online Platforms to Reuse Materials and Reduce Waste", Discovery @ Carlson, Discovery @ Carlson
"Be a Part of the Reuse Revolution", Minnesota Daily, Newspaper
"ND Sustainability Research: Corporate walk needs to catch up to talk", Notre Dame News, University Media


Decision Sciences Journal, Associate Editor, September 2018 - Present