© 2019 by Hossein Rikhtehgar Berenji  

Research Papers: 

  • "Committing to Contract for a Supplier's Social and Environmental Compliance'', with Murthy, N., and Yang, Z.,  Under Review at Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

    • Methodology: Game Theory  

  • "A Stochastic Framework for Planning Concurrency in New Product Development Projects'', with Murthy, N., and Nagaraja, H., In  final preparation for submission to Decision Sciences.

    • Methodology: Applied Probability, Simulations  

  • "Implications of Trust between Buyers and Suppliers on Buyer's Strategy to Influence Suppliers' Sustainability'', with Murthy, N.,  Research in Progress.

    • Methodology: Empirical - Primary Data  

Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings:

  • "Committing to Contract for Supplier Social and Environmental Compliance" (2018),  with Murthy, N., and Yang, Z., Proceedings of the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM) Conference, University of Texas at Dallas -- Dallas, TX. 

Research Overview:

According to the United Nations Global Compact,  "global manufacturers are well into sustainability initiatives, and many have hit a major roadblock". Major manufacturers outsource a large share of their product components to lower tiers of the supply chain and hence have direct control only over a fraction of their tiers. An overwhelming majority (i.e., as much as 70%) of product sustainability comes from suppliers, who can lag significantly behind the curve. Manufacturers are interested in finding effective ways to push their sustainability efforts upstream using incentives, business leverage, training programs and audits to improve their suppliers' sustainability performance. A major conundrum for manufacturers today continues to be the challenge of balancing the economic benefits of outsourcing with the loss in their ability to control sustainability in their supply chain.

Hossein's research projects investigate important ways to alleviate this major supply chain sustainability conundrum by offering insights at both strategic (i.e., building buyer-supplier relationships) and tactical (i.e., incentivizing suppliers) levels to make suppliers more socially and environmentally responsible. Thus, the key research question in his research projects is "how buyers can engage suppliers to improve social and environmental performance of the supply chain". He is working on projects that consider several questions that together provide a comprehensive answer to his overarching research question. These research projects in the field of sustainability in supply chains are being undertaken as part of the research mission of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices.