Suvrat Dhanorkar

PhD Student
Supply Chain & Operations Department


  • PhD Business Administration 2015 (Expected)
    Supply Chain & Operations, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management

  • Master's in Business Administration 2010
    Management University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business

  • PG Diploma 2008
    Operations Management, SIBM, India

  • Bachelor's in Engineering 2006
    Electronics, University of Pune, India


  • Online Reuse Markets
  • Sustainable Supply Chains & Operations
  • Empirical Research Methods
  • Environmental Policy

I am a final year PhD Candidate (expected graduation in June 2015) in Supply Chain & Operations at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. My research largely falls into two domains.
Leveraging Internet Technologies for Coordinating Surplus Chains: 
Surplus is ubiquitous! Evidence suggests that holiday spending largely represents a “deadweight loss”, resulting in surplus items that people own, but rarely find any use of. Similarly, our homes and apartments have an abundance of items with hidden value; value that we rarely recognize, but someone else just might. Industrial facilities too abound with surplus consisting of unused materials, by-products and waste. My research takes the approach that – although consumerism could be here to stay, surplus need not be! While my dissertation papers primarily examine internet-based B2B online markets for exchanging industrial surplus, I am also very interested in other B2C (e.g. LikeTwice), P2P (e.g. GetAround) and Internet Classifieds (e.g. Craigslist)channels for coordinating domestic surplus, resources and capacity.
Effect of External Influences on Operations & Environmental Practices: 
Today, the operations and production functions are no more confined to the walls of the “factory” and “companies are susceptible to interconnected cascades of risks.”  Rapidly changing environments and globalization of supply chains have given rise to an entirely new set of competitive threats, customer expectations and regulatory demands. In this backdrop, it has become increasingly important to understand the impact of various external influences on implementation of operations and environmental practices. My research attempts to understand not only the renewals and benefits but also the delays and disruptions caused by external influences on the implementation of operational practices. 

Selected Works

  • Repurposing Materials & Waste Through Online Exchanges: Overcoming the Last Hurdle. With Donohue K., Linderman K. Forthcoming at the Production and Operations Management (POM) Journal (Special Issue on 'Socially Responsible Operations').
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  • Promoting Change from the Outside: Externally Managing Improvement Projects. With Siemsen E., Linderman K. Being prepared for 2nd Round Review at Management Science
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  • Deciding When to Implement Compatible Management Standards? The Early Mover Dis(Advantage)? With Su HC., Linderman K. Being Prepared for 3rd Round Review at the Journal of Operations Management
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  • What Drives Environmental Transparency and When Does it Get Rewarded? The Role of History, Status, Industry and Economy. With Devaraj S. Under Review at Production and Operations Management Journal.
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  • The Role of Online Intermediaries in Coordinating Industrial Surplus Chains: Operational Policy Change and Adverse Outcomes. With Donohue K. and Linderman K. Working Paper. Under Review at Management Science
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