Juran Research Center Staff

Juran Center Staff

Kingshuk Sinha, Director,
Joseph M. Juran Center for Research in Supply Chain, Operations, and Quality

Kingshuk K. Sinha is a Professor and Chair of the Supply Chain and Operations Department, and is the holder of the Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Sustainable Supply Chain. He also serves as a Graduate Faculty in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Prior to pursuing his graduate education, he worked for the offshore oil and gas production and engineering planning groups of Dubai Petroleum Company (operated by Conoco Inc.) in United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Sinha’s areas of research interests and expertise include Technology and Innovation Management, Health Care Supply Chain Management, Global Supply Chain Management, Responsible Supply Chain Management and Big Data Analytics. His inquiries are predominantly empirical, motivated by contemporary and consequential real-world business and societal problems, and conducted, typically, in partnership with firms and not-for-profit organizations. His research often has a sectoral focus, and the empirical settings of his projects have included the medical/health care, high tech, food/agribusiness, retail, and energy/oil gas sectors.

Dr. Sinha’s program of research is comprised of projects that are addressing questions related to: (i) work-design and working conditions in distributed operational settings of global supply chains spanning developed and developing countries; (ii) managing supply chain risks with the rapid growth in adverse events and recalls related to medical devices and drugs; (iii) reducing the disparities in physical and mental health care delivery in underserved communities; (iv) evaluating the implications of scientific and technology advancements (e.g., surgical robots, precision medicine, telemedicine and mobile apps) for managing health care supply chains with a focus on improving affordability, access and awareness; and (v) the design and sustenance of pandemic (COVID-19) care supply chain and the impact of a pandemic (COVID-19) on the mental and physical health care supply chains.

Dr. Sinha has published papers in top-tier academic journals such as Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, Information Systems Research, Decision Sciences, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science and Journal of Accounting Research. He has designed and taught courses in the undergraduate, MBA/MS, and Ph.D. programs. The topics of his recent graduate elective courses are: “Big Data Analytics in Supply Chains” and “Supply Chain Management in the Health Care and Medical Device Sector.” Over the years, he has served as the dissertation advisor of a cadre of doctoral students who now serve as faculty across universities in the U.S.

Dr. Sinha serves as the Director of the Joseph M. Juran Center for Research in Supply Chain, Operations, and Quality. He led the efforts that resulted in the creation of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) at the University of Minnesota to advance management research and leadership education for the medical/health care sector. Dr. Sinha served as the Founding Academic Director of MILI. His recent editorial responsibilities included serving as Founding Department Editor (Management of Technology) for the Journal of Operations Management. Currently, he serves as a Senior Editor (Industry Studies and Public Policy) for the Production and Operations Management journal.

Dr. Sinha is the recipient of a number of scholarly recognitions. Among the recent recognitions include being the recipient of the 2016 University of Minnesota Grand Challenge Grant and is serving as the Co-Principal Investigator of the inter-collegiate, university system-wide initiative, Minnesota Precision Medicine Collaborative, aimed at transforming health and advancing health equity across the State of Minnesota through precision medicine. In 2017, he was recognized as the “MS in Supply Chain Management Teacher of the Year.” In 2019, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Journal of Operations Management.