Sourish Sarkar, Ph.D.

Sourish Sarkar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Project and Supply Chain Management
263 Burke

Mailing Address:
ERIE PA 16563

Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2012): Research and teaching interests include operations and supply chain management, project management, inventory theory, and lean manufacturing. He previously taught engineering economy and data management as graduate student instructor. During his Ph.D., he was recipients of NIOSH Fellowship and Dover Corporation Endowed Fellowship. Dr. Sarkar also has several years of industry experience with an Indian manufacturing company.


Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy My teaching philosophy encompasses several basic qualities: (a) diligent preparation, clarity in lectures, and orderliness in every aspect of the course; (b) appealing content and delivery method that stimulates the students to study the subject and gain in-depth knowledge; (c) rendering the subject matter valuable and relevant to the demand of the real world. I firmly believe that the ultimate objective of learning is to inspire critical thinking, which prepares the students to explore further beyond the scope of the course independently. A course should be interactively structured that enables two-way participations between the student and the instructor leading to exchange of ideas. I usually provide plenty of examples in the class for better understanding of the underlying principles. In teaching business courses, it is especially useful as even the most fundamental theories have real life manifestations to which the students can relate. In the classroom I try to expose students to the real life problems. I believe that I can instill the ability of critical thinking and the aspiration of life-long learning among my students, which would be the most rewarding endeavor for me.

Courses Taught

  • MGMT 410: Project Management
  • B ADM 502
  • MGMT 409


Service to Professional Organizations

  • Session Chair for Information in the Supply Chain ― INFORMS Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, 2011.

Service to Local Business Community

  • Project under Virginia Small Manufacturing Assistance Program: Virginia Church Furniture, Inc., Pulaski, VA, (August 2005 – May 2006).
  • Project with Climate Control, Inc., South Boston, VA, (May – June 2007).

Inventory Management, Behavioral Operations, Empirical Research in Operations Management

An Analysis of Stock Market Impact from Supply Chain Disruptions in Japan, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management - 2018
Collaborators: Jiangxia Liu, Co-Author; Sanjay Kumar, Co-Author; Zhenhu Jin, Secondary Author

Consumer safety complaints and organizational learning: evidence from the automotive industry, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management - 2018
Collaborator: Balaji Rajagopalan, Co-Author

Simulation modeling and ergonomic assessment of complex, multi-worker physical processes, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems - 2017
Collaborators: John Shewchuk, Co-Author; Maury Nussbaum, Co-Author; Sunwook Kim, Co-Author

The financial impact of retail store closure announcements, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistic Management - 2017
Collaborator: Jaideep Chowdhury

Advance Demand Information and Early Fulfillment in Inventory Management with Two Demand Classes, International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management - 2016
Collaborator: J Shewchuk, Secondary Author

Demonstrating the Effect of Supply Chain Disruptions through an Online Beer Distribution Game, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education - January 09, 2016
Collaborator: Sanjay Kumar, Secondary Author

A Behavioral Experiment on Inventory Management with Supply Chain Disruption, International Journal of Production Economics - 2015
Collaborator: Sanjay Kumar, Secondary Author

Use of Advance Demand Information in Multi-Stage Production-Inventory Systems with Multiple Demand Classes, International Journal of Production Research - January, 2013
Collaborator: John Shewchuk, Secondary Author

Ergonomic Design and Planning for Panelized Residential Construction - June, 2009
Collaborators: John Shewchuk, Primary Author; Chen Guo, Secondary Author

Ph D, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

MS, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

BE, Mechanical Engineering, Jadavpur University