Gökçe Esenduran

Dr. Gökçe Esenduran is an assistant professor of operations management. She joined the Fisher faculty in 2010 after receiving her PhD in operations, technology and innovation management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also taught operations management. Her research investigates the profitability and efficiency of green operations driven by environmental regulations or market competition. Her research also has implications for policy makers about the design of efficient environmental regulations. Her work has been accepted for publication in Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Business Horizons.

Dr. Esenduran teaches an MBA elective called "Sustainable Operations" which she created in 2013 and a PhD Seminar on sustainable operations. She also teaches Introduction to Operations Management in the undergraduate program. She has given invited presentations in five different countries and serves as an ad-hoc referee for Management Sciences, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, and Naval Research Logistics.

Dr. Esenduran has served as the chair of Sustainable Operations track in 2011 INFORMS Midwestern, marketing and operations management interface track in 2014 POMS, and as co-chair of 2014 DSI Doctoral Dissertation Competition.

Areas of Expertise

  • Sustainable operations management
  • Environmental regulations
  • Extended producer responsibility
  • Closed-loop supply chain management
  • Operations marketing interface
  • Distribution channels


  • PhD in Operations, Technology and Innovation Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MS in Industrial Engineering, Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • BS in Industrial Engineering, Bogazici University


  • Co-winner, Decision Sciences Institute Elwood S. Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2011
  • Kenan-Flagler Business School Outstanding Graduating Student Award, 2010
  • UNC Graduate School “Dissertation Completion Fellowship”, 2009-2010
  • INFORMS Future Academician Colloquium San Diego California, 2009
  • UNC Center for Faculty Excellence “Future Faculty Fellowship”, 2008
  • Kenan-Flagler Business School “M. Wayne Delozier Fellowship”, 2008


3230 - Introduction to Operations Management: Improving Competitiveness in Organizations

Effective operations and supply chain management contributes to the competitiveness and survival of an organization.  This course helps students to understand how concepts, principles, and techniques from operations and supply chain management can be leveraged to analyze, control, and improve critical processes responsible for efficiently making and delivering goods and services to the right customer, at the right cost, in the right quantity, with the right quality, and at the right place and right time (i.e., RIGHT6).  These critical processes reside in manufacturing, as well as service, organizations; these critical processes are evident in for-profit, as well as non-profit, organizations.  Students are introduced to key operational and supply chain challenges having strategic and tactical implications, as well as various conceptual aids and quantitative techniques to cope with these challenges.  While quantitative techniques are discussed, the focus is on using these techniques to help make informed decisions to overcome operational and supply chain challenges.

7253 - Sustainable Operations

Examines various ways for the businesses to adopt eco-efficiency and eco-effectiveness principles into their operations (e.g. waste reduction, design for recovery) and the factors that promote these efforts (e.g. environmental laws, product returns).

Published Articles

  • Esenduran, G. and E. Kemahlioglu-Ziya, 2015, "A Comparison of Product Take-Back Compliance Schemes", Production and Operations Management, Vol. 24(1), pp 71-88.
  • Buxel, H., G. Esenduran and S. Griffin, 2014, "Strategic Sustainability: Creating Business Value with Life Cycle Analysis", Business Horizons, Vol. 58, pp 109-122. 
  • Griffin S., H. Buxel, and G. Esenduran "Surprising Insights from Environmental Screenings," in "Big Idea: Sustainability, Opinion & Analysis," MIT Sloan Management Review, (October 2013) 
  • Gray, J.V., K. Skowronski, G. Esenduran, and M.J. Rungtusanatham, "The Reshoring Phenomenon: What Supply Chain Academics Ought to Know and Should Do," Journal of Supply Chain Management 49, no. 2 (2012): 27-33.
  • Bilge, U., G. Esenduran, N. Varol, Z. Ozturk, B. Aydin, and A. Alp, "Multi-Attribute Responsive Dispatching Strategies for Automated Guided Vehicles", International Journal of Production Economics 100 (2006): 65-75.
  • N. Aras, G. Esenduran, and I.K. Altinel, "Product Line Selection and Pricing with Remanufacturing Under Availability Constraints," Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing  IV 5583 (2004): 244-256.


  • Esenduran, G., E. Kemahlioňėglu-Ziya, and J. M. Swaminathan, 2011, "Product Take-Back Legislation and its Impact on Recycling and Remanufacturing Industries," in Sustainable Supply Chains: Models, Methods and Public Policy Implications, R. Ganeshan, V. Jayaraman, Springer, eds. (2011).

 In Press

  • Esenduran, G., N. G. Hall, and Z. Liu, 2015, "Compliance with Environmental Regulation in Project- Based Industries", Naval Research Logistics, accepted
  • Esenduran, G., E. Kemahlioglu-Ziya, and J. M. Swaminathan, 2014, "Take-Back Legislation: Conse- quences for Remanufacturing and Environment", Decision Sciences, accepted. 


  • Esenduran, G., E. Kemahlioglu-Ziya and J. M. Swaminathan, 2014, "Impact of Take-Back Regulation on Remanufacturing", under revision.
  • Gray, J.V., G. Esenduran, M.J. Rungtusanatham and K. Skowronski, 2014, "Why in the World Did They Reshore? Examining Small-to-Medium Sized Manufacturer Decisions", under review.
  • Esenduran, G., M.J. Rungtusanatham, and M.A. Schwieterman, 2014, "The Sustainability Agenda: How Can OM/SCM Scholars and Researchers Contribute?" under revision.
  • Esenduran, G., A. Atasu, and Luk N. Van Wassenhove, 2014, "Valuable E-Waste: Implications for Extended Producer Responsibility" under review.
  • Esenduran, G., L. X. Lu, and J. M. Swaminathan, 2014, "Managing Dual Distribution Channels", under revision.
  • Esenduran, G., A. Atasu “The Effect of EPR on the Markets for Waste”, to appear in Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains, Ed. A. Atasu, Springer. 


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