Sriram Narayanan is the Kesseler Family Endowed Faculty Fellow of Supply Chain Management at the Broad College of Business, Michigan State University (MSU) in the Supply Chain Management Department. He earned his doctoral degree in Operations, Technology, and Innovation Management at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Sriram's primary research interests are in innovation, organizational productivity, sustainability, and inclusion in supply chains. In his research he attempts to blend practice and theories, and many of his academic papers are directly drawn from industry environments. His research is cross disciplinary. He has published more than 30 articles, majority of which are in top-tier journals including Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations, Production and Operations Management Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Retailing, Decision Sciences Journal, Journal of Academy of Marketing Science, among others. He is a regular contributor to the Supply Chain Management Review, a leading Supply Chain Management Practice outlet and has contributed to the Institute. In recent times, much of his research has focused on community engagement and inclusion and better understanding how supply chain ideas can be applied to facilitate inclusion.
He has won multiple awards for teaching, research, community engagement, and service including the John D. and Dorotha, J. Withrow Endowed Emerging Research Scholar Award; Community-Engaged Partnership Award at Michigan State University, the Lilly Fellowship (MSU) - a select university wide fellowship, Broad Integrative Fellowship (MSU), and the distinguished service award by the India Chapter of the Decision Sciences Institute for his contributions to the society. He holds editorial positions in several top-tier supply chain management journals. He is currently an Associate Editor in Management Science, Senior Editor in Production and Operations Management Journal in the Industry Studies and Public Policy and Supply Chain Management departments, Associate Editor in Decision Sciences Journal, and a co-Department Editor in Journal of Operations Management. He is also on the editorial review boards of IEEE Transactions of Engineering Management and Journal of Business Logistics, and recently co-edited a special issue in the Journal of Operations Management in Innovation in Supply Networks. He has won outstanding reviewer awards from Journal of Operations Management and Decision Sciences Journal, and outstanding senior editor award from the Production and Operations Management Journal. His research has been featured or cited in Strategy & Business, NPR Marketplace, and other leading popular press articles.
He has served in several leadership roles in professional community of Supply Chain Management. More specifically he has served on the board of the Decision Sciences Institute as a Vice President of Professional Development and is currently serving as an elected Vice President of Publications for the Production and Operations Management Society. He has served as a co-program chair for the Production and Operations Management Society Annual conference, served as research chair for the Decision Sciences Annual Conference in November 2020, and is serving as the General Chair of the Decision Sciences Conference in 2021. He has served as a track chair across numerous international conferences.
He has taught project management, agile product development, technology and innovation management, and service supply chains, with a focus on solution development and scaling in digital environments. In addition, he has also taught several doctoral seminars within the Broad College.
Prior to doctoral studies Sriram worked in the industry in procurement and project leadership roles. Specifically, he worked as a procurement executive in Maruti Suzuki and as a project leader for HCL Technologies Limited, primarily working with Cisco Systems. He holds a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering and an MBA from the University of Delhi.