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Management Engineering
BS Civil Engineering SUNY at Buffalo
MBA Management SUNY at Buffalo
PhD Management Sciences SUNY at Buffalo

Joseph Sarkis is a Professor of Management within Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Business School. He previously served as a faculty member at Clark University and the University of Texas at Arlington. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of environmental sustainability, operations and supply chain management. He is the author or co-author of over 600 publications. His research is widely cited and earned the designation of highly cited researcher for eight years from 2016-2023 from Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics (Web-of-Science). He has also been noted as the most productive researcher in the field of supply chain management from the years 1995-2015. He is the form Editor-in-Chief of IEEE's Engineering Management Review and Associate Editor of Sustainable Supply Chains for Resources, Conservation and Recycling along with serving on the editorial board of a number of leading scholarly journals in Sustainability, Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, and Technology Management. He is also Co-Editor of the Greening of Industry Networks Studies Springer-Nature Book Series. He has served as a visiting scholar in universities throughout the world.  He is an international program coordinator for the Greening of Industry Networks; along with being a Co-Chair of the Circular Economy Working Group  of the Future Earth Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production Knowledge Action Network (KAN). He has served as a visiting International Scholar for a number of years at Hanken School of Economics' HUMLOG Institute. He is also the current holder of the Chaire d'excellence TEC-LOGd (Transport, Technology, Circular Economy and Sustainable Supply Chains) at the Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France - UPHF.  His most recent major book project is a two-volume major reference work on supply chain management published by Palgrave-MacMillan


Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

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SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 13: Climate Action - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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Professional Highlights & Honors
Greening of Industry Network, International Coordination Team, 2008 - present,

IEEE Engineering Management Review, Editor-in-Chief, 2017 - present,

Greening of Industry Networks Studies, Springer Book Series Editor, 2012 - present,

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Departmental Editor (Models and Methodologies; Sustainability), 2006 - 2018,,

Highly Cited Researcher, Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics), 2016 - 2022,

Industrial Ecology Fellow, AT&T, 2008,

Associate Editor - Resources, Conservation, and Recycling (Sustainable Supply Chains and Circular Economy) - 2017-Present,

Sea-Sky Scholar, Dalian University of Technology, 2014,

Management Research Review, Editor-in-Chief, 2006-2016,


Supply Chain Management Review
Project-Based Learning Moves the Classroom Into the Real World

Project-based learning is a hallmark of education at WPI. The approach is creating valuable experiences for students in many fields. One example is WPI’s master’s in Operations & Supply Chain Analytics program. In this article in Supply Chain Management Review, Joseph Sarkis, professor of management in The Business School, explains how students in the program apply theory and practice. 

From Institutions to AI: The Blockchain Trends Emerging for 2024

Some of our experts on blockchain offer a glimpse at the future in this Techopedia article. The Business School professors Sara Saberi and Joseph Sarkis explain how they see the decentralized database technology having new applications in supply chain management.