Seyoum Eshetu Birkie

Seyoum Eshetu Birkie




POLIMI - Milan


KTH - Stockholm



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Seyoum Eshetu Birkie is an alumnus of the EDIM program with POLIMI as home and KTH as host during his studies. He has defended his PhD thesis entitled “Be lean to be resilient: Setting capabilities for turbulent times” by December 2015.

Seyoum is currently working as an assistant professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Sustainable Production Development where he does research and is involved in teaching and education development. His current research engagements include: sustainable-lean production systems, global production footprint and sustainability, as well as business models and sustainability.


Journal publications and book chapters

Korhonen, J., Nuur, C., Feldmann, A., and Birkie, S.E., (2018). “Circular Economy as an essentially contested concept”, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 175, pp. 544-552.

Gebreslassie, M.G., Gebreyesus, H.B., Gebretsadik, M.T., Bahta, S.T. and Birkie, S.E. (2019). “Characterization of municipal solid waste’s potential for power generation at Mekelle City as a waste minimisation strategy”, International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, DOI: 10.1080/19397038.2019.1645757

Birkie, S. E. (2018). “Exploring business model innovation for sustainable production: Lessons from Swedish manufacturers”, Procedia Manufacturing, Vol. 25, pp. 247–254.

Birkie, S. E., Trucco, P., & Campos, P.F. (2017). “Effectiveness of resilience capabilities in mitigating disruptions: leveraging on supply chain structural complexity”, Supply Chain Management - An International Journal, Vol. 22, No. 6, pp.506-521.

Birkie, S. E., Trucco, P., & Kaulio, M. (2017). “Sustaining performance improvement under operational turbulence: The role of lean in engineer-to-order operations”, International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol. 8, No. 4 pp.457-481.

Birkie, S. E., & Trucco, P. (2016). “Understanding dynamism and complexity factors in engineer-to-order and their influence on lean implementation strategy”, Production Planning & Control, Vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 345 - 359.

Dabhilkar, M., Birkie, S.E., & Kaulio, M. (2016). “Supply-side resilience capabilities as practice bundles: A critical incident study”, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 36, No. 8, pp.948 - 970.

Birkie, S. E. (2016). “Operational resilience and lean: In search of synergies and trade-offs”, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 185-207.

Trucco, P., Petrenj, B., Birkie, S. E. (2018). “Assessing supply chain vulnerabilities upon critical infrastructure disruptions: a multilevel modelling approach”, in Yacob Khojasteh (ed.), Supply Chain Risk Management: Advanced Tools, Models, and Developments.

Recent conference papers

Birkie, S. E., (2019, June). “Towards resilient and sustainable production systems: a resource orchestration perspective”, 26th EurOMA conference, Helsinki, Finland.
Linderson, S., Birkie, S. E., Bellgran, M. (2019, June), “Success factors for rapid roll-out of a lean method change: a pharmaceutical manufacturing case study ”, 26th EurOMA conference, Helsinki, Finland.

Birkie, S.E., Bellgran, M. & Feldmann, A. (2019, March). “Managing manufacturing footprint decisions for better sustainability”, 6th EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply chains Forum, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Birkie, S.E., Kurdve, M., Bellgran, M., & Korhonen, J. (2018, Sept). ”Implementation Challenges Affecting the Environmental Improvement Performance in Pharmaceutical Production”. In: Moon I., Lee G., Park J., Kiritsis D., von Cieminski G. (eds), Advances in Production Management Systems. Production Management for Data-Driven, Intelligent, Collaborative, and Sustainable Manufacturing. APMS 2018. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 535. Springer, Cham. (paper selected and invited for submission to a journal special issue)

Negri, A., Birkie S.E., Trucco, P. (2018, June). “The influence of structural and dynamic complexity factors on supply chain resilience: a qualitative study”, 25th EurOMA Conference, Budapest, Hungary.

Birkie, S. E., (2018, 16-18 May). “Exploring business model innovation for sustainable production: lessons from Swedish manufacturers”, 8th Swedish Production Symposium, SPS 2018, Stockholm, Sweden.

Current research:

Operations and supply chain management, risk and resilience

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