Partha Priya Datta

Partha Priya Datta


Academic Group: Operations Management


Phone No.: +91-33-24678301-06 x2035
Email ID.: ppdatta


Personal Details:

I am a Professor of Operations Management at IIM Calcutta. My research centres on performance, strategy and policy issues in manufacturing, operations and supply networks, focusing on SMEs, start-ups as well as larger firms undergoing significant transition driven by the environment. I am particularly interested in studying the interdependencies that occur across multiple decisions at different levels of manufacturing/service operations and the implications of these interactions for innovation and long-run performance. My work examines sectors such as FMCG, healthcare, advanced technology, defence and aerospace industry, and combines empirical studies with agent-based simulations. I was engaged by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India, as consultant for conducting a study to frame the Aerospace Manufacturing Policy of India. I am in the advisory panel for framing defence aerospace quality policy of Government of India. Prior to beginning my academic career I was an engineer in India’s leading organisations, where I worked with the project teams to develop new integrated heat treatment and machine shop for Caterpillar excavator undercarriages in Navi Mumbai, develop central workshop unit for eastern India’s largest petrochemicals plant and expand zinc rolling facility for India’s largest battery manufacturer. I hold a PhD from the UK’s Cranfield School of Management, an MBA from UK’s Lancaster University Management School, and B.Tech (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. I won the prestigious James Cooper Memorial Cup in 2007 from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, UK for best PhD thesis in logistics and supply chain management. I am a British Chevening Rolls Royce Research, Science, and Innovation Leadership Fellow.


Academic Background:

PhD in Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK.
MBA, Lancaster University , Lancaster, UK
B.Tech (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

Courses Taught:

a) Production & Operations Management b) Operations Strategy c) Manufacturing Strategy d) Managing World Class Operations e) Strategic Operations Management


• Chevening Rolls-Royce Scholarship for Science and Innovation Leadership Programme, Said Business School, Oxford University • Best Reviewer award for Operations Management Division from the Academy of Management Conference • Received the James Cooper Memorial Cup for best PhD thesis in supply chain management from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), UK • Received the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) PhD fellowship • Received award from Chief Minister of West Bengal for securing 4th position in state of West Bengal in the Higher Secondary Examination • Received National Scholarship for securing 32nd position in state of West Bengal in Madhyamik Pariksha

Consulting Interests:

Supply Chain Design, Lean Manufacturing, Operations Process Analysis and Excellence, Supply Chain analysis, modelling and simulation

Past Projects:

Consulting Project for Ministry of Defence, Government of India - "Framing the Aerospace Manufacturing Policy for India", 2019-2020


Work Experience:

Professor,Associate, Assistant Professor, Operations Management Group, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, 2009-present
Research Fellow, Cranfield School of Applied Science and Cranfield School of Management, 2007-2009
Engineer – Mechanical, Haldia Petrochemicals Limited, India
Development Engineer, Eveready Industries India Ltd, India
Graduate Engineer Trainee, Larsen and Toubro Limited, India


Journal Publications:

  • Datta, P.P., 2020, Hidden costs in different stages of advanced services–A multi-actor perspective of performance based contracts, Journal of Business Research (Forthcoming) 
  • Erkoyuncu, J.A., Roy, R., Shehab, E., Durugbo, C., Khan, S. and Datta, PP., 2019, An effective uncertainty based framework for sustainable industrial product-service system transformation, Journal of Cleaner Production, 208, 160-177. 
  • Datta, P.P., 2018, Supply network resilience: A systematic literature review and future research, International Journal of Logistics Management, 28, 4, 1387-1424. 
  • Datta, P.P., 2018, Decision framework for selecting last mile delivery performance in Indian e-commerce companies, International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences, 10, 1, 77-93. 
  • Datta, P.P., 2018, Developing competencies to lead innovation in Indian manufacturing: an education model, International Journal of Innovation Science, 10, 4, 475-494. 
  • Datta, P.P., 2017, Enhancing competitive advantage by constructing supply chains to achieve superior performance, Production Planning & Control, 28, 1, 57-74. 
  • Mitra S. and Datta, P.P., 2014, Adoption of green supply chain management practices and their impact on performance: an exploratory study of Indian manufacturing firms, International Journal of Production Research, 52, 7, 2085-2107. 
  • Datta, P.P., Srivastava, A. and Roy, R, 2013, Aircraft maintainer resource utilization under availability contract: A simulation study, Computers in Industry, 64, 5, 543-555. 
  • Datta, P.P. and Roy, R., 2013, Incentive issues in performance-based outsourcing contracts in UK defence industry: A simulation study, Production Planning & Control 24, 4-5, 359-374. 
  • Datta, P.P. and Roy, R., 2011, Operations strategy for the effective delivery of integrated industrial product-service offerings: Two exploratory defence industry case studies, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 31, 5, 579-603. 
  • Datta, P.P. and Roy, R., 2010, Cost modelling techniques for availability type service support contracts: A literature review and empirical study, CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology, 3, 142 – 157. 
  • Datta,P.P. & Christopher, M.G., 2010.Information Sharing and Coordination Mechanisms for Managing Uncertainty in Supply Chains: A Simulation Study. International Journal of Production Research, 49, 3, 765 – 803. 
  • Datta, P.P., Christopher, M.G. & Allen, P.M. 2007 Agent Based modelling of complex production/distribution system to improve resilience, International Journal of Logistics: Research & Applications, 10, 3, 1-17. 
  • Allen, P.M., Datta, P.P. & Christopher, M.G. 2006. Improving the resilience and performance of organisations using multi-agent modelling of complex production/distribution systems, Risk Management, 8, 294-309.


  • "Uncertainty analysis in performance based service contracts: A simulation study" presented at The OR Society OR59 Annual Conference, Loughborough, UK, 12-14 September 2017 
  • "An Innovative Executive Education Model for Indian Manufacturing" presented at the ISPIM Innovation Forum, Boston, USA, 13th – 16th March 2016 
  • "Decision parameters affecting last mile delivery performance in Indian e-commerce companies” presented at the 27th EURO Conference, Glasgow, UK, 12th – 15th July 2015 
  • "Simulation based study for robust supply network design" presented at the IFORS Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 13th – 18th July 2014 
  • "Police Control Room Emergency Response Behaviour Analysis" presented at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 14th – 17th October, 2012 
  • "A simulation study on maintainer resource utilization in availability contract" presented at the International Annual Conference of the German OR Society, Hannover, Germany, 4th – 7th September, 2012 
  • "Analysis and Evidence of Bullwhip effect in Police control room emergency response services" presented at the 15th Society of Operations Management in India Conference at IIM Calcutta, India, 16th – 18th December, 2011 
  • "Incentive Design in Industrial Product-Service Systems: A Simulation Study" presented at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, USA, 7th - 10th November 2010. 
  • “Cost Modelling Techniques for Availability Type Service Support Contracts: a Literature Review and Empirical Study” presented at the CIRP IPS2 conference, Cranfield, Bedford, UK, 1st – 3rd April 2009 
  • “An agent based model to study the effectiveness of resilience enablers in a supply chain” accepted at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, USA, 8th – 13th August, 2008 
  • “Improving supply chain resilience through intelligent rule based agents” presented at the Cross campus research methodology conference held in Cranfield University, 27th – 28th February, 2007 
  • “Agent-based modeling for improving the resilience of a complex production, distribution system” presented at the ‘Logistics Research Network’ conference, Newcastle, 6th – 8th September, 2006 
  • “An Agent-based computational framework for a complex multi-product production-distribution system management under uncertain demand” presented at the ‘WORKSHOP ON COMPLEXITY AND MANAGEMENT’, Oxford, 19th June – 20th June, 2006 
  • “Supply chain resilience – Analysis of a hypothetical distribution network” presented at the POMS, Chicago conference, 29th April – 2nd May, 2005 
  • "Supply chain modelling using complex systems" presented at the 14th EDAMBA Research Summer School at Soreze, France, 29th July – 3rd August 2004 
  • "Systematic review of literature on complex systems modelling of supply networks" presented at the British Academy of Management Conference, St Andrews, Scotland, 31st August – 1st September, 2004 
    Participated as a facilitator in a nationwide Supply Chain Resilience Seminar held at Cranfield University, 5th February, 2004

Research Interests:

  • Uncertainty management in operations 
  • Operations Strategy 
  • Supply Chain Resilience 
  • Supply Chain Performance 
  • Lean Manufacturing 
  • Product Service Systems 
  • Intelligent Logistics & transportation 
  • Agent based modelling 
  • Adaptive supply networks 
  • Supply chain design

Books/Book Chapters:

  • Datta, P.P. and Mitra, S., 2017, Sustainable supply chain management: An empirical study of a global automaker’s Indian Operations, In Sarkar, R., & Shaw, A. (Eds.), Essays on sustainability and management: Emerging perspectives, Springer, Germany (forthcoming). 
  • Erkoyuncu, J., Roy, R., Datta, P.P., Wardle, P. & Murphy, F., 2011, Service Uncertainty & Cost for Product Service Systems (PSS), In Ng, I., Parry, G., Wild, P., Tasker, P. & McFarlane, D. (Eds.), Complex Engineering Service Systems: Concepts & Research, Springer, Germany. 
  • Datta, P.P., 2008, Agent-based simulation for improving resilience of supply chains – A guide to manage uncertainty in supply chains, VDM: Berlin