Sanjith Gopalakrishnan

Assistant Professor, Operations Management; Associate, Analytics, AI and Advanced Digital Technologies Initiative
Sanjith Gopalakrishnan
Contact Information
Email address: 
sanjith.gopalakrishnan [at]
Alternate email address: 
gina.ceolin [at]

1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5


Ph.D. (2020), University of British Columbia

B.S., M.S. (2014), Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Operations Management

I am an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, since 2020. I obtained my PhD in Operations Management from the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. Previously, I completed my B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. 

One of my main research interests is in environmental supply chain management. Specifically, I am interested in the problem of supply chain (or Scope 3) emissions, and my research is motivated by domestic and global climate policies and their impact on business operations. Conversely, this also can aid in the better design of policies and regulations to achieve carbon reduction objectives while minimizing unintended consequences. Theoretically, I am also interested in the interplay of information, incentives, and fairness in multi-agent environments such as supply chain networks. 

I have handled data projects for several Canadian organizations such as Best Buy Canada, Lululemon, Procurify, and Lighthouse Labs. In other engagements, my interests in sustainable urban planning have led me to serve on the Transportation  Advisory Committee to the City of Vancouver and on the board of Green Teams of Canada.

Tenured & Tenure Track
Research areas: 
Supply Chain Management
Sustainable and Socially Responsible Operations
Sustainable Value Chains
Selected publications: 
  1. Incentives and Emission Responsibility Allocation in Supply Chains. Sanjith Gopalakrishnan, Daniel Granot, Frieda Granot, Greys Sošić, and Hailong Cui. Management Science, Volume 67, Issue 7, July 2021. 
  2. Consistent Allocation of Emission Responsibility in Fossil Fuel Supply Chains. Sanjith Gopalakrishnan, Daniel Granot, and Frieda Granot. Management Science, Volume 67, Issue 12, December 2021.
  3. The Dark Side of Technological Modularity: Opportunistic Information Hiding During IOS Adoption in Networks. Sanjith Gopalakrishnan, Moksh Matta, and Hasan Cavusoglu. Information Systems Research, Volume 33, Issue 3, September 2022.
  4. Comment: The Why and How of Assigning Responsibility for Supply Chain Emissions. Sanjith Gopalakrishnan. Nature Climate Change, Volume 12, Issue 12, November 2022.
  5. Go Wide or Go Deep? Assortment Strategy and Order Fulfillment Performance in Online Retail. Sanjith Gopalakrishnan, Moksh Matta, Mona Imanpoor Yourdshahy, and Vivek Choudhary. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Volume 25, Issue 3, May 2023.
  6. Cooperative Security Against Interdependent Risks. Sanjith Gopalakrishnan and Sriram Sankaranarayanan. Accepted at Production and Operations Management.

Working Papers:

  1. A Model of International Trade in Carbon Mitigation Outcomes: Analyzing the Impact of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Joint work with Harish Krishnan and Manish Tripathy. 
  2. Bike-Sharing Systems: Economic and Environmental Implications of Operational Strategies. Joint work with Daniel Granot and Frieda Granot.
  3. Robust Measurement of Prospect Theory Preferences. Joint work with Dale Griffin, Mahesh Nagarajan and Andrew Shields.
  4. Cooperative Adoption of Supply Chain Traceability. Joint work with Sriram Sankaranarayanan and Devpriyo Ray.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Sustainability Education Faculty Fellow (2022), McGill University

SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Adoption of Traceability Technologies in Supply Chains (2023-2024), Principal Investigator: $43,730.

MITACS Accelerate, Community First Perpetual Fund: Designing Alternative Funding and Aid Distribution Model for Effective Humanitarian Health Crisis Response (2023 – 2024), Principal Supervisor: $15,000.

NSERC Discovery Grant, Analytical and Data-Driven Models for Bike-Sharing Systems (2023 – 2028), Principal Investigator: $160,000.

Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture (FRQSC) Research Support for New Academics Grant, Bike-Sharing Systems: Economic and Environmental Implications of Operational Strategies (2023 – 2026), Principal Investigator: $57,150.

NSERC Discovery Early Career Researcher Launch Supplement (2023 – 2024), Principal Investigator: $12,500.

SSHRC Connection Grant, Analytics, AI, and Advanced Digital Technologies Initiative Inaugural Speaker Series (2023 – 2024), Co-applicant: $24,787.

MITACS Accelerate, Using Theoretical Foundations to Design and Implement Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcomes To Offset Domestic Emissions in Canada’s LNG Industry (2022 – 2023), Co-supervisor: $60,000.

Internal Desautels Writing Support Grant, Transition Risks During Adoption of Blockchain-Based Supply Chain Platforms (2022): $1,500.

Internal Social Sciences and Humanities Development Grant, Bike-Sharing Systems: Economic and Environmental Implications of Operational Strategies (2021): $5,000.

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