UCL School of Management

Bilal Gokpinar

Associate Professor

Biography

Bilal Gokpinar is an Associate Professor of Operations and Technology at the UCL School of Management. He is also the Group Lead for the Operations & Technology and Marketing & Analytics subject groups.

Bilal’s main research interests are in innovation management, product development and operations management. Specifically, he is interested in the design, management and improvement of work processes and operational decision making in technology intensive and knowledge driven organisational settings. His recent work has examined operational challenges and opportunities in a wide range of such contexts including fluid healthcare teams, crowdfunding, mobile app development, ride-hailing platforms, among others. 

Bilal received his PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University, USA. He obtained his BSc in Industrial Engineering (with minors in Economics and Mathematics) from Purdue University with distinction. He has taught in the MSc and MBA programmes at various institutions including the London School of Economics (LSE), HEC Paris and Peking University, and his industry experience includes working with General Motors R&D and Strategic Planning. 


Research

Bilal’s research has been published in leading management journals such as Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Production and Operations Management. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Operations Management (technology management department). Bilal has also served as a co-investigator on a major research grant  from UK’s Technology Strategy Board (total value £1.2 million) to develop decision support tools for emerging cell therapy projects. 

Bilal is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) and Academy of Management (AOM), and a recipient of the INFORMS Judith Liebman Award in 2007.

Research projects

Coordination in complex product development

How product architecture, organizational communication, and globalization influence product development performance.

Entrepreneurial operations management

Develop stylized insights/practical frameworks to aid operations of high-growth entrepreneurial firms.

Managing the product innovation and sales process

The role of customers and competitors in optimizing product innovation and sales efforts.
Selected publications
Cornelius, P. B., & Gokpinar, B. (2019). The Role of Customer Investor Involvement in Crowdfunding Success. Management Science.
Huang, Y., Gokpinar, B., Tang, C., & Yoo, O. S. (2018). Selling Innovative Products in the Presence of Externalities. Production and Operations Management. doi:10.1111/poms.12864 [link]
Avgerinos, E., & Gokpinar, B. (2018). Task Variety in Professional Service Work: When It Helps and When It Hurts. Production and Operations Management. doi:10.1111/poms.12874 [link]
Huang, Y., Yoo, O. S., & Gokpinar, B. (2017). Time Allocation in Entrepreneurial Selling: Impact of Consumer Peer Learning and Incumbent Reaction. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. doi:10.1109/TEM.2017.2733227 [link]
Selcuk, C., & Gokpinar, B. (2017). Fixed vs. Flexible Pricing in a Competitive Market. Management Science, in press..
Avgerinos, E., & Gokpinar, B. (2017). Team Familiarity and Productivity in Cardiac Surgery Operations: The Effect of Dispersion, Bottlenecks, and Task Complexity. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 19 (1), 19-35. doi:10.1287/msom.2016.0597 [link]
Gokpinar, B., Hopp, W. J., & Iravani, S. M. R. (2013). In-House Globalization: The Role of Globally Distributed Design and Product Architecture on Product Development Performance. Production and Operations Management, 22 (6), 1509-1523. doi:10.1111/poms.12079 [link]
Gokpinar, B., Hopp, W. J., & Iravani, S. M. R. (2010). The Impact of Misalignment of Organization Structure and Product Architecture on Quality in Complex Product Development. Management Science, 56 (3), 464-484.

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