Seyoum Eshetu Birkie

Seyoum Eshetu Birkie




POLIMI - Milan


KTH - Stockholm



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(Till Sept 30, 2013)

Lindstedsvägen 30 - SE - 10044 - Stockholm
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Seyoum Eshetu Birkie is a PhD candidate in the department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering (DIG) at POLIMI, Italy and department of Industrial Economics and Management (INDEK) at KTH, Sweden in the European doctorate in Industrial Management programme (EDIM). His research interests include operations management, supply chain management and operational risk management.
Seyoum holds an Erasmus Mundus joint master's degree in Industrial Management (2009) from KTH, (Sweden), POLIMI (ITALY) and UPM (Spain). His Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering (2004) is from Mekelle University (Ethiopia). Additionally he also has taken several intensive short term trainings which, among others, include on topics of research, pedagogical (e-learning related) and leadership and performance measurement.
In 2011 Seyoum joined POLIMI and KTH for a doctoral study with fellowship from Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Scholarship Scheme allowing him to be one of the first nine PhD candidates of the EDIM programme (1st edition).
Before he joined EDIM, Seyoum has been working as academician and researcher. His teaching responsibilities included delivering lectures, assist professors, arrange and manage tutorial sessions for students at undergraduate and master's levels. Parallel to teaching, he has also been assuming different management positions (Industrial Engineering programs coordinator, Engineering college quality assurance officer, Chair holder and council of chairs member at Ethiopian Institute of Technology-Mekelle) within Mekelle University.

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Journal and book chapter:

Birkie, S.E., Trucco, P. and Kaulio, M. (2014) ‘Disentangling core functions of operational resilience: a critical review of extant literature’, Int. J. Supply Chain and Operations Resilience, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp.76–103.

Birkie, S. E., Trucco, P., & Kaulio, M. (2013). “State-of-the-art review on operational resilience: concept, scope and gaps”, in Emmanouilidis, C., Taisch, M., & Kiritsis, D. (eds.), Advances in Production Management Systems. Competitive Manufacturing for Innovative Products and Services IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, Vol. 398, pp 273-280.


Birkie, S. E., Trucco, P., & Kaulio, M. (2014, June). “Lean implementation in the face of uncertainty and complexity: Operational performance implications in ETO”, 21th EurOMA Conference, Palermo, Italy.

Dabhilkar, M. Birkie, S. E., & Kaulio, M. (2013, June). “Developing resilience capability: statistical evidence from a critical incident study”, 20th EurOMA Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Birkie, S. E., Shani, A. B., & Trucco, P. (2013, June). “How collaborative is empirical research in supply chain risk management? Review and perspective”, 20th EurOMA Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Current research:

Operations and supply chain management, risk and resilience

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Our participants

  • Emrah Karakaya - Edition I

    EDIM is a great opportunity to learn from diverse cultures, grow in double academic areas, contribute to each other and be recognized in a large network. It is a unique doctoral program with its multi-disciplinary research topics and quarterly workshops. I love EDIM!
  • Andres Ramirez Portilla – Edition I

    One of the great advantages of this program is the EDIM workshops, where you can develop and enhance your academic and professional networking. The EDIM workshops need to be considered as a best practice by other Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programs
  • Sudipa Sarker – Edition II

    I am glad to be part of this program not only because of the opportunities EDIM has created for me but also for the wonderful people I have come across during this program. I hope that the future days will be as thrilling, inspiring and stimulating as it has been
  • Simon Okwir – Edition II

    EDIM for me is an industry of knowledge and where you find a career. When it comes to my future uncertainties, EDIM is a combination of both: present partners and future lifelong contacts
  • Maksim Miterev – Edition II

    EDIM is a life changing experience: it has changed where I live, what I do, whom I know and what I want. It's also a great source of friends and potential future colleagues. I feel part of a large international community of interesting people with lots of common interests
  • Anna Darmani – Edition I

    EDIM is like a journey. But, not only a research journey! EDIM is a program by which you can explore different cultures, systems, environments as well as knowledge perspectives. I believe EDIM is one of the best programs for experiencing different managerial contexts
  • Seyoum Birkie Eshetu - Edition I

    Being part of EDIM is more than just doing a PhD. It is about creating family within the academic circle. I am happy to be part of this diverse community with ample informal learning opportunities