Elena Belavina’s research focuses on management of multi-tier supply chains, global sourcing, and intermediaries, illustrating how global sourcing firms, by using innovative supply chain configurations that involve intermediaries, can achieve sustainable growth in a turbulent and globalized world. Her areas of study also include retailing, applied microeconomic theory, game theory, and econometrics. Her forthcoming article, “The Relational Advantages of Intermediation,” was co-authored with Karan Girotra and will be published in Management Science.
She is currently working for a major retailer focusing on empirical study of supply chain relationships in the fast-fashion industry. Her dissertation, “Essays on Supply Chain Relationships,” was a runner-up winner of the George and Marion Plossl Research Fellowship. Her paper “The Relational Advantages of Intermediation” received third prize in the 2011 Junior Faculty Interest Group Paper Competition.
Belavina holds a PhD in management from INSEAD. She also has MSc and BSc degrees in applied mathematics and physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, as well as a diploma of business communication translator from the same institution.
Belavina joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.