L. Beril Toktay, Ph.D. is ADVANCE professor of operations management and the Brady Family Chair in the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A pre-eminent scholar in sustainable operations, Toktay’s research focuses on creating a sustainability advantage through business model innovation, primarily focusing on operations and supply chain practices. Her recent focus areas include enterprise strategies for remanufacturing and reuse, business models for the sharing economy, and the design of extended producer responsibility approaches for electronic waste and pharmaceutical overage. Her articles have appeared in high-impact journals such as Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM), Production and Operations Management, and Journal of Industrial Ecology. Toktay's research has been funded by several National Science Foundation grants and has received distinctions such as the 2010 Brady Family Award for Faculty Research Excellence. She recently received one of the M&SOM’s most competitive research prizes, “Best Operations Management Paper Published in Management Science in 2012-2014.”
Toktay is area editor (environment, energy, and sustainability) for Operations Research, and co-edited the M&SOM Special Issue on the Environment. She serves as associate editor for Management Science and M&SOM. Toktay served as the president of the M&SOM Society and vice president of finance of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). She is on the executive board of the Alliance for Corporate Research in Sustainability (ARCS), a partnership among academic institutions created to provide data and networking opportunities to facilitate research on corporate sustainability.
Toktay has made significant institutional contributions at Georgia Tech. In 2013, she founded the Center for Business Strategies in Sustainability and serves as its faculty director. Following the successes of the center, it was renamed the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business in 2014. Toktay spearheaded the Institute-wide Quality Enhancement Program titled Serve-Learn-Sustain and started serving as its executive faculty co-director. This Institute-wide educational initiative combining service learning and community engagement with sustainability is the first program of its kind in a top research institution. She was a recipient of the 2016 Georgia Tech Women of Distinction Award and the 2016 Ernest Scheller Jr. Prize in Scheller College for these contributions.