MIT-Zaragoza Speaker Series: Fehmi Tanrisever

  • April 1, 2011 - 12:30
  • ZLC, Lecture Room 221, Zaragoza (Spain)

Fehmi Tanrisever
Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences Department
Eindhoven University of technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands



“Integrated Options, Forward and Spot Procurement Policies for Traded Commodities”

According to the financial theory, if the capital markets are perfect then trading financial derivatives such as futures, forwards, and options is a value-neutral proposition for a firm. Financial theory explains the use of financial derivatives, in practice, through capital market imperfections (i.e., transaction costs, information asymmetries and taxes) and managerial risk preferences. In this paper, we consider a publicly traded firm that operates in a perfect financial market with an objective to maximize the value of its shareholders, but experiences logistical costs while executing the physical delivery on options and spot procurement of a traded commodity. We show that the presence of logistical costs is a sufficient reason to buy options. Our analysis illustrates significant cost reductions in procurement when options and forwards are judiciously included in the procurement portfolio leading to better efficacy in supply chains. Furthermore, we develop conditions that identify the dominance of options over forward contracts. (Joint work with Ankur Goel of Case Western Research University).


Fehmi Tanrisever is an assistant professor of Operations Management at the Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences Department at Eindhoven University of Technology. He received a PhD degree in supply chain and operations management from the McCombs School of Business of the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. His research interests include Start-up Operations and Risk Management, Clean Technology Development and Deployment, Supply Chain Finance, Commodity Risk Management and Operations-Finance Interface. He teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses in integrated operational and financial risk management, operations management, business finance and financial accounting.


  • Start Date:April 1, 2011
  • Start Time:12:30
  • End Date:April 1, 2011
  • End Time:14:00
  • Location:ZLC, Lecture Room 221, Zaragoza (Spain)