Zeynep Ton

Adjunct Associate Professor of Operations Management, MIT Sloan School of Management


Zeynep  Ton Zeynep Ton is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Ton is currently examining how organizations can design and manage their operations in a way that satisfies employees, customers, and investors simultaneously. Her earlier research focused on the critical role of store operations in retail supply chains. Ton identified operational problems at stores that reduce retail supply chain performance as well as store profits and traced these problems to the design of store processes and the management of store labor.

Her work has been published in a variety of journals, including Organization Science, Production and Operations Management, and Harvard Business Review. In addition, she has written numerous cases that explore different approaches to managing retail stores and labor. Prior to MIT Sloan, Ton spent seven years as an assistant professor in the Technology and Operations Management area at Harvard Business School, where she was awarded the HBS Faculty Teaching Award for teaching excellence.

Ton holds a DBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Faculty Media

  • Raising Wages Is the Right Thing to Do, and Doesn’t Have to Be Bad for Your Bottom Line

    The “working poor” are a growing problem in America — one that is increasingly embarrassing to the corporate elite. Business leaders who are morally inclined to do the right thing should and can...

  • Higher Wages Aren’t Enough to Turn Mediocre Jobs into Good Ones

    MIT Sloan Adjuct Associate Prof. Zeynep Ton, MIT Sloan Research Affiliate Sarah Kalloch, and Good Jobs Institute Managing Director Katie Bach write: "Higher wages alone are not enough to break this...

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Are “Good Jobs” Finally Becoming Fashionable in Retail?

    Retail jobs have long been considered undesirable. Zeynep Ton told a TedxCambridge audience that retail jobs “are not just bad because they offer low wages and chaotic schedules, but because they...

  • [Innovation@Work Webinar] Why Good Jobs Are Good for Businesses

    Referencing research from her popular book, "The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits," Professor Ton examines how organizations can...

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] The "Good Jobs Strategy"

    Ton argued that bad jobs—such as many low-paying positions in retail—contribute to a bad economy. “The problem is not that there aren’t enough jobs; the problem is that too many jobs are simply bad...

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Happier Employees Sell More Fries

    The signs held by recent striking fast food employees say, “We are worth more.” They are, in fact, right. Retail employees are worth more, and paying them more can result in higher profits.

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Books by MIT Sloan Executive Education Faculty

    MIT Sloan's world-renowned faculty are experts in a vast number of subjects. Catch up on their latest research and breakthrough concepts in these books, authored or edited by the faculty themselves.

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] The Real Costs of Layoffs

    Why do companies frequently use layoffs as an easy cost-cutting measure? And what are the real costs of doing so?

  • What is the Good Jobs Strategy?

    How better jobs lead to engaged employees, happier customers, stronger corporate performance and satisfied investors.

  • Transforming Today’s Bad Jobs into Tomorrow’s Good Jobs

    Work currently does not work for millions of Americans. Nearly 11.5 million people.


Contact Information

Office: E62-590
Phone: (617) 715-4838
Email: zton@mit.edu
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