Logistics and Operations Management

The Logistics and Operations Management Section is an interdisciplinary group of academics, with backgrounds in mathematics, economics, engineering, geography, law, management and psychology, who aim to advance academic and practical knowledge in the totality of logistics and operations management by addressing the issues of:

  • Factors (processes, people, technology, finance)
  • Flows (material, information, resources, cash)
  • Levels (policy, strategy, tactics, execution)
  • Modes (air, sea, road, rail)
  • Nodes (manufacturing, ports, retailing)
  • Scale (units, dyads, triads, chains, networks)

We are also extending our portfolio of research to include aspect of service operations such as in public services, such as healthcare and government, and the 'servitisation' of products.

New strategic research themes:

  1. Fit supply chain (coordinated by Dr. Jon Gosling)
  2. Factories of the Future (coordinated by Daniel Eyers)
  3. Smart logistics (coordinated by Dr. Yingli Wang)
  4. Service operations paradigms (coordinated by Dr. Sharon Williams)
  5. Learning to Learn (coordinated by Dr. Robert Mason)

We are one of the largest groupings of academic staff in this subject area internationally and we are highly active in terms of research output, postgraduate teaching, and postgraduate research. A number of Research Groups and Units are to be found within the Section and while these provide a focal point for academics and students with similar research interests they also provide opportunities for cross-fertilization of ideas and the promotion of synergies. This, along with advice on activities coming from a highly active Advisory Group ensures that our research and teaching is highly relevant to practice.

Research Highlights view all

The Logistics Operations and Management section at the School are delighted to announce that Professor Helen Walker has been appointed President of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA) becoming the first female president in its 25 year history.

Qinyun Li accepting his award

PhD student, Qinyun Li has won the Chinese Government Award for ‘Outstanding Self-financed students abroad.’

Rob Rolley, Technology Director for General Dynamics UK

Rob Rolley, Technology Director for General Dynamics UK, gave the last seminar of this year's series.

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Groups and Centres view all

The Logistics and Operations Management section is home to the following research groups and centres:

Collaborative research

Academics from the Logistics and Operations Management section also participate in Cardiff University’s multidisciplinary Sustainable Places Research Institute

Projects view all

Some of the projects currently being worked on by members of this section

Lean, Agile or Leagile? A feasibility study to explore and compare the utility of pathway technologies

Duration: 30th April 2013 to 30th July 2016
Sponsored by The Health Foundation
Award type: Research, Research and Leadership Development Fellowship

'Best Environmental Management Practice' in car manufacturing

Duration: 1st December 2013 to 31st October 2015
Sponsored by European Commission via Ricardo-AEA
Award type: Services
Duration: 1st February 2012 to 29th June 2015
Sponsored by Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO)
Award type: Research

Develop a demand-driven inventory-forecasting model to facilitate inventory reductions

Duration: 30th June 2013 to 29th June 2015
Sponsored by Technology Strategy Board, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Panalpina World Transport Ltd
Award type: Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Duration: 7th May 2012 to 6th May 2015
Sponsored by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Award type: ESRC Management and Business Development Fellowship
Duration: 30th April 2010 to 29th April 2015
Sponsored by Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO)
Award type: Research

To design, develop, and implement business and manufacturing systems which are capable of supporting the full-service business models of manufacturing SMEs

Duration: 30th June 2013 to 16th December 2014
Sponsored by Welsh Government, Technology Strategy Board and Reid Lifting
Award type: Knowledge Transfer Partnership

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