Cardiff Business School Research

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,

They 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

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Research collaboration generates results

Cardiff Business School’s Logistics and Operations Management section’s research collaboration with Yusen Logistics is delivering valuable insight and workable recommendations.

School signs industry MoU in India

Academics from Cardiff Business School’s Logistics and Operations Management section have recently returned from India where they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Automotive Components Manufacturer Association of India (ACMA).

Alumnus recognised at British Council awards

Cardiff Business School PhD alumnus, Dr Ruth Banomyong, was recently shortlisted at the British Council’s Alumni Awards.

Faculty members

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Professor Stephen Disney

Professor of Operations Management

Professor Peter Wells

PhD enquiries

Dr Robert Mason

MSc Logistics and Operations Management enquiries

Dr Andrew Potter

MSc International Transport enquiries

Dr Rawindaran Nair

MSc Marine Policy enquiries

Dr Maneesh Kumar

Reader in Service Operations , Program Director, Executive MBA

Groups and Centres

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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 some of Cardiff University’s multidisciplinary groups:

Projects

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

Independent Research Centre

1 May 2016 to 30 April 2021

Sponsored by Panalpina World Transport Ltd

Led by Professor Aris Syntetos

Award type: Industry funding

Resilient Remanufacturing Networks: Forecasting, Informatics and Holons

1 October 2016 to 30 September 2018

Sponsored by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Led by Professor Aris Syntetos with Professor Mohamed Naim, Dr Ying Liu (Cardiff School of Engineering)

Award type: Research

To develop and apply a novel inventory control decision support system for closed loop supply chains found in the remanufacturing environment

15 February 2016 to 14 February 2018

Sponsored by Technology Board, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Qioptiq Ltd

Led by Professor Aris Syntetos

Award type: Knowledge Transfer Partnership

To combine advanced supply chain and 3D Printing solutions

13 January 2016 to 31 January 2018

Sponsored by Technology Board, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Panalpina World Transport Ltd

Led by Professor Aris Syntetos

Award type: Knowledge Transfer Partnership