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Dr. Dong-Wook Kwak

Lecturer in Business and Management

School of Strategy and Leadership
Coventry Business School
Faculty of Business and Law 

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I am a lecturer in Business and Management as well as an associate course director for BA in European Business Management and a undergraduate dissertation coordinator at Coventry University. My teaching is in the area of international logistics. In addition, I am supervising dissertations at undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels. 

I studied BA in Economics at Seoul National University, South Korea. Before starting my postgraduate study at Cardiff Business School in the UK, I had worked in the global shipping industry for four years as a legal advisor, claim handler and key account manager. In 2011 and 2015, I was awarded ‘the master logistics dissertation of the year’ and ‘James Cooper Memorial Cup (the best PhD dissertation award)’ from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). My PhD thesis investigated international logistics risks management by mixed methods to analyse logistics risks and to various generate risk mitigating strategies.

As an early career research, I have published several research papers in leading academic journals and more than 10 conference papers. My current research interests focus on the mechanisms behind strategic decisions of firms involved in international logistics, encompassing risk management and collaboration.


  • PhD in Business Studies, Cardiff Business School, 2015
  • PgDip (Distinction) in Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University, 2011
  • MSc (Distinction) in International Transport, Cardiff Business School, 2010

Research interests

I am involved in many on-going research projects in collaboration with:

  • Cardiff Business School (Risk Management & Humanitarian Logistics);
  • Plymouth Graduate School of Management (Supply Chain Innovation & Quantitative Studies);
  • Nottingham University Business School (CSR & Internationalisation); and
  • Yeungnam University, Korea (International Transport).

Recent outputs and publications

  • Kwak, D.-W., Beresford, A., Pettit, S., Mason, R., Sanchez-Rodrigues, V., and Seo, Y.-J. (2016) ‘The roles of organisational orientations in implementing effective risk management strategies for international logistics’. International Association of Maritime Economists Annual Conference 2016. Held 23-26 August 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.
  • Kwak, D.-W., and Woo, S.-H. (2016) ‘The roles of intermediaries in augmenting shippers’ satisfaction with container shipping’. International Symposium on Logistics 2016. Held 3-6 July 2016 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
  • Roh, S., Kwak, D.-W., Pettit, S., and Beresford, A. (2015) ‘Challenges in humanitarian logistics management: an empirical study on pre-positioned warehouses’. International Symposium of Logistics 2015. Held 5-8 July 2015 in Bologna, Italy.
  • Kwak, D.-W., Seo, Y.-J., and Mason, R. (2015) ‘Supply chain innovation and risk management: their relationships and impacts on competitive advantage’. Nordic Research Network (Nofoma) Conference 2015. Held 3-5 June 2015 in Molde, Sweden.
  • Seo, Y.-J., Dinwoodie, J., and Kwak, D.-W. (2014) ‘The impact of innovativeness on supply chain performance: is supply chain integration a missing link?’. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal 19 (5/6), 733-746.


Teaching modules

  • International Business (Top-Up) BA – 353SAM International Logistics

Areas of expertise

  • Global Supply Chain Risk Management
  • International Transport and Logistics
  • PLS-SEM and CB-SEM
  • Interpretive Structural Modelling
  • Analytic Hierarchy Process
 Queen’s Award for Enterprise Logo
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2023