Supply Chain Sustainability and Evolution

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Supply Chain Sustainability and Evolution

Focus of Our Research

A core area of interest for many years at Coventry University has been understanding and improving supply chains.  Increasingly this research has been linked to the growing role of sustainability and the green/circular economy in manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management.

CBiS’s research in this area examines sustainable supply chain management and logistics, lean and agile manufacturing, and CSR in the supply chain, conducting applied research and engaging with industry to address their supply chain and strategic business challenges.  Our supply chain expertise has two dimensions: the operations and techniques required for effective and lean supply chain management and the continual evolution of technology-driven solutions.  The creative application of advanced technologies is a particular strength of our work.  We also have more traditional expertise in operations management techniques, including the lean and responsive approach, value stream mapping, system modelling and simulation.

In terms of sustainability, our work seeks to reduce waste, in the contexts of materials and resources, GHG emissions, low carbon logistics and green procurement.  Such practices often are value-adding and beneficial in terms of return on investment.  Growing interest in the circular economy builds on these sustainability interests, reducing waste, resource use and unnecessary repetition in the life cycle of a product, from its production, distribution and consumption to its disposal or ultimate re-use.

CBiS has strong links with industry in this field, notably regarding the automotive sector; food growth, sourcing, production and distribution; the management of food waste; energy supply and consumption; and, SME sourcing and supply chains.  Our projects reach to the Caribbean, southern and central Africa, South East Asia and across various sectors in the UK.

Core Cluster Streams

Four themes mirror this cluster’s research interests:

  1. Strategic Business Challenges in the Supply Chain
  2. Sustainability in the Supply Chain
  3. Ethical Sourcing, the Emergence of the Circular Economy and new Models
  4. The Automotive Sector

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PhD Opportunities

We are particularly keen in enhancing our research in sustainability and innovation in supply chain operations. For instance, at present we are exploring the innovative use of modern technology in improving supply chain efficiency and green practices in a complex and dynamic business environment to achieve a sustainability agenda and targets.

To expand our existing research team, we are able to supervise PhD projects in the areas of: sustainability/circular economy, technology-driven framework for adoption, visibility and traceability, system/operation/process improvement, predictive analytics (big data/forecasting), risk management and corporate social responsibility.          

For an informal discussion about undertaking a PhD linked to our interests, please contact Professor Ming Lim.