Dr. Qile He (Horace)

Dr Qile He, also known as Horace, is currently the Associate Head of School for Research of the School of Strategy and Leadership at Coventry University. He is now a member of the Faculty Research Committee and is also an Associate at the Centre for Business in Society. Horace’s research interests fall in the area of knowledge transfer in the context of interfirm alliances. He is also interested in sustainable supply chain management, supply chain optimization in agriculture, as well as innovation strategies and processes of organizations. He has published over 40 papers in refereed journals, books, and leading international conference proceedings. Including prestigious international journals, such as International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, and Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. He has acted as the Director of Studies for 5 PhD candidates.

Horace is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Member of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is the co-chair for the Inter-organizational Collaboration SIG, British Academy of Management since 2014. He also serves in the editorial board of two international journals. He was a selected member of staff for RAE2008 and REF2014.

Before he joined Coventry University, he was an acting Principal Lecturer in Business and Management at University of Bedfordshire leading a portfolio of Master of Business and Management suite of programmes and also the course leader of MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He led 3 courses to successful accreditation or re-accreditation by CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) and CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply).

He received his first degree in Economics from University of Colorado at Denver with Distinction, and then he has got bursaries to study his two other MSc degrees in Management Science and Engineering (from China Agriculture University), and MSc Financial Decision Management with Distinction (University of Luton). He got his PhD degree from Middlesex University, London which was sponsored by a fully funded studentship, where he also received an MSc degree in Research Methods, again with a Distinction.

  • An Assessment of UK’s Food Supply Chain Resilience in Response to Climate Changes and Extreme Weather Events. This research aims to identify the potential risks and the weaknesses of UK FSCs from producers to retailers in response to climate change and extreme weather events and evaluate UK FSCs’ resilience based on a range of future state scenarios.
  • Inter-firm Environmental Collaborations: the Impact on Business and Sustainable Performance. Research intends to develop a clear understanding of the interaction between inter-firm collaboration and sustainable development of businesses in the UK and in Europe.
  • Do Firms Experience Isomorphic Change toward Sustainable Supply Chain Management? A Multiple-Case Study of Firms in the UK and China. Project attempted to examine the extent to which firms in the UK and China are experiencing isomorphic change towards SSCM, respectively, so that to build more systematic understanding of the potential gaps in sustainable supply chain operations of firms in the globalized supply chain context.
  • An Empirical Study of the Role of Knowledge Management in Building Sustainable Supply Chains. This project makes an early attempt to examine the role KM can play in building sustainable supply chains of firms.
  • A Systematic Review of Contemporary Development in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. A research informed teaching project conducted to generate stronger theoretical and practical underpinnings to the new development of MSc courses in Logistics and Supply Chain Management areas.
  • A Study of Contemporary Project Management Tools and Techniques Used in Organisations. A research project aims to develop research informed teaching materials in Project Management in business through case studies, thus to support the development of the new specialist MSc Project Management course and the undergraduate modules in Project Management.
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