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Brace for impact, supply chain risk management and resilience to avoid pitfalls in a more interconnected and turbulent world. (Advert Reference: SF21/BL/MOS/SA)

   Faculty of Business and Law

  Dr Marcelo Martins Sa  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The necessary changes caused by global risks sources (e.g., persistent, and emerging risks to human health, food waste and security, rising unemployment, widening digital divides, youth disillusionment and geopolitical fragmentation), amplified the attention of academics, governments, civil society, and professionals (in several areas) to the disruptions in operations and supply chains (WEF, 2021). These agents need to work as a system or network to generate resilience. This dialogue necessity has been expressed on the research agenda in various academic journals from different areas, debates in the political sphere, collaboration and tension between companies, executive meetings on the future of work and management practices, and/ or distribution channels’ digital transformation race to offer products and services to shoppers or final consumers.

Extreme turmoil in global and local markets offers innovative opportunities to improve our field of knowledge. Our aim is to seek solutions to current challenges, especially regarding supply chain management (SCM) and operational innovation, debating paths for business transformation, social development and reducing the vulnerabilities inherent to these advances. This goal can be achieved through the adaptation of existing technologies and/or adoption of new ones, big data analysis and innovations in supply chain network design and governance mechanisms. In this way, we hope to receive research proposals that can benefit the creation of safer environments, that provide strengthening of workforce teams and decision tools that will provide management guidelines for business executives.

The diversity of recommended issues and topics from the perspective of how to improve supply chain risk management and resilience through innovations in network structures and business models may include: (i) how the adoption of different types of technologies influences responsiveness and recovery capabilities of logistics service providers, allowing them to become fast and reliable?; (ii) how the adaptation of existing technologies or adoption of new digital technologies and big data analytics enable different supply chain participants (manufacturers, retailers, distributors, food service providers, and others) to improve response, recovery and learning capabilities of supply chain operations?; (iii) how to manage bullwhip effects caused by demand forecasts and disruptions of production and transportation processes?; (iv) what decision-making techniques and tools (such as risk matrix, supply chain risk maturity models, simulations, etc.) have been promoted confidence for managers reactions?; and others.

On the theories that can be indicated to analyse risks and resilience in operations and supply chains, fruitful studies focused on theory resource dependence (Bode et al., 2011), dynamic capabilities approach (Chowdhury and Quaddus, 2017, Altay et al., 2018), among others. In line with these expectations, candidates must adopt empirical methodologies. We encourage in-depth case studies on how to apply digital technologies and big data analytics to identify key processes and optimize supply chain decision-making, how to stimulate collaboration through governance mechanisms and new business models. We also expect submissions which use secondary data to test and validate empirical and analytical models. Surveys, experiments, and quasi-experiments can also be used to gather primary data to test and validate empirical and analytical models.

This project is supervised by Dr Marcelo Martins Sa

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

·       Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.

·       Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see 

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF21/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: Open

Start Date: March 2022 or October 2022

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff and students. We welcome applications from all members of the community.

Funding Notes

Please note this is a self-funded project and does not include tuition fees or stipend.

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