Yuanzhu Zhan


  • Associate Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Management

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Yuanzhu welcomes applicants who have an excellent academic background and a strong ambition to work in the academic (in technology-driven innovation, business analytics and sustainable supply chain areas) for his/her future career to apply for PhD under his supervision.


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Personal profile


Yuanzhu Zhan is an Associate Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Birmingham. He is the PGR Lead of the Management Department and worked as the Programme Director of the BSc Business Management programme (PT) in Singapore (2021/22). Yuanzhu’s research interests are in the areas of operations management, big data and analytics, innovation management, and sustainable supply chain management. His research has been published in various refereed journals such as International Journal of Operations and Production Management, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Service Research, International Journal of Production Economics, and Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, among others.

Yuanzhu serves as an Associate Editor of Journal of Operations Management and Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Operations & Production Management, International Journal of Production Economics, and Industrial Management & Data Systems. He has served as a guest editor for refereed journals, including the International Journal of Production Economics (*2)Journal of Business Research, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. Yuanzhu has been recognized with several awards for contributions to research, including the 2017 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards (Emerald & European Foundation for Management Development), 2017 Excellence in Review Awards (Resources, Conservation and Recycling), 2018 Research Early Career Award (University of Liverpool Management School), 2018 R&D Management Commendation Paper Award (Tsinghua University & Research and Development Management Association), 2022 Emerald Literati Outstanding Paper Award (Industrial Management and Data Systems), and 2024 Best Reviewer Service Award (Journal of Operations Management).

Yuanzhu’s research has been supported through successful applications for funding in roles as both Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator from a range of research organizations (e.g., British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, Marketing Science Institute and National Natural Science Foundation of China). He is a permanent founding member of the International Society of Innovation Methods (I-SIM), and has organised and co-chaired “The 10th International Conference on Systematic Innovation (ICSI) & the 9th Global Competition on Systematic Innovation (GCSI)” that was hosted by the University of Liverpool Management School from July 8-11, 2019.

Research interests

Ongoing research projects:

  • Blockchain governance and business model innovation
  • AI-enabled digital transformation for sustainable manufacturing
  • Electric vehicles for net zero emissions in transportation
  • Circular economy and sustainable supply chain management
  • Operations in healthcare and pharmaceutical industries


PhD in Business and Management

MSc in Risk Management

BSc in Business and Finance

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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