Dr Kurt Yang Liu

Dr Kurt Yang Liu

Department of Management
Lecturer in Operations Management

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Kurt is a Lecturer in Operations Management. Kurt has taught Operations Management, Supply Chain Management and Logistics Management, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. His main research interests include sustainable supply chain/network design and management as well as supply chain management in the new Big-Data era.


  • Bachelor of E-commerce, Supply Chain Management (University of Waikato, New Zealand)
  • Master of Logistics Management and Master of Transport Management (University of Sydney, Australia)
  • PhD in Engineering (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)


Kurt is a Lecturer in Operations Management at Birmingham Business School. He has a Bachelor degree in Supply Chain Management from the University of Waikato, New Zealand and had a one-year exchange to Arizona State University, USA. He holds double Master’s degrees in Logistics Management and Transport Management from the University of Sydney, and has graduated his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where his research was focused on sustainable supply chain management in the automotive industry.

Kurt has worked at an international logistics company based in China and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney, Australia. He has also gained extensive experience on sustainable supply network design from several industrial consulting projects, EPSRC and Chinese Social Science funded research projects.

His current research involves the exploration of sustainable supply chain management in the new Big-Data era, business model innovation within the context of Web 2.0 and Industry 4.0 and its impact on the traditional supply chain management.


Operations Management
Project Management

Postgraduate supervision

⦁ Sustainable supply chain/network design/management
⦁ Green logistics and transportation
⦁ Business model innovation in the supply chain
⦁ Big data/business analytics in supply chain/logistics
⦁ E-commerce and supply chain


⦁ Sustainable supply chain design and management in the automotive industry
⦁ Supply network design/configuration
⦁ Big data and supply chain management


Other activities

Kurt enjoys playing football and was the captain of a Chinese football team at Cambridge U. He also likes playing electric guitar.


Conference Proceedings:

Liu, Y. 2015. Green supply chain management: the complementary effects of internal and external supply chain flexibilities. 22nd EurOMA, Neuchâtel Switzerland.

Liu, Y., Srai, J.S. and Evans, S. 2013. An empirical investigation of the relationship between supply chain capabilities and green logistics. The 17th Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, 2013.

Liu, Y. and Srai, J.S. 2012. A Configuration Perspective on Sustainable Supply Chain Management. 17th International Working Seminar on Production Economics, Innsbruck, Austria

Liu, Y. and Srai, J.S., 2011. Sustainable Supply Chain Configuration: Proposing a Hot Spot Analysis Methodology. Annual International Conference on M3, Singapore. (Best Paper Award)


Liu, Y. 2016. Link to Link: Driving resource efficient supply chains. Policyconnect, APSRG.

General Motor (GM) North America Sustainable Supply Network Design Project Report, 2012, Cambridge, UK.

Journal Articles:

Liu, Y., Zhang, Y., Batista, L., and Rong, K. 2019. Green operations: what’s the role of supply chain flexibility? International Journal of Production Economics. 214, 30-43.

Liu, Y., Zhu, Q., and Seuring, S. 2018. New Technologies in Operations and Supply Chain: Implications for Sustainability. International Journal of Production Economics, Special Issue, Forthcoming

Liu, Y., Blome, C., Sanderson, J., and Paulraj, A. 2018. Supply chain integration capabilities, green design strategy and performance: A comparative study in the auto industry. SCM: An International Journal, DOI: 10.1108/SCM-03-2018-0095

Liu, Y., Zhu, Q., and Seuring, S. 2017. Linking capabilities to green operations strategies: the moderating role of corporate environmental proactivity., International Journal of Production Economics, 187, 182-195.

Liu, Y., Srai, J.S., and Evans, S. 2016. Environmental management: the role of supply chain capabilities, SCM: An International Journal, 21(1), 1-19.

Batista, L., Bourlakis, M., Liu, Y., Smart, P. and Sohal, A. 2016. Supply chain operations for a circular economy, Special issue, Production Planning & Control, Forthcoming

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