Dr Yuanzhu Zhan

Dr Yuanzhu Zhan

Department of Management
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Contact details

Address
Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Yuanzhu Zhan is a Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Birmingham. Before joining Birmingham Business School, he worked as a Lecturer at the University of Liverpool Management School from 2017-2021. Yuanzhu holds an MSc in Risk Management and a PhD in Business Management from the University of Nottingham. His research focused on investigating the impact of different emerging technologies (e.g., big data analytics, social media and artificial intelligence) on organisations’ operations, innovation management and sustainable supply chain management.

Yuanzhu is the Programme Director of the BSc Business Management programme (PT) in Singapore. He is currently co-editing two special issues focusing on sustainability and technology-driven innovation, respectively. The first is on 'Extreme Weather and Production Economics' for International Journal of Production Economics (ABS 3; submission deadline: 30 September 2022), and the other is on 'Platform Economy and Market Competition' for Journal of Business Research (ABS 3; submission deadline: 31 August 2022).

Qualifications

  • PhD in Business and Management
  • MSc in Risk Management
  • BSc in Business and Finance
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Biography

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 ManagementEuropean Journal of Operational ResearchJournal of Service ResearchInternational Journal of Production ResearchInternational Journal of Production EconomicsR&D Management, and Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, among others.

Yuanzhu has applied for income as both Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator, and has enjoyed success in both positions from various research organisations (e.g., British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, Marketing Science Institute and National Natural Science Foundation of China). For instance, his recent research funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme investigates the COVID-19 social media infodemic in the retail pharmacy industry.

Yuanzhu serves as an Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Production Economics and Industrial Management & Data Systems. Meanwhile, he is a permanent founding member of the International Society of Innovation Methods (I-SIM). He 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.

Teaching

Yuanzhu has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The focus of his teaching has been ‘Operations and Supply Chain Management’ and ‘Business Analytics’ both at the operational and strategic levels. He has been recognised by Learning Tree International as a Certified Expert in Big Data Analytics since 2018.

Postgraduate supervision

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.

Research

Yuanzhu Zhan is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Birmingham. Before joining Birmingham Business School, he worked as a Lecturer at the University of Liverpool Management School from 2017-2021. Yuanzhu holds an MSc in Risk Management and a PhD in Business Management from the University of Nottingham. His research focused on investigating the impact of different emerging technologies (e.g., big data analytics, social media and artificial intelligence) on organisations’ operations, innovation management and sustainable supply chain management.

Yuanzhu is the Programme Director of the BSc Business Management programme (PT) in Singapore. He is currently co-editing two special issues focusing on sustainability and technology-driven innovation, respectively. The first is on 'Extreme Weather and Production Economics' for International Journal of Production Economics (ABS 3; submission deadline: 30 September 2022), and the other is on 'Platform Economy and Market Competition' for Journal of Business Research (ABS 3; submission deadline: 31 August 2022).

Other activities

Yuanzhu has established collaborations within and across disciplines and national borders. He has established relationships with universities through research collaboration and joint projects. Also, he has undertaken collaborative research with organisations to help them overcome their specific innovation bottlenecks and improve their business performance.

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Ye, F, Liu, K, Li, L, Lai, KH, Zhan, Y & Kumar, A 2022, 'Digital supply chain management in the COVID-19 crisis: an asset orchestration perspective', International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 245, 108396. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2021.108396

Zhan, Y, Han, R, Tse, M, Ali, MH & Hu, J 2021, 'A social media analytic framework for improving operations and service management: a study of the retail pharmacy industry', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol. 163, 120504. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120504

Han, R, Lam, HKS, Zhan, Y, Wang, Y, Dwivedi, YK & Tan, KH 2021, 'Artificial intelligence in business-to-business marketing: a bibliometric analysis of current research status, development and future directions', Industrial Management & Data Systems. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMDS-05-2021-0300

Ye, F, Huang, G, Zhan, Y & Li, Y 2021, 'Factors mediating and moderating the relationships between green practice and environmental performance: buyer–supplier relation and institutional context', IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. https://doi.org/10.1109/tem.2021.3060434

Xia, Y, Zeng, W, Xing, X, Zhan, Y, Tan, KH & Kumar, A 2021, 'Joint optimisation of drone routing and battery wear for sustainable supply chain development: a mixed-integer programming model based on blockchain-enabled fleet sharing', Annals of Operations Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10479-021-04459-5

Fu, S, Zhan, Y, Jun, O, Ding, Y, Tan, KH & Fu, L 2021, 'Power, supply chain integration and quality performance of agricultural products: evidence from contract farming in China', Production Planning & Control, vol. 32, no. 13, pp. 1119-1135. https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2020.1794074

Zhan, Y, Chung, L, Lim, MK, Ye, F, Kumar, A & Tan, KH 2021, 'The impact of sustainability on supplier selection: a behavioural study', International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 236, 108118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2021.108118

Lam, HKS & Zhan, Y 2021, 'The impacts of supply chain finance initiatives on firm risk: evidence from service providers listed in the US', International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 383-409. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-07-2020-0462

Zhan, Y & Tan, KH 2020, 'An analytic infrastructure for harvesting big data to enhance supply chain performance', European Journal of Operational Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2018.09.018

Wang, J, Lim, MK, Zhan, Y & Wang, X 2020, 'An intelligent logistics service system for enhancing dispatching operations in an IoT environment', Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tre.2020.101886

Ye, F, Xia, Q, Zhan, Y, Zhang, M & Li, Y 2020, 'Harvesting Online Reviews to Identify the Competitor Set in a Service Business: Evidence From the Hotel Industry', Journal of Service Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/1094670520975143

Zhan, Y, Tan, KH, Chung, L, Chen, L & Xing, X 2020, 'Leveraging social media in new product development: organisational learning processes, mechanisms and evidence from China', International Journal of Operations & Production Management. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijopm-04-2019-0318

Comment/debate

Xia, Y, Zeng, W, Xing, X, Zhan, Y, Tan, KH & Kumar, A 2021, 'Correction to: Joint optimisation of drone routing and battery wear for sustainable supply chain development: a mixed-integer programming model based on blockchain-enabled fleet sharing', Annals of Operations Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10479-021-04502-5

Conference contribution

Harsanto, B, Kumar, N, Zhan, Y & Michaelides, R 2020, Firms' ICT and Innovation in Jakarta Metropolitan Area. in 2020 International Conference on Technology and Entrepreneurship - Virtual, ICTE-V 2020., 9113778, 2020 International Conference on Technology and Entrepreneurship - Virtual, ICTE-V 2020, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2020 International Conference on Technology and Entrepreneurship - Virtual, ICTE-V 2020, San Jose, United States, 19/04/20. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICTE-V50708.2020.9113778

Harsanto, B, Kumar, N, Zhan, Y & Michaelides, R 2020, Responsible research and innovation (RRI) in emerging economies: a preliminary review. in 2020 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC)., 9198465, International ICE Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation., Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2020 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, ICE/ITMC 2020, Virtual, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 15/06/20. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICE/ITMC49519.2020.9198465

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