Dr Yufeng Zhang

Dr Yufeng Zhang

Department of Management
Associate Professor (SL) in Operations Management
Director of Business Programmes with Engineering, Sciences & Law

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Yufeng’s work aims to help companies cope with complex challenges and opportunities in managing global engineering operations. He is Fellow of Higher Education Academy and Coordinator of the EU FP7 Europe-China High Value Engineering Network (EC-HVEN) www.birmingham.ac.uk/hven

Feedback and office hours

Monday 11am-1pm, Thursday 1-2pm

Room 220, University House, Birmingham Business School


PhD, Engineering (University of Cambridge)

Dipl-Ing/MSc, Global Production Engineering (Technical University of Berlin)

BEng, Mechanical Engineering (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

BEng, International Finance (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

PG Cert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Yufeng is Associate Professor (SL) in Operations Management for Global Engineering Networks at the University of Birmingham. Yufeng received his undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering (BEng) and International Finance (BEng) from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1998; earned his Dipl-Ing/MSc in Global Production Engineering with honours from the Technical University of Berlin in 2004; and gained his PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge in 2008.  Yufeng’s early industrial career included responsibilities for project management and new business development. He continues working very closely with industry in his research and teaching activities.  


Yufeng’s teaching is research informed. He has been the module leader of Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, and International Operations & Procurement courses for UG and PG programmes. He has substantial experiences in teaching MBA, Executive MBA and similar courses in the UK and overseas. Yufeng is actively exploring and experimenting innovative teaching & learning approaches especially in the digital learning environment. He received the university’s award for excellence in teaching and learning in 2013. 

Postgraduate supervision

Yufeng has supervised over 10 PhD students and a large number of MSc dissertation projects in the broad areas of servicing and manufacturing operations and supply chain management. He has external phd examination experiences in universities such as Nottingham, Warwick, and Aston. 

Doctoral research

PhD title
  • Timothy Eggins, Operations management in hospitality industry, 2010-2014.
  • Michael Githii, Services out-sourcing in emerging countries, 2010-2015.
  • Mohamed Khalefa, Internationalisation performance of SMEs in Egypt, 2010-2015.
  • Shaker Aladwan, TQM in public services operations, 2011-2016.
  • Ali Esfahbodi, Sustainable supply chain management of manufacturing firms, 2011-2016.
  • Amir Qamar, Lean and agile operations in UK manufacturing firms, 2013-2016.
  • Heng Li, Absorptive capacity in Chinese heavy engineering firms, 2012-2017.
  • Zhongzhen Miao, Bottom-up innovation in the engine manufacturing sector, 2013-2017.
  • Sijia He, Aerospace supply chain innovation, 2014-2018.
  • Thanh Tran Cong, Network learning in global engineering services, 2013-2018.
  • Amorettya Minayora, Production networks of Indonesian shipbuilding industry, 2014-2018.
  • Berlinda Pang, Engineering services innovation, 2015-2020


Yufeng’s research focuses on network collaboration issues in complex global engineering (manufacturing and servicing) operations.  Within a research framework drawing together engineering technology, business management and economy policy, his research has been supported by a wide range of methods including theoretical development based on qualitative/quantitative data, modelling, and simulation/ optimisation techniques.  He has led or participated in a large number of research projects supported by UK, EU and international funding bodies. 

Other activities

Yufeng was Director of Business Programmes with Engineering, Sciences, Law and Languages.

He serves as a reviewer and guest editor in a wide range of academic journals.

He is an experienced external examiner for UG and PG programmes. 


Yufeng has published over 60 refereed papers extensively in operations management for global engineering networks and more widely in the areas of international manufacturing, technology management and innovation. In the current REF cycle (2014-2020), Yufeng has produced over 20 high quality research outputs, and many of them are 4* or 3* publications. 

Book/Special Issues: 

  • Zhang, Y. and Gregory, M. 2017.  Value Creation through Engineering Excellence: Developing Network Capabilities.  Palgrave McMillian, London. ISBN: 978-3-319-56335-0. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-56336-7.
  • Herrington, T. and Zhang, Y. 2017. Supply Network Evolution in Emerging Industries. Special Issue, International Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Volume 31, No. 1/2/3.
  • Zhang, Y., Ahmed-Kristiansen, S. and Gregory, M. 2012. International Engineering Operations: New Explorations of High Value Engineering and Service. Special Issue, International Journal of Product Development, vol. 17, issue 3-4.  

Journal Articles:

  • Wang, X. and Zhang, Y. 2017. Engineering Network Operations for International Manufacturing: Strategic Orientations, Influencing Factors and Improvement Paths, Journal of Production Planning and Control, forthcoming.
  • Esfahbodi, A., Zhang, Y., Zhang, T. 2017. Governance Pressures and Performance Outcomes of Sustainable Supply Chain Management - An Empirical Analysis of UK Manufacturing Industry. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 155, no. 2, pp. 66-78.
  • Zhang, Y., Gregory, M. and Neely, A. 2016. Global Engineering Services: Shedding Light on Network Capabilities. Journal of Operations Management, volume 42/3, pp. 80-94.
  • He, T., Ho, W., Zhang, Y. and Dey, P. 2016. Organising the business processes of a product servitised supply chain: A value perspective.  Journal of Production Planning and Control, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 378-393.
  • Zhang, L., Akwei, C. and Zhang, Y. 2016. Exploring how complex solution-based capabilities (CSC) are developed and integrated in engineering companies. Journal of Production Planning and Control, vol. 27, No. 9, pp. 727-739. 
  • Esfahbodi, A., Zhang, Y. and Watson, G. 2016. Sustainable supply chain management in emerging economies: Trade-offs between environmental and cost performance. International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 181, pp.350-366.
  • Li, T., He, T. and Zhang, Y. 2016. A QFD-based evaluation method for business models of product service systems. Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Volume 2016, Article ID 8532607. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/8532607.
  • Zhang, Y. and Zhang, L. 2014. Organizing complex engineering operations throughout the lifecycle: A service-centred view and case studies. Journal of Service Management, volume 25, issue 5, pp. 580-602.
  • Zhang, Y., Gregory, M. and Shi, Y. 2014. Managing Global Engineering Networks (GEN) PART I: Theoretical Foundations and the Unique Nature of Engineering. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, volume 228, issue 2, pp. 163-171.
  • Zhang, Y., Gregory, M. and Shi, Y. 2014. Managing Global Engineering Networks (GEN) PART II: Case Studies and Directions for the Future Research. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, volume 228, issue 2, pp. 172-180.
  • Zhang, Y. and Gregory, M. 2013. Towards a Strategic View of Engineering Operations. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, volume 227, issue 6, pp. 767-780.
  • Zhang, Y. and Gregory, M. 2011. Managing Global Network Operations along the Engineering Value Chain. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, volume 31, issue 7, pp.736-764.