Dr Yong Lin

Dr Yong Lin

Department of Management
Associate Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Contact details

Department of Management
Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Yong Lin is an Associate Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. Dr Lin’s work focuses on contemporary management issues at firm, supply chain, and business ecosystem levels. His recent research interests are in digital transformation and sustainability strategies and practices, supply chain risk and resilience, digital logistics platform and business ecosystem.

ORC profile


  • PhD in Management Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, 2002
  • MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, 1999
  • Senior Fellow of the Advance HE (Higher Education Academy)
  • Certified Management and Business Educator of CABS (Chartered Association of Business School)
  • Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)


Dr Yong Lin joined the University of Birmingham in September 2021 as Associate Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Before that, he worked as Associate Professor at the University of Greenwich, and the Huazhong University of Science & Technology. He also had been a visiting researcher at the IfM (Institute for Manufacturing), University of Cambridge, and a research assistant at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.

Dr Lin has contributed to lead and coordinated in several research projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the 863 Program (National High Technology Research and Development Program of China), and the European Regional Development Fund. He also devoted to transfer research outputs in helping business via industry consulting projects.


  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Postgraduate supervision

Yong welcomes PhD applicants who are interested in: 

  • digital transformation in supply chain
  • digital technologies and sustainability
  • logistics platform strategy
  • business ecosystems
  • manufacturing strategies


Research interests

Yong’s recent research interests are in digital transformation and sustainability strategies and practices in:

  • supply chain
  • supply chain risk and resilience
  • digital logistics platform
  • business ecosystems


Recent publications


Ma, S & Lin, Y 2020, 供应链管理 Supply Chain Management. 6th edn, China Machine Press, Beijing, China.


Man, LC, Lin, Y, Pang, G, Sanderson, J & Duan, K 2024, 'Digitalization to achieve greener healthcare supply chain', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 463, 142802. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2024.142802

He, Y, Hu, M & Lin, Y 2024, 'Effects of complementors' perceived coopetition on fostering innovation: Evidence from Chinese software platforms', Industrial Marketing Management, vol. 117, no. 2, pp. 66-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2023.12.017

Duan, K, Pang, G & Lin, Y 2024, 'Exploring the current status and future opportunities of blockchain technology adoption and application in supply chain management', Journal of Digital Economy, vol. 2, pp. 244-288. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdec.2024.01.005

Gorton, M, Marek-Andrzejewska, E, Pang, G, Andrzejewski, W & Lin, Y 2024, 'Users’ processing of online marketplace listings for high and low involvement goods', Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, vol. 65, 101382. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.elerap.2024.101382

Rong, K, Lin, Y, Du, W & Yang, S 2023, 'Business ecosystem-oriented business model in the digital era', Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. https://doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2023.2191743

Chen, A, Lin, Y, Mariani, M, Shou, Y & Zhang, Y 2023, 'Entrepreneurial growth in digital business ecosystems: An integrated framework blending the knowledge-based view of the firm and business ecosystems', Journal of Technology Transfer, vol. 48, no. 5, pp. 1628-1653. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10961-023-10027-9

Lin, Y, Chen, A, Zhong, S, Giannikas, V, Lomas, C & Worth, T 2023, 'Service supply chain resilience: a social-ecological perspective on last-mile delivery operations', International Journal of Operations and Production Management, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 140-165. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-03-2022-0180

Yan, X, Liu, W, Lim, MK, Lin, Y & Wei, W 2022, 'Exploring the factors to promote circular supply chain implementation in the smart logistics ecological chain', Industrial Marketing Management, vol. 101, pp. 57-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2021.11.015

Lin, Y, Chen, A, Yin, Y, Li, Q, Zhu, Q & Luo, J 2021, 'A framework for sustainable management of the platform service supply chain: an empirical study of the logistics sector in China', International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 235, no. 5, 108112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2021.108112

Reilly, D, Warren, L, Kristandl, G & Lin, Y 2021, 'An investigation into the self-efficacy of year one undergraduate students at a widening participation university', Teaching in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2021.2015756

Rong, K, Lin, Y, Yu, J, Zhang, Y & Radziwon, A 2021, 'Exploring regional innovation ecosystems: an empirical study in China', Industry and Innovation, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 545-569. https://doi.org/10.1080/13662716.2020.1830042

Warren, L, Reilly, D, Herdan, A & Lin, Y 2021, 'Self-efficacy, performance and the role of blended learning', Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 98-111. https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-08-2019-0210

Wei, S, Liu, W, Lin, Y, Wang, J & Liu, T 2021, 'Smart supply chain innovation model selection: exploitative or exploratory innovation?', International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, pp. 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/13675567.2021.1965104

Weihua, L, Wang, S, Lin, Y, Xie, D & Zhang, J 2020, 'Effect of intelligent logistics policy on shareholder value: Evidence from Chinese logistics companies', Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, vol. 137, no. 5, pp. 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tre.2020.101928

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