Dr Vikas Kumar

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  • Qualifications:PhD, AHEA, LTHE, B.Tech,
  • Position:Director of Research and Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Department:Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Telephone:+4411732 83466
  • Email:Vikas.Kumar@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

Prof Vikas Kumar is a Director of Research and Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, UK.

He serves on the editorial board of around six international journals including International J. of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience, Int. J. of Service, Economics, and Management and Int. J. of Manufacturing Systems. He has guest edited a number of special issues in high impact journals including J. of Information Technology (ABS 3*), Supply Chain Management an Int. J. (ABS 3*), Production, Planning & Control (ABS 3*), Int. J. of Productivity and Performance Management (ABS 2*), J. of Manufacturing Technology Management (ABS 1*), In. J. of Engineering Management and Economics (IJSEM), Int. J. of Lean Enterprise Research (IJLER), and Int. J. of Lean Six Sigma (IJLSS). He is also reviewer of more than 15 international journals including ABS 4/4* and ABS 3* journals such as Int. J Production Research (ABS3*), Int. J of Production Economics (ABS3*), Production Planning and Control (ABS3*), Supply Chain Management an Int. J (ABS3*), Expert Systems with Application (ABS3*), Int. J of Production and Operations Management (ABS4), J of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (ABS2*) and Computers and Industrial Engineering (ABS2*).

Prof Kumar works very closely with industries and has generated research funding in the excess of £1 million from various research agencies such as Innovate UK, EPSRC, British Council, British Academy, Newton Fund, and Science Foundation of Ireland. He is currently working on two research projects funded by British Academy/Newton Fund and Royal Academy of Engineering that are focused on developing countries (Indonesia and Turkey). His research projects are in collaboration with researchers from a number of UK universities as well as researchers from Brazil, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Costa Rica and Turkey.

Prof Kumar’s current research focus is on sustainable supply chain management and Supply Chain 4.0. His other research interests include supply chain improvement, short food supply chains, green supply chain, process modelling, innovation in SMEs, operations strategy, and service supply chains.

He is involved in teaching a number of postgraduate and undergraduate modules on research methods, operations management and operations strategy. He is also actively involved in supervising research masters and doctoral students (PhDs). His current PhD students are;

Meng Wang (Sustainability and Short Food Supply Chains in China)

Giang Nguyen (Supply Chain 4.0 Implementation in Vietnam)

Huy Phan (Measuring Sustainability Performance of Vietnamese SMEs)

Abdul Aziz (Adoption of Sustainable Supply Chain Management Practices in Saudi Arabia)

He welcomes PhD applications broadly in the area of operations and supply chain management including supply chain 4.0, operational excellence, sustainability, and food supply chains.

Area of expertise

Sustainable Supply Chain Management; Food Supply Chains; Industry 4.0; Digital Supply Chain Management; Structural Equation Modelling; Service Operations Management; Short Food Supply Chains; Operational Excellence


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