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Global Operations and Supply Chain Competitiveness

The GLOPSCO RIG is a research group with the aim of promoting socilisation and networking of research activities and outputs and also multi-disciplinary research activities integrated with enterprise development.

The key research focus of this research group is in global operations and supply chain competitiveness and improvement, but due to the nature of this topic there will be an opportunity of cross-disciplinary approach amongst various fields and disciplines.  The scope of this research group is a contemporary element with significant research and knowledge development that encourages research in practice (action research), and empirical research. These elements may include digital supply chain (digital operation/business), agile and lean supply chain and operation, and service and manufacturing quality supply chain and operations. Operations and Supply Chain Management is a recognised academic discipline with number of different high-ranking journals and conferences. However, our research group will have distinctive approach to this via “Internationalisation” and “Competitiveness” contexts that sometimes the inter-face between these two makes this discipline more interesting. In fact, the inter-face of efficiency, digitalisation, quality, globalisation and three bottom line sustainability (Environmental, Social and Economic) is an augmenting and interesting area for both research and practice. Local, national and international enterprises, social enterprises, manufacturing and service SMEs and their larger counterparts and broader community will find our research activities and publication useful.

Current events: 

Webinar -Emma Dinsdale

“Sustaining Effectiveness within the Automotive Supply Chain – Key Challenges within 2021”

Emma graduated in 2011 from Northumbria University with a first-class BA (Hons) Degree in Business Studies. This academic experience was a sandwich degree whereby she completed a 12-month industrial placement at a tier 1 automotive supplier. Post-graduation, she remained employed with this tier 1 until she joined a UK Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) within the Supply Chain Management function. She has since been promoted to the Management team, responsible for parts supply into the manufacturing plant. She will soon rotate into a role where she will be responsible for supply risk management. In parallel to her employment, she published a journal article in 2015 surrounding just-in-time (JIT) delivery within the automotive industry. In 2018, she graduated with a Master's Level Certificate in Leadership and Change. She is currently in the final stages of writing up her PhD which she has carried out part-time. The PhD topic surrounds the supply chain implications of producing electric vehicles (EV’s) alongside Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles.

Wednesday, 3rd November 2021, 16:00-17:00

Please, contact Dr Alireza Shokri for booking a place  by via:


Previous events:

Webinar - Prof Vikas Kumar

The Impact of Industry 4.0’s Technologies on Supply Chains: An Empirical Investigation amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, 16th Nov 2020 14:00-15:00

Webinar - Prof Andrew Thomas

Management 4.0 – an Evolutionary Perspective on Operations Management

Thursday 10th Dec 2020, 15:00-16:00

Webinar - Dr Carla Pereira 

The role of supply chain resilience in reducing food waste: an approach based on dynamic capabilities

Wednesday 24th Feb 2020 16:00-17:00 

Webinar - Prof Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes

The Contribution of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management towards Environmental Sustainability – A Review of Concepts and Methodologies

Wednesday 17th March 2020 16:00-17:00

Webinar - Prof Chris Hicks

Why and how to write for high-ranking journals

Wednesday 21st April 2021 - 15:00-16:00

Webinar -Dr Stephen Anthony

The nine lessons of operational excellence in higher educational institutions

Wednesday 19th May 2021 - 14:00-15:00

Webinar - Dr Rob Dekkers

"Making Literature Reviews Work for Publication: Just Do It or …?"

Wed 13th Oct 2021- 16:00-17:00

RIG Activity Updates


Innovative partnership to develop game-changing manufacturing solutions

A collaborative research project driven by The NBT Group, Northumbria University, GLOPSCO RIG and Senseye has been awarded over a quarter of a million pounds to evaluate new and emerging 'smart' technologies, helping to digitalise and transform manufacturing supply chains.

For further details, please click here


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