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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 - Dr Rob Dekkers

"Action research: the forgotten child"

Wednesday 27th April 2022 - 16:00-17:00

Webinar -  Dr Ma (Kitt - he/him) and Dr Sadaat Yamar (he/ him)

This session is structured in a different way from our previous GLOPSCO RIG meeting to work as a knowledge exchange and training workshop. On this basis, their workshop topic is: 

“ Social Media Research - showcase about how big data (Twitter) can be applied to operations and crisis management”.

Please, find below the abstract from this session and short biography from our facilitators. We hope you can join us to attend this reflective session for all of us. 

Social media has become a popular platform of interpersonal communication in which users can search for news and convey real-time information. Researching into social big data, such as Twitter, can be an effective way to identify public opinions and feelings in risk emergence, as it provides rich sources of data for opinion mining and sentiment analysis. This knowledge exchange and training workshop aims to showcase the analyses of public perception towards risk incidents. It shows how to employ a comprehensive data analysis framework and utilise Twitter messages to gauge public attitudes and opinions. The data analysis will highlight how Tweet diffusion (retweeting) has positive associations with the number of followers and the use of hashtags, hence we should pay more attention to users who have many followers, as their tweets will be read by a great number of other Twitter users. The findings suggest effective methods for practitioners in crisis management (e.g., how to use social media to disseminate information). The studies selected to support this session (Ma, Tse, Sato, Zhang & Lu, 2021; Ma, Tse, Sato, Zhang & Lu, 2019) presents a progressive tweet-mining framework that can serve as a tool in crisis management to classify the tweet topics, identify and analyse the sentiment and comprehend the changes in public attitudes.

Wednesday 4th May 2022 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

Webinar -Emma Dinsdale

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

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

Webinar - Rob Dekkers (University of Glasgow) and Qijun Zhou (University of Greenwich)

“Designing Research Methodologies: Walking out of the Darkness and an Alternative Approach'”.  

Wednesday 15th Dec 2021 16:00-17:00

Webinar - Zaina Gadema

"Embedding Equality/Diversity/Inclusive principles in international research: Inclusive Language & Decolonisation"

Wednesday 19th Jan 2022 16:00-17:00

Panel Discussion - Anglo-Iberoamerican approach to food supply chain sustainability - views from different sides of hemisphere

Prof Lorenzo Pastrana, Prof Germano Reis, Prof Carla Molento, Marcio Challiol, Dr Patricia Prado, Dr Sadaat Yawar, Dr Zaina Gadema

Wednesday, 30th March 2022 15:00-17:00


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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