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Dr Alireza Shokri

Associate Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Dr Alireza Shokri is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Operations and Supply Chain Management and the subject group leader of "Operations, Supply Chain and Logistics Management" in the Department of Operations, Marketing and Systems. Prior to the current position, Alireza was the programme leader for the BA (Hon) International Business Management Programme. Before joining Newcastle Business School in 2011, Alireza had different practitioner roles including supply chain manager, quality manager, and ISO9001 internal consultant in food sector. Alireza got his first degree in Agriculture Engineering in University of Zanjan, Iran following by MSc in Food Technology in 2001 in Teesside University in the UK. Alireza completed his PhD in Lean Six Sigma application within food distribution SMEs in 2011 and since then he is working as an academic.

 Alireza is passionate in teaching and research. He is very active in action research and research/Enterprise development activities. Alireza is currently leading the "Global Operations and Supply Chain Competitiveness" Research Interest Group with academic members across the globe. Alireza is also member of editorial board for the “International Journal of Lean Six Sigma". As the referee, Alireza is serving many different specialised and high ranking journals such as “International Journal of Operations and Production Management", "International Journal of Production Economics", "International Journal of Lean Six Sigma" and "International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management". As the principal investigator, Alireza is currently leading a British Academy - funded project about Green application of Lean Six Sigma projects in manufacturing sector. He is also part of the project management team as the quality manager and researcher of a multi-disciplinary global EU-funded (1m Euros) project as part of "Horizon 2020" called "GETM3 Project". Alireza's research focuses on Lean Six Sigma and its application in service and manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma integration with Supply Chain Management, HR and Sustainability, Supply Chain Quality Management and process improvement and Lean Management. His research has been published in international leading/excellence level journals in his research including "International Journal of Operations and Production Management (ABS 4*).

 Alireza is the member of Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) as the practitioner. Alongside that, Alireza is the Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), and member of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) that is co-joint professional body with Chartered Institute of Operations Management (CIOM). Alireza is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Green belt with professional capability of leading on lean Six Sigma projects.  

 Alireza is keen on working with local, national and international businesses and he is the strong believer on "Research in Practice". Alireza is currently working with leading organisations such as "Egger", "CMP Products", “Tharsus", "North East Chamber of Commerce", "North East Freight Partnership", etc.


Alireza Shokri


  • Education PGCHE August 30 2013
  • Food Science PhD January 10 2011
  • Food Science MSc June 30 2010
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014
  • Member Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) 2014
  • Information not provided Chartered Management Institute (CMI) 2011
  • Information not provided Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) 2011

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Green implementation of Lean Six Sigma projects in the manufacturing sector, Shokri, A., Li, G. 18 Feb 2020, In: International Journal of Lean Six Sigma
  • Systematic review of green implementation of lean six sigma projects in manufacturing sector, Shokri, A., Antony, J. 30 Jun 2020
  • Investigating the view of quality management success factors amongst future early career operations leaders, Shokri, A. 9 Dec 2019, In: International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences
  • Quality management vision of future early career Operations Managers, Shokri, A., Nabhani, F. 4 Feb 2019, In: International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management
  • Reducing the Scrap Rate in Manufacturing SMEs Through Lean Six Sigma Methodology, Shokri, A. 1 Sep 2019, In: IEEE Engineering Management Review
  • The impact of cultural readiness factors on successful Lean Six Sigma implementation in manufacturing: A case study of diagnosis stage of an action research, Shokri, A., Nussbaum, K. 24 Jun 2019
  • Investigating the view of quality management success factors amongst future early career operations managers, Shokri, A., Nabhani, F. 21 Aug 2018
  • Purchasing manages and optimises existing product variance, Nabhani, F., Uhl, C., Kauff, F., Shokri, A. 16 Apr 2018, In: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management
  • Supply chain process optimisation via the management of variance, Nabhani, F., Uhl, C., Kauf, F., Shokri, A. Apr 2018, In: Journal of Management Analytics
  • Purchasing Management: The Optimisation of Product and Process Variance, Shokri, A., Uhl, C., Nabhani, F. Jun 2017

PGR Supervision

  • Svenja Koester Start: 01/10/2020
  • Mahmoud Ramezani Start: 01/03/2019
  • Rhoda Bello-Adeyinka Start: 01/10/2018
  • Fredrick Sheshe An Investigation into supply chain risk factors and their impact on performance of humanitarian pharmaceutical supply chain in Sub-Sahara Africa - A case study of the supply chain system for UNICEF Tanzania Start: 19/01/2016

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