Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon
Over the last ten years, supply chain management has become a key factor in manufacturing business successes and competitive advantage

Manufacturing systems, supply chains and logistics

Led by Professor David ZhangDr Stephen Childe, and Dr Liang Hao

Our research investigates agent-based distributed systems and their applications in the modelling, simulation, optimization and control of complex manufacturing systems and supply chains. We also lead research on business agility, agile manufacturing strategies and their implementation in conjunction with lean operations.

Current projects explore dynamically integrated manufacturing systems, modelling of risks and uncertainties in supply chain design and management, low-carbon supply chains, supply chain sourcing decisions and coordination with multi-level inventory, reverse logistics and remanufacturing, and dynamic portfolio planning in project-oriented supply chains.

Research areas