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Dr Abraham Zhang

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EBS - Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship (SOE)
Dr Abraham Zhang

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Biography

Abraham Zhang is a Reader in Supply Chain and Operations Management at Essex Business School (EBS). He obtained his PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the University of Hong Kong. Before he moved into the academia, he was a production supervisor in Singapore and a Lean management consultant serving the Asia-Pacific region. His teaching and corporate training have been well regarded by students and clients, and he has received multiple nominations for outstanding teaching awards. His research and consulting works have led to over 40 publications in leading academic journals including International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Transportation Research Part E, Omega, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Production Planning & Control, and Journal of Cleaner Production, among others. His expertise on circular economy and sustainability has been internationally recognised, especially in the areas of barriers to sustainability and smart waste management. He was among the first who conceptualised circular supply chain management, i.e., the integration of circular thinking in supply chain management (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.04.303). He is a key member of a transdisciplinary research team working on “Āmiomio Aotearoa – A circular economy for the wellbeing of New Zealand”. The project won the 2020 Endeavour Fund (NZD$10,939,795 for 2020-2025) from the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment of New Zealand. He is the managing guest editor of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review (ABDC Ranked A*; ABS 3 star) Special Issue on “Logistics and Supply Chain Management in an Era of Circular Economy". He is also the Lead Guest Editor of International Journal of Logistics Management (ABDC Ranked A) Special Issue on “Empirically grounded research in logistics and supply chain management for a circular economy". His current research focuses on sustainable operations and supply chain management, especially on circular supply chain management and Blockchain enabled supply chain sustainability. He also has a keen interest in the operations management of non-profit organisations including faith communities, social enterprises, eco-villages, and educational institutions. He has supervised to completion four PhD students and more Master's students. He welcomes admission inquiries from prospective PhD and MPhil students. Personal distinctions: - Emerging Researcher Award (Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, AUT University, 2018) - Outstanding Reviewer Recognition (International Journal of Production Economics, 2018) - Special session chair on sustainability and innovation (The 48th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering, Auckland, New Zealand, 2018) - Best Published Manuscript Award (Maritime Policy & Management, 2016) - Highly Commended Paper Award (Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 2015) - Academic programme chair (The 12th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand, 2014) - Best Paper Award (Journal of the Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers, 2011)

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Hong Kong,

  • MSc Georgia Institute of Technology,

  • MSc National University of Singapore,

  • MEng & BEng Tsinghua University,

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

Large scale supply chain user priorities for efficient management

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Freight, Ports, Shipping and Supply Chain Futures Summit 2017, Auckland, New Zealand, 15/8/2017

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Business Research Methods (BE218)

  • Supply Chain Management (BE260)

  • Global Supply Chain and Operations Management (BE275)

  • Research Methods (BE955)

Publications

Journal articles (38)

Burke, H., Zhang, A. and Wang, JX., Integrating product design and supply chain management for a circular economy. Production Planning and Control (Forthcoming)

Zhang, A., Wang, JX., Farooque, M., Wang, Y. and Choi, TM., Multi-dimensional Circular Supply Chain Management: A Comparative Review of the State-of-the-art Practices and Research. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review

Venkatesh, VG., Zhang, A., Deakins, E. and Venkatesh, M., (2021). Antecedents of Social Sustainability Noncompliance in the Indian Apparel Sector. International Journal of Production Economics. 234, 108038-108038

Wang, B., Farooque, M., Zhong, RY., Zhang, A. and Liu, Y., (2021). Internet of Things (IoT)-Enabled Accountability in Source Separation of Household Waste for a Circular Economy in China. Journal of Cleaner Production. 300, 126773-126773

Liu, Y., Wood, LC., Venkatesh, VG., Zhang, A. and Farooque, M., (2021). Barriers to sustainable food consumption and production in China: A fuzzy DEMATEL analysis from a circular economy perspective. Sustainable Production and Consumption. 28, 1114-1129

Venkatesh, VG., Zhang, A., Deakins, E. and Mani, V., (2020). Drivers of sub-supplier social sustainability compliance: An emerging economy perspective. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. 25 (6), 655-677

Venkatesh, VG., Kang, K., Wang, B., Zhong, RY. and Zhang, A., (2020). System architecture for blockchain based transparency of supply chain social sustainability. Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing. 63, 101896-101896

Yi, W., Wang, S. and Zhang, A., (2020). Optimal transportation planning for prefabricated products in construction. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. 35 (4), 342-353

Zhang, A., Zhong, RY., Farooque, M., Kang, K. and Venkatesh, VG., (2020). Blockchain-based life cycle assessment: An implementation framework and system architecture. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 152, 104512-104512

Farooque, M., Jain, V., Zhang, A. and Li, Z., (2020). Fuzzy DEMATEL analysis of barriers to Blockchain-based life cycle assessment in China. Computers & Industrial Engineering. 147, 106684-106684

Venkatesh, VG., Zhang, A., Deakins, E., Mani, V. and Shi, Y., (2020). Supply Chain Integration Barriers to Port-Centric Logistics—An Emerging Economy Perspective. Transportation Journal. 59 (3), 215-253

Wang, B., Luo, W., Zhang, A., Tian, Z. and Li, Z., (2020). Blockchain-enabled circular supply chain management: A system architecture for fast fashion. Computers in Industry. 123, 103324-103324

Zhang, A., Zheng, Z. and Teo, C-P., (2020). Schedule Reliability in Liner Shipping Timetable Design: A Convex Programming Approach

Zhang, A., Venkatesh, VG., Liu, Y., Wan, M., Qu, T. and Huisingh, D., (2019). Barriers to smart waste management for a circular economy in China. Journal of Cleaner Production. 240, 118198-118198

Venkatesh, VG., Zhang, A., Deakins, E., Luthra, S. and Mangla, S., (2019). A fuzzy AHP-TOPSIS approach to supply partner selection in continuous aid humanitarian supply chains. Annals of Operations Research. 283 (1-2), 1517-1550

Farooque, M., Zhang, A. and Liu, Y., (2019). Barriers to circular food supply chains in China. Supply Chain Management. 24 (5), 677-696

Farooque, M., Zhang, A., Thürer, M., Qu, T. and Huisingh, D., (2019). Circular supply chain management: A definition and structured literature review. Journal of Cleaner Production. 228, 882-900

Behzadi, G., O’Sullivan, MJ., Olsen, TL. and Zhang, A., (2018). Agribusiness supply chain risk management: A review of quantitative decision models. Omega. 79, 21-42

Behzadi, G., O’Sullivan, MJ., Olsen, TL. and Zhang, A., (2018). Allocation flexibility for agribusiness supply chains under market demand disruption. International Journal of Production Research. 56 (10), 3524-3546

Zhang, KC. and Zhang, A., (2017). Dare to Dream: Personal Values, Life Goals, and International Students in New Zealand. Journal of Religion and Health. 56 (5), 1503-1514

Behzadi, G., O'Sullivan, MJ., Olsen, TL., Scrimgeour, F. and Zhang, A., (2017). Robust and resilient strategies for managing supply disruptions in an agribusiness supply chain. International Journal of Production Economics. 191, 207-220

Venkatesh, VG., Zhang, A., Luthra, S., Dubey, R., Subramanian, N. and Mangla, S., (2017). Barriers to coastal shipping development: An Indian perspective. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 52, 362-378

Shi, Y., Zhang, A., Arthanari, T. and Liu, Y., (2016). Third-party purchase: an empirical study of Chinese third-party logistics users. International Journal of Operations & Production Management. 36 (3), 286-307

Zhang, A., Luo, W., Shi, Y., Chia, ST. and Sim, ZHX., (2016). Lean and Six Sigma in logistics: a pilot survey study in Singapore. International Journal of Operations & Production Management. 36 (11), 1625-1643

Shi, Y., Zhang, A., Arthanari, T., Liu, Y. and Cheng, TCE., (2016). Third-party purchase: An empirical study of third-party logistics providers in China. International Journal of Production Economics. 171, 189-200

Laake, J. and Zhang, A., (2016). Joint optimization of strategic fleet planning and contract analysis in tramp shipping. Applied Economics. 48 (3), 203-211

Zhang, A., Loh, HS. and Van Thai, V., (2015). Impacts of Global Manufacturing Trends on Port Development: The Case of Hong Kong1. The Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics. 31 (1), 135-159

Luo, H., Zhang, A. and Huang, GQ., (2015). Active scheduling for hybrid flowshop with family setup time and inconsistent family formation. Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing. 26 (1), 169-187

Zhang, A. and Lam, JSL., (2015). Daily Maersk’s impacts on shipper’s supply chain inventories and implications for the liner shipping industry. Maritime Policy & Management. 42 (3), 246-262

Zhang, A., (2014). Quality improvement through Poka-Yoke: from engineering design to information system design. International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage. 8 (2), 147-147

Zhang, A., Lam, JSL. and Huang, GQ., (2014). Port strategy in the era of supply chain management: the case of Hong Kong. Maritime Policy & Management. 41 (4), 367-383

Zhang, A. and Lam, JSL., (2014). Impacts of Schedule Reliability and Sailing Frequency on the Liner Shipping and Port Industry: A Study of Daily Maersk. TRANSPORTATION JOURNAL. 53 (2), 235-253

Zhang, A., (2014). The Blackwell Companion to Maritime Economics. Maritime Policy & Management. 41 (6), 607-609

Huang, GQ., Zhang, A. and Liu, X., (2013). A supply chain configuration model for reassessing global manufacturing in China. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management. 24 (5), 669-687

Zhang, A., Luo, H. and Huang, GQ., (2013). A bi-objective model for supply chain design of dispersed manufacturing in China. International Journal of Production Economics. 146 (1), 48-58

Zhang, A., Huang, GQ. and Liu, X., (2012). Impacts of business environment changes on global manufacturing in the Chinese Greater Pearl River Delta: a supply chain perspective. Applied Economics. 44 (34), 4505-4514

Zhang, A. and Huang, GQ., (2012). Impacts of business environment changes on global manufacturing outsourcing in China. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. 17 (2), 138-151

Zhang, A. and Huang, GQ., (2010). A multi-period mixed integer programming model for the problem of relocating a global manufacturing facility. Journal of the Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers. 27 (6), 407-417

Grants and funding

2021

Amiomio Aotearoa � a circular economy for the wellbeing of New Zealand

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment New Zealand

Contact

abraham.zhang@essex.ac.uk

Location:

GB.3.63, Southend Campus