Department of Management

Supply Chain 4.0 Hub

The Supply Chain 4.0 Hub aims to advance cutting-edge research on how emerging technologies are transforming global supply chains. The Hub explores key research themes such as how 3D printing is shortening global supply chains and bringing manufacturing closer to the consumer. We investigate how BlockChain technology is enhancing the traceability of end-to-end supply chains; providing firms with visibility of unethical supply chain practices such as the use of modern slavery and conflict minerals. Other research streams include the use of data analytics and Big Data to enhance forecast accuracy and reduce inventory holding. The Hub works closely with industry partners including companies in pharmaceuticals, automotive and aerospace to develop robust supply chain solutions that capitalise on Industry 4.0 technologies.

Latest News and Events


  • Funding awarded:

Project: ‘Exploring the role of digital health platforms in improving healthcare practice and delivery in developing countries: The case of MedicineAfrica’.
Grant: £9,863
Funder: British Academy/The Leverhulme Trust 
Role: Principal Investigator
Dates: October 2019-Septer 2020

Project: Co-creating connected and Intelligent Care Homes for People with Dementia: the development of demand-lead project.
Grant: £3,000
Funder: Economic & Social Research Council – Impact Accelerator Fund
Role: Co-Investigator. PIs: Prof. Nekovee (School of Engineering & Informatics) and Dr. Chen L.H. (School of Education and Social Work)
Dates: December 2019-December 2020

  • Dr Anthony Alexander has won £120k of external funding from the European Space Agency for a two-year project to investigate links between global commodity supply chains and deforestation. Working with a consortium of experts from business, NGOs and academia, led by the Satellite Applications Catapult, this project aims to provide a proof-of-concept for a new form of data integration platform, linking Earth Observation, and isotopic analysis of foods, to track whether commodities come from locations associated with deforestation. Consumer-facing retailers in particular are sensitive about negative environmental impacts associated with their brand, and investors in those firms and others in the supply chain are also increasingly concerned about unsustainable environmental destruction and how they might contribute to reducing it.
  • Liang Chen & Roger Strange presented a paper on ‘The Internet of Things and its implications for international business' at the recent (virtual) Academy of International Business (AIB) conference. The paper is also under review at a journal, but no word on that yet.
  • Liang Chen, Maria Tereza Fleury & Roger Strange are guest editing a Special Issue of the Journal of International Management on 'The impact of digital technologies on firms’ international strategies'. Submission deadline is end January 2021.


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