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Professor Niraj Kumar

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EBS - Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship (SOE)
Professor Niraj Kumar

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Biography

Niraj Kumar is Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Essex Business School (EBS). He is also the Associate Director of Research of the Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship (SOE) Group and the Director of Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management and Internationalisation (REIMI). Previously, he held academic positions at the University of Liverpool Management School, Sheffield University Management School, Hull University Business School, University of Bath School of Management and University of Hong Kong. Professor Kumar has extensively published on various aspects of Operations and supply chain management in reputed international journals, books and conferences. Some of his research papers are highly cited and appeared in leading international journals such as International Journal of Operations and Production Management (IJOPM), Omega: the International Journal of Management Science, Transportation Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Expert Systems with Applications, International Journal of Production Research, Supply Chain Management and Technological Forecasting & Social Change. He currently serves on the editorial board of International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience (IJSCOR), and editorial review board of IJOPM and Sustainability. He also served on the academic and scientific committees of reputed international conferences such as European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) annual conference, International Symposium on Industrial Engineering & Operations Management, European Decision Sciences Institute annual conference, and Sustainable Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management conference. He is a member of the peer review group of Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Newton Fund. Over the years, he has led and contributed to a range of research projects funded by European Commission (Horizon 2020), British Academy, Newton Fund, British Council, UGC and UKIERI. He has also worked on a variety of projects with several companies in Aerospace, Automobile, Retail, Construction, Food, IT and Waste management sectors in UK and abroad. In spare time, he actively participates in educational outreach and charitable activities. His research interests are primarily in Sustainable operations and supply chain management, Food supply chain, Supply chain innovation and Big data practices in supply chain. He has successfully supervised a number of PhD students in past and is interested in supervising new PhD students having innovative research ideas in operations and supply chain management field. Any prospective PhD student with a passion for research can get in touch to discuss the proposal. Current research projects: - Transition towards circular agri-food systems in Thailand : Multi-stakeholders perspectives (funded by Newton fund) - The role of cooperatives in developing sustainable organic food systems in Brazil (funded by Newton fund) - Sustainable transformation of food wastes into value added products: A case study of the seafood sector in Vietnam (funded by Newton fund) - Integration of Global and Local Agri-Food Supply Chains towards Sustainable Food Security (funded by European Commission – Horizon 2020) Personal distinctions: -“Top 20 most cited author” (International Journal of Production Research, 2020) - “Top 25 most cited author” (Transportation Research Part E, 2019) - Excellent paper presentation award, 10th International Conference on Systematic Innovation (Liverpool, 2019). - Organiser and Conference Co-chair of Sustainable operations, logistics and supply chain management conference (University of Sheffield, 2014) - The Bath Award (University of Bath, 2009) - Organiser and Conference Chair of Meeting of Minds research conference (University of Bath, 2009)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Management

Open to supervise

Food Supply Chain

Open to supervise

Supply Chain Innovation

Open to supervise

Big data management

Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

Future of sustainable food systems in developing economies

Invited presentation, Brazil, 14/5/2019

Waste management in seafood supply chain : Motivations, challenges and way forward

Invited presentation, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 10/4/2019

Circular food supply chain

Invited presentation, Dalaman, Turkey, 13/10/2018

Sustainable Business Development through Technology and Innovation

Invited presentation, Bangkok, Thailand, 27/3/2018

Green design to Green disposal in supply chain

Keynote presentation, Pathways to Greening the Supply Chain Operations, Ahmedabad, India, 10/1/2016

Developing holistic framework for low-carbon supply chain in developing economies

Invited presentation, Ahmedabad, India, 17/6/2013

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Global Project Management (BE750)

Publications

Journal articles (29)

Al‐kalouti, J., Kumar, V., Kumar, N., Garza‐Reyes, JA., Upadhyay, A. and Zwiegelaar, JB., (2020). Investigating innovation capability and organizational performance in service firms. Strategic Change. 29 (1), 103-113

Majhi, R., Thangeda, R., Sugasi, RP. and Kumar, N., (2020). Analysis and prediction of COVID‐19 trajectory: A machine learning approach. Journal of Public Affairs, e2537-

Mokhtar, ARM., Genovese, A., Brint, A. and Kumar, N., (2019). Improving reverse supply chain performance: The role of supply chain leadership and governance mechanisms. Journal of Cleaner Production. 216, 42-55

Kumar, N., Brint, A., Shi, E., Upadhyay, A. and Ruan, X., (2019). Integrating sustainable supply chain practices with operational performance: an exploratory study of Chinese SMEs. Production Planning and Control. 30 (5-6), 464-478

Mokhtar, ARM., Genovese, A., Brint, A. and Kumar, N., (2019). Supply chain leadership: A systematic literature review and a research agenda. International Journal of Production Economics. 216, 255-273

Yazdani, M., Abdi, MR., Kumar, N., Keshavarz-Ghorabaee, M. and Chan, FTS., (2019). Improved Decision Model for Evaluating Risks in Construction Projects. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. 145 (5), 04019024-04019024

Nisar, TM., Kumar, N. and Prabhakar, G., (2019). Effect of best management practices on the performance and productivity of small firms. Production Planning and Control. 30 (10-12), 919-934

Arunachalam, D. and Kumar, N., (2018). Benefit-based consumer segmentation and performance evaluation of clustering approaches: An evidence of data-driven decision-making. Expert Systems with Applications. 111, 11-34

Arunachalam, D., Kumar, N. and Kawalek, JP., (2018). Understanding big data analytics capabilities in supply chain management: Unravelling the issues, challenges and implications for practice. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review. 114, 416-436

Tob-Ogu, A., Kumar, N. and Cullen, J., (2018). ICT adoption in road freight transport in Nigeria – A case study of the petroleum downstream sector. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 131, 240-252

Tob-Ogu, A., Kumar, N., Cullen, J. and Ballantyne, E., (2018). Sustainability Intervention Mechanisms for Managing Road Freight Transport Externalities: A Systematic Literature Review. Sustainability. 10 (6), 1923-1923

Ebrahimi, SM., Koh, SCL., Genovese, A. and Kumar, N., (2018). Structure-integration relationships in oil and gas supply chains. International Journal of Operations and Production Management. 38 (2), 424-445

Chen, X., Wang, X., Kumar, V. and Kumar, N., (2016). Low carbon warehouse management under cap-and-trade policy. Journal of Cleaner Production. 139, 894-904

Kumar, M. and Kumar, N., (2016). Three dimensions of service recovery: examining relationship and impact. Supply Chain Management. 21 (2), 273-286

Kumar, N., Agrahari, RP. and Roy, D., (2015). Review of Green Supply Chain Processes. IFAC-PapersOnLine. 48 (3), 374-381

Lake, A., Acquaye, A., Genovese, A., Kumar, N. and Koh, SCL., (2015). An application of hybrid life cycle assessment as a decision support framework for green supply chains. International Journal of Production Research. 53 (21), 6495-6521

Dadhich, P., Genovese, A., Kumar, N. and Acquaye, A., (2015). Developing sustainable supply chains in the UK construction industry: A case study. International Journal of Production Economics. 164, 271-284

Genovese, A., Lenny Koh, SC., Kumar, N. and Tripathi, PK., (2014). Exploring the challenges in implementing supplier environmental performance measurement models: a case study. Production Planning and Control. 25 (13-14), 1198-1211

Mishra, N., Kumar, V., Kumar, N., Kumar, M. and Tiwari, MK., (2011). Addressing lot sizing and warehousing scheduling problem in manufacturing environment. Expert Systems with Applications. 38 (9), 11751-11762

Chan, FTS. and Kumar, N., (2009). Effective allocation of customers to distribution centres: A multiple ant colony optimization approach. Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing. 25 (1), 1-12

Kumar, N., Tiwari, MK. and Chan, FTS., (2008). Development of a hybrid negotiation scheme for multi-agent manufacturing systems. International Journal of Production Research. 46 (3), 539-569

Chan, FTS., Kumar, N., Tiwari, MK., Lau, HCW. and Choy, KL., (2008). Global supplier selection: a fuzzy-AHP approach. International Journal of Production Research. 46 (14), 3825-3857

Kumar, N., Ranjan, R. and Tiwari, MK., (2007). Recognition of undercut features and parting surface of moulded parts using polyhedron face adjacency graph. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. 34 (1-2), 47-55

Chan, FTS., Kumar, N. and Choy, KL., (2007). Decision-making approach for the distribution centre location problem in a supply chain network using the fuzzy-based hierarchical concept. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture. 221 (4), 725-739

Chan, FTS. and Kumar, N., (2007). Global supplier development considering risk factors using fuzzy extended AHP-based approach. Omega. 35 (4), 417-431

Chan, FTS., Bhagwat, R., Kumar, N., Tiwari, MK. and Lam, P., (2006). Development of a decision support system for air-cargo pallets loading problem: A case study. Expert Systems with Applications. 31 (3), 472-485

Kumar, N. and Chan, FTS., (2006). Ranking based heuristic approach for three-dimensional multi- shaped container-loading problem. Annual Journal of Institute of Industrial Engineers. 26, 51-60

Ranjan, R., Kumar, N., Pandey, RK. and Tiwari, MK., (2005). Automatic recognition of machining features from a solid model using the 2D feature pattern. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. 26 (7-8), 861-869

Ranjan, R., Kumar, N., Pandey, RK. and Tiwari *, MK., (2004). Agent-based design framework for riser and gating system design for sound casting. International Journal of Production Research. 42 (22), 4827-4847

Book chapters (4)

Kumar, N., A genetic algorithm based approach for air cargo loading problem. The University of Hong Kong Libraries

Kumar, N. and Chan, FTS., Systematic study of the complexities involved in loading and transportation of air-cargos. In: Operations and Technology Management (Part 2) - Complexity Management in Supply Chains- Concepts, Tools and Methods. Editors: Blecker, T. and Kersten, W., . Erich Schmidt Verlag GmbH & Co, Berlin. 141- 157

Tob-Ogu, A., Kumar, N. and Cullen, J., Sustainability intervention mechanisms for managing road freight transport externalities. In: Sustainable Freight Transport. Editors: Tavasszy, L. and Piecyk, M., . MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. 5- 23

Kumar, V., Mishra, N., Chan, FTS., Kumar, N. and Verma, A., (2011). A Multiple Ant Colony Optimisation Approach for a Multi-objective Manufacturing Rescheduling Problem. In: Multi-objective Evolutionary Optimisation for Product Design and Manufacturing. Springer London. 343- 361

Conferences (55)

Harsanto, B., Kumar, N., Zhan, Y. and Michaelides, R., Sustainability-oriented innovation: a capability-based framework

Harsanto, B., Kumar, N., Zhan, Y. and Michaelides, R., Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Emerging Economies, 26th ICE/IEEE ITMC Conference, Cardiff, UK (2020)

Alexandre de Lima, F., Neutzling, DM., Land, AL. and Kumar, N., Analysing the Role of Certification Schemes within Alternative Food Networks, 7th EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Forum, Nottingham, UK (2020)

Harsanto, B., Kumar, N., Zhan, Y. and Michaelides, R., Sustainability-oriented innovation capabilities in manufacturing organisations, INFORMS 2019 Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA (2019)

Harsanto, B., Kumar, N., Zhan, Y. and Michaelides, R., An empirical investigation of sustainability-oriented innovation (SOI) approach in manufacturing organisations, 33rd British Academy of Management Conference, Birmingham, UK (2019)

Harsanto, B., Kumar, N., Zhan, Y. and Michaelides, R., A systematic approach towards sustainability-oriented innovation in manufacturing firms: An empirical research, 10th International Conference on Systematic Innovation (ICSI), Liverpool, UK (2019)

Harsanto, B., Kumar, N., Zhan, Y. and Michaelides, R., Determinants of sustainability-oriented innovation capability in manufacturing firms, 26th EurOMA Annual Conference, Helsinki, Finland (2019)

Sikabbwele, K., Kumar, N., Drake, P. and Hernandez, JH., Understanding the impact of leagile manufacturing on environmental sustainability, 26th EurOMA Annual Conference, Helsinki, Finland (2019)

Jayanthakumaran, M., Shukla, N., Kumar, N. and Beydoun, G., Impact of disruption in currency supply chain on farming operations in India: A social media analytics approach, 26th EurOMA Annual Conference, Helsinki, Finland (2019)

Kumar, N., Impact of environmental policy change on business operations: Insights from social media analytics, POMS 30th Annual Conference, Washington D. C., USA (2019)

Harsanto, B., Kumar, N., Zhan, Y. and Michaelides, R., Antecedents of sustainability- oriented innovation in manufacturing organisations, POMS 30th Annual Conference, Washington D. C., USA (2019)

Tob-Ogu, A., Kumar, N. and Cullen, J., Sustainability commitment: A decision framework for innovating and examining transport practices, 49th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, Chicago, USA (2018)

Kumar, N., Martinez, GM., Arunachalam, D. and Kumar, V., Role of social media analytics in understanding the impact of institutional pressures on sustainable practices: A case study of Indian automotive industry, 25th EurOMA Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary (2018)

Arunachalam, D., Kumar, N., Brint, A. and Cantarelli, C., The role of Big Data Analytics Maturity on Firm performance: Evidence from the UK manufacturing sector, 25th EurOMA Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary (2018)

Kumar, N., Martinez, GM. and Arunachalam, D., Role of social media analytics in evaluating supply chain agility, POMS 29th Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, USA (2018)

Kumar, N., Martinez, GM. and Arunachalam, D., Exploring the impact of currency flow disruption on supply chain using big data analytics, POMS 29th Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, USA (2018)

Mokhtar, ARM., Genovese, A., Kumar, N. and Brint, A., The Relationship between Supply Chain Leadership and Suppliers’ Performance in Manufacturing Industries, 27th IPSERA Conference, Athens, Greece (2018)

Arunachalam, D., Kumar, N., Kawalek, JP. and Shukla, N., Exploring big data analytics capabilities for supply chain: a systematic literature review

Kumar, N., Impact of early vs late implementation of green practices in a supply chain

Mokhtar, ARM., Genovese, A., Kumar, N. and Brint, A., Supply Chain Leadership and Performance

Kumar, N. and Kayikci, Y., Exploring the impact of deprivation factors on household waste management operations

Kayikci, Y. and Kumar, N., A Resilience Measurement Approach for Logistics Center Infrastructure

Kumar, N., Comparative study of green supply chain practices in developing and developed countries

Tob-Ogu, A., Kumar, N. and Cullen, J., Operations and Sustainability Hierarchy: Sustainability Priorities in Road Freight Transport

Arunachalam, D., Kumar, N. and Kawalek, JP., Big Data and Analytics (BDA) in the UK manufacturing supply chain: BDA capability maturity, absorptive capacity and Supply chain performance

Mokhtar, ARM., Kumar, N. and et al., Supply Chain Leadership

Kumar, N. and Roy, D., Exploring sustainable supply chain practices in developing countries: Evidence from Indian industries

Kumar, N. and Kumar, V., Contemporary issues in developing an efficient supply network: A systematic literature review and research agenda

Kumar, N., Agrahari, RP. and Roy, D., The role of life cycle thinking in integrating the green objectives in a supply chain: A literature review and future research agenda

Kumar, N., Supplier capability and dyadic collaboration: the role of informal governance structure

Kumar, V., Trang, PM., Kumar, N. and et al., Examining the impact of product innovation and service quality on customer satisfaction and customer loyalty

Tob-Ogu, A., Cullen, J. and Kumar, N., Exploring theoretical perspectives on information and communication technology roles in enabling sustainable road freight transportation: An evaluation of the Nigerian oil and gas industry downstream sector

Kumar, N., Shi, E. and Brint, A., Sustainable supply chain practices in the developing economy: An exploratory study of Chinese packaging industry

Vlajic, J. and Kumar, N., Impact of students’ engagement in teaching supply chain management

Vlajic, J. and Kumar, N., Investigating the vulnerability sources of sustainable food supply chains

Kumar, N. and Vlajic, J., Exploring resilience in the context of sustainable supply chain management: Towards a capability based perspective

Genovese, A., Acquaye, A., Kumar, N. and Koh, SCL., Sustainable supply chain management: linking environmental assessment to operational planning

Ebrahimi, SM., Koh, SCL., Genovese, A. and Kumar, N., The mediating effect of supply chain integration on the relationship between organizational structure and operational performance: An empirical investigation

Ebrahimi, SM., Koh, SCL. and Kumar, N., The relationship between organizational structure, supply chain integration, and operational performance: An empirical study

Kumar, N., Howard, M., Lewis, M. and Roden, S., Supplier capability and information sharing in a supply chain: An empirical analysis

Kumar, N. and Lee, T., Exploring the impact of deprivation level on sustainable transport system in UK

Brint, A. and Kumar, N., Modeling alternate bargaining using target, reserve and minimum price thresholds

Kumar, N., Howard, M., Lewis, M. and Carey, S., Understanding the alignment of supplier capability and governance mechanism in buyer-supplier collaboration

Kumar, M. and Kumar, N., Strategic Agility in Financial Services: Defence mechanism in turbulent times

Kumar, N., Howard, M., Lewis, M. and Carey, S., Exploring the influence of contractual and relational governance on the relationship between capability and collaboration

Kumar, N., Howard, M., Lewis, M. and Carey, S., Relationship between supplier’s capabilities and collaboration type: A conceptual framework

Kumar, N., Howard, M., Lewis, M. and Carey, S., Exploring the impact of technological capability on inter-firm collaboration in UK aerospace industry

Kumar, N., Chan, FTS. and Wadhwa, S., Ant-colony based optimization approach for distribution centre allocation problem

Kumar, N., Howard, M. and Lewis, M., Resource Based Strategy in the Context of Supply Chain: Evolution and Beyond

Kumar, N. and Chan, FTS., Three-dimensional air-cargo loading problem: An evolutionary algorithm based approach

Kumar, N. and Chan, FTS., Mathematical modeling of the air-cargo loading problem for the betterment of the airfreight forwarding industry

Kumar, N. and Chan, FTS., Systematic study of the complexities involved in loading and transportation of air-cargos

Harsanto, B., Kumar, N., Zhan, Y. and Michaelides, R., Sustainability-oriented innovation capabilities in manufacturing firms: A dynamic capabilities perspective

Harsanto, B., Kumar, N., Zhan, Y. and Michaelides, R., (2020). Exploring sustainability-oriented innovation capabilities in the Indonesian manufacturing firms, 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), Vancouver, Canada (2020).

S. Chan, F. and Kumar, N., (2006). A new heuristic embedded approach for multi-constraint air-cargo loading problem

Grants and funding

2020

Sustainable transformation of food wastes into value added products: A case study of the seafood sector in Vietnam.

British Academy

The role of cooperatives in developing sustainable organic food systems in Brazil

British Academy

Transition towards circular agri-food systems in Thailand: Multi-stakeholder�s perspectives

British Academy

Contact

n.kumar@essex.ac.uk

Location:

GB3.20, Southend Campus

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