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Professor Jeff Jia



Fu (Jeff) Jia is a Chair Professor of Supply Chain Management at the School for Business and Society. He is Head of Sustainability and Resilience Theme at TYMS and was a co-founder and director of ‘Business, Nature and Value Research Centre’ affiliated to York, which aims to focus on the relationships between business, nature and value creation. At BNV, Professor Jia leads large scale research projects and supervises a number of post-doc and PhD students. Professor Jia is a visiting professor to University of Exeter, UK, Zhejiang University, China and Free University of Bozen, Italy. Professor Jia’s research interests include supply relationship management in digital supply chain and sustainable SCM. He is a productive author publishing in top OM/SCM, Agri-food and IB journals such as Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Food Policy, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Transportation Research Part E, International Business Review, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Business Logistics and Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, and International Journal of Logistics Management among others. He has also published three books and contributed several book chapters. Professor Jia is an Associate Editor of International Journal of Operations and Production Management and Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, a Managing Editor of International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR) and an Editorial Review Board Member of Industrial Marketing Management.

Professor Jia has been leading and being involved extensively with the industry on a number of large scale projects including Newton Caldas with University of Los Andes in Colombia; WWF climate savers Chinese innovation case studies; Global sourcing and International Purchasing Offices, to name a few. He is Principal Investigator on a series of  ‘Innovation Case Studies’ examining sustainability-related innovations by the Chinese-based operations of 8 multinational companies (all well-known brands, head-quartered in the US, Europe and China).  This is a multidisciplinary project involving colleagues in leadership studies (Jonathan Gosling), innovation (John Bessant) and supply chain management (Jeff Jia), as well as close liaison with industrial partners. It is funded by WWF China and the HEFCE HE Innovation Fund up to 2014/15 academic year.  A spin-out project on ‘Agricultural natural resource management’ is planned and Tetra Pak provided an initial fund.

In a separate project Professor Jia investigates the roles and capabilities required for the ‘International Purchasing Office in China’ (2010-2014) in the process of Global Sourcing for MNCs, and has a series of publications published or accepted by top international journals, with Professor Richard Lamming (Manchester Business School). He has extensive research links and collaborates with world class academics in the UK, US, Italy, China and Japan, and has worked with Supply Chain Management experts Professors Andrew Cox, Martin Christopher and Professor Lamming in different stages of his academic career.

Nationality: Chinese


Jeff holds a B. Eng in Mechanical Engineering from China, a MBA from Birmingham Business School and a Master of Research and a PhD in Management from Cranfield School of Management.

Senior Fellow Higher Education academy (SFHEA)

Membership of academic and professional associations:

  • Executive Board Member of European Operations Management Association (EurOMA)
  • SFHEA (Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy)
  • Member of IACMR (International Association of Chinese Management Research)
  • Member of British Academy of Management (BAM)
  • Member of Asia Academy of Management
  • Member of International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA)

Subject Group

People, Operations and Marketing



Departmental roles

Sustainability and Resilience Theme Leader

University roles




Research interests

Jeff’s research areas are focused on sustainability in the supply chains and digital supply chain management. These are reflected in the following projects:

  1. Sustainable supply chain management this theme examines how firms implement sustainability initiatives through supply chain learning/innovation and the facilitation of supply chain leadership.
  2. Digital supply chain management: this theme looks at how firms (eg, platform) adopt information and communication technologies (eg, AI, blockchain and IoT) to improve their SCM capabilities. This also includes how firms provide supply chain finance services to their supply chain members.
  3. E-commerce supply chain management: how e-commerce companies (cross-border or county-level) manage their supply chains to achieve sustainability and provide SCM services to platform users.

All these areas are interrelated and under an umbrella research area of ‘Global supply chain management’.


  1. WWF Chinese Climate Savers Chinese Innovation Case Studies: as PI (2010-2014)
    We are commissioned by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) to carry out this project on innovation solutions for Green house gas reduction based on 10 MNCs subsidiaries and 2 Chinese newly recruited climate savers in China (Nokia Siemens Network, Tetra Pak, Fairmont Hotels, Lafarge, Sony, Volvo, HP, and SKF).
  2. International Procurement Office (IPO) project as PI (2010-2014)
    This project is centrally funded by the business school. I am the Primary Investigator for this project, carrying out all the fieldwork, analysis and writing. We have been collaborating with Professor Guido Nassimbeni and Professor Marco Sartor at the University of Udine on this project. Jeff has been working with Cummins, Phillips, Mothercare, IKEA, Domino and Danieli among other 14 MNCs.
  3. 3D printing enabled supply chain (2012-2013)
    The project is jointly funded by Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics (£7.5k) and Bridging the Gap (£7.5k). This is collaboration with Choc Edge, a spin-off company at Exeter.

Research group(s)



I have generated in total over £500,000 external funding from various sources as Primary Investigator (PI) so far.

  • Newton Caldas Institutional Link with Colombia valued £300k including match fund from Colombia: work with University Los Andes to carry out a research project on ‘Agricultural supply chain management  for dairy and flower industries’
  • Newton Mobility grant with Stellenbosch University in South Africa valued £10k building research links with Professor Scott Professor Imie, Director of Southern African Food Lab at Stellenbosch
  • Newton Mobility grant with PUCPR in Brazil valued £10k (CI)
  • Leverhulme Visiting Professor grant (PI) valued £28k inviting Professor Zhaohui Wu (Oregon State) over to Exeter for three months working with me on ‘Agricultural resource management’ project and help develop ‘Sustainable supply management’ module in which I am the module leader for the OPMBA.
  • WWF project: A fund of £42k has been raised by me (PI) from WWF (WWF phase 1, 2 & 3 projects), which is match funded by the university. The total value of the grant is: £80k
  • Tetra Pak China has given us £14k to do a contract research project at our discretion
  • 3D chocolate printing supply chain project: CILT and BTG jointly funded the project ‘3D chocolate printing supply chain’ valued £16k (PI).
  • Seed Corn fund from the University of Exeter Business School valued £10k for the IPO project. (2010 & 2011)
  • University of Exeter Outward Mobility Fellowship for three consecutive years (2010, 2011 & 2012) valued £5k for each year.
  • ERASMUS Teaching Mobility award for teaching at the University of Udine, Italy from European Union (2011 and 2012) valued £5k for each year



Available PhD research projects





Selected publications


Full publications list


Brown, S., Bessant, J. and Jia, F. (2018). Strategic Operations Management. Taylor and Francis. 4th Ed.

Jia, F., Gosling, J. and Witzel, M. (2015). Sustainability champion: how international companies are changing the face of business in China. UK: Green Leaf

Huo, Y. and Jia, F. ed. (2009). Supply Chain the Way to Flat Organisation, ISBN 978-953-7619-35-0, USA: InTech


Howard, M., Jia, F. and Wu, Z. 2016. “Operating the Sustainable Supply Chain”, in Jeanrenaud, S., Jeanrenaud, J-P., Gosling (Eds) Sustainable Business: A One Planet Approach. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. 

Lamming, R. and Jia, F. (2011). “Discontinuous Innovation in Supply Relationship Management-two Cases and A Future Research Direction”, in Evangelista, P. and McKinnon, A. (Eds) Supply Chain Innovation for Competing in highly dynamic markets: challenges and solutions. USA: IGI Global

Refereed journal papers published or accepted in the past three years (2018-2021)

Chen, L., Moretto, A., Jia, F., Caniato, F. Xiong, Y. (2021). “The role of digital transformation to empower supply chain finance: Current research status and future research directions.” International Journal of Operations and Production Management.

Gong, Y., Jiang, Y. and Jia, F.* (2021). “Multiple multitier sustainable supply chain management: A social system theory perspective", International Journal of Production Research.

Chen, L., Jia, F.*, Li, T. and Zhang, T. (2021). “Supply Chain Leadership and Firm Performance: A Meta-analysis”, International Journal of Production Economics, 235

Peng, S., Jia, F.* and Doherty, B, (2021). The Role of NGOs in Sustainable Supply Chain Management: A Social Movement Perspective", Supply Chain Management: An International Journal,

Sun, Y., Gong, Y., Zhang, Y., Jia, F. and Shi, Y. (2021). “User-driven supply chain business model innovation: the role of dynamic capabilities”, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, accepted. 

Zhou, M., Long, P., Kong, N., Zhao, L., Jia, F.* and Campy, K.S. (2021). “Characterizing the motivational mechanism behind taxi driver ’ s adoption of electric vehicles for living: Insights from China”, Transportation Research Part A, A144, pp134-152

Wang, L., Jia, F.*, Chen, L., Xu, Q., & Lin, X. (2021). "Exploring the dependence structure among Chinese firms in the 5G industry." Industrial Management & Data Systems.

Agyemang, M., Jia, F.*, Faibil, D. and Lin, Z. (2021). Mapping the environmental aspect of kernel product system in complex supply chains of the West Africa cashew industry”. Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Agyemang, M., Kusi-Sarpong, S., Agyemang, J., Jia, F.* and Adzanyo, M. (2021) “Determining and evaluating socially sustainable supply chain criteria in agri-sector of developing countries: insights from West Africa cashew industry”, Production, Planning and Control accepted

Bailey, A., Jia, F., Dong, H. and Martins, T. (2020). “Sustaining Supply Chain Relationships for Co-operative Success: The Case of South Devon Organic Producers Co-operative (UK)”, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR),

Li, D., Jia, F., and Liu, G. (2020). “How can bike-sharing platform companies overcome the service paradox? A social exchange perspective”, Production, Planning and Control. accepted

Chen, X., Zhang, T. and Jia, F.* (2020). “Industry convergence as a strategy for achieving sustainable development of agricultural complex: The case of Sandun-Lanli in China”, Business, Strategy and The Environment. 1-20

Jia, F., Li, D., Liu, G., Sun, H. and Hormazabal, J. (2020). “Achieving loyalty for sharing economy platforms: An expectation-confirmation perspective”, International Journal of Operations and Production Management. 40 (7/8), pp. 1067-1094

Jia, F., Yin, S., Chen, L. and Chen, X. (2020). “The Circular Economy in the Textile and Apparel Industry: A Systematic Literature Review”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 259, 1-17

Jia, F., Peng, S., Green, J., Koh, L. and Chen, X. (2020). “Soybean Supply Chain Management and Sustainability: A Systematic Literature Review.” Journal of Cleaner Production, 255, 1-20.

Gong, Y., Brown, S., Jia, F. and Duan, J. (2019). “IKEA: Sustainable Cotton Initiative in China”, Asian Case Research Journal, 23, 2, 491–518

Koh, L., Orzes, G. and Jia, F. (2019). “Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0): Technologies Disruption on Operations and Supply Chain Management”, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 39(6/7/8), 817-828. 

Jia, F. Zhang, T. and Chen, L. (2019). “Sustainable Supply Chain Finance: Towards a Research Agenda.” Journal of Cleaner Production, 243, 1-14.

Yang, X., Chen, X., Jiang, Y. and Jia, F. (2019). “On building a business ecosystem of agricultural e-commerce: the case of Minyu E-commerce Company”, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR), 23(1), 157-171.

John, A. Qadeer, A., Shahzadib, G. and Jia, F*. (2019). “CSR and Identification: The contingencies of employees’ personal traits and desire”, Social Responsibility Journal, 1-13.

Jia, F., Hubbart, M., Zhang, T. and Chen, L. (2019). “Water stewardship in agricultural supply chains”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 235, 1170-1188.

Jiang, Y., Jia, F.* Blome, C. Chen, L. (2019). “Achieving sustainability in global sourcing: Towards a conceptual framework”, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 25(1), 35-60. 

Chen, L., Ou, T. and Jia, F.* (2019). “The moderating role of supplier involvement in achieving sustainability”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 235, 245-258.

Jia, F. Blome, C., Sun, H., Yang, Y. and Zhi, B. (2020). “Towards an integrated conceptual framework of Supply Chain Finance: An information processing perspective”, International Journal of Production Economics, 219, 18-30.

Wang, Y., Jia, F., Schoenherr, T., Gong, Y. and Chen, L. (2019). “Cross-border e-commerce firms as supply chain integrators: the management of three flows”. Industrial Marketing Management, 89, 72-88.

Xiao-Xue Zheng, Deng-Feng Li, Zhi Liu, Fu Jia and Jiuh-Biing Sheu. (2019). “Coordinating a Closed-loop Supply Chain with Fairness Concerns through Variable-weighted Shapley Values”, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 126, 227-253.

Yao, Y., Jia, F., Fu, W. and Guo, H. (2019). “How to become a system integrator streamlining vegetable supply chains: The case of Song-xiao-cai Company”, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR), 22 (4), 621-634.

Zhi, B., Liu, X., Chen, J., Jia, F. (2019) "Collaborative carbon emission reduction in supply chains: an evolutionary game-theoretic study", Management Decision, 57(4), 1087-1107.

Li, D., Liu, G., Jia, F.* and Sun, H. (2019). “Sharing economy-based service triads: Towards an integrated framework”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 218, 1031-1044.

Yang, Y., Orzes, G., Jia, F. and Chen, L. (2019). “Does GRI sustainability reporting pay off? An empirical investigation of publicly listed firms in China”, Business and Society, 1-35.

Gong, Y., Chen, L., Jia, F.* and Wilding, R. (2019). “Logistics Innovation in China: The Lens of Chinese Daoism”, Sustainability (Switzerland), 11, 545.

John, A. Qadeer, A., Shahzadib, G. and Jia, F*. (2019). “Getting paid to be good: How and when employees respond to corporate social responsibility?”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 215, 784-795.

Liang, Q., Hu, W. and Jia, F.* (2019). “A hybrid form of agricultural organization: The case of the BZJ vegetable cooperative in China”, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR), 22 (2), 283-

Yang, Y., Chen, L., Jia, F.* and Xu, Z. (2019). “Complementarity of circular economy practices: An empirical analysis of Chinese manufacturers”, International Journal of Production Research, 57(20), 6369-6384.

Batista, L., Gong, Y. Pereira, S., Jia, F. and Bittar, A. (2019). “Circular Supply Chains in Emerging Economies – A comparative study of packaging recovery ecosystems in China and Brazil”, International Journal of Production Research, 57(23), 7248-7268.

Jia, F., Gong, Y., and Brown, S. (2019). “Multitier sustainable supply chain management: The role of Supply chain leadership”, International Journal of Production Economics, 217, 44-63

Wang, Y., Jia, F.*, Schoenherr, T. and Gong, Y. (2018). “Supply Chain-Based Business Model Innovation: The Case of a Cross-Border E-commerce Company”, Sustainability (Switzerland), 10, 4362.

Xu, X., Chen, X., Jia, F.*, Brown, S., Gong, Y., and Xu, Y. (2018). “Supply Chain Finance: A systematic literature review and bibliometric analysis”, International Journal of Production Economics, 204, 160-173.

Ji, C. Jia, F.* and Xu, X. (2018). “Agricultural co-operative sustainability: Evidence from four Chinese pig production co-operatives”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 197, 1095-1107.

Yang, Y., Jia, F. and Xu, Z. (2019). “Towards an integrated conceptual model of supply chain learning: An Extended Resource-Based View”, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 24(2), 189-214.

Luo, J., Ji, C., Qiu, C. and Jia, F. (2018). Agri-food supply chain management: bibliometric and content analyses. Sustainability (Switzerland), 10, 1573.

Cheng, Y., Sun, H., Jia, F.* and Koh, L. (2018). “Pricing and Low-Carbon Investment Decisions in an Emission Dependent Supply Chain under a Carbon Labelling Scheme. Sustainability (Switzerland), 10, 123.

Wu, Z. and Jia, F. (2018). “Toward a Theory of Supply Chain Fields -- Understanding the Institutional Process of Supply Chain Localization”. Journal of Operations Management, 58-59, 27-41 (ABS 4*; UTD)

Jia, F., Zuluaga, L., Bailey, A. and Rueda, X. (2018). “Sustainable supply chain management in emerging economies: a review of literature”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 189, 263-278.

Shou, Y., Che, W., Dai, J. and Jia, F. (2018) “Inter-organizational fit and environmental innovation in supply chains: a configuration approach”, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 38(8), 1683-1704 (ABS 4),

Tse, M., Zhang, M. and Jia, F.* (2018). “The effects of risk and reward sharing on quality performance”, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 38(12), 2367-2388 (ABS 4).

Jia, F. and Jiang, Y. (2018). “Sustainable Global Sourcing: A Systematic Literature Review and Bibliometric Analysis”, Sustainability (Switzerland), 10, 595.

Jiang, Y., Jia, F.* and Gong, Y. (2018) “IKEA: Global sourcing and the sustainable leather initiative. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR), 21(5), 627-639.

Gong, Y., Jia, F.*, Brown, S. and Koh, L. (2018). “Supply Chain Learning of Sustainability in Multitier Supply Chains: A resource orchestration perspective”. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 38(4), 1061-1090 (ABS 4).

Zhong, Z. Zhang, C. Jia, F.* and Bijman, J. (2018). “Vertical Coordination and Cooperative Member Benefits: Case Studies of Four Dairy Farmers’ Cooperatives in China”. Journal of Cleaner Production, 172, 2266-2277.

Wang, X., Zhu, Y., Sun, H. and Jia, F.* (2018). “Production decisions of new and differentiated remanufactured products”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 171, 1225-1243.

Awards and Honours

  • 2019 Jack Meredith Best Paper award honourable mention (runner-up award) from the Journal of Operations Management for the paper “Toward a theory of supply chain fields – understanding the institutional process of supply chain localization”. The paper, co-authored by Zhaohui Wu (Oregon State University), USA
  • The best teaching case award from International Food and Agri-business Management Association (IFAMA) for the case of ‘How to become a system integrator streamlining vegetable supply chains: The case of Songxiaocai Company’ co-authored by Yanfei Yao (Zhejiang), Hongdong Guo (Zhejiang) and Wenhui Fu (CEIBS) at IFAMA 2019 conference, June 22-27 Hangzhou, China.
  •  Howard, M., Wu, Zhaohui, Jia, F. (2015). “Exploring triadic dynamics between government, OEMs and suppliers: Performance based contracting in the UK defense industry.” Academy of Management annual conference 2015, August 7-11, Vancouver, Canada (Selected as one of the finalists for best paper award for OM division)
  • Orzes, G., Jia, F., Sartor, M. and Nassembeni, G. (2015). “Does social accountability pay off? An empirical investigation on the performance impact of SA8000.” 22nd International Annual EurOMA Conference, 26 June - 1 July 2015, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (Runner-up for the Chris Voss best paper)
  •  Gong, Y., Jia, F. Brown, S. and Koh, L. (2017). “Supply Chain Learning of Sustainability in Multitier Supply Chains: A resource orchestration perspective”, 24th International Annual EurOMA Conference, July 3-5, 2017, Edinburgh, Scotland (Runner-up for the Chris Voss best paper)

Both were elected as runner-up for The Chris Voss the best paper at the conference out of over 400 papers presented. Yu Gong and Guido Orzes were my PhD students.





Contact details

Professor Jeff Jia
School for Business and Society
University of York
Church Lane Building York Science Park Heslington
YO10 5ZF

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325308

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