IGDC Member Spotlight - Jeff Jia
The IGDC would like to formally welcome Prof. Jeff Jia, who joined us in September 2018!
Jeff is currently the Chair Professor of Supply Chain Management and the Director of the Sustainability and Resistance Theme at the York Management School. He was the co-founder and director of 'Business, Nature and Value Research Centre' at the University of Exeter, which aims to focus on the relationships between business, nature and value creation. He is also a visiting professor to University of Exeter, Zhejian University (China) and Free University (Italy).
Jeff’s research interests include supply relationship management in a cross-cultural context, global sourcing, supply chain learning and innovation and sustainable SCM in agricultural and industrial contexts. The five research areas Jeff is currently working on include: agricultural supply chain management and cooperatives, e-commerce in agriculture, global sourcing, sustainable supply chain management and supply chain learning.
Jeff has led and been closely involved with 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 and global sourcing and International Purchasing Officers (to name a few)! He is also currently the Principal Investigator on a series of ‘Innovation Case Studies’ examining sustainability-related innovations by the Chinese-based operations of 8 multinational companies. This is a multi-disciplinary project involving colleagues in leadership studies, innovation and supply-chain management, funded by WWF China and HEFCE HE Innovation Fund.
Jeff has published articles in top OM/SCM, Agri-food and IB journals, such as the Journal of Operations Management and the International Journal of Operations and Production Management. See one of his latest articles on supply chain fields here. Before coming to the University of York, Jeff gained a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from China, an MBA from Birmingham Business School and an MRes and PhD in Management from Cranfield School of Management.
“The IGDC is the University of York’s platform of choice to join within York if one wants to untangle the puzzle arising from social issues and global challenges. One will find like-minded individuals who share your principles and beliefs.”