Li Zhou University Of Greenwich

Li Zhou University Of Greenwich

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    Dr Li Zhou is a reader in the Department of Systems Management & Strategy, Business School, University of Greenwich. She has been a member of the faculty since July 2005, and she is the founder and director of the Supply Chain Management research group at the Business School.

Li received a BSc and an MSc in Engineering, and a PhD in Management Science and Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Greenwich, She was a post-doctoral researcher at Logistics Systems Dynamics Group (LSDG), Business School, Cardiff University, UK; a visiting scholar at the Department of Production Economics, Linköping Institute of Technology, Sweden; an associate professor and an associate dean in the Institute of Industrial Automation, Nanchang University, China.


Li Zhou University Of Greenwich

She has had excellent opportunities to teach a variety of courses and do research in different universities in China, Sweden and the UK. During over 20 years in the profession, she has taught at levels ranging from part-time adult education to full-time undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD supervision. Currently, she leads and teaches the courses of ‘Purchasing and Distribution’, ‘International Purchasing and Procurement’, ‘Research Methods and Foundation of Scholarship’, and ‘Dissertation’.  She is the first supervisor for three PhD candidates and second supervisor for three PhD candidates as well.

Li has acted in several different leadership roles during her international career, ranging from project leadership to team leader and team member in a number of projects funded by the Chinese government, the Swedish Institute, and enterprises. These projects range from product design to education and management consulting. She therefore has accumulated a wealth of experience working with industry partners and acquired a real view of the manufacturing process starting from product design, purchasing, production, to marketing, and to recycling, where the operations management concept embeds in each stage.

So far, she has had over 70 articles published in various forms including journal papers, edited book chapters, and conference papers. Her work appears (inter alia) in internationally recognised and high-impact journals such as “International Journal of Production Economics”, “OR Spectrum”, “OMEGA – The International Journal of Management Science”, and “Supply Chain Management: An International Journal”.

Li is a regular reviewer for a number of international journals and an invited reviewer for some funding bodies. She is a frequent contributor to professional institutes and educational organisations.

Li Zhou University Of Greenwich


Li Zhou is the course leader for three postgraduate courses – Foundation of Scholarship and Research Methods, International Purchasing and Procurement; Dissertation – and the undergraduate Purchasing and Distribution course.

MPhil/PhD supervision

Li Zhou provides MPhil/PhD supervision in the subjects of operations management and supply chain management, which includes supply chain dynamics performance, inventory management, reverse logistics, sustainable supply chain management, closed-loop supply chain management, business model development in the era of the Internet of Things. She is currently supervising three PhD candidates.

Administrative activities

Li Zhou is director of the Supply Chain Management Research Group. From 2006–11, she was director of MA E-Logistics and Supply Chain Management, MSc Project Management for Logistics, MA Logistics and Transport Management.

Lin, Y., Zhou, L., “The impacts of product design change on supply chain risk”, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 41(2), 162-186. This paper is awarded as the “Highly Commended Paper 2012” by Emerald, the “Top 20 Articles 2011” (rank No. 7), and the “Top 20 Articles – Immediacy 2011” (rank No. 10).