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Significant Indian honour for SUMS academic

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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Dr Niraj Kumar, Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management and Programme Director for our BA International Business Management (pictured above), has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious ‘Hind Rattan Award 2015’ for his valuable contribution to academia and the society at large.

Hind Rattan (which translates to the ‘Jewel of India’) is one of the highest Indian diasporic honours, awarded annually to non-resident Indians (NRIs) by the NRI Welfare Society of India under the umbrella of the Government of India. Dr Kumar has been selected for this prestigious award for his research and initiatives that have raised the profile of India in international academic circles. Dr Kumar said: “It is a great honour to receive recognition for my efforts. I will endeavour to reciprocate the faith by keeping up the good work.”

Dr Kumar’s research interests broadly relate to sustainable supply chain management, supply networks and food supply chains. He has worked on a number of research projects with companies in the UK and Indian aerospace, retail, construction, food and automobile sectors. Currently he is involved in a research project called ‘Green Design to Green Disposal’, with the objective to design the green supply chain for the next generation. The project is funded by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative.

Apart from his academic contribution, Dr Kumar is actively involved in various educational outreach activities with schools in Jharkhand, with the objective to inform and encourage young students to adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives. He has received various awards in UK and India for his contribution to community services and social cause. He is also the Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in UK.

Dr Kumar is attending the award ceremony, which takes place on 25 January 2015 on the eve of the Republic Day in New Delhi.

Outreach to India – Dr Kumar publicises the green agenda

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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Dr Niraj Kumar, lecturer in logistics and supply chain management at Sheffield University Management School (pictured above, front row wearing blue shirt), has been passing on his expertise to schoolchildren in the state of Jharkhand, India.

They invited him to talk about his experience in sustainability, and Dr Kumar hopes that by passing on this information, a new generation of Indian youngsters will be more aware of the issues affecting our planet.

He said: “Over the summer, I was involved in educational outreach activities with a school (Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir) in a small town known as Hazaribag in the state of Jharkhand, India. I was invited to visit the school, and to interact with more than 250 students of 11-15 years age. The purpose of my visit was to inform and encourage young students to adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives, in a friendly and interactive environment.

“Developing countries like India are often criticised for poor performance on sustainability indicators, and I believe that the real change can only be made by working with young children, who can not only change their own practices but can also influence their parents to adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives. If we really want to provide a greener and cleaner earth to future generations, we must need to develop ‘green thinking’ in young minds.”

Dr Kumar enjoyed his visit, and plans to return in 2015.

LSCM research on local airport reaches new heights

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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Dr Niraj Kumar and Dr Andrea Genovese have been featured extensively in the local press, regarding their research  on Robin Hood Airport (RHA).

The academic due, from the Logistics and Supply Chain Management division of Sheffield University Management School, discussed a number of subjects related to the airport in the context of their research – primarily observing that the opportunity to add new destinations to RHA’s is there and, should they do so, the airport would be used more extensively by the local population.

Economic migration, perception of the airport, business links and its freight/distribution opportunities were also discussed in the extensive piece, which you can view by clicking on the image on this article, or following the links below.

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/business/90-would-use-airport-if-more-destinations-were-offered-1-6403074

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/business/more-strings-to-robin-hood-airport-s-bow-1-6403070

Call for Papers: Doctoral Student Conference on ‘Sustainable Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management’

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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Leaders of the conference, Dr Andrea Genovese and Dr Niraj Kumar (pictured left), aim to bring together young researchers (mainly doctoral students and early career researchers) to present their research works in a constructive environment and to facilitate and exchange research ideas, and receive constructive feedback on their work. The conference provides the ideal opportunity to network with your peers from other management and business schools in UK. The conference is sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS), and no fee will be charged for registration and attendance.The theme is ‘Sustainable Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management’, reflecting the key challenges for future in manufacturing and service sector. Papers on all topics related to the theme are invited, however preference will be given to the following topics:

  • Resource-efficient production
  • Sustainable design of production networks
  • Green and lean production and supply chains
  • Business models for sustainable operations
  • Information systems for sustainable supply chain
  • Supply chain environmental impacts measurement
  • Performance measures, metrics, and impact of sustainable businesses
  • Design of resource-efficient logistics networks
  • Socially responsible logistics and supply chains
  • Reverse logistics
  • Reference models for green production and supply chains
  • Sustainability issues in manufacturing and services sector
  • Strategies and decision making for resource efficient production and supply chains

The conference is intended as a forum for presenting innovative and transformational ideas in the field; submissions addressing contemporary and future practical challenges in the transition towards sustainable and resource-efficient operations are strongly encouraged.

Presenting at the conference is not mandatory, however it is highly encouraged, especially for students who may have little previous experience or who wish to present in a relaxed environment among peers.

Important Dates

Registration opening: 1 February 2014
Submission of extended abstract deadline: 28 February 2014
Notification of Acceptance: 14 March 2014
Submission of Full paper: 1 May 2014
Registration deadline: 10 May 2014
Conference: 5 June 2014

Instruction for contributors

  • An extended abstract (maximum 1,000 words) should be submitted by email to the organising team (contact details below) before the deadline – 28 February 2014
  • Abstracts will undergo blind review process and author(s) will be informed about the decision
  • Author(s) of the accepted abstract will be invited to submit the full paper (no more than ten pages) on their work. Full papers are accepted on the assumption that they are the original work of the authors, and previously not published
  •  Author(s) of the accepted papers (at least one person) must register, attend the conference and present the paper. For registering, authors can send an email with their details (Name, Affiliation and email address) to the organising team (contact details below)
  • The ‘Best Paper’ awards will be announced at the end of the conference

Organising team:

Dr Andrea Genovese, Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Phone: +44 (0) 114 222 3347
E-mail: a.genovese@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Niraj Kumar, Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management
Phone: +44 (0) 114 222 3360
E-mail: n.kumar@sheffield.ac.uk

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Research (LSCM) Centre
Sheffield University Management School, The University of Sheffield, Conduit Road, Sheffield S10 1FL, UK