• Huddersfield Business School University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH United Kingdom

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Imran joined the Huddersfield Business School in 2020 as a Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, having previously worked as a lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield University, UK, part time lecturer in Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK, lecturer at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. Prior to the commencement of his academic career, he have got more than 5 years of diverse telecom industry experience in the field of enterprise network solution designing for multinational global accounts at SIEMENS. He is certified solution consultant by Siemens Germany.

Imran completed his PhD in Operations and Supply Chain Management from Aberystwyth University, UK with his research examining the cloud-based solutions for collaboration, integration and technological innovation in firms and across the supply chains. Earlier he has completed MEng in Telecommunication Engineering from RMIT University, Australia and BEng in Computer Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.

Imran has lived in Germany, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. This has provided him the experience of working with different cultures and teams and the challenges for handling projects in different environments.

Imran is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), UK.

Imran’s teaching focuses on operations management, inventory management, information systems and eBusiness, supply chain of future, big data analytics and technological innovation in the context of multi-tier complex supply chains.

Research Expertise and Interests

Imran’s research interest focusses on:

  • Integration of inter and intra organization supply chain data
  • Social media and big data analytics in supply chain
  • Technological innovation in supply chains

Recently Imran have completed projects on integrating social media and distributed warranty data of complex car manufacturing by cloud technology, optimization of global multi-tier supply chain design to match customized product architecture and identification of technological barriers and innovation in global supply chain for developing countries. Imran employ’s both qualitative and quantitative methods of research by proficiently using technologies such as SPSS, Stata, NVivo, R and Tableau.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Cloud Computing
  • Supply chain
  • Big Data/Data Analytics
  • Technology
  • Industry 4
  • Artificial Intellegence
  • Blockchain

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Research Output 2013 2018

  • 6 Article
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Conference contribution

The Next Industrial Revolution: How E-Commerce is Transforming B2B

Bourlakis, M., Julien, D. & Ali, I., 26 Feb 2018, Bonn, Germany: DHL Express. 20 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
Electronic commerce
Industrial revolution
Customer expectations
Earnings growth
World Wide Web
18 Citations (Scopus)

Cloud-based multi-agent architecture for effective planning and scheduling of distributed manufacturing

Mishra, N., Singh, A., Kumari, S., Govindan, K. & Ali, I., 1 Dec 2016, In : International Journal of Production Research. 54, 23, p. 7115-7128 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Autonomous agents
Manufacturing systems
Distributed manufacturing
38 Citations (Scopus)

Cloud computing technology: Reducing carbon footprint in beef supply chain

Singh, A., Mishra, N., Ali, I., Shukla, N. & Shankar, R., 1 Jun 2015, In : International Journal of Production Economics. 164, p. 462-471 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Carbon footprint
Cloud computing
Supply chains
Open Access
Cloud computing
Supply chains
Cost reduction
Health care

Adoption Of Cloud Computing In Manufacturing Industry Supply Chains, A Hype or a Myth?

Ali, I., 2013, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Future Generation Communication Technologies (FGCT 2013). IEEE, p. 69-72 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Cloud computing
Supply chains
Cost reduction
Health care

Activities 2015 2019

  • 3 Oral presentation

Integrating Social media and warranty data for fault identification in automobile sector

Imran Ali (Speaker), Abdilahi Ali (Speaker)
2 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Cloud-based Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) Framework for Fault identification in distributed manufacturing

Imran Ali (Speaker), Michael Christie (Speaker), Abdilahi Ali (Speaker)
15 Aug 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Design of Multi-Agent Based Cloud Integrated Manufacturing System (CIMS) for New Product Development

Imran Ali (Speaker), Nishikant Mishra (Speaker)
10 Aug 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation