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University of Warwick
T:   024 765 22686
W:   Supply Chain Research

Research Interests

Logistics management, strategic supply chain development, purchasing management; supply chain performance; world class evaluation and accreditation; lean and agile supply chain.


Dr Dawei Lu is currently an Associate Professor and the Course Leader for supply chain and logistics management course at WMG, University of Warwick, UK. He received his PhD from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1987, and later an MBA from Birmingham University. Dr Lu was a recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships including British Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Rockwell Research Fellowship, and RAE (Royal Academy of Engineering) Industrial Secondment Award. Dr Lu has published over 30 peer reviewed international journal articles, and over 25 international conference papers. His Google Scholar Citation index reached 469 (as at Jan 2019). Dr Lu has also published two books entitled 'In Pursuit of World Class Excellence' and 'Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management'. He is also a referee and peer reviewer for EPSRC proposals and many academic journals.

Dr Lu created WMG's first executive training programme for Chinese Government in 1998. He began his internationally active in teaching, training and research since 2000. Dr Lu became a Visiting Professor to both Jilin University and Shandong Jiao Tong University in China in 2010. He also holds a position of Non-Executive Director for two China's logistics companies. He was elected Fellow of World Business Institute in July 2011. He has successfully managed and delivered many high profile funded research projects and consulting assignments for many UK and international organisations including major international banks such as RBS. Over the years he has delivered 11 external income-generating programmes totalling over £1.2 million. He has supervised over 20 PhD, Engineering Doctorate students and over 100 Master students. Dr. Lu also holds a patent on die-set design for injection mould.

As a Course Leader and a Module leader, Dr Lu delivers his teaching modules across 6 different countries internationally over the last 20 years. His course and module are one of the most popular ones in WMG with over 200 master level student intake every year. By engaging external business partners, he developed many bespoke education and training courses for managers from leading edge global companies in both manufacturing and service sectors. His teaching portfolio covers a range of dynamic subject areas including logistics, inventory management, lean manufacturing, supplier relationship management, purchasing management, supply chain strategies and etc. He has been invited to give keynote speeches, seminars, lectures in the UK, Singapore, China, India, Malaysia and Thailand.

Within WMG, Dr Lu is currently a member of the Overseas Programmes Committee, Master Examination Board. and an active member for many well-known learned institutions including Operational Research Society, Institute of Supply Management, and International System Dynamics Society. He is also a Member of CBBC (China-Britain Business Council) - the UK's National Body of Business Association with China.

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Credit rating model optimisation for supply chain finance Date of Completion:2016
  • Global jewellery supply chain development Date of Completion:2012
  • Developing an agent based scheduling model Date of Completion:2006
  • Developing and Implementing a World Class Assessment Model for Sustainable Success Date of Completion:2013
  • Developing a knowledge management system for 3rd party logistics service providers Date of Completion:2013
  • Intelligent Management Decision Support System for Aircraft Maintenance Industry Date of Completion:2006
  • Developing and Implementing the Orchestrated Value Chain in Residential Broadband Service Industry Date of Completion:2005
  • A management framwork for surface mounting technology for electronic industry Date of Completion:2004
  • Developing a Strategic Reference Model for New Product Introduction Processes Date of Completion:2005