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Athanassios Kourouklis

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  • University of the West of Scotland Paisley Campus, School of Business and Enterprise Gardiner Building

    PA1 2BE Paisley

    United Kingdom

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Area of academic expertise - outline

My interests and expertise are in the areas of logistics and supply chain management and lean production and service systems, in particular supply chain configuration and modelling, supply chain dynamics, knowledge management in supply chains and application of lean principles in service and manufacturing systems.

Current research activities

Currently my research activity is focused on reconfiguration methodologies for retail supply chains, sustainability assessment of bio-fuel to energy supply chains, knowledge management in the supply chain for new product development, and sustainable performance evaluation in supply chains.

Desired research direction

Based on the acquired experience up to date my interest is focused on application of network theory in supply chains. Supply chains are best described as networks and recent theoretical advances in complex adaptive network theory offer the possibility to examine supply chains with a new theoretical perspective and develop tools for configuration decision making, performance assessment, sustianability and resilience.


Athanasios Kourouklis (BSc(Honours) Naval Architecture , PhD Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Strathclyde Scotland) is a senior lecture in the School of Business and Enterprise at the University of the West of Scotland. His research interests include supply chain reconfiguration, supply chain network performance, knowledge management in supply chains, business process improvement (lean systems). He has published more than 40 articles in these areas and has worked with a number of companies on supply chain and process improvements.

Target collaborative companies

Companies intersted in modelling and analysis of the supply chain and manufacturing and service companies interested in process improvement.

Target collaborative organisations

Other Universities,professional intitutes (CILT. CIPS)

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Research Output 2009 2019

  • 2 Paper
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Special issue
68 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Productivity change
Total factor productivity

Can portfolio, programme and project management be effective in lean management implementation?

Cano, M., Garnett, J. & Kourouklis, A., 2018, Excellence in Services: 21st International Conference. Le CNAM, p. 113-124 12 p.

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

Project management
Lean management
Program management
Portfolio management

ISO 9001: 2015 introduction of explicit risk-based thinking - benefit or limitation?

Smith, C., Kourouklis, A. & Cano, M., Jun 2018, In : Asigurarea Calitatii - Quality Assurance. XXIV, 94, p. 29-40 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Quality management
Quality management system
Management standards
Training management
Management process

Lean Second Time Around: Lessons learned for Higher Education

Cano-Kourouklis, M., O'Reilly, E. & Kourouklis, A., 2014.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
longitudinal study

Lean in practice: Lessons for Higher Education Institutes

Cano-Kourouklis, M., Kourouklis, A. & Drummond, S., Sep 2012.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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