Manufacturing and Supply Chain Dynamic Capabilities for Resilience PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
6 years
Reference number:
Start date:
01 April 2019
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 October 2018



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In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Project detail

Manufactured products and services are developed and delivered through networks of producer supply and consumer demand. These supply networks can take a long time to design and implement before becoming effective in delivering what is required. Importantly, there exists great disruption potential due to forces external to the networks, in particular, uncertainty such as for example fuel disruptions, transport disruptions and socio-economic disruptions.

There is increasing concern within research and operations management about how to deal with apparently increasing vulnerabilities and disruptions to manufacturing and supply chain operations. This is currently a hot topic in operations management and of great interest to industry. Although resilience has now been established, there is still much that requires investigating and operationalising for industry and business. This research project intends to look at the strategic concept of ‘dynamic capabilities’ (an approach that has not yet been applied to resilience) in order to determine practical frameworks and tools that could be used to increase the resilience of manufacturing organisations and their supply networks.

This PhD research project will allow you flexibility to develop your own thinking, approach and research capabilities with supportive supervision and structure of the Technology and Operations Management Research Group.


Primary supervisor: Ran Bhamra

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Ran Bhamra or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, please visit our website.

Recommended reading:

  • Bhamra, R (2015) Organisational Resilience Concepts, Integration, and Practice, CRC Press, ISBN: 9781482233568.
  • Bhamra, R, Dani, S, Burnard, K (2011) Resilience: The concept, a literature review and future directions, International Journal of Production Research, 49(18), pp.5375-5393, ISSN: 0020-7543. DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2011.563826.
  • PwC: Risk Regulatory Consulting - Supply Chain Resilience

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering related subject or Management related subject.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Engineering related subject or Management related subject.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: RBUF2018