Dr Kamran Ali Chatha


  • Senior Lecturer in Management Science and Operations
  • Director of Doctoral Programmes

Expertise: digital, sustainable, and resilient supply chains, manufacturing strategy

Kamran is a Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Loughborough Business School. He has an MSc and a PhD in Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Loughborough University.

Before joining Loughborough University, Kamran was an Associate Professor at Abu Dhabi University in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to that, he served at Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan where he was an Associate Professor and an Associate Dean of Academic Programs.

Kamran’s past research focused on issues related to manufacturing strategy, and digital and sustainable supply chains in developing economies. He has won several research grants from Pakistan and UK in the past. He has taught several courses at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD levels. He actively engages with the industry to explore issues of mutual interest resulting in executive education, consulting, and research.

  • Firm/SC – Environment Interactions: understanding the interactions of firms and supply chains with their environment and how these interactions evolve with time. This touches upon the concepts of complexity, evolution, and system dynamics.
  • Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems: the future of digital manufacturing ecosystems, types of digital ecosystems, their enablers, and outcomes.
  • Circular Economy: the role of digitalization in realizing circular economy.

I use survey-based research, agent-based modeling, and qualitative research designs for exploring these topics.

Kamran actively reviews articles for several top-tier journals in the domain of Operations and Supply Chain Management.

He is a member of INFORMS.

He has been the Director/Co-Director of several executive education programs including Manufacturing Excellence, Supply Chain Management, Strategic Innovation Management, Project Management, and Problem Solving & Decision Making. He has also offered customized executive education programs for AkzoNovel, Servis Industries (the largest tyre manufacturer), and MCB Bank (one of the largest banks) in Pakistan.

He has also completed several consulting assignments for firms belonging to IT, Textile, and Tyre/Shoe Manufacturing industries.

Kamran was a member of the peer-review team for the accreditation of business schools on behalf of the National Business Education Accreditation Council, Pakistan. From this platform, he offered several programs related to faculty development and PhD program design for the benefit of Business Schools.

  • Chatha, K. A., & Jalil, M. N. (2022). Complexity in three-echelon supply chain network and manufacturing firm’s operational performance. Computers & Industrial Engineering.
  • Munir, M., Jajja, M. S. S., & Chatha, K. A. (2022). Capabilities for enhancing supply chain resilience and responsiveness in the COVID-19 pandemic: exploring the role of improvisation, anticipation, and data analytics capabilities. International Journal of Operations & Production Management.
  • Wadood, A., Chatha, K.A., Jajja, M.S.S., and Pagell, M., (2022). Social Network Governance and Social Sustainability–related Knowledge Acquisition: The Contingent Role of Network Structure, International Journal of Operations and Production Management.
  • Gillani, F., Chatha, K. A., Jajja, M. S. S., & Farooq, S. (2020). Implementation of digital manufacturing technologies: Antecedents and consequences. International Journal of Production Economics.
  • Chatha, K.A., Butt, I., Arshad, M. and Jajja, M.S.S. (2018), Theoretical Developments in Manufacturing Strategy Literature, International Journal of Operations and Production Management.