An imminent rise in corporate scrutiny calls for global responsibility in implementing sustainability across organisational supply chains; a complex decision-making process requiring countless foundations, measures and procedures. We present a Decision Support System (DSS) to aid managers in implementing Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM). This DSS is hinged on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) identified from literature and practice, which are then ranked and prioritized by global experts, and brought together in this system to help managers with evaluating their supply chain sustainability, as well as guiding supply chain sustainability decision-making.
Before starting my PhD, I was teaching at a university back home after finishing my MSc degree.
I chose Loughborough as it is a University that prides itself on the ability to rise through the ranks, while striking a balance between student social and academic lifestyles; Loughborough University is an ideal choice. Needless to mention, with PhD research, we seek renowned academics and researchers who could help propel our career. This I have identified within my supervisors, as well as within my research group. Not only this, but also having the ability to benefit from great facilities and being conveniently geographically located such that interaction with other universities and access to conferences/workshops/events is facilitated.
As part of my programme I enjoy the opportunity to share and discuss my research experience with colleagues, and the ability to approach other academics for their insight to various aspects of my work. But most importantly, the diverse number of internationally renowned scholars whom we have, as well as fortnightly research seminars with guest speakers from around the world, which have all helped me further improve myself as well as my career potential.
The main difference of a PhD with other degrees is that it is self-driven. You need to have the passion and motivation to power through the various stages of the PhD lifecycle. Not only this, the research is a turbulent environment. As such, you will be researching a topic for weeks, only to find out that it has just been published. So managing your expectations and your time are the biggest challenge. But if you are lucky enough to have a supportive supervisor, it makes a world of difference, especially when you can discuss with them and address any issues that may arise, while they guide your research career through their wealth of experience.
A PhD day varies, but generally, throughout the days you would be working in the office, conducting research, having an occasional discussion with a colleague, heading off to teach/attend a seminar, grabbing some pot noodle lunch (got to be economic!), rushing to meet your supervisor(s), perhaps heading off to the gym (or some other form of stress relieving sport), and maybe if you are lucky get home before sunrise, and put your head on the bed and perhaps even get a couple of hours sleep. I decided to undertake a PhD in this area as feeling passionate about a topic that could contribute to making a change to the world, a PhD and academic career felt like the most suitable position to be a change agent for the better. It might not be a superhero position, but bridging the gaps and having the conversations are key in instigating change, or at least the first step in the ripple effect.
In five years, I hope to continue publishing in reputable journals, progressing my career further and hopefully attain an associate professorship, while contributing to the conversation that bridges the gap between academia and practice. This is in an endeavour to make organisations environmentally friendly and the world a better place, perhaps on a closer path to professorship and sitting on the boards of some journals and conferences.
For those considering PhD study I would recommend you be realistic. Know what you are signing up for in detail and ask all the questions beforehand. Do your research about your research topic beforehand.