Professor Manoj Dora

Professor in Sustainable Production and Consumption

Centre for Intelligent Supply Chains

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law


Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes

Manoj's areas of expertise include sustainable management, the circular economy, and food supply chains. His research has focused on how we can switch from our current industrial 'linear' model to a circular economy and how operational excellence tools and industry 4.0 technologies can be combined in a connected supply chain to achieve zero-waste.

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Professor Manoj Dora is the director of the Centre for Intelligent Supply ChainsWith core expertise in operations and supply chain management, Manoj has an interdisciplinary background in applied economics, environmental sciences and works at interface between these disciplines to generate impact on policy and businesses.

Manoj's research projects are collaborative in nature, have been co-designed by challenge owners and multi-stakeholders in a participatory way and involves addressing research priorities of partners in the UK, Asia, Latin America and Africa for generating impact.

Manoj is passionate about student experience, and research-led teaching and has been recognised with several student-led best lecturer/supervisor awards.

Research interests

  • Sustainable and resilient operations and supply chain management
  • Interdisciplinary research on food system (Core area: lean operations, data driven supply chains, participatory methods for value chain analysis, value stream mapping)
  • Circular economy and resource efficiency
  • Role of data science, emerging technologies, multi-stakeholders in adopting sustainable practices

Areas of research supervision

  • Lean management
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Modern day slavery
  • Circular economy
  • Industry 4.0


PhD, Ghent University, Belgium, 2014

Masters in Economics, Vanderbilt University, USA, 2009

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Consulting Editor, International Journal of Management Reviews
  • Member, British Academy of Management

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • CGIAR, Transforming Agri-Food Systems in South Asia (TAFSSA) 2022-2024 (Co-I), (200,000 USD)
  • 3iE/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2021-2024) (Co-I), 981,054 USD Economic and Empowerment Impacts of Millet Processing and Value Addition Enterprises by Women SHGs in India 
  • UKRI – BBSRC - Partnership for a Sustainable Food Future – Centre for Doctoral Training (2020-2025) (Co-I), £5million Transforming UK Food Systems 
  • NHS Trust, Environmental performance of food waste approaches for NHS hospitals (2022)
  • Newton Fund Research Environment Links grant, Increasing Accessibility through Mobile Vaccination: A capacity building approach (2021)
  • British Council Newton Fund Grant, Fighting Food Fraud with Blockchain in Brazil (2018)
  • British Council - UK India Education Research Initiative. Training for All - a capacity building initiative (2017 - 2020)
  • British Council Newton Fund Grant. Lean humanitarian logistics to ensure resilient food distribution in disasters and emergencies in Turkey (2016)
  • British Academy Small Grant. Mapping the impact of food waste on sustainability performance in the UK (2016-2018)

Selected recent publications

Hezarkhani. B., Demirel. G., Bouchery, Y. and Dora, M. (2023) Can 'Ugly Veg' supply chains reduce food loss? European Journal of Operational Research. Available at:

Ozdemir, I., Dursunoglu, C., Kara, B. and Dora, M. (2022) 'Logistics of Temporary Testing Centers for Coronavirus Disease', Transportation Research Part C: Emerging TechnologiesAvailable at:

Kamal, M.M., Mamat, R., Mangla, S.K., Kumar, P., Despoudi, S., Dora, M. and Tjahjono, B. (2022) 'Immediate return in circular economy: Business to consumer product return information sharing framework to support sustainable manufacturing in small and medium enterprises', Journal of Business Research, 151, pp. 379-396. Available at:

Chaudhuri, A., Bhatia, M.S., Subramanian, N., Kayikci, Y. and Dora, M. (2022) 'Socio-technical capabilities for blockchain implementation by service providers: multiple case study of projects with transaction time reduction and quality improvement objectives', Production Planning & Control. Available at:

Gerassimidou, S., Dora, M., Iacovidou, E. (2022) 'A Tool for the Selection of Food Waste Management Approaches for the Hospitality and Food Service Sector in the UK', Resources, 11(10), pp. 80. Available at:

Sariyer, G., Ataman, M.G., Mangla, S.K., Kazancoglu, Y. and Dora, M. (2022) 'Big data analytics and the effects of government restrictions and prohibitions in the COVID-19 pandemic on emergency department sustainable operations', Annals of Operations Research. Available at:

Dora, M., Kumar, A., Mangla, S.K., Pant, A. and Kamal, M.M. (2022) 'Critical success factors influencing artificial intelligence adoption in food supply chains', International Journal of Production Research, 60(14), pp. 4621-4640. Available at:

Buluc, E., Peker, M., Kara, B.Y. and Dora, M. (2022) 'Covering vehicle routing problem: application for mobile child friendly spaces for refugees', OR Spectrum, 44(2), pp. 461-484. Available at:

Dora, M. and Kumar, M. (2022) 'Operational improvement programs and humanitarian operations', Production Planning & Control, 33(6-7), pp. 513-516. Available at:

Calabrese, A., Dora, M., Levialdi Ghiron, N. and Tiburzi, L. (2022) 'Industry’s 4.0 transformation process: how to start, where to aim, what to be aware of', Production Planning & Control, 33(5), pp. 492-512. Available at:

Chaudhuri, A., Subramanian, N. and Dora, M. (2022) 'Circular economy and digital capabilities of SMEs for providing value to customers: Combined resource-based view and ambidexterity perspective', Journal of Business Research, 142, pp. 32-44. Available at:

Kayikci, Y., Subramanian, N., Dora, M. and Bhatia, M.S. (2022) 'Food supply chain in the era of Industry 4.0: blockchain technology implementation opportunities and impediments from the perspective of people, process, performance, and technology', Production Planning & Control, 33(2-3), pp. 301-321. Available at:

Yilmaz, A., Dora, M., Hezarkhani, B. and Kumar, M. (2022) 'Lean and industry 4.0: Mapping determinants and barriers from a social, environmental, and operational perspective', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 175, 121320. Available at:

Ho, W.R., Tsolakis, N., Dawes, T., Dora, M. and Kumar, M. (2022) 'A Digital Strategy Development Framework for Supply Chains', IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. Available at:

Tsolakis, N., Schumacher, R., Dora, M. and Kumar, M. (2022) 'Artificial intelligence and blockchain implementation in supply chains: a pathway to sustainability and data monetisation?', Annals of Operations Research. Available at:

Bhatia, M.S., Kumar Jakhar, S. and Dora, M. (2022) 'Analysis of Barriers to Closed-Loop Supply Chain: A Case of the Indian Automotive Industry', IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 69(5), pp. 1999-2013. Available at:

Pearce, D., Dora, M., Wesana, J. and Gellynck, X. (2021) 'Toward sustainable primary production through the application of lean management in South African fruit horticulture', Journal of Cleaner Production, 313, 127815. Available at:

Tsolakis, N., Niedenzu, D., Simonetto, M., Dora, M. and Kumar, M. (2021) 'Supply network design to address United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A case study of blockchain implementation in Thai fish industry', Journal of Business Research, 131, pp. 495-519. Available at:

Akenroye, T.O., Dora, M., Kumar, M., Elbaz, J., Kah, S. and Jebli, F. (2021) 'A taxonomy of barriers to the adoption of sustainable practices in the coffee farming process', Journal of Cleaner Production, 312, 127818. Available at:

Soni, G., Mangla, S.K., Singh, P., Dey, B.L. and Dora, M. (2021) 'Technological interventions in social business: Mapping current research and establishing future research agenda', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 169, 120818. Available at:

Upadhyay, A., Laing, T., Kumar, V. and Dora, M. (2021) 'Exploring barriers and drivers to the implementation of circular economy practices in the mining industry', Resources Policy, 72, 102037. Available at:

Batista, L., Dora, M., Garza-Reyes, J.A. and Kumar, V. (2021) 'Improving the sustainability of food supply chains through circular economy practices – a qualitative mapping approach', Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, 32(4), pp. 752-767. Available at:

Patel, S., Dora, M., Hahladakis, J.N. and Iacovidou, E. (2021) 'Opportunities, challenges and trade-offs with decreasing avoidable food waste in the UK', Waste Management & Research: The Journal for a Sustainable Circular Economy, 39(3), pp. 473-488. Available at:

Dora, M., Biswas, S., Choudhary, S., Nayak, R. and Irani, Z. (2021) 'A system-wide interdisciplinary conceptual framework for food loss and waste mitigation strategies in the supply chain', Industrial Marketing Management, 93, pp. 492-508. Available at:

Narwane, V.S., Raut, R.D., Mangla, S.K., Dora, M. and Narkhede, B.E. (2021) 'Risks to Big Data Analytics and Blockchain Technology Adoption in Supply Chains', Annals of Operations Research. Available at:

Kazancoglu, Y., Ozkan-Ozen, Y.D., Sagnak, M., Kazancoglu, I. and Dora, M. (2021) 'Framework for a sustainable supply chain to overcome risks in transition to a circular economy through Industry 4.0', Production Planning & Control. Available at:

Raut, R.D., Mangla, S.K., Narwane, V.S., Dora, M. and Liu, M. (2021) 'Big Data Analytics as a mediator in Lean, Agile, Resilient, and Green (LARG) practices effects on sustainable supply chains', Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 145, 102170. Available at:

Wesana, J., Gellynck, X., Dora, M., Muyama, L., Mutenyo, E., Elizabeth, A., . . . De Steur, H. (2020) 'Labeling Nutrition-Sensitive Food Chains: A Consumer Preference Analysis of Milk Products', Frontiers in Nutrition, 7. Available at:

Dora, M., Wesana, J., Gellynck, X., Seth, N., Dey, B. and De Steur, H. (2020) 'Importance of sustainable operations in food loss: evidence from the Belgian food processing industry', Annals of Operations Research, 290(1-2), pp. 47-72. Available at:

Rust, N.A., Ridding, L., Ward, C., Clark, B., Kehoe, L., Dora, M., . . . West, N. (2020) 'How to transition to reduced-meat diets that benefit people and the planet', Science of the Total Environment, 718, 137208. Available at:

Wesana, J., Gellynck, X., Dora, M.K., Pearce, D. and De Steur, H. (2019) 'Measuring food and nutritional losses through value stream mapping along the dairy value chain in Uganda', Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 150, 104416. Available at:

Batista, L., Dora, M., Toth, J., Molnár, A., Malekpoor, H. and Kumari, S. (2019) 'Knowledge management for food supply chain synergies – a maturity level analysis of SME companies', Production Planning & Control, 30(10-12), pp. 995-1004. Available at:

Choudhary, S., Nayak, R., Dora, M., Mishra, N. and Ghadge, A. (2019) 'An integrated lean and green approach for improving sustainability performance: a case study of a packaging manufacturing SME in the U.K.', Production Planning & Control, 30(5-6), pp. 353-368. Available at:

Bhatia, M.S., Dora, M. and Jakhar, S.K. (2019) 'Appropriate location for remanufacturing plant towards sustainable supply chain', Annals of Operations Research. Available at:

Pearce, D., Dora, M., Wesana, J. and Gellynck, X. (2018) 'Determining factors driving sustainable performance through the application of lean management practices in horticultural primary production', Journal of Cleaner Production, 203, pp. 400-417. Available at:

Kabbiri, R., Dora, M., Kumar, V., Elepu, G. and Gellynck, X. (2018) 'Mobile phone adoption in agri-food sector: Are farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa connected?', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 131, pp. 253-261. Available at:

Wesana, J., De Steur, H., Dora, M.K., Mutenyo, E., Muyama, L. and Gellynck, X. (2018) 'Towards nutrition sensitive agriculture. Actor readiness to reduce food and nutrient losses or wastes along the dairy value chain in Uganda', Journal of Cleaner Production, 182, pp. 46-56. Available at:

Mangla, S.K., Luthra, S., Mishra, N., Singh, A., Rana, N.P., Dora, M. and Dwivedi, Y. (2018) 'Barriers to effective circular supply chain management in a developing country context', Production Planning & Control, 29(6), pp. 551-569. Available at:

De Steur, H., Wesana, J., Dora, M.K., Pearce, D. and Gellynck, X. (2016) 'Applying Value Stream Mapping to reduce food losses and wastes in supply chains: A systematic review', Waste Management, 58, pp. 359-368. Available at:

Odongo, W., Dora, M., Molnár, A., Ongeng, D. and Gellynck, X. (2016) 'Performance perceptions among food supply chain members', British Food Journal, 118(7), pp. 1783-1799. Available at:

Dora, M., Kumar, M. and Gellynck, X. (2016) 'Determinants and barriers to lean implementation in food-processing SMEs – a multiple case analysis', Production Planning & Control, 27(1), pp. 1-23. Available at:

Dora, M. and Gellynck, X. (2015) 'House of lean for food processing SMEs', Trends in Food Science & Technology, 44(2), pp. 272-281. Available at:

Dora, M., Van Goubergen, D., Kumar, M., Molnar, A. and Gellynck, X. (2013) 'Application of lean practices in small and medium-sized food enterprises', British Food Journal, 116(1), pp. 125-141. Available at:

Dora, M., Kumar, M., Van Goubergen, D., Molnar, A. Gellynck, X. (2013) 'Operational performance and critical success factors of lean manufacturing in European food processing SMEs', Trends in Food Science & Technology, 31(2), pp. 156-164. Available at:

Dora, M., Kumar, M., Van Goubergen, D., Molnar, A. and Gellynck, X. (2013) 'Food quality management system: Reviewing assessment strategies and a feasibility study for European food small and medium-sized enterprises', Food Control, 31(2), pp. 607-616. Available at:

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