Dr Ying Xie

Head of School

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Accounting and Finance

Ying’s expertise has been in the area of sustainability, supply chain modelling and simulation, multi criteria decision-making in various domains such as supply chain management, logistics, inventory control, and ERP implementation.



Dr Ying Xie is the Head of Department in Accounting, Finance and Operations Management. Prior to this, Ying was a Programme Director of undergraduate studies at the University of Greenwich. With a background in Engineering and Science, Ying successfully applies the scientific tools to resolve business problems, including  business decision making, supply chain management as well as achieving sustainability.

Ying is keen on applied research, and has active engagement with businesses and industries. She's been awarded funding by commercial businesses in China and European Research Development Fund (ERDF). To date she has published over 20 papers in scientific books and journals.

Research interests

Ying’s principal research interests lie in the field of operational research, supply chain modeling and simulation, in particular treating uncertainty by fuzzy sets, multi-criteria decision making, sustainability, and reverse logistics. Ying is working closely with the UK National Health Service (NHS) to investigate reverse logistics in the pharmaceutical supply chain, aiming to design a green pharmaceutical supply chain that results in less pharmaceutical waste and meaningful savings for the NHS. Ying is also working closely with Felixstowe Port to improve their rail plan, i.e. the weekly schedules of train arrivals and departures. Ying’s research is helping businesses to achieve statutory carbon emission reduction targets in a measurable, significant and economically viable manner.

Areas of research supervision

Ying has one successful PhD completion as primary supervisor and four current PhD students, acting as primary supervisor for two of them. Ying’s supervision areas are supply chain management, sustainability, ERP implementation, and decision-making.

PhD completion (as Primary Supervisor)
  • Mahmood Ali, Decision Support for Operational ERP implementation in Small Medium Enterprises, Director of Study, completed and awarded PhD in June 2013 by University of Greenwich.
PhD supervisions (as Primary Supervisor)
  • YiQing Zhao, Sustainable Supply Chain Management in the Chinese Building Construction Industry, Director of Study, Sept, 2012 to present.
  • ChunZhi Li, Luxury Brands in the Chinese Market, Director of Study, Sept, 2012 to present.


  • Introduction to Business Processes (course leader)
  • Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Logistics Principles and International Supply Chain Management (course leader)
  • Supply Chain Modeling and Simulation (computer lab based) (course leader)
  • Elements and Strategies for Supply Chain Management (course leader)
  • Research Methods (course leader)


  • PhD in Management Science, Coventry University, UK
  • MSc, Intelligence Engineering, University of Liverpool, UK
  • BEng, Electrical Engineering, Shenzhen University, P.R. China

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Principal Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
  • Member of POMS (Production and Operations Management Society)
  • Member of EuroMA (European Operations Management Association)
  • Member of EURO (European Operational Research Societies)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Low Carbon KEEP project, funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF): Academic Supervisor, Cost Centre Services Ltd, 08/2014-05/2015, £34,116.67
  • Academic Supervisor, Consultancy project “A Sustainable Development of Real Estate in China”, Shanghai DingXun Industrial Group Ltd., P.R.China, 09/2011-08/2012, £60,000
  • Principal Investigator, “A Cross Boundary Green Pharmaceutical Supply Chain (XGPSC) approach”, Research and Enterprise Investment Programme funding, University of Greenwich, £20,000, 2010-11
  • Principal Investigator, “A Fuzzy Decision Support System for Sustainable Green Supply Chain Management”, Research and Enterprise Investment Programme funding, University of Greenwich, £7,000, 2011-12

Selected recent publications

Book chapters

Ali M., Xie Y. and Cullinane J. (2013), A Decision Support System for ERP system implementations in Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in João Varajão, Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha and António Trigo (Ed).Sociotechnical Enterprise Information Systems Design and Integration, 97-121, IGI-Global, DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3664-4.ch007.

Peer-refereed academic journal articles
Xie. Y, Breen L., Charrett T., Zheng D.C., and Allen C.J. (2016), “An exploratory study of reverse exchange systems used for medical devices in the UK National Health Service (NHS)”, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, 21(2), pp.194 – 215.
Breen L. and Xie. Y(2015), Waste not, want not. What are the drivers of sustainable medicines recycling in National Health Service (NHS) hospital pharmacies (UK)?,
International Journal of Procurement Management 8(1/2), pp.82-103.
Xie. Y and Breen L.(2014), Who cares wins? A comparative analysis of household waste medicines and batteries reverse logistics systems-the case of the NHS (UK),Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, 19 (4), pp.455-474.
Xie Y., Allen C.J. and Ali M. (2014), An integrated decision support system for ERP implementation in SMEs Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 27(4), pp.358-384.
Xie Y. and Allen C.J. (2012), The implementation of information technologies in a retail supply chain: a comparison of Tesco and Asda, International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling, 5(1), 46-62. 
Xie Y. and Zhou L. (2012), Measuring the bullwhip effect in a single echelon supply chain using fuzzy approach, International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology, 3(5), 494-498, ISSN: 2010-0248, DOI: 10.7763/IJIMT.2012.V3.283
Ali M. and Xie Y. (2012), The quest for successful implementation: a new dynamic model for ERP systems implementation innovation, International Journal of Innovations in Business, 1(2), 113-133.

Breen L. and Xie Y. (2012), Pharmaceutical recycling in hospital pharmacy. An analysis of why and how it is done: a multi-case study approach, The Pharmaceutical Journal, 288, 321.
Xie Y. and Breen L. (2012), Greening community pharmaceutical supply chain in UK: a cross boundary approach, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, 17(1), 40-53.
Breen L, Xie Y. and Thiaray K. (2010), New solutions for old problem: how to reduce the volume of waste medicines, The Pharmaceutical Journal, 284, 425-428.