Professor Ying Xie

Head of School of Economics, Finance and Law

Director of Centre for Intelligent Supply Chain

Centre for Intelligent Supply Chain

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Chelmsford

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

Research Supervision:Yes

Professor Ying Xie received her PhD degree in Management Science from Coventry University. Currently she is the Head of School in Economics, Finance and Law, ARU. She is also the director of Centre for Intelligent Supply Chain.


With a background in Engineering and Science, Ying successfully applies the scientific tools to resolve business problems, including business decision making, supply chain management, optimisation, as well as achieving sustainability.

Ying has successfully won and completed several Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects, including projects from Innovate UK, ERDF and industries. Ying has worked with NHS to reduce pharmaceutical waste and develop green pharmaceutical supply chain; she also involved with Essex County Council, Iotics lab, and Ocado Technology to develop digital twins enabled ecosystem for social care and healthcare; Ying is also working with Felixstowe Port (UK) to improve the utilisation of rail transport of containers, to tackle the challenges of traffic congestion in roads and reduce impacts on environments. Representing ARU, Ying actively works with institutions from the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Universities Group, to build the future of sustainable aviation in the UK.

Ying is also a board member in the Strategy Advisory Board for Digital Supply Chain Innovation Hub, Digital Catapult. The hub is designed to drive innovations for all potential users. The programme run by the hub has drawn £10m award from UK Research and Innovation and will draw another £10m investment from the private sector, to accelerate commercial integration of advanced and emerging digital technologies across manufacturing supply chains in the aerospace, defence, pharmaceutical, fabrication and logistics sectors over the next four years.

Ying has developed a number of software packages in relation to decision support systems, forecasting tool, and simulation programs, which have been adopted by Cash’s Ltd. for customer order forecasting and supply chain management. Ying has developed an advanced consultancy practice that assists SMEs to achieve sustainability, through which she generated £34,116 European Regional Development Fund for a Low Carbon KEEP project and £60,000 research income for a consultancy project with DingXun Ltd., China.

Ying has also developed a big data driven prediction system to help the Port of Felixstowe to improve efficiency of the yard management.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Cantonese

Research interests

  • The application of operations research (management science) in supply chain
  • Big data analysis, social media data analysis, text mining
  • Supply chain modelling and simulation
  • Fuzzy sets theory
  • Multi-criteria decision making
  • Time series forecasting
  • Sustainability

Areas of research supervision

Ying has supervised many PhDs to successful completions, and she is currently supervising 5 PhD students focusing on big data analytics in supply chain management, and supply chain sustainability. She has successfully secured external funds to sponsor two PhD scholarships. One project addresses yard management for the Port of Felixstowe using machine learning models, and the other project collaborates with Ocado Technology to develop digital twins of individuals.

Ying would be keen to supervise PhDs in the following areas:

  • Big data driven supply chain management
  • Prediction analysis in the area of logistics planning, resource planning or deployment, or market demand
  • Application of operational research/management science in the areas of supply chain or financial market
  • Multi-criteria decision making
  • Healthy ageing



  • Introduction to Business Processes
  • Business Forecasting and Simulation (Lab based)


  • Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Logistics Principles and International Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Modeling and Simulation (computer lab based)
  • Elements and Strategies for Supply Chain Management


  • 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
  • Associate Editor, Heliyon Business and Economics Journal
  • Member of Strategic Advisory Board, Digital Supply Chain Innovation Hub, Digital Catapult
  • 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

  • Co-Investigator, Standard driven high quality development mechanism, path and micro incentive policy research in logistics industry, National Social Science Fund, £25,000, 2021-24.
  • Principal Investigator: ACCA short course for TaiHu University, P.R. China, £65,000 per year, from 2018 to present.
  • Principal Investigator: Consultancy project for HuNan University of Finance and Economics, P.R. China (innovative teaching pedagogies and industrial engagement), State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, China, £18,000, 2019.
  • Principal Investigator, Digital education suite in Finance, Chelgate, London, £124, 500 2017-19
  • Co-Investigator: Ageing in urban communities: community health/community housing, Anglia Ruskin University Sand Pit fund, £5000, 2019
  • 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

[1]Xie, Y., Breen, L., 2012, Greening community pharmaceutical supply chain in UK: a cross boundary approach. Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, 17(1), pp. 40-53. (ABS 3*)

[2] Breen, L., 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, pp. 321.

[3] Ali, M., 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), pp. 113-133.

[4] Xie, Y., 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), pp. 494-498, ISSN: 2010-0248. doi: 10.7763/IJIMT.2012.V3.283

[5] Xie Y., 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), pp. 46-62.

[6] Xie, Y., Allen, C. J., Ali, M., 2014. An integrated decision support system for ERP implementation in SMEs. Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 27(4), pp.358-384. (ABS 2*)

[7] Xie, Y., 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. (ABS 3*)

[8] Breen L., 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.

[9] Xie, Y., Breen, L., Charrett, T., Zheng, D. C., 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. (ABS 3*)

[10] Xie, Y., Song, D. P., 2018. Optimal planning for container pre-staging and flow rates at seaport rail terminals with uncertainty. Transportation Research: Part E, 119, pp. 88-109. (ABS 3*)

[11] Xie, Y., Breen, L., 2018. E-integrated healthcare supply chains: tracking and monitoring medical devices in the National Heath Service (NHS), UK. In: Bak, O. (Ed.), 2018. E-business and supply chain integration: strategies and case studies from industry (London: Kogan Page). ISBN: 9780749478452

[12] Breen, L., Xie, Y., Papalexi, M., 2020. Managing the pharmaceutical supply chain – to sustainability and beyond. In: Babar, Z. (Ed.), 2020. Global Pharmaceutical Policy (New York: Springer), pp. 29-52. ISBN 97898115272341

[13] Xie, Y., Zhao, Y. Q., Chen, Y. H., 2020. Green supply chain in construction sector, government interventions, partnerships and green practices. In: Chan F. K. S. et al. (Eds.), 2020. Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Resource Sustainability: Sustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era, (New York: Springer), pp. 93-106. ISBN 978-981-15-9604-9.

[14] Zheng, J., Shen, Y., Xie, Y., Li, J., Lou, L., Chen, S., Feng, J., 2020. Model construction of medical endoscope service evaluation system using Delphi method. BMC Health Services Research, 20, pp. 629. doi: 10.1186/s12913-020-05486-x (indexed in SCI)

[15] Breen, L., Hannibal, C., Huatuco, L. H., Dehe, B., Xie, Y., 2020. Service improvement in public sector operations – a European comparative analysisEuropean Management Journal, 38(3), pp. 489-491. (ABS 2*) (included in Elsevier Public Health Emergency Collection, and US PubMed Central Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative.