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Mukesh Kumar is a University lecturer at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. He is based at the Institute for Manufacturing and leading research on industrial resilience.

 

His research interest for the field of risk management and manufacturing came from early career in the financial industry where he was responsible for corporate evaluation of investment decisions made by manufacturing companies. In 2005 he commenced PhD studies in IfM Cambridge, in the area of manufacturing investment decision making from risk and network resilience perspectives to leverage and extend my specialist knowledge in this area. After completion of PhD, Sealed Air Corporation funded an industrial project to operationalise PhD research outcomes into a manufacturing investment risk evaluation tool, specifically focusing on plant location decisions and technology selection. He secured departmental funds to extend work on risk, resilience and sustainability, which were emergent fields in the area of manufacturing and supply network research. This promising line of research enabled him to then secure further grant from Three Guineas Trust in 2013 to explore “climate change implications for global food supply chains” in collaboration with IfM, 4CMR and British Antarctic Survey. Since then his research has included food product safety management from developed and developing country perspectives, risk evaluation in pharmaceutical supply, and environment sustainability assessment in global supply networks in four sectors - food, pharmaceuticals, automotive and aerospace. His research continues to focus on sustainability and resilience but closely related to the emerging manufacturing paradigm of “Distributed Manufacturing”.

 

Research Interests

  • Understanding of Industrial chain resilience and sustainability
  • Issues of food supply chains linked with food security
  • Differences between emerging and mature industrial systems
  • Distributed Manufacturing

PhD Opportunity

If you want to pursue a PhD particularly associated with above mentioned research interests then feel free to contact me. Please ensure that you fit the University of Cambridge PhD requirements, about which information can be found here.

 

Current Projects

  • “UK-India Food Supply Chains: Sustainability and Food Security” in collaboration with ABV-IIITM Gwalior, funded by UKIERI
  • “Engineering Driven Sustainable Supply Network” with IIT Ropar and IIM Lucknow, funded by the EPSRC and DST
  • “Risk and Resilience of Global Supply Networks and Future Industrial Systems”, funded by CIM
  • RE-configuring MEDIcines End-to-end Supply, AMSCI project

Research Collaborations

Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (India), Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (UK), British Antarctic Survey (UK), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany), Turku School of Economics (Finland), Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

 

Publications

Forthcoming/accepted and published

  • Kumar, M., Srai, J.S., Gregory, M.J., Forthcoming, 2016. Risk management in production location decision. Production Planning & Control.
  • Kumar, M., Srai, J.S., Minakata, Y., Forthcoming, 2016. Environmental Sustainability Dynamics of an Industrial System: A case study on the UK Medical Technology sector. International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management.
  • Harrington, T.S., Srai, J.S., Kumar, M., 2016. Identifying design criteria for urban system ‘last-mile’ solutions – a multi-stakeholder perspective. Production Planning & Control, Issue 27, Vol 6, pp 456-476.
  • Kumar, M., Graham, G., Hennelly, P., Srai, J.S., Forthcoming, 2016. How will Smart City Production Systems Change Supply Chain Management. International Journal of Production Research.
  • Kumar, M., Srai, J.S., Forthcoming, 2016. Implications of climate change associated extreme weather events on supply chains. AI and Society: Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication.
  • Prakash, G., Kumar, M., Srai, J.S., Forthcoming, 2016. Managing Food Supply Chain: A Social Sustainability Perspective. AI and Society: Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication.
  • Srai, J.S., Kumar, M., Graham, G., Phillips, W., Tooze, J., Ford, S., Beecher, P., Raj, B., Gregory, M.J., Tiwari, M.K., Ravi, B., Neely, A., Shankar, R., Charnley, F., Tiwari, A., Forthcoming, 2016. Distributed Manufacturing: scope, challenges and opportunities. International Journal of Production Research.
  • Yatskovskaya, K., Srai, J.S., Forthcoming, 2016. Local Water Stress Impacts on Global Supply Chains: Network configuration and Natural Capital perspectives. Journal of Advances in Management Research.
  • Kumar, M., & Srai, J. S., 2014. Risk and resilience. In J. S. Srai & P. Christodoulou (Eds.),Capturing value from global networks: Strategic approaches to configuring international production, supply and service operations (pp. 54-56). Cambridge: University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing. View here.
  • Kumar, M., et al., 2013, "Mapping of the UK food supply chains: capturing trends and structural changes." Journal of Advances in Management Research, Issue10, Vol 2, pp 299-326. Doi: 10.1108/JAMR-05-2013-0034 (Awarded by the journal’s Editorial Team as a Highly Commended Paper of 2013; currently amongst the most frequently downloaded in Journal of Advances in Management Research)
  • Kumar M. and Gregory M., 2013, “An exploration of Risk Management in Global Industrial Investment, Risk Management", Risk Management Journal, issue 15, Vol 4, pp 271-300. doi: 10.1057/rm.2013.8 

Conference papers

  • Kumar, M., Graham, G., Henelley, P., Srai, J.S., 2015. Smart City Production System, Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium
  • Kumar, M., Srai, J.S., Harrington, T.S., Minakata Y., 2015. Environmental Sustainability Dynamics of an Industrial System: A case study on the UK Medical Technology sector, European Operation Management conference, Neuchatel, Switzerland
  • Manocha P, Kumar M, and Srai J.S., 2015. Identifying and Mitigating the Water Stress Risk of the Californian Wine Industry Supply Chain, Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium
  • Yatskovskaya E., Srai J.S., and Kumar M, 2015. Local Water Stress Impacts on Global Supply Chains: network configuration and natural capital perspectives, Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium
  • Kumar, M., Bam, W., Srai, J.S., 2014. A future Supply Chain Assessment Framework: a case study of terpene-based supply chains, Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium
  • Kumar, M., Gunda, S., Srai, J. Gregory M.J., 2014. Understanding Food safety in cross-border supply chains , European Operation Management conference, Palermo, Italy
  • Kumar, M., Ogale, A.,  Srai, J.S., 2014. Sustainability in the UK and Indian Aerospace Industry: a comparative study, Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium
  • Kumar, M., Minakata, Y., Srai J.S., 2014. Towards a Theory of Industrial System: a case study on environmental sustainability in the UK medical device industry, Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium
  • Kumar M, Gunda S, Srai J and Gregory M., 2013. “Understanding Food safety in cross-border supply chains”, Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, Cambridge, UK
  • Kumar M, Danemar M, Srai J, and Gregory M., 2013. “Implications of Climate change on food supply chains”, Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, Cambridge, UK
  • Kumar M. and Srai J. and Gregory M., 2012. “Mapping of UK-India Food Supply Chains, Society of Operations Management Conference, IIT Delhi, India
  • Gyan P. and Kumar M., 2012. “Managing social food supply chain”, Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, Cambridge, UK.
  • Book J., Kumar M., Lanza G. and Srai J., 2012. Quality risk management in global supply networks: an agent-based approach, Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, Cambridge, UK.
  • Kumar M. and Srai J., 2012. “A framework for supply chain risk management”,  European Operation Management conference, Cambridge, UK
  • Kumar M. and Gregory M., 2011. “Risk management in Global Manufacturing Investment: Dimensions and Process”,  European Operation Management conference, Cambridge, UK
  • Risk management in Global Manufacturing Investment: Dimensions and Process”,  European Operation Management conference, Cambridge, UK
  • Kumar M. Wang D. and Gregory M., 2008. “Following the Footprint”, European Operation Management conference, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Kumar M. and Gregory M., 2007. “Global Manufacturing Network Transformation Management”,  1st European Risk Conference, Munster, Germany (This work is referred in the industry report by Fleet D et al. “Manufacturing Footprint: Making the right things in the right places”, Institute for Manufacturing, 2008)

Reports

  • Srai J.S., Kumar, M., Gregory M.J., 2015. ‘Keeping the supply chain flowing’, Research Horizons October 2015
  • Kumar M., 2015. The lost art of risk management, institute for Manufacturing Review, Issue 2
  • Nanopoulos, M and Kumar M (2011) A Survey Report on Industrial Risks and Risk Mitigation Strategies in the UK, University of Cambridge: Institute for Manufacturing
  • Kumar, M. (2010). Indian Manufacturing: Perspective on India's Manufacturing Value Chain - 2009 MET Study Tour Report. University of Cambridge: Institute for Manufacturing, 1-28.
  • Kumar, M. (2009). TOUR: Fascinating Facts -Students from the UK on a fact-finding tour of India. BRITAIN TODAY. British High Commission, New Delhi Dan Chugg, 27.
  • India Research Tour article "
  • Kumar, M., & Rana, P. (2007). 14th EPSRC Research Methodology Workshop. Cambridge: Institute for Manufacturing, 1-37.

 


 

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