Stanley Frederick W.T. Lim

PhD Candidate


  • Empirical retail operations management
  • Last-mile distribution and delivery models
  • Theories of the firm (scale, scope and firm boundaries)


  • Econometric tools
  • Quasi-natural experiments
  • Case-based research


  • MM1 Quantitative techniques for management [MPhil Management Core] (Fall’ 17)
  • MS5 Operations management [Management Studies Tripos Core] (Fall’ 17)


Stanley Lim is a doctoral candidate at the Centre of International Manufacturing, Cambridge University. His research focuses on operational challenges at the intersection between end-consumers and retail supply chain management, including last-mile distribution, store operations, and vertical retail supply relationships. He also has a keen interest in extending theories of the firm (e.g. transaction cost economics) to the volatile omnichannel retailing context. As part of his research efforts, he has worked with, Tesco, Ocado, Alliance Boots, Argos, T2 Tea, and Unilever. Stanley has been a visiting scholar at the W.P. Carey School of Business and at MIT.

   One of his research projects on last-mile supply network configuration won the Harry Boer Best Student Paper Award at the 2016 EurOMA conference. In addition, he clinched the Henry Spurrier Scholarship (Top Award) to support his Ph.D. dissertation, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.



Before embarking on his Ph.D. studies, Stanley spent several years in the defence industry in varying roles, rising to become Head Engineering and Operations Group at the Ministry of Defence. Previous roles included Intelligence Analyst, Human Resources Manager, Lead Engineer, and Technical Consultant with portfolio in wireless and satellite communication, and information technology. He has significant experience in project management, system life-cycle management, and lean six sigma techniques.

   Stanley holds an MBA (Distinction) from the Warwick Business School. His MBA dissertation on three-dimensional vehicle routing problem in urban city logistics won the Certificate of Excellence award. He also holds a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) with First Class Honors and was placed on the Dean's List for three consecutive years. His final-year thesis on next generation virtual bass system, developed new algorithms using psychometric signal processing techniques, won the Distinction award. Moreover, he was awarded the coveted EEE Excellence award for outstanding achievement in academic and core-curriculum activities. Outside of academia, Stanley is a Gold Award holder of the Duke of Edinburgh's award.

   In his free time, Stanley loves to run and enjoys photography.




1. Lim, S.F.W.T. and Srai, J.S. 2018. “Examining the anatomy of last-mile distribution in e-commerce omnichannel retailing: A supply network configuration approach”, Accepted (Best Student Paper Award at 23rd EurOMA Conference).


2. Lim, S.F.W.T., Jin X. and Srai, J.S. 2018. “Consumer driven e-commerce: A literature review and design framework on last-mile logistics”, Accepted (Highly Commendable Paper at 20th ISL).


Practitioner-oriented outlet / Invited monograph

3. Lim, S.F.W.T., Wang, L. and Srai, J.S. 2017. “Wal-Mart’s omni-channel strategy, Supply Chain Management Review, September/October: 30-37.


4. Lim, S.F.W.T., Rabinovich, E., Rogers, D.S. and Laseter, T.M. 2016. “Last-mile supply network distribution in omnichannel retailing: A configuration-based typology”, Foundation and Trends in Technology, Information and Operations Management, Issue 10(1), 1-87.


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