Dr Yongjiang Shi

University Lecturer, Research Director of CIM

Research Areas

  • Industrial Systems and Globalisation
  • Chinese Manufacturing and Evolutions
  • Sustainable Industrial Systems and Development

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Yongjiang Shi is a lecturer in the IfM Masters programme Industrial Systems, Manufacturing and Management and research director of the Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM). Dr Shi is a former lecturer in the school of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, Beijing, joining the IfM in 1994. He has undertaken extensive research into international manufacturing network configurations and has taken a leading role in the conceptualisation and delivery of the Centre’s research programme. His research interests include global manufacturing networks, business ecosystem development, the strategies of multinational corporations in China, and sustainable industrial systems.  He currently is also the Guangbiao Visiting Professor in Zhejinag University Management School where he is teaching Global Manufacturing and China Development for the EMBA Programme.


Academic Interests

  • Manufacturing Strategy: designing effective manufacturing and industrial systems
  • Industrial Systems Deconstruction: different configurations and capabilities
  • Business Ecosystems: value network transformation from social networks
  • Global Supply Chain and Value Network Management: design-operations-improvement
  • Chinese Manufacturing and Evolutions: development and crises in the last 30 years
  • Link Manufacturing Systems of Developing Countries' to the Global Networks
  • Chinese Cultures and Wisdoms and their Implication to Industrialisation
  • Sustainable Industrial System Development: Involvement-Measurement-Improvement

Research Projects

  • High Value Engineering Network (HVEN): EU Framework 7 Project
  • Chinese Innovation: Models and Mechanisms: Chinese NSF Project (ZJU)
  • Electric Vehicle Industry Development in Chinese Shandong Province
  • Global R&D Networks: deconstruction, configurations, and capabilities
  • Chinese Manufacturing Innovation: Shanzhai (Grassroots) Model and Frugal Innovations
  • Business Ecosystems: deconstruction, conceptualisation, and tool kit development
  • Low Carbon Supply Network Development: Involvement-Measurement-Improvement
  • Industrial Symbiosis and Ecology: comparison studies between UK and China
  • Chinese Rare Earth Industry Development: Cambridge Rare Earth Society (CRE)
  • Chinese Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the UK

Main Publications

  1. Zhang, YF, MJ Gregory, YJ Shi, (2014).  Managing global engineering networks Part I and II, Journal of Engineering Manufacture, Vol 228 (2), pp 163 – 171, 172 – 180
  2. Rong, Ke, Yong Lin, Yongjiang Shi, and Jiang Yu, (2013). Linking Business Ecosystem Lifecycle with Platform Strategy: a triple view of technology, application and organisation, International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp 75 – 94
  3. Salgado, Omar, Yongjiang Shi, and Jerry Bank, (2012). Emerging capabilities in manufacturing companies: taxonomy of multinationals transformation, International Journal of Business and Globalisation, Vol. 9, No 3, 2012, pp 275 - 310
  4. Pichawadee Kittipanya-ngam, Yongjiang Shi, Mike J. Gregory, (2011). Exploring geographical dispersion in Thailand-based food supply chain (FSC), Benchmarking: an International Journal, Vol 18, No 6, pp. 802 - 833
  5. Zhu, S and YJ Shi, (2010).  Shanzhai Manufacturing – an alternative innovation phenomenon in China: its value chain and implications for Chinese science and technology policies, Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China, Vol 1, No, 1, pp 29 – 49
  6. Wu, XB, RF Ma and YJ Shi, (2010).  How do Latecomer Firms capture Value from Disruptive Technologies? A Secondary Business-Model Innovation Perspective, in CM Christensen, CC Hang, KH Chai and AM Subramanian (eds.) Special Issue on Managing Innovation in Emerging Economies, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Feb., Vol 57 No1, pp 51-62
  7. Wu, XB, Ma, R., Shi, YJ. & Rong, K. (2009).  Secondary Innovation: The Path of Catch-up with "Made in China", China Economic Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, February 2009, pp 93 – 104
  8. Zhang, YF, MJ Gregory, and Y Shi, (2008).  Global Engineering Networks (GEN): drivers, evolution, configuration, performance and key patters, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp 299-314
  9. Zhai, ED, Y Shi, and MJ Gregory, (2007).  The growth and capability development of electronics manufacturing service (EMS) companies.  International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 107, No. 1, pp 1–19.
  10. Liu, Q. and Y Shi, (2006).  Grid Manufacturing: a new solution for cross-enterprise collaboration, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Accepted on 3 Nov 2006; On-line on 22 Nov 2006 (
  11. Shi, Y. and M. Gregory, (2005).  Emergence of global Manufacturing Virtual Network and Establishment of New Manufacturing Infrastructure for Faster Innovation and Firm Growth, Production Planning and Control, Vol. 16, No. 6, September 2005, pp 621-631
  12. Shi, Y, D. Fleet, and M. Gregory, (2004).  Global Manufacturing Virtual Network (GMVN): a revisiting of the concept after three years fieldwork, Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering, Vol. 4, No 4-6, pp331 – 346
  13. Shi, Y.(2003). Internationalisation and Evolution of Manufacturing Systems: classic process models, new industrial issues, and academic challenges,  Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p357, 12p
  14. Colotla, I., Y. Shi, and M. J. Gregory, (2003).  Operation and Performance of International Manufacturing Networks, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 23, No. 10, pp 1185 – 1206
  15. Shi, Y. and M. Gregory, (1998).  International Manufacturing Networks – to develop global competitive capabilities, Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 16, pp195-214
  16. Shi, Y., M. Gregory and M. Naylor, (1997).   International Manufacturing Configuration Map: a self-assessment tool of international manufacturing capabilities, Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 8, No. 5, pp.273-282.


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