Personal profile


Dr Qile He, also known as Horace, is currently the Associate Head of School for Research of the School of Strategy and Leadership at Coventry University. He is now a member of the Faculty Research Committee and is also an Associate at the Centre for Business in Society. Horace’s research interests fall in the area of knowledge transfer in the context of interfirm alliances. He is also interested in sustainable supply chain management, supply chain optimization in agriculture, as well as innovation strategies and processes of organizations. He has published over 50 papers in refereed journals, books, and leading international conference proceedings. Including prestigious international journals, such as International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, and Food Control, He has supervised multiple PhD candidates to completion.

Horace is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Member of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is the co-chair for the Inter-organizational Collaboration SIG, British Academy of Management since 2014. He also serves in the editorial board of two international journals. He was a selected member of staff for RAE2008 and REF2014.

Before he joined Coventry University, he was an acting Principal Lecturer in Business and Management at University of Bedfordshire leading a portfolio of Master of Business and Management suite of programmes and also the course leader of MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He led 3 courses to successful accreditation or re-accreditation by CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) and CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply).

He received his first degree in Economics from University of Colorado at Denver with Distinction, and then he has got bursaries to study his two other MSc degrees in Management Science and Engineering (from China Agriculture University), and MSc Financial Decision Management with Distinction (University of Luton). He got his PhD degree from Middlesex University, London which was sponsored by a fully funded studentship, where he also received an MSc degree in Research Methods, again with a Distinction.

Research Interests

Sustainable supply chain management;

Supply chain optimization in agriculture;

Food supply chain management;

Innovation strategies and processes of organizations;

Knowledge transfer in the context of inter-firm alliances;

Vision Statement

I believe advances in research with strong theoretical and practical underpinnings are the foundations for better practice and more successful teaching. Successful research and teaching practices are most likely built on strong collaborations. As an active researcher in operations management, inter-firm alliances, and knowledge management, I am passionate about collaboration internally, nationally, and internationally on publications, research projects, and research disseminations, which intend to create original impacts on industry and society.

Education / Academic qualification

Doctorate, Middlesex University

External positions

Field External Examiner, Univeristy of West London

May 2017 → …

Co-Chair, Inter-organizational Collaboration SIG, British Academy of Management

1 Jan 2014 → …

Field External Examiner, University of the West of England

1 Oct 2013 → …

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Research Output 2006 2017

Closed-loop supply chain practices in China: A strategic orientation perspective

Liu, S., Lin, Z. & He, Q. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Corporate strategic change towards sustainability: A dynamic capabilities view

Wu, Q., He, Q. & Duan, Y. 2017 Handbook of strategic renewal: Core concepts, antecedents, and microfoundations.. Tuncdogan, A., Lindgreen, A., Bosch, F. V. D. & Volberda, H. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Citations

Development and evaluation on a wireless multi-gas-sensors system for improving traceability and transparency of table grape cold chain

Wang, X., He, Q., Matetic, M., Jemric, T. & Zhang, Z. 1 Apr 2017 In : Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 135, p. 195–207

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Chemical sensors

Managing Knowledge in Supply Chains: Catalyst to the Triple Bottom Line in Supply Chains

He, Q., Ghobadian, A., Gallear, D. & Ramanathan, R. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Activities 2010 2017

PhD External Examination

He, Q. (Examiner)
May 2017

Activity: Examination

Li Zhao

He, Q. (Host)
2017 → …

Activity: Hosting an academic visitor

The British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference

He, Q. (Track Chair)

Activity: Participation in conference

China Agricultural University

He, Q. (Visiting researcher)
2017 → …

Activity: Visiting an external academic institution


2010 Dean’s Prize for Research

Qile He (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Co-chair, BAM Inter-organizational Collaboration SIG

Qile He (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Election to learned society

Co-chair, BAM Inter-organizational Collaboration SIG

Qile He (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Election to learned society

Highly Commended Paper Award, Award for Excellence 2017, Emerald Literati Network

Qile He (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Outstanding Reviewer Awards 2013, Awards for Excellence

Qile He (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)