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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 and a Reader in Operations Management. He is a member of the Faculty Research Committee and is also an Associate at the Centre for Business in Society. Horace’s research interests are 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 70 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 2013. He also serves in the editorial board of two international journals. He was a selected member of staff for RAE2008 and REF2014.

In the past he has led 3 undergraduate/postgraduate 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 2019

  • 309 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 28 Paper
  • 19 Article
  • 5 Chapter
  • 2 Conference proceeding

A conceptual framework of environmental sustainability in the oil and gas supply chains: natural resource based view (NRBV) and institutional theory approaches

Olajide, O. A., Kwak, D-W., He, Q. & Lim, M., 2019, Proceedings of the 24th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2019). Pawar, K. S., Potter, A., Rogers, H. & Glock, C. (eds.). Centre for Concurrent Enterprise, Nottingham University, p. 95-103 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Resource-based view
Supply chain
Environmental sustainability
Natural resources
Conceptual framework

Corporate strategic change towards sustainability: A dynamic capabilities view

Wu, Q., He, Q. & Duan, Y., Apr 2019, Handbook of strategic renewal: Core concepts, antecedents, and microfoundations. Tuncdogan, A., Lindgreen, A., Bosch, F. V. D. & Volberda, H. (eds.). CRC Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Factors Affecting Consumers’ Purchase Intention of Eco-friendly Food in China: The Evidence from Respondents in Beijing

He, Q., Duan, Y., Wang, R. & Fu, Z., Sep 2019, In : International Journal of Consumer Studies. 43, 5, p. 457-470 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Internal-External Control

Managing Knowledge in Supply Chains: A Catalyst to Triple Bottom Line Sustainability

He, Q., Gallear, D., Ghobadian, A. & Ramanathan, R., 2019, In : Production Planning & Control: The Management of Operations. 30, 5-6, p. 448-463 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Knowledge management
Supply chains
Sustainable development
Supply chain management

The role of knowledge creation modes in architectural innovation

Azzam, A., He, Q. & Sarpong, D., 7 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Strategic Change. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Activities 2010 2019

British Academy of Management (External organisation)

Qile He (Member)

Activity: MembershipMembership of council

BAM Transition 2 Grant Reviewer

Qile He (Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: OtherReviewer of proposals for funding

PhD External Examination

Qile He (Examiner)
Oct 2019

Activity: Examination

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (Journal)

Qile He (Peer Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review


2010 Dean’s Prize for Research

Qile He (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Presentation/Paper Award

Abdallah Abu Madi (Recipient), Dongmei Cao (Recipient), Alexeis Garcia-Perez (Recipient) & Qile He (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Business process management

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

Qile He (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Supply chain management