Dr Jeff Jia

Dr Jeff Jia

Dr Jeff Jia
Reader in Operations Management

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Department of Management

Supply chain management

Personal profile

Dr Jeff (Fu) Jia is a Reader in Supply Chain Management at EFM, University of Bristol.  Dr Jia is a visiting professor to Zhejiang University, China and Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (FUB), Italy. He is a co-founder and director of ‘Business, Nature and Value Research Centre’ affiliated to the University of Exeter (where he worked as post-doc, lecturer, senior lecturer and Associate Professor), which aims to focus on the relationships between business, nature and value creation. Dr. Jia’s research interests include supply relationship management in a cross cultural context, global sourcing, supply chain learning and innovation and sustainable SCM in agricultural and industrial contexts. He is a productive author publishing in international conferences and top OM/SCM, IB and agri-food journals such as International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, International Journal of Production Economics, Food Policy, International Business Review, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, and International Journal of Logistics Management among others. He has also co-authored three books and contributed several book chapters. Dr Jia is an Associate Editor of International Journal of Operations and Production Management (ABS 4) and Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management and a Managing Editor of International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR) and an Editorial Review Board Memeber of Industrial Marketing Management. Prior to his academic career, he had worked in the 3PL sector in Beijing, China. Dr. Jia holds a B. Eng in Mechanical Engineering, China, a MBA from Birmingham Business School, UK and a PhD from Cranfield School of Management, UK.

Dr Jia has been leading and being involved extensively with the industry on a number of large scale projects including Newton Caldas with University of Los Andes in Colombia; WWF climate savers Chinese innovation case studies; Global sourcing and International Purchasing Offices, to name a few. He is Principal Investigator on a series of  ‘Innovation Case Studies’ examining sustainability-related innovations by the Chinese-based operations of 8 multi-national companies (all well-known brands, head-quartered in the US, Europe and China).  This is a multi-disciplinary project involving colleagues in leadership studies (Jonathan Gosling), innovation (John Bessant) and supply chain management (Jeff Jia), as well as close liaison with industrial partners. It is funded by WWF China and the HEFCE HE Innovation Fund up to 2014/15 academic year.  A spin-out project on ‘Agricultural natural resource management’ is planned and Tetra Pak provided an initial fund.

In a separate project Dr. Jia investigates the roles and capabilities required for the ‘International Purchasing Office in China’ (2010-2014) in the process of Global Sourcing for MNCs, and has a series of publications published or accepted by top international journals, with Professor Richard Lamming (Manchester Business School). He has extensive research links and collaborates with world class academics in the UK, US, Italy, China and Japan, and has worked with three top Supply Chain Management academics Professors Andrew Cox, Martin Christopher and Richard Lamming at different stages of his academic career.



a. Books

  1. Huo, Y. and Jia, F. ed. (2009). Supply Chain the Way to Flat Organisation, ISBN 978-953-7619-35-0, USA: InTech

  2. Jia, F., Gosling, J. and Witzel, M. (2015). Sustainability champion: how international companies are changing the face of business in China. UK: Green Leaf

  3. Brown, S., Bessant, J. and Jia, F. (2018). Strategic Operations Management. Taylor and Francis. 4th Ed.

b. Chapters in Books

  1. Howard, M., Jia, F. and Wu, Z. 2016. “Operating the Sustainable Supply Chain”, in Jeanrenaud, S., Jeanrenaud, J-P., Gosling (Eds) Sustainable Business: A One Planet Approach. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. 

  2. Lamming, R. and Jia, F. (2011). “Discontinuous Innovation in Supply Relationship Management-two Cases and A Future Research Direction”, in Evangelista, P. and McKinnon, A. (Eds) Supply Chain Innovation for Competing in highly dynamic markets: challenges and solutions. USA: IGI Globa

c. Refereed journal papers published or accepted

  1. Wang, X., Zhu, Y., Sun, H. and Jia, F.* (2017). “Production decisions of new and differentiated remanufactured products”, Accepted by Journal of Cleaner Production
  2. Luo, J., Jia, F*. and Guo, H. (2017). “Technology innovation in farmer’s cooperatives in China: implications for agri-food innovation policies.” Food Policy, 73, 19-33 SSCI, Impact factor 3.086

  3. Gong, Y., Jia, F*. and Brown, S (2017). “Modernisation of dairy farms: the case of Nestlé’s Dairy Farming Institute in China”, Emerging Markets Case Studies.

  4. Gong, Y., Jia, F*. and Brown, S. (2017). “Tetra Pak: Creating a Recycling Chain in China”, Ivey Case Publisher.

  5. John, A., Shahzadi, G., Qadeer, F. and Jia, F. 2017. Corporate social responsibility and employee’s desire: A social influence perspective. Service industries Journal (accepted)(SSCI, Impact factor1.172)

  6. Zeng, Y., Jia, F*., Wan, L. and Guo, H. (2017). “E-commerce in Agri-food Sector: A Systematic Literature Review”, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR), 20, 4, pp. 439–460

  7. Ji, C., Jia, F*. and Trienekens, J. (2017). “Managing the Pork Supply Chain: the case of Jinzhong Food Co. Ltd.”, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR), 20, 3, 415-426

  8. Jia, F.*, Orzes, G., Sartor, M. and Nassimbeni, G. (2017). Global sourcing strategy and structure: Toward an integrated conceptual framework. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 37, 7, 840-864SSCI, Impact factor3.339

  9. Orzes G., Jia F., Sartor M., Nassimbeni G., (2017). “Performance implications of SA8000 certification”, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 37, 11 (ABS4*)SSCI, Impact factor3.339

  10. Jia, F. Rutherford, C. and Lamming, R. (2016). “International Strategic Alliances Learning and Outcome: A Hybrid Culture between Western Buyers and Chinese Suppliers”. International Business Review, 25, 1246-1261 (ABS 3*)SSCI, Impact factor 2.476

  11. Jia, F., Sun, H. and Koh, L. (2016). “Solar photovoltaic (PV) industry in China and Taiwan”. Journal of Cleaner Production 126, 550-562 (SCI, Impact factor 5.715; ranked No. 1 in environment management)

  12. Howard, M., Wu, Z., Jia, F., Caldwell, N. and König, C. 2016. Performance based contracting in the UK defence industry: Exploring triadic dynamics between government, OEMs and suppliers. Industrial Marketing Management, 59. 63-75.SSCI, Impact factor3.166

  13. Jia, F. Gao, R., Lamming, R. and Wilding, R. (2016). “Adaptation of supply management towards a hybrid culture: The case of a Japanese automaker”, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 21(1), 45-62. (ABS 3*)SSCI, Impact factor 4.072

  14. Jia, F., Wang, X., Mustafee, N. and Hao, L. (2016). “Investigating the Feasibility of Supply Chain-Centric Business Models in 3D Chocolate Printing: A Simulation Study”, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 102, 202-213. (ABS 3*)SSCI, Impact factor 2.625

  15. Gosling, J., Jia, F*., Gong, Y. and Brown, S. (2016). “The role of supply chain leadership in the learning of sustainable practice: Toward an integrated framework”. Journal of Cleaner Production. 137, 1458-1469 (SCI, Impact factor5.715; ranked No. 1 in environment management)

  16. Appolloni, A., Sun, H., Jia, F*. and Li, X. (2015). “Green procurement in the Private Sector:  A State of the Art Review between 1996 and 2013.” Journal of Cleaner Production. 85, 122-133 (SCI, Impact factor 5.715; ranked No. 1 in environment management)

  17. Sartor M., Orzes G., Nassimbeni G., Jia F., Lamming R., (2015),"International purchasing offices in China: roles and resource/capability requirements", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 35, No. 8, pp. 1125 – 1157. (ABS 4*),SSCI, Impact factor 3.339

  18. Luo, J., Guo, H., Jia, F*., and Hu, Z. (2015). “Cooperatives’ Technology Acquisition Modes in Agricultural Technical Innovation System: Research based on Grounded Theory.” Journal of Management Case Study, Vol 8 (2) (In Chinese)

  19. Jia, F*. and Zsidisin, G. (2014). “Supply Relational Risk: What Role Does Guanxi Play?”, Journal of Business Logistics, 25 (3), 259-267 SSCI, Impact factor 2.878

  20. Jia, F.*, Lamming, R., Orzes, G., Sartor, M. and Nassimbeni, G (2014). “International Purchasing Offices in China: An dynamic evolution process model”, International Business Review 23, 580-593 (ABS 3*)SSCI, Impact factor 2.476

  21. Jia, F.*, Lamming, R., Sartor, M., Orzes, G., and Nassimbeni, G. (2014). “Global purchasing strategy and International Purchasing Offices: Evidence from case studies”, International Journal of Production Economics, 154, 284-298 (ABS 3*). (Cited 12 times at google scholar)

  22. Sartor, M., Orzes, G., Nassimbeni, G., Jia, F., and Lamming, R. (2014). “International Purchasing Offices: Literature review and research directions”, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 20, 1-17 (ABS 2*).SSCI, Impact factor 3.24

  23. Trifilova, A., Bessant, J., Jia, F. and Gosling, J. (2013). “Sustainability-driven innovation and the Climate Savers’ programme: Experience of international companies in China”, Corporate Governance, 13 (5), 599-612

  24. Jia, F*. and Lamming, R. (2013). “Dyadic learning in an international context: Evidence from Sino-West supply relationships”. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 33(5), 528-561 (ABS 4*)(SSCI, Impact factor 3.339

  25. Jia, F. and Rutherford, C.* (2010). “Mitigation of supply chain relational risk caused by cultural differences between China and the west”, International Journal of Logistics Management, 21 (2), 251-270(SSCI, Impact factor 1.61

Fields of interest

My research has been focusing on strategic Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (SCM) and has had significant impact on the supply chain policy of governments and private sectors. It has been international in nature. At the firm and functional level, I focus on Global Sourcing (GS) strategy, GS organizational structure and the relationship between them. At a dyadic level, I have focused on buyer-supplier relationship in a cross-cultural context. When western firms source from so called low cost countries, they face challenges caused by cultural differences and distances and need to mitigate that risk. At a supply chain level, I investigate whole supply chains of MNCs from a sustainable development perspective. This focuses on how MNCs create and build supply chains from scratch given the institutional void of emerging economies. Adopting a supply network perspective, I explore such constructs as resilience, structural holes, power relationship and cultural embeddedness in agricultural coops/supply network.

Latest publications

  1. Wang, X, Zhu, Y, Sun, H & Jia, J, 2018, ‘Production decisions of new and remanufactured products: Implications for low carbon emission economy’. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 171., pp. 1225-1243
  2. Zhong, Z, Zhang, C, Jia, J & Bijman, J, 2018, ‘Vertical coordination and cooperative member benefits: Case studies of four dairy farmers’ cooperatives in China’. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 172., pp. 2266-2277

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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