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Dr Yuan Huang

Dr Yuan Huang

Senior Lecturer in Operations Management

+44 (0)29 2087 6544
Room D43, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


Yuan is a Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at Cardiff Business School. She is passionate in empirical research in the broad areas of supply chain and operations management. Her doctoral research project “Workload control: success in practice” led to significant increases in successful bids and reductions in lead times for a small precision engineering company in the North West England, with a knock on effect through their supply chain that includes large aerospace companies like Rolls-Royce. Yuan has recently been interested in patient flow/waiting times in emergency departments and the extended operational issues along the urgent and emergency care supply chain. An ESRC impact research project has been conducted in collaboration with University of Groningen (Netherlands), University of Southampton, and the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.


Education and qualifications

  • 2013: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2011: PhD in Management Science, Lancaster University, UK
  • 2005: MSc in Supply Engineering and Logistics, University of Warwick, UK
  • 2003: BEng in Electrical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

Career overview

  • 2021 - present: Senior Lecturer in Operations Management, Cardiff Business School
  • 2017 - 2021: Lecturer in Operations Management, Cardiff Business School
  • 2011 - 2017: Lecturer in Management Science, Southampton Business School

Honours and awards

  • Principle investigator in project titled ‘Reducing waiting times in Emergency Departments by an integrated rapid assessment and treatment approach’ funded by ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (£9,374.81), University of Southampton, 2016
  • Co-investigator in project titled ‘network for antimicrobial resistance action’ funded by EPSRC (£868,703), University of Southampton, 2015
  • Principle investigator in project titled ‘Business Engagement in Regional Development’ funded by Postgraduate Research Vice Chancellor's Scholarship (£21,000), University of Southampton, 2014
  • Principle investigator in project titled ‘Business engagement in regional development: an exploratory study on operations and performance’ funded by Faculty Strategic Research Fund (£11,980), University of Southampton, 2014











Teaching commitments

  • BSc Business Management - Operations Management (Year 2)
  • BSc Project Management - Project Management (Year 2)
  • MSc Logistics and Operations Management - Project Management
  • Diploma in Healthcare Planning - Collaborative Planning and Integration

Research interests

  • Flow improvment in healthcare
  • Input/output control in emergency departments
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Supply chain collaborations
  • City/last-mile logistics
  • Production planning and control for customised production
  • Workload control


PhD supervision interests

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Healthcare operations management
  • Supply chain resilience/collaboration
  • Workload control