The University of Southampton
Southampton Business School

Dr Yuan Huang FHEA, PhD, MSc, BSc

Lecturer in Management Science

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Dr Yuan Huang is Lecturer in Management Science within Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton.

Yuan holds a first degree in Electrical Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China and an MSc in Supply Engineering & Logistics from the University of Warwick, UK. She completed her PhD entitled “Workload Control (WLC): Success in Practice” at Lancaster University Management School before joining the University of Southampton in 2011. She is passionate in empirical research in the broad areas of supply chain and operations management. She successfully implemented a WLC concept during her doctoral study, carried a KTP project in collaboration with a large UK infrastructure maintenance service provider to investigate a Life Cycle Asset Management system, and frequently supervised industry sponsored MSc projects. Her recent empirical studies investigate the collaborative and competitive features, operations and performance of business engagement activities towards regional development, supported by Faculty Strategic Research Fund and Vice Chancellor's Scholarship.






Research interests

A core research interest is in Production Planning and Control (PPC) for companies producing high-variety/low-volume products, with a particular focus on a Workload Control (WLC) concept for the Make-To-Order sector. A WLC Decision Support System (DSS) has been developed, and recently implemented in practice while an action research method was employed. The on-going research is to further develop the WLC concept to be robust and flexible in line with the complexities of real-life production environments, including (wandering) bottlenecks, dual resource (e.g., machine and manpower) constraints, sequence dependent set-up times, engineering design complexity, financial considerations, etc. Other research interests include: Enterprise-wide system (e.g., ERP) functional design and development; ERP implementation with a focus on Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs); organisational change management; business engagement in regional development; health care in operations management.

PhD applications are welcomed in all of the above areas.

Work in progress:

  • Information achitecture for effective WLC
  • The impact of localisation/local engagement practices on regional economics
  • Improving operations performance (e.g. patient waiting time, process flow) in the Emergency Department

Personal tutor; PhD supervisor; PG and UG dissertation supervisor.

Conference contribution

Successful implementation of workload control: Results of an action research project, 16th International Working Seminar on Production Economics (Innsbruck, 2010), with Stevenson, M., and Hendry, L.

An action research project to improve customer responsiveness in a bespoke manufacturing company, Global Challenges and Opportunities: The 20th Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) Conference (Orlando, 2009), with Stevenson, M., and Hendry, L.

Using workload control in a supply chain context: an action research project, 2nd International Workshop on Successful Strategies in Supply Chain Management (Hong Kong, 2009), with Stevenson, M., and Hendry, L.

Developing an implementation strategy for workload control: An action research project, 3rd World Conference on Production and Operations Management (Tokyo, 2008), with Stevenson, M., and Hendry, L.

Organisational embedding of a workload control concept: An action research project, 15th European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Conference (Groningen, 2008), with Stevenson, M., and Hendry, L.



MANG3034 Project Management (UG)

MANG2021 Operations Management (UG)



Dr Yuan Huang
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

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