Dr Abraham Zhang

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Senior Lecturer

Email: abraham.zhang@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3804-6392

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  • PhD, The University of Hong Kong
  • MSc, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MSc, National University of Singapore
  • MEng & BEng, Tsinghua University
  • BEng, Tsinghua University


Abraham Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Business School. He was the recipient of the Emerging Researcher Award 2018 from AUT’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. Prior to that, He was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato Management School where he won the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Emerging Scholar in 2015. Before he moved into the academia, he was a production supervisor in Singapore and a Lean management consultant serving the Asia-Pacific region. He has been actively publishing his research and consulting works in reputable academic journals. His current research focuses on supply chain sustainability, especially on circular supply chain management and Blockchain enabled sustainable supply chain management.

Research interests:

• Circular economy
• Circular supply chain management
• Circular product design
• Smart and sustainable waste management
• Blockchain enabled environmental and social sustainability
• Social sustainability in low-cost country sourcing

Teaching summary:

• BSYS704 – Logistics and Supply Chain Management
• MGMT849 – Operations Management (MBA and Executive Education)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Venkatesh, V. G., Kang, K., Wang, B., Zhong, R. Y., & Zhang, A. (2020). System architecture for blockchain based transparency of supply chain social sustainability. Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 63. doi:10.1016/j.rcim.2019.101896

  • Zhang, A., Zhong, R. Y., Farooque, M., Kang, K., & Venkatesh, V. G. (2020). Blockchain-based life cycle assessment: An implementation framework and system architecture. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 152, 11 pages. doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2019.104512

  • Zhang, A., Venkatesh, V. G., Liu, Y., Wan, M., Qu, T., & Huisingh, D. (2019). Barriers to smart waste management for a circular economy in China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 240. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118198

  • Yi, W., Wang, S., & Zhang, A. (2019). Optimal transportation planning for prefabricated products in construction. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. doi:10.1111/mice.12504

  • Farooque, M., Zhang, A., & Liu, Y. (2019). Barriers to circular food supply chains in China. Supply Chain Management, 24(5), 677-696. doi:10.1108/SCM-10-2018-0345

  • Farooque, M., Zhang, A., Thürer, M., Qu, T., & Huisingh, D. (2019). Circular supply chain management: A definition and structured literature review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 228, 882-900. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.04.303

  • Venkatesh, V. G., Zhang, A., Deakins, E., Luthra, S., & Mangla, S. (2019). A fuzzy AHP-TOPSIS approach to supply partner selection
    in continuous aid humanitarian supply chains. Annals of Operations Research, 283, 1517-1550. doi:10.1007/s10479-018-2981-1

  • Behzadi, G., O’Sullivan, M. J., Olsen, T. L., & Zhang, A. (2017). Agribusiness supply chain risk management: A review of quantitative decision models. Omega. doi:10.1016/j.omega.2017.07.005

  • Behzadi, G., Sullivan, M. J., Olsen, T. L., & Zhang, A. (2017). Allocation flexibility for agribusiness supply chains under market demand disruption. International Journal of Production Research. doi:10.1080/00207543.2017.1349955

  • Behzadi, G., O'Sullivan, M. J., Olsen, T. L., Scrimgeour, F., & Zhang, A. (2017). Robust and resilient strategies for managing supply disruptions in an agribusiness supply chain. International Journal of Production Economics, 191. doi:10.1016/j.ijpe.2017.06.018

  • Venkatesh, V. G., Zhang, A., Luthra, S., Dubey, R., Subramanian, N., & Mangla, S. (2017). Barriers to coastal shipping development: An Indian perspective. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 52. doi:10.1016/j.trd.2017.03.016

  • Zhang, A., Luo, W., Shi, Y., Chia, S. T., & Sim, Z. H. X. (2016). Lean and Six Sigma in logistics: A pilot survey study in Singapore. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 36(11). doi:10.1108/IJOPM-02-2015-0093

  • Zhang, A., Loh, H. S., & Thai, V. V. (2015). Impacts of global manufacturing trends on port development: The case of Hong Kong. The Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics, 31(1). doi:10.1016/j.ajsl.2015.03.006

  • Laake, J., & Zhang, A. (2015). Joint optimization of strategic fleet planning and contract analysis in tramp shipping. Applied Economics, 48(3). doi:10.1080/00036846.2015.1076151

  • Shi, Y., Zhang, A., Arthanari, T., & Liu, Y. (2015). Third-party purchase: An empirical study of Chinese third-party logistics users. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 36(3). doi:10.1108/IJOPM-11-2014-0569

  • Shi, Y., Zhang, A., Arthanari, T., Liu, Y., & Cheng, T. C. E. (2015). Third-party purchase: An empirical study of third-party logistics providers in China. International Journal of Production Economics, 171. doi:10.1016/j.ijpe.2015.08.028

  • Zhang, A., & Lam, J. S. L. (2014). Daily Maersk’s impacts on shipper’s supply chain inventories and implications for the liner shipping industry. Maritime Policy and Management, 42(3). doi:10.1080/03088839.2013.869364

  • Zhang, A. (2014). The blackwell companion to maritime economics. Maritime Policy and Management, 41(6). doi:10.1080/03088839.2014.928957

  • Zhang, A., & Lam, J. S. L. (2014). Impacts of schedule reliability and sailing frequency on the liner shipping and port industry: A study of Daily Maersk. Transportation Journal, 53(2). doi:10.5325/transportationj.53.2.0235

  • Zhang, A. (2014). Quality improvement through Poka-Yoke: From engineering design to information system design. International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage, 8(2). doi:10.1504/IJSSCA.2014.064260

  • Zhang, A., Lam, J. S. L., & Huang, G. Q. (2013). Port strategy in the era of supply chain management: The case of Hong Kong. Maritime Policy and Management, 41(4). doi:10.1080/03088839.2013.863434

  • Huang, G. Q., Zhang, A., & Liu, X. (2013). A supply chain configuration model for reassessing global manufacturing in China. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 24(5). doi:10.1108/17410381311327963

  • Luo, H., Zhang, A., & Huang, G. Q. (2013). Active scheduling for hybrid flowshop with family setup time and inconsistent family formation. Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, 26(1). doi:10.1007/s10845-013-0771-9

  • Zhang, A., & Huang, G. Q. (2012). Impacts of business environment changes on global manufacturing outsourcing in China. Supply Chain Management, 17(2). doi:10.1108/13598541211212889

  • Zhang, A., Luo, H., & Huang, G. Q. (2012). A bi-objective model for supply chain design of dispersed manufacturing in China. International Journal of Production Economics, 146(1). doi:10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.12.008

  • Zhang, A., Huang, G. Q., & Liu, X. (2011). Impacts of business environment changes on global manufacturing in the Chinese greater Pearl River Delta: A supply chain perspective. Applied Economics, 44(34). doi:10.1080/00036846.2011.591737

  • Zhang, A., & Huang, G. Q. (2010). A multi-period mixed integer programming model for the problem of relocating a global manufacturing facility. Journal of the Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers, 27(6). doi:10.1080/10170669.2010.512772

Book chapters

  • Zhang, A., & Huang, G. Q. (2011). Scenario analysis for Hong Kong port development under changing business environment. In E. P. Chew, L. H. Lee, & L. C. Tang (Eds.), Advances in Maritime Logistics and Supply Chain Systems (pp. 69-90).

Conference contributions

  • Farooque, M., Zhang, A., & Liu, Y. (2018). Barriers to integrating circular economy in food supply chains in China. In The 48th International Conference on Computers & Industrial Engineering. Auckland. Retrieved from https://cie48.com/

  • Adams, J., Hamill, B., & Zhang, A. (2017). Large scale supply chain user priorities for efficient management. In Freight, Ports, Shipping and Supply Chain Futures Summit 2017. Auckland. Retrieved from http://conferenz.co.nz/FPSSC

  • Farooque, M., & Zhang, A. (2017). Supply chain management for the circular economy: A review and a classification of terms. In Value adding role of operations and supply chain  management for firms and the society. Queenstown. Retrieved from https://www.anzam.org/

  • Venkatesh, V. G., Zhang, A., & Deakins, E. (2016). Impact of supply chain practices on Indian manufacturing firm code of conduct adoption. In 15th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility. Melbourne. Retrieved from http://federation.edu.au/

  • Behzadi, G., O’Sullivan, M., Olsen, T., & Zhang, A. (2016). Designing models of resilient and robust supply chain in agribusiness under supply disruption. In Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Conference 2016. Auckland. Retrieved from https://cdn.auckland.ac.nz/

  • Zhang, A. (2015). Moving towards a hub-and-spoke port network: implications for economic and environmental sustainability in New Zealand. In Sustainability Symposium: Research in Action from Campus to Community. Hamilton. Retrieved from http://www.waikato.ac.nz/events/research/sustainability/

  • Zhang, A., Zheng, Z., Lam, J. S. L., & Teo, C. P. (2015). Towards absolute cargo schedule reliability in container liner shipping: distributionally robust optimization. .

  • Zhang, A., Zheng, Z., Teo, C. P., & Lam, J. S. L. (2015). Distributionally robust optimization of schedule reliability in liner shipping. In ANZAM OM Symposium. . Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/site/anzamsymposium2015/home

  • Behzadi, G., O'Sullivan, M., Olsen, T., & Zhang, A. (2015). Resilient design in agribusiness supply chain under supply disruptions. In INFORMS 2015 Annual Meeting. . Retrieved from http://meetings2.informs.org/wordpress/philadelphia/

  • Behzadi, G., O'Sullivan, M., Olsen, T., & Zhang, A. (2015). Exploring risk management strategies for a kiwifruit supply chain. . Retrieved from https://secure.orsnz.org.nz/conf49/index.php

Oral presentations

  • Zhang, A. (2017). Supply chain management for a circular economy: a new research frontier in sustainability.

Other outputs