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Salford Business School

Dr Yiannis Polychronakis

Senior Lecturer


Dr. Yiannis Polychronakis is a Senior Lecturer in Operations, Logistics and Project Management at the Salford Business School. Yiannis holds a BSc (Hons) in Manufacturing Systems, an MSc in Quality Management and a PhD by Published Works. He has published several articles in international journals (International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, Journal of Manufacturing and Technology Management) in the area of project management application for supply chain development, and has a number of papers included in refereed International Conference Proceedings. He has also assisted a number of organisations in developing and implementing best practices in the areas of process management, supply chain development and project management. Organisations include Silent Night, Cleveland Guest, Trafford Council, Manchester City Council and more.


Teaching in the broader area of Operations Management and Operational Research. All my teaching is undertaken in Full time and Part time Postgraduate Programmes for Salford University. I am also a visiting Professor for Manchester Business School, Sheffield Business School, Bordeaux Business School, Lyon Business School, RISEBA and the Manufacturing Institute in Manchester. Modules include:

Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, National/International Logistics, Procurement and Contracting, Hospitality Operations, Managing Enterprise and Innovation, Research Methods

Research Interests

Yiannis’s research falls within Operations Management and Operational Research. It focuses predominantly on the theoretical and empirical interactions between Supply Chains and Project Management in the following sectors: Hospitality, City Councils, Health Care, Heavy Manufacturing, Small Medium Enterprises and more. The vast majority of his industrial projects, publications and reference proceedings relate to these industries.


PhD Supervision I am currently supervising doctoral students in the broader area of: Operations Management (Supply Chains, Project Management, Logistics, Procurement) on the following topics: Supply Chain Complexity and the use of Entropy as a possible Measurement Tool (with TATA), Food Supply Chains Resilience (with Yum), Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and implications for Health Care Supply Chains (with numerous Health Care Providers), the Logistics of Solar Panel Supply Chains (with companies in the Czech Republic), Sustainable Food Procurement for Schools (with councils in the Northwest of England), Forecasting and Inventory Management (with Brother International), Improvement Projects for Sustainable Food Packaging (with small producers in Nigeria and the UK), Mergers and Acquisitions for Original Equipment Manufacturers (with OEMs in the UK).

Qualifications and Memberships

Member of Product Development Management Association (PDMA), since 2000.

Member of the Association of Project Management since 2009, PRINCE2 Accredited.

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Instructor levels 3 to 6, since October 2010.

Member of the Institute of Forecasters between 2009 and 2011

Member of the iNetwork. This is a public sector network of local authorities, Fire & Rescue Services, Police Authorities and NHS Health organisations in North England, since May 2012.

Member of the Manufacturing Institute for which I also lead and teach the module “World Class Manufacturing” on the MSc Manufacturing Leadership, since May 2012.


Zhang, X., Polychronakis, Y.E., (2012), “A Comparison of E-business Models from a Value Chain Perspective”, EuroMed Journal of Business, EmeraldInsight, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 83-101.   

Yuan, Q., Polychronakis, Y.E., (2011), “The Development of a Robust Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Framework”, International Journal of Project Organisation and Management,

Martin, H., Syntetos A. A., Parodi, A., Polychronakis Y. E., Pintelon, L., (2010), “Integrating the Spare Parts Supply Chain: an Interdisciplinary Account ”, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 21, No. 10, pp. 237-251.

Rahimnia, F., Polychronakis, Y.E., Sharp, J.M., (2009), “A Conceptual Framework of Impeders to Strategy Implementation in an Iranian University”, Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 246-261.

Kapogiannis, G., Polychronakis, Y. E., Polychronakis, N. E, (2008), “Virtual Public Administration: Improving Public Administration Procedures through Project Management”, Project Management World Today, Vol. X, No. VIII, pp. 12-23.

Polychronakis, Y.E., (2007), Application of Project Management Principles for Supply Chain Development in the Public Sector, International Journal of Logistics and Transport, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 135-145.

Polychronakis, Y. E., Li, X., (2007), “International Supply Chain Management Collaboration: The case of Chinese SMEs”, Cyprus Journal of Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 181-201. Reprinted after invitation on the ERM Journal of APICS (Australia chapter) under the same title, Xiang Li & Yiannis E. Polychronakis, (2010), Vol. 42, Q2, pp. 1-28.

Polychronakis, Y.E. and Syntetos, A.A., (2007), “Soft Supply Management related issues: An empirical investigation”, International Journal of Production Economics, 106, pp. 431-449.

Fletcher, D. and Polychronakis, Y.E., (2007), “Capturing Knowledge Management in the Supply Chain”, EuroMed Journal of Business, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 191-204.        

The above article has featured at the highlights of month October 2007 in Emerald Library as one of 10 most note-worthy publications out of 450 published that month.