Dr. Yiannis Polychronakis

Salford Business School

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Contact Details

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Current positions

Subject Head for Operations and Information Systems


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.

Areas of research

Statistical and Judgmental Forecasting, Operations Optimisation, Judgmental Project Management, Supply Chain Entropy/Complexity


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.