Professor David John Robb

PhD, MBA and BE (Hons)

Biography

David is Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management and Deputy Director in the Graduate School of Management at the University of Auckland Business School.

He has an Engineering Science degree from the University of Auckland, an MBA and PhD in Operations Management from The University of Calgary, where he also served as Assistant Professor (1992-1994). He joined the University of Auckland Business School in 1994.

He has worked in and consulted for various companies, including Dulux Paints, Fletcher Steel, Fletcher Aluminium, New Zealand Post International, Scott Panel & Hardware, and Zuellig Pharma, developing and implementing inventory/logistics management systems in manufacturing and distribution settings. He has taught Operations Management/Strategy and Supply Chain Management on various programmes and companies such as Adams & Robertson Shoes, Aventis China, Fletcher Building, Sellagence, Sinopec, and Whitcoulls.

His research interests include inventory/supply chain management, and operations strategy, and have resulted in forty publications in Accident Analysis & PreventionComputers & Operations Research, Decision Line, Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, European Journal of Operational Research, European Management Journal, IIE Transactions, Industrial Management & Data Systems, Interfaces, International Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control, International Journal of Inventory Research, International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Services and Operations Management, Journal of the American Society for Information Science, Journal of Operational Research, Naval Research Logistics, OMEGA: International Journal of Management Science, Operations Management ReviewPM Network and Production and Operations Management.

David is Research Fellow at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management, and co-Director of the Consortium for Operational Excellence in Retailing – Greater China. He is a faculty affiliate of the New Zealand Centre for Supply Chain Management, and a member of APICS, CORS, INFORMS, ORSNZ, and POMS. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management, the International Journal of Services and Operations Management, Operations and Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, and the University of Auckland Business Review, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta. David and his wife have six children.

Research | Current

Modelling and empirical investigation into operations and supply chain management in China, the effects of lead time and uncertainty in supply chains, inventories in China, the management of retail queues, and on-line shopping for perishable items.

Teaching | Current

The University of Auckland (2012-)

2019 BUSMBA 702 Managing Capacity and Inventory
2018 BUSADMIN 776 Operations & Supply Chain Management
2018 BUSADMIN 766 (Q3) Supply Chain Management
2017 BUSADMIN 776 Operations & Supply Chain Management
2017 BUSADMIN 766 (Q3) Supply Chain Management
2017 BUSMGT 724 Global Operations Management
2017 BUSADMIN 766 (Q1) Supply Chain Management

2015

BUSADMIN 776

Operations & Supply Chain Management

2015

BUSMGT 724

Global Operations Management (Q1 and Q3)

2014

BUSMGT 721

Supply Chain and Operations Management

2014

INFOSYS 345

Business Project

2013

BUSADMIN 776

Operations and Supply Chain Management

2013

INFOSYS 345

Business Project

2012

BUSADMIN 766

Supply Chain Management

 

The University of Auckland (1994-2006)

 

2006

BUSADMIN 776

Operations & Supply Chain Management

2006

BUSADMIN 766

Operations Management

2005

OPSMAN 716

Strategic Operations

2005

OPSMGT 370

Advanced Operations Management

2005

OPSMGT 780

Advanced Inventory Management

2004

OPSMAN 716

Strategic Operations

2003

OPSMAN 703

Operations Management

2003

OPSMAN 601

Strategic Operations

2003

BUSADMIN 729

Integrating Strategy

2002

OPSMGT 258

Business Process Design

2002

BUSADMIN 729

Integrating Strategy

2000

636.333

Enterprise Systems Management

2000

636.782

Advanced Inventory Management and Production Planning

1999

636.786

Enterprise Control Systems

1999

608.601

Strategic Operations (twice)

1998

608.601

Strategic Operations

1998

636.257

Project Management

1997

643.601

Managing the Contemporary Organisation (DipMgmt)

1997

636.370

Management of Operations (BCom)

1996

643.601

Managing the Contemporary Organisation (DipMgmt)

1996

636.370

Management of Operations (BCom)

1995

273.503

Operations/Services Management (DipMgmt)

1995

74.436

Manufacturing and Service Operations Strategy (MCom)

1995

74.300

Advanced Operations Management (BCom)

1994

70.585E

Strategic Operations (DipBus)

1994

26.293

Introduction to Operations Research (BCom/BSc)

 

Tsinghua University (1997-)

 

2016

2014

2013

Operations Management (Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA)

Operations Management (Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA) (twice)

Operations Management (Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA)

 

2012

Operations Management (International MBA)

 

2011

China Supply Chain Research (Masters/IMBA)

 

2011

Operations Management (International MBA)

 

2011

Operations Strategy (International MBA)

 

2010

China Supply Chain Research (Masters/IMBA)

 

2010

Operations Management (International MBA)

 

2010

Operations Strategy (International MBA)

 

2009

Operations Strategy (International MBA)

 

2009

Operations Management (International MBA)

 

2008

Operations Strategy (International MBA)

 

2008

Operations Management (International MBA)

 

2007

Operations Strategy (International MBA)

 

2007

Operations Management (International MBA)

 

2001

Operations Management (MIT International MBA)

 

2001

Operations/Production Strategy (MBA)

 

1997

Production Management

 

 

The University of Calgary (1992 - 1994)

 

1994

OPMA511.01

Introduction to Project Management (BComm)

 

1993

OPMA351

Introduction to Operations Management (BComm)

 

 

OPMA353

Decision Analysis (BComm)

 

1992

OPMA351

Introduction to Operations Management (BComm)

 

                     

 

Postgraduate supervision

  • Param Iyer, PhD, modelling dairy industry operations, 2019-
  • Lahiru Gunasekera, PhD, circular economy for apparel/footwear, 2019-
  • Shandong Mou, PhD, Real-time Labour Allocation in Retail Operations, 2014-2019
  • He Yi, MCom - Advanced segmentation of service in retail checkout operations, 2015
  • Yucheng Zhou, MCom - A study of inventory management in cellphone supply chains in China, 2014
  • Julie Kim, BCom(Hons)  - 3D printing, 2013

Distinctions/Honours

  • Outstanding Faculty Award for Key Management Challenges Course, Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA), 2016
  • University of Auckland Business School Research Excellence Award, 2015
  • Teaching Excellence Award (2nd class), School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, 2009
  • University of Auckland Distinguished Teaching Award, 1999

Responsibilities

  • Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management and Deputy Director, the University of Auckland Business School's Graduate School of Management.  
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  • Research Associate, China Studies Centre.
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  • Faculty affiliate, New Zealand Centre for Supply Chain Management.
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Areas of expertise

  • Operations management, operations strategy
  • Supply chain management, inventory management
  • Operations and supply chain management in China

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • 2018-         International Committee, The University of Auckland Business School
  • 2017-2020 Deputy Director, Graduate School of Management, The University of Auckland
  • 2014-2016 Professorial Representative, International Committee, The University of Auckland
  • 2012-2018  Beachheads Advisor, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
  • 2002           Associate Dean (Postgraduate), The University of Auckland Business School

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Mou, S., & Robb, D. (2018). Dynamic Labour Allocation To Improve Store Performance. Paper presented at INFORMS Annual Meeting 2018, Phoenix, New Zealand. 4 November - 7 November 2018.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shandong Mou
  • Mou, S., & robb, D. (2018). Investigating the art of field workforce management: a simulation-based analysis of real-time labour allocation in a retail store. Paper presented at 3rd EURO Working Group Meeting on Retail Operations, Eindhoven, Netherlands. 23 May - 25 May 2018.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shandong Mou
  • Mou, S., & Robb, D. (2017). Real-time labour allocation in a retail store: an exploratory investigation. Paper presented at 15th ANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium, Queenstown, New Zealand. 12 June - 13 June 2017. Proceedings of the 15th ANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shandong Mou
  • Robb, D., & Barnes, T. (2017). Accident rates: The impact of daylight saving time and other date-based variables. In P. Castka, M. Wilson, M. Chowdhury (Eds.) Proceedings of the 15th ANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Sympsoium, 54-56. Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • Robb, D. J., & Barnes, T. P. (2016). Association Between Accident Rates and Daylight Saving Time Transitions. Paper presented at INFORMS Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN. 13 November - 16 November 2016. Related URL.
  • He, Y., & Robb, D. J. (2016). Retail Checkout Operations: Dynamic Segmentation and Demand Adaptation. Paper presented at Manufacturing and Services Operations Management Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. 30 June - 1 July 2016. Related URL.
  • Robb, D. J., & He, Y. (2016). Retail checkout operations with dynamic checkout allocation and shopping frequency adaptation. School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University. Related URL.
  • Robb, D. J. (2014). Learning a lesson from China. New Zealand Herald Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25311

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OWEN G GLENN BUILDING - Bldg 260
12 GRAFTON RD
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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