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 over thirty publications in Computers & Operations Research, Decision Line, Decision Sciences, 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 the Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Auckland, Advisor to the Beachheads Programme China Advisory Group of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, 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-)

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

  • Julie Kim, BCom(Hons)  - 3D printing, 2013
  • Yucheng Zhou, MCom - Consumer Electronics Supply Chains in China, 2014
  • Yi He, MCom - Retail Checkout Operations, 2015
  • Mou Shandong, PhD, Retail Operations Execution, 2014-

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

Areas of expertise

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

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • 2014-2016 Professorial Representative, International Committee, University of Auckland
  • 2012-  Beachheads Advisor, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
  • 2002 Associate Dean (Postgraduate), University of Auckland Business School

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Mou, S., Robb, D. J., & DeHoratius, N. (2017). Retail Store Operations: Literature Review and Research Directions. European Journal of Operational Research10.1016/j.ejor.2017.07.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shandong Mou
  • Robb, D. J., & Yang, Y. (2014). Recharge and consolidation decisions for stored value cards with an application to Beijing public transit. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 65 (10), 1511-1521. 10.1057/jors.2013.107
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24130
  • Bischak, D. P., Robb, D. J., Silver, E. A., & Blackburn, J. D. (2014). Analysis and Management of Periodic Review, Order-Up-To Level Inventory Systems with Order Crossover. Production and Operations Management, 23 (5), 762-772. 10.1111/poms.12072
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24845
  • Lai, R., Ren, Z. J., & Robb, D. J. (2014). Geographical Influences on Chinese Inventory: An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Inventory Research, 2 (3), 145-173. 10.1504/IJIR.2014.069187
  • Fang, X., Zhang, C., Robb, D. J., & Blackburn, J. D. (2013). Decision support for lead time and demand variability reduction. Omega, 41 (2), 390-396. 10.1016/j.omega.2012.03.005
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24134
  • Robb, D. J., Liu, F., Lai, R., & Ren, Z. J. (2012). Inventory in mainland China: Historical, industry, and geographic perspectives. International Journal of Production Economics, 135 (1), 440-450. 10.1016/j.ijpe.2011.08.020
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/14300
  • Robb, D. J., Johnson, M. E., & Silver, E. A. (2010). An In-Class Competition Introducing Inventory Management Concepts. INFORMS Transactions on Education, 10 (3), 122-125. 10.1287/ited.1100.0049
  • Yan, X. S., Robb, D. J., & Silver, E. A. (2009). Inventory performance under pack size constraints and spatially-correlated demand. International Journal of Production Economics, 117 (2), 330-337. 10.1016/j.ijpe.2008.11.006
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/17954

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Primary location

OWEN G GLENN BUILDING - Bldg 260
Level 3, Room 346
12 GRAFTON RD
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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