The University of Sheffield
Management School

Professor Siau Ching Lenny Koh

Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs Director of Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre

Room: B060
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3395
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Professor SC Lenny Koh, BEng (Hons), PhD, is an Associate Dean, Chair Professor in Operations Management, Founder and Director of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre, Director of Faculty´s Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES), and Head of the Operations Management Group, at The University of Sheffield Management School, UK. She is also the co-founder of Supply Chain Management and Information Systems (SCMIS) Consortium, a global network of leading academic and practitioners driving research and knowledge exchange on supply chain and information systems. Professor Koh´s role involves leading alumni, external relations and championing partnerships with industry, government and other top institutions. She is a member of the strategy executive leadership board.

Her expertise lies in logistics/supply chain management, particularly in; low carbon futures/industries, low carbon supply chain, energy supply chain, environment and sustainability science, and uncertainty management. She has also produced a considerable amount of research in production planning and control, enterprise resource planning, and information science. Professor Koh holds a First-class honours degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and a Doctorate in Operations Management. She has lectured in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Quantitative Methods and e-business, Operations and Supply Chain Management. She is a Visiting Professor at Universite Pierre Mendes-France, National Chung Hsing University Taiwan, Fu-Jen Catholic University, City Liberal Studies Greece, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China. She has served on promotion panel for many senior appointments for Chair. She is also an external examiner for The University of The West Indies (St. Augustine), Aston Business School, Brunel Business School, Leeds University Business School and Cranfield University.

She plays a strategic role at University level and serves/served on various University´s committees including the University Senate External Affairs Committee, University Research and Innovation Committee, HEFCE and NAO visit panel, QAA Institutional Audit, Board of Collaborative Studies, Discipline Committee, Sheffield/SEERC Steering Committee, Graduate Research Development Committee, and Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF) Steering Committee (Yorkshire Universities level). She chairs the Business Advisory Board of CLCF Low Carbon Supply Chain (which comprises of leading industry players such as Rolls-Royce, Tata Steel Europe, DLA Piper, Unilever, Sheffield Forgemasters, Muntons PLC, Brocklesby, NAMTEC, SY Chambers of Commerce); attends N8 energy meetings; initiates some key internationalisation partnerships; and leads some strategic research partnership including the energy innovation for deprived communities with local authorities, community organisations, ALMO; energy efficiency and retrofitting supply chain, China-EU energy supply chain (CCS and Clean Coal), and nuclear supply chain projects.

Professor Koh´s work is highly-regarded at an international level and has major impact from the perspectives of novelty and trans-disciplinary, trained/renewed skill of workforce, assisted businesses, job creation and supported green growth. Her work crosses supply chain, information systems, energy, engineering, social science and science disciplines in understanding todays and futures complex supply chain problems induced by climate change and uncertainty. She is a University of Sheffield´s Principal Investigator (PI) of the €60million Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF) `low carbon supply chain´ research strand and Coordinator of the Carbon Management theme which incorporates energy, bio renewable and supply chain; a White Rose Sustainability Science Network (including low carbon transport with impact on energy/electricity grid), £15million energy innovation for deprived areas, £80k EPSRC energy efficient building and supply chain, £30k YF energy efficiency and retrofitting supply chain, environmental mapping and energy supply chains (including oil and gas). She has led other highly complex and multi-disciplinary research projects involving multiple European and international partners and is a member/link with multi-disciplinary consortia including EPSRC funded e-futures DTC (£5.7million) and, Rolls-Royce and Yorkshire Forward and Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) funded Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) (£25million). She has led and involved in large scale projects funded by EPSRC, ERSC, EU, BIS, Government, Regional Development Agency (RDA), Yorkshire Forward, White Rose Consortium, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), National Science Council (NSC) (Taiwan), The British Academy (UK), The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO - UK), Ministry of Education (Macedonia), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Malaysia), Rolls-Royce (UK), rent-it-systems (UK), London Area Procurement Network (LAPN) and Cargotec. She has successfully led and supervised Business Development Director/Project Managers/PDRAs/RAs/research students, examined many PhDs, reviewed research grant applications for EU, ESRC, EPSRC, British Academy, Canada Research Council, Hong Kong Research Council, and Israel Science Foundation. She is a panel member for ESRC Quantitative Research, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and an advisor to National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC) (super ministry), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and UK Government on impact of climate change and low carbon supply chain, Doncaster Chamber Knowledge and Enterprise Group, EPSRC future research themes, a committee member of the South Yorkshire Green Business Club and Sheffield First for Environment. She is also a regular speaker with government, industry and NGO events both nationally and internationally, e.g. with BIS, UKTI, local and city region partnership, Councils etc.

Professor Koh´s team involves Business Development Director and Officer, Project Managers, Senior Research Fellow, Post Doctoral Research Associates, Research Associates, academics, members of LSCM/CEES/CLCF and PhD students, industry/academic/government partners in various projects. She has over 250 publications in the forms of journal papers (RAE and REF returnable), books, edited books, edited proceedings, edited special issues, book chapters, conference papers, technical papers and reports. Her work appears in top quality journals such as International Journal of Production Research, Journal of The Operational Research Society, International Journal of Production Economics, OMEGA, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, and Production Planning and Control. She is the Editor-in-Chief of 3 international journals, the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Systems Science (IJSS) and 2 other international journals. She is on the editorial board of many international journals. She has guest edited many high profile journals. She also serves on the board of scientific/international/programme committee of many international conferences worldwide. She is a referee for many top international scientific journals and is a member of AOM (USA), IET (UK), IEE (UK), Institute of Operations Management (UK), Chartered Management Institute (UK), Operational Research Society (UK), APICS (USA), EUROMA (Europe) and INFORMS (USA). She has also delivered many keynote speeches in international conferences and invited lectures in many institutions. She organised and chaired the 3rd International Conference on Supply Chain Management and Information Systems (SCMIS2005) in Greece, co-chaired the SCMIS2004 in Hong Kong, SCMIS2006 in Taiwan, SCMIS2007 in Australia, SCMIS2008 in India, SCMIS2009 in Taiwan and SCMIS2010 in Hong Kong, China. In October 2009, she led the Coal Conference hosted by the Former Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Lord John Prescott MP at The University of Sheffield, with very high level government involvement including: now former Secretary of State of Energy and Climate Change Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP (now Labour Party Leader), now former Regional Minister Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP, Former Sport Minister Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP (Sheffield Central)), RDA, industry and academic participation. With the current coalition government, she is working with BIS, DECC, FCO, local government, city and pan regions and Europe on low carbon supply chain growth and energy innovation.

Professor Koh has been a consultant for many Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) and large-scale manufacturing/service enterprises in the UK and worldwide. She works very closely and collaboratively with industries, governments and top academic institutions nationally, regionally and internationally in her research, and has led suites of knowledge exchange projects. Her industrial experiences include implementation and operations of MRP/MRPII/ERP systems in SMEs, batch-manufacturing and high-tech environments, directorships/leaderships in agricultural sector, directorships in business-to-business and business-to-consumer food supply chain, business venture and investment. She is a firm believer of the direction for a low carbon economy, low carbon supply chain growth and sustainable future with a balanced energy mix.


In terms of teaching, Professor Koh leads the following modules:

  • PG: Executive MBA Operations Management module. This also involves Rolls-Royce led workshop on logistics and supply chain management in the module delivered by Director of Global Physical Logistics from Rolls-Royce.
  • UG: Operations and Supply Chain Management: A Rolls-Royce sponsored module.