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Dr Manoj Dora is currently the Director of Large Collaborative Projects and Outreach at Brunel Business School. He has several years of experience in teaching, research and consultancy worldwide. His areas of specializations are Sustainable Value Chain and Quality Management with a particular focus on Lean Six Sigma in the agro-food sector. Manoj’s research is an innovative application of cross-cutting operations management theories such as Lean and Six Sigma in the agriculture and food sector which will redesign agricultural production as it is today to improve efficiency and eliminate waste and losses.

He has been involved in a large number of capacity building initiatives focusing on the food sector in different African and Asian countries. At the same time, he has also worked with over 50 European SMEs to implement lean principles as part of their operations. Dr Dora has significant practical experience and interdisciplinary research publications in the field of sustainable food supply chain management and food security. Manoj’s current research aims to map the circular pathway of food supply chain and its impact across the different stakeholders using “lean thinking” principles.

Manoj has been successful in acquiring research grants from the World Bank, European Commission (FP7), British Academy, UKIERI, British Council, Newton Fund and several private companies. Some of the important grants include FoodManufuture (2012-2013), Innovative management System for Food SMEs (IMSFood) (2010-2012); VLIR Interuniversity collaboration project (2013-2025). He is also active as a research grant reviewer for the European Commission and other funding agencies.

Manoj holds a PhD from Ghent University in Belgium. He has taught and lectured on Operations and Supply Chain Management courses with a focus on quality management. He has received a MA in Economics from Vanderbilt University in the USA supported by International Ford Foundation. Prior to joining academia, he worked for the government and a few NGOs in India on financial inclusion and food security directly involving the vulnerable population. These experiences at the grass roots stimulated his academic teaching and research.


Director of Large Collaborative Projects and Outreach

Newest selected publications

Pearce, D., Dora, M., Wesana, J. and Gellynck, X. (2018) 'Determining factors driving sustainable performance through the application of lean management practices in horticultural primary production'. Journal of Cleaner Production, 203. pp. 400 - 417. ISSN: 0959-6526

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Dey, BL., Babu, MM., Rahman, M., Dora, M. and Mishra, N. (2018) 'Technology upgrading through co-creation of value in developing societies: Analysis of the mobile telephone industry in Bangladesh'. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. ISSN: 0040-1625 Open Access Link

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Mangla, S., Luthra, S., Mishra, N., Singh, A., Rana, N., Dora, M. and et al. (2018) 'Barriers to effective circular supply chain management in a developing country context'. Production Planning and Control, 29 (6). pp. 551 - 569. ISSN: 0953-7287 Open Access Link

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Wesana, J., De Steur, H., Dora, M., Mutenyo, E., Muyama, L. and Gellynck, X. (2018) 'Towards nutrition sensitive agriculture. Actor readiness to reduce food and nutrient losses or wastes along the dairy value chain in Uganda'. Journal of Cleaner Production, 182. pp. 46 - 56. ISSN: 0959-6526

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Kabbiri, R., Dora, M., Kumar, V., Elepu, G. and Gellynck, X. (2018) 'Mobile phone adoption in agri-food sector: Are farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa connected?'. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 131. pp. 253 - 261. ISSN: 0040-1625 Open Access Link

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