Dr Batista is a senior lecturer in Operations Management at Aston Business School.
He is a member of the Operations and Information Management (OIM) Department. He is also Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK, Member of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.
Luciano's main research interest is sustainable operations and supply chains in the circular economy and digital economy contexts.
Areas of Expertise (4)
Sustainable Supply Chain Management
Circular Supply Chains
Sustainable Operations Management
Alliance Manchester Business School: PhD, Business Administration and Management 2005
- Member of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) group at Harvard Business School, Harvard University
- Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK
- Member of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA)
- Member of the COP26 Universities Network
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Assessing smart circular supply chain readiness and maturity level of small and medium-sized enterprisesJournal of Business Research
2022 A Smart Circular Supply Chain (SCSC) integrates both Industry 4.0 (I4.0) and Circular Economy (CE) concepts into supply chain in response to achieving sustainable goals/agenda. The purpose of this paper is to assess SCSC readiness and maturity level of SMEs considering different stakeholders from a multi-layered perspective. For this aim, a conceptual framework was proposed and accomplished through a case study of SMEs in Turkey’s textile industry. Such integrated approach to holistically assessing SCSC readiness and maturity makes a unique contribution to the field. The highlights of this study are summarized as follows: (1) approaching readiness and maturity in transitions by focusing on systems theory; (2) identifying the dimensions of readiness and maturity in transitions to I4.0 and CE; (3) assessment of readiness and maturity level of SMEs in transition to CE and (4) assessment of readiness and maturity level of SMEs in transition to I4.0 within the supply chain.
Packaging design for the circular economy: A systematic reviewSustainable Production and Consumption
2022 The concept of circular economy has been ubiquitous over the past five years and has been steadily gaining a consensus as a new paradigm. Circular economy covers a wide spectrum of topics ranging from waste management, through materials to supply chain, amongst which packaging is an essential part for achieving a truly circular economy. It has been emphasised that resources should be kept in closed loops, thereby generating zero waste. However, largely due to the nature of packaging materials and designated usage, the packaging industry is built on a linear model where packaging is designed, produced, consumed and disposed of. This creates substantial amount of waste, which is now a growing concern for the earth ecosystem. To enable a smooth transition from a linear to a circular system, packaging design has been recognised as the fundamental stepping-stone towards a circular economy. In this study, an extensive literature review is performed, investigating the growing body of research on packaging design in relation to circular economy. This paper reviews the state-of-the-art research on packaging design, including design rules, guidelines, considerations and tools that can be applied in the design process for achieving a circular economy. A circular packaging design framework is then proposed, summarising the findings and showing (i) the factors that determine material selection, (ii) the design strategies, guidelines and considerations to be taken into account in the conceptual design and design development phases, and (iii) the tools and indicators to assist design validation and assessment of packaging circularity. Finally, future research trends in various aspects including material selection, design guidelines to facilitate recycling, design assessment tools, design education and policy making are discussed.
Diffusion of circular economy practices in the UK wheat food supply chainInternational Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
2022 Circular Economy (CE) is a framework for sustainability based on restorative and regenerative systems. This paper presents preliminary findings from an ongoing case study of the British wheat food supply chain, using dimensions of Transaction Cost Economics (TCE), to clarify the role of transactions in the diffusion of CE practices. It uses content analysis of semi-structured interviews to elucidate what CE practices and material flow are in operation in the supply chain. While financial considerations are the main factor driving CE adoption, transactions can also function as an indirect driver to CE adoption via assurance/certification schemes requirements that also reduce overall uncertainty. Asset specificity does not play a significant role in the wheat food circular supply chain, except for specific (niche) programmes. Verticalised operations and repeated, long-term partnerships between buyers and suppliers facilitate CE-related transactions since high uncertainty act as a barrier to CE operations.