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Dr Oscar Rodriguez-Espindola - Aston University. Birmingham, , GB

Dr Oscar Rodriguez-Espindola

Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management | Aston University


Dr Rodriguez-Espindola researches supply chain management, operational research, humanitarian logistics and project management.






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Professor Rodríguez-Espíndola is a senior lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Aston University and a member of the Aston CRISIS centre. He has published in the area of humanitarian logistics in a range of high-quality journals.

His research is focused on Supply Chain Management, Operational Research, Humanitarian Logistics and Project Management. His expertise includes de use of optimisation models, simulation and geographical information systems for the analysis of the supply chain and the development of tools to support logistics decisions.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Supply Chain Management

Humanitarian Logistics

Operational Research

Project Management


Education (3)

Aston University: PhD, Operations and Information Management 2015

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México: MSc 2011

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México: BSc 2008

Media Appearances (2)

Coronavirus: How AI, 3D printing and blockchain can help overcome supply problems in a crisis

The Conversation  online


Our research concerns managing supply chains in a crisis and using technologies such as Artificial Intelligence , 3D Printing and blockchain. These technologies, which also seemed like science fiction just a short time ago, can help the world recover from one crisis and be better prepared for the next one.

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Mexico is being held to ransom by oil thieves and systemic corruption

The Conversation  online


The equivalent of 1,145 truckloads of oil is stolen in Mexico per day from PEMEX – the state-owned petroleum company. That’s 146 billion Mexican Pesos (USD$7.4 billion) in lost revenue since 2016 – a significant hit for a country where 3.8% of GDP comes from oil exports.

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Articles (3)

Wellbeing and productivity in the business enterprise sector: The curse of small and medium sized enterprises

Supply Chain Sustainability in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

2022 This chapter considers the link between productivity and wellbeing in the context of SMEs. The authors formulate a business–wellbeing–productivity framework, which connects business size and organisational structure with wellbeing parameters, which, in turn, are correlated with productivity. Using a country-level data set of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, we show that prevalence of SMEs in a country’s business sector is associated with the decrease in productivity of this country through SMEs’ negative impact on workforce wellbeing. Implications of this result for theory and practice are discussed.

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46 Impact of organisational factors on the circular economy practices and sustainable performance of small and medium sized enterprises in Vietnam

Supply Chain Sustainability in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises


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Impact of Organisational Factors on the Circular Economy Practices and Sustainable Performance of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Vietnam

Journal of Business Research

2022 Internal organisational factors have been identified as barriers to adopt circular economy (CE) practices in prior research. However, empirical evidence is limited to support this claim. Additionally, their impact on sustainable business performance, especially for the emerging economies and within the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have not been studied adequately. This research bridges these knowledge gaps drawing on from CE, human resource management, innovation and sustainability literature to develop and validate a theoretical model that examines the relationships between organisational factors (leadership, innovation, culture, and skills) and their impact on adopting CE practices to enhance sustainable performance of SMEs. A survey was conducted among 205 SMEs’ employees in Vietnam, and responses were analysed using employing Structural Equation Modelling. Our findings reveal that organisational leadership will facilitate developing the culture and innovation capability to adopt CE practices through a ‘hub and spoke’ strategy for enhancing sustainable performance among the SMEs in Vietnam. In this vein, we recommend creating knowledge sharing strategies, collaborative and cooperative CE working groups within and between SMEs, and information systems capabilities to build sustainable business organisations.

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