Richard worked in a range of operations, logistics, freight forwarding and transport management roles for 13 years in West Africa and the United Kingdom before beginning an academic career in 2002 at the then Institute of Marine Studies (now the Centre for International Shipping and International Logistics), University of Plymouth, England.
In 2004, Richard moved to Australia to take up the role of Lecturer at the then School of International Business, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane from 2004 to 2009. Richard has been lecturing Operations Management, Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management and International Business Operations at the Newcastle Business School University of Newcastle in Australia since 2009. He has undertaken research projects and published research in the area of logistics for disaster relief, humanitarian logistics and disaster operations management in leading refereed international journals such as the International Journal of Production Economics (ABDC A* ranked), the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management (ABDC A ranked), and Supply Chain Management: An International Journal (ABDC A ranked).
Richard won the first competitive seed corn funding for research into Humanitarian Logistics by the then Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK in 2001. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. Richard has won several Australian and international prizes and awards for his teaching and research, most recently the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and the Highly Commended thesis award in the 2013 Emerald/European Fund for Management Development Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. In September 2014 Richard was awarded the prestigious DB Schenker Award for Outstanding Research in Logistics for his research: "The Implications and Limitations of Commercial Supply Chain Management Process Models and Frameworks for Disaster Relief."
- PhD (Management), University of Newcastle, 30/08/2013
- Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Ilorin, 22/08/1990
- Master of Business Administration, University of Ilorin, 07/07/1997
- Advanced Diploma in Shipping Ports Admin. & Mgmt., University of Lagos - Nigeria, 01/12/1998
- Master of Science, University of Plymouth, 03/11/2000
- Master of Science, University of Plymouth, 02/10/2001
- Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle, 16/12/2011
- Emergency and Disaster Operations
- Freighting and Freight Services
- Humanitarian Logistics
- International Trade and International Transport
- Management of Disaster Reponse
Transport facilitation, Renewable transport energy issues, Trade facilitation and cross-border customs processes, Logistics for international humanitarian aid, International transport, Disaster, emergency and crises relief chains & International logistics.
Fields of Research
|150399||Business And Management Not Elsewhere Classified||65|
|150799||Transportation And Freight Services Not Elsewhere Classified||20|
|150499||Commercial Services Not Elsewhere Classified||15|
Committee/Associations (relevant to research).
- Member - Humanitarian Logistics Group (HUMLOG)
- Member - Humanitarian Assistance Research Thoughtleaders Group (HART)
- Member - International Journal of Physical distribution and Logistics Management
- Member - Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
- Member - International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management
|2001||2001 Charles Gee Centenary Award |
Charles Gee Group UK & Greek Shipping Council, London, (United Kingdom)
2001 Charles Gee Centenary Award for getting the highest marks in the world for a UK candidate sitting in the UK in the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers of London professional chartered membership examination in the “Liner Shipping Trades.” £200 cash prize (2001). Awarded by the Greek Shipping Council, London, England (2001).
|2006||Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence|
Emerald Publishers (United Kingdom)
2006 Outstanding Paper Award for “A Wave of Destruction and the Waves of Relief: Issues, Challenges and Strategies”, Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal. Vol.14, No.4, pp. 506-521 (ISSN 0965-3562).
|2006||Formal commendation on research performance|
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (Australia)
2006 Formal commendation on research performance, Awarded by the Vice-Chancellor, QUT, Professor Peter Coaldrake (2006).
|2014||Highly Commended Doctoral Thesis Award|
Emerald Publishers and the European Fund for Management Development (United Kingdom)
A winner of the Highly Commended Doctoral Thesis Award by the UK-based Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the European Fund for Management Development (EFMD) in the 2013 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management category.
|2007||Outstanding Paper Award |
Emerald Publishers UK (United Kingdom)
Outstanding Paper Award 2007 for best paper in: Supply Chain Management; an International Journal’, Vol.11, No.4, pp.115-120 (ISSN 1359-8546). Awarded by Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence (2007).
Shipping and Transport
|1997||Otunba Akinsiku Prize |
University of Lagos (Nigeria)
1997 Otunba Akinsiku Prize for the runner-up most outstanding student. Advanced Diploma in Shipping, Port Management and Administration. Awarded by the Department of Geography, University of Lagos, Nigeria (1997).
|1st International Conference on Humanitarian Logistics|
Indian Institute of Management Raipur and Asia-Pacific Institute of Logistics, National University of Singapore, India (Invited Presenter)
|Sustainability in Humanitarian Logistics Workshop|
FOM Institute of Applied Science, Logistics and Services, Essen, Germany (Invited Presenter)
Richard has on-going research collaboration in the area of disaster response logistics with collaborators at the Institute of Transport Logistics at the Technical University of Dortmund (TU Dortmund, Germany), the Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund (Germany) (Professor Uwe Clausen's Group); and the Humanitarian Logistics Institute at the Hanken University in Finland with Professors Gyongyi Kovacs and Karen Spens.
Richard also has on-going research collaboration in the area of humanitarian and disaster response logistics with scholars at the Indian Institute of Management in Raipur (India) (Professor Bidya Sahay) and the New Rail Research Hub at the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England (with Dr Dewan Islam's group) as well as the Fore School of Management, New Delhi, India (A/Prof Mohita G. Sharma and A/Prof Roma Mitra Debnath). Dr Richard Oloruntoba is the driver of other collaborative research projects such as with: Dr Beverly Wagner of Strachlyde University Glasgow on sustainable supply chains and early stages in innovation in technologically-intensive businesses; and with Dr Goke Oke of Arizona State University, Tempe on innovation in humanitarian logistics and supply chains.
Program Convenor Bachelor of Business
Assistant Program Convenor Bachelor of Business
- International / Global Marketing
- International Business
- Logistics Management
- Operations Management
- Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Management
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Chapter (3 outputs)
Journal article (12 outputs)
|2013||Oloruntoba R, 'Plans never go according to plan: An empirical analysis of challenges to plans during the 2009 Victoria bushfires', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 80 1674-1702 (2013) [C1]|
|2012||Tatham P, Oloruntoba RO, Spens K, 'Cyclone preparedness and response: An analysis of lessons identified using an adapted military planning framework', Disasters, 36 54-82 (2012) [C1]|
|2012||Wohlgemuth S, Oloruntoba RO, Clausen U, 'Dynamic vehicle routing with anticipation in disaster relief', Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 46 261-271 (2012) [C1]|
|2010||Oloruntoba RO, 'An analysis of the Cyclone Larry emergency relief chain: Some key success factors', International Journal of Production Economics, 126 85-101 (2010) [C1]|
|2009||Oloruntoba RO, Gray R, 'Customer service in emergency relief chains', International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 39 486-505 (2009) [C1]|
|2009||Charles MB, Ryan R, Oloruntoba RO, Von Der Heidt T, Ryan N, 'The EU-Africa Energy Partnership: Towards a mutually beneficial renewable transport energy alliance?', Energy Policy, 37 5546-5556 (2009) [C1]|
|2007||Charles MB, Ryan R, Ryan N, Oloruntoba R, 'Public policy and biofuels: The way forward?', ENERGY POLICY, 35 5737-5746 (2007) [C1]|
|2006||Oloruntoba R, Gray R, 'Humanitarian aid: an agile supply chain?', SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, 11 115-120 (2006) [C1]|
|2005||Barnes P, Oloruntoba R, 'Assurance of security in maritime supply chains: Conceptual issues of vulnerability and crisis management', Journal of International Management, 11 519-540 (2005) [C1]|
|2005||Oloruntoba R, 'A wave of destruction and the waves of relief: Issues, challenges and strategies', Disaster Prevention and Management, 14 506-521 (2005) [C1]|
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Conference (11 outputs)
|2014||Oloruntoba RO, 'Challenges to response operations of the 2009 black Saturday bushfires', Online Proceedings. POMS 25th Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (2014) [E2]|
|2013||Oloruntoba RO, 'A typology of services in disaster relief: Evidence from two disaster relief chains', Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society, Denver, Colorado (2013) [E2]|
|2013||Oloruntoba RO, 'A critical review of two commonly used terms in academic humanitarian logistics publications', Proceedings of the 18th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference, Birmingham, UK (2013), Birmingham UK (2013) [E2]|
|2009||Oloruntoba RO, 'On relief and supply chain similarities', Proceedings of the 14th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference, Cardiff, Wales (2009) [E1]|
|2009||Tatham P, Spens K, Oloruntoba RO, 'Cyclones in Bangladesh: A case study of a whole country response to rapid onset disasters', POM 2009: 20th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society: Program and Proceedings, Orlando, FL (2009) [E1]|
|2009||Oloruntoba RO, 'Cooperation, collaboration and coordination in disaster logistics: A review', CIOS: Centre for Institutional and Organisational Studies Inaugural Conference Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]|
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Other (1 outputs)
|2014||Oloruntoba RO, 'Everybody¿s Business', Asian Disaster Preparedness News ( pp.40-40). Bangkok, Thailand: Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (2014)|
Report (1 outputs)
|2003||Oloruntoba R, Gray R, 'Humanitarian Aid Organisations and Logistics' (2003) [R1]|
Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)
|2013||Oloruntoba RO, The Implications and Limitations of Commercial Supply Chain Management Process Models and Frameworks for Disaster Relief, University of Newcastle Australia (2013)|
Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||2|
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2009 (1 grants)
The implications and limitations of commercial supply chain management process frameworks for disaster relief chain effectiveness.$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle
|Doctor Richard Oloruntoba|
|New Staff Grant||Chief Investigator|
|Total Amount||Funding Start||Funding Finish|
2001 (1 grants)
Humanitarian Aid Organizations and Logistics$7,000
Funding Body: Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK
|Seed Corn Competitive Funding by Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK||Chief Investigator|
|Total Amount||Funding Start||Funding Finish|
|Number of current supervisions||3|
|Total current UoN PhD EFTSL||1.1|
For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.
|Program||Supervisor Type||Research Title|
|2015||2019||PhD (Management)||Co-Supervisor||Factors Impacting on Supplier-Buyer Relationship Sustainability in Agro-Product Supply Chain: Evidence from Vietnam|
|2015||2019||PhD (Management)||Co-Supervisor||Procurement Integration Versus Procurment Outsourcing in the Healthcare Sector: A Case Study of Malawi's Public Healthcare System|
Management & Commerce|
University of Newcastle
|Principal Supervisor||Managing Student Retension and Satisfaction in Higher Education: a Case Study in Hong Kong|
Dr Richard Oloruntoba
|Work Phone||(02) 4921 7114|
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
|Focus Area||Supply Chain Management|
Callaghan NSW 2308