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Dr Richard Oloruntoba

Senior Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (Supply Chain Management)

Career Summary

Biography

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 Institute of Marine Studies, 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 journals in Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management.

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." Richard was recently voted an Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the Emerald Literati Network 2015 Awards for Excellence

Research Expertise
Logistics for international humanitarian aid.

Disaster, emergency and crisis relief chains.

International logistics and International Transport.

Trade and Transport facilitation.

Cross-border customs processes.

Logistics in developing countries.

Teaching Expertise
Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management.

Administrative Expertise
Assistant Program Convenor,  Bachelor of Business

Collaborations
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); and the Humanitarian Logistics Institute at the Hanken University in Finland. Richard also has on-going research collaboration with the New Rail Research Hub at the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England; Strachlyde University Glasgow on sustainable supply chains and early stages in innovation in technologically-intensive businesses; and with  the W.Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, Tempe on innovation in humanitarian logistics and supply chains.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Management), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Ilorin
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Ilorin
  • Advanced Diploma in Shipping Ports Admin. & Mgmt., University of Lagos - Nigeria
  • Master of Science, University of Plymouth
  • Master of Science, University of Plymouth
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Emergency and Disaster Operations
  • Freighting and Freight Services
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • International / Global Marketing
  • International Business
  • International Trade and International Transport
  • Logistics Management
  • Management of Disaster Reponse
  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Languages

  • Yoruba (Fluent)
  • Hausa (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified 65
150499 Commercial Services not elsewhere classified 15
150799 Transportation and Freight Services not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2013 -  Editorial Board - International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management
Australia
1/01/2011 -  Membership - Humanitarian Assistance Research Thought leaders Group (HART) Humanitarian Assistance Research Thought leaders Group (HART)
Australia
1/01/2010 -  Editorial Board - Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Australia
1/01/2009 -  Membership - Humanitarian Logistics Group (HUMLOG) Humanitarian Logistics Group (HUMLOG)
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2003 - 31/12/2003 Member - International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2014 DB Schenker Award for Outstanding Research in Logistics
Deutsche Bahn Schenker Ag

Distinction

Year Award
2015 Outstanding Reviewer Award
International Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
2001 2001 Charles Gee Centenary Award
Unknown

Recipient

Year Award
1997 Otunba Akinsiku Prize
Unknown

Recognition

Year Award
2006 Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence
Unknown
2006 Formal commendation on research performance
Unknown

Research Award

Year Award
2014 Highly Commended Doctoral Thesis Award
Unknown
2007 Outstanding Paper Award
Unknown
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Oloruntoba R, 'Four Theories for Research in Humanitarian Logistics', Palgrave Handbook of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Palgrave Macmillan, The Macmillan Building 4 Crinan St Kings Cross, London N1 9SQ (2017)
2016 Oloruntoba R, 'Boko Haram: The security and supply chain management challenges of providing relief', Supply Chain Management for Humanitarians: Tools for Practice, Kogan Page, 2nd floor 45 Gee Street London EC1 V 3RS, London 353-369 (2016)
2015 Oloruntoba RO, 'A Planning and Decision-Making Framework for Sustainable Humanitarian Logistics in Disaster Response', Humanitarian Logistics and Sustainability, Springer, Germany 31-48 (2015) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-15455-8
2013 Oloruntoba RO, 'The Relationship Between Politics and Religion in Nigeria: A Not So Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?', Not So Strange Bedfellows, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne 168-183 (2013) [B1]
2007 Barnes P, Oloruntoba R, 'The co-evolution of safety cultures and crisis management capacities in maritime trading systems', Risk management in port operations, logistics and supply-chain security, Informa Maritime &Transport, London, United Kingdom 205-219 (2007) [B1]
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Journal article (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Oloruntoba RO, Wagner B, Hossein G, 'Behaviour in Disaster and Humanitarian Response Operations', International Journal of Production Research, (2017)
2017 Oloruntoba RO, Hossain GF, Wagner B, 'Theory in Humanitarian Operations Research', Annals of Operations Research, (2017)
2017 Gajendran T, Oloruntoba RO, 'Governance and Resilience: A Case of Re-Development after a Bushfire Disaster', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, (2017)
Co-authors Thayaparan Gajendran
2017 Oloruntoba RO, Sridharan R, Davison G, 'A Proposed Framework of Key Processes and Activities in the Preparedness and Recovery Phases of Disaster Management', Disasters: the journal of disaster studies, policy and management, (2017)
2016 Sharma MG, Debnath RM, Oloruntoba R, Sharma SM, 'Benchmarking of rail transport service performance through DEA for Indian railways', International Journal of Logistics Management, 27 629-649 (2016)

© Emerald Group Publishing Limited.Purpose - Railway transport being a "service" is provided in a space and time dimension. Providing a better quality of service requires higher ... [more]

© Emerald Group Publishing Limited.Purpose - Railway transport being a "service" is provided in a space and time dimension. Providing a better quality of service requires higher inputs, so evaluating the performance without these considerations would give a biased result. The purpose of this paper is to assess the performance of the rail transport service by including the service delivery perspective of railways and look at the holistic concept of service delivery. The quality of service parameters have been chosen within the constraints imposed by availability of data and the formulated data envelopment analysis (DEA). The quality of service parameters include: punctuality; the level of consequential train accidents (safety); and the level of public complaints (customer satisfaction). It evaluates the performance of 16 zones of Indian railways (IR) on the basis of their efficiencies and identifies the exemplar zones. The results deduced from these studies can serve as performance targets in reward systems, performance scorecards, and control systems. Design/methodology/approach - DEA has been used as a benchmarking tool to evaluate the relative efficiency of the 16 zones. The input parameters are working expenses, number of employees, and equated track kilometers and the output parameters are loading of revenue, punctuality, passenger traffic kilometers, consequential train accidents, and public complaints. Malmquist index has been used to determine the temporal performance of each zone. Findings - IR can use DEA to assess the performance of various zones and for improvement monitoring in the context of being a transport service provider. Inefficient zones can identify the parameters for improvement across the zones and along the time dimension. A huge working force for all the inefficient zones indicate over deployment of resources, which can be seen at the policy level. A redundancy for equated track kilometers indicates a non-optimum use of resources. Not giving enough importance to service quality could be one of the major findings of the inefficient zones. Research limitations/implications - The scope of the quality of service variables assessed could not be enlarged in this study because of the limitation of the number of variables that can be chosen for a given number of decision-making units in the model. It is not always possible to compare each zone on an exactly equal basis as the work culture and challenges differ across zones, units, regions, and states which poses a limitation to the study. Practical implications - The holistic evaluation of performance of IR by inclusion of the service parameters can have important implications for the industry. The choice, incorporation, and interpretation of the parameters of this study can be adopted for rail transportation industry. This also summarizes the essence of performance and quality of service in public rail transport sector. Social implications - The global public transport sector, and the rail mode in particular faces the challenge of identifying, and using appropriate service quality indicators and financial parameters to ascertain the efficiency and effectiveness of the transport system, rather than considering financial parameters alone. The context of this study is IR which is an engine for the continued socio-economic development of India. The overarching constraint is that the inputs are already established. Within this socio-economic contextual framework the analysis has been done to have an efficient and effective public transport system. Originality/value - This is the first study which incorporates the quality of service dimensions in performance measurement and benchmarking of the railway zones that make up a national railway system which is under public domain. Each of these characteristics offers its unique challenges and dimensions which makes the problem complex.

DOI 10.1108/IJLM-08-2014-0122
2015 Oloruntoba RO, Kovacs G, 'A commentary on agility in humanitarian aid supply chains', Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 20 708-716 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/SCM-06-2015-0244
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
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]
DOI 10.1016/j.techfore.2012.12.002
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3
2012 Wohlgemuth S, Oloruntoba RO, Clausen U, 'Dynamic vehicle routing with anticipation in disaster relief', Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 46 261-271 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 13
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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-7717.2011.01249.x
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
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]
DOI 10.1016/j.ijpe.2009.10.013
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 21
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]
DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2009.08.016
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9
2009 Oloruntoba RO, Gray R, 'Customer service in emergency relief chains', International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 39 486-505 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/09600030910985839
Citations Scopus - 51Web of Science - 26
2008 Charles MB, Ryan R, Ryan N, Oloruntoba R, 'Public policy and biofuels: The way forward? (vol 35, pg 5737, 2007)', ENERGY POLICY, 36 495-495 (2008) [C3]
DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2007.09.024
2007 Charles MB, Ryan R, Ryan N, Oloruntoba R, 'Public policy and biofuels: The way forward?', ENERGY POLICY, 35 5737-5746 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2007.06.008
Citations Scopus - 99Web of Science - 85
2006 Oloruntoba R, Gray R, 'Humanitarian aid: an agile supply chain?', SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, 11 115-120 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/13598540610652492
Citations Scopus - 138Web of Science - 75
2006 Oloruntoba R, 'Some arguments for extending business research', Problems and Perspectives in Management, 4 155-166 (2006) [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]

Purpose - To highlight the failure of the tsunami early warning system and the challenges of successfully responding to, and managing a transnational catastrophe of this nature. T... [more]

Purpose - To highlight the failure of the tsunami early warning system and the challenges of successfully responding to, and managing a transnational catastrophe of this nature. The paper also highlights unique challenges in the management of this catastrophe and suggests potential strategies for good disaster response and management in this response and beyond. Design/methodology/approach - Primary data collection was by telephone interviews with experts in the South and South-East Asian region, supplemented by a comprehensive literature review of scholarly journals, reports from relief agencies and United Nations situation reports and bulletins amongst others. The scope of the paper is limited to the issue of a warning not been passed onto appropriate authorities in the region, the unique challenges of the relief response and the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected communities. Findings - From the study, there is a need for further investigation into the catastrophic warning failure; as reasons proffered by the early warning officials for their inability to pass on a warning to authorities in the affected area appear weak at this stage. The study also found unique geographical, political, economic and social challenges facing the international relief and reconstruction effort. Specifically some of the challenges include the management of the media and information, logistics and coordination, needs and damage assessment, donations and safety and security issues amongst others. In summary, the author found that there is also a need for foreign assistance agencies to be seen to be fair, to build trust and ownership of relief and reconstruction efforts amongst the local populace, as well as use local people as much as possible. Research limitations/implications - The study was conducted only 21 days (three weeks) after the tsunami catastrophe of 26 December 2004, hence it is a snapshot of events in the days immediately after the catastrophe. The relief action is an on-going event and there may be changes as new information emerges from the field. Practical implications - A world wide network of integrated submarine earthquake and tsunami monitoring and early warning system should be set up. Critical warning information in any potential disaster should be shared as inclusively as possible. Relief workers must be seen to be politically and religiously neutral, especially in the civil conflicts of Banda Aceh Indonesia. Finally relief and aid should be given on the basis of sound humanitarian principles such as need, not just on wider economic criteria. Originality/value - The study highlights specific potential challenges which relief organisations must deal with in responding effectively to the disaster, and in assisting to reconstruct the region. The paper proffers specific strategies for effective management of the international assistance effort. Finally, the study adds to the literature on developing countries and is valuable for governments, emergency and relief workers, policy makers in both developed and developing countries. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

DOI 10.1108/09653560510618348
Citations Scopus - 55
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]

Security assurance across maritime trading systems is a critical factor for international business managers and in the evolution of international trade generally. A number of init... [more]

Security assurance across maritime trading systems is a critical factor for international business managers and in the evolution of international trade generally. A number of initiatives are underway focusing on security issues in ports and ships (International Ship & Port Security Code), customs inspections in international ports (Container Security Initiative) and whole-of-supply chain outcomes (Customs & Trade Partnership against Terrorism). The main purpose of the above initiatives is to reduce the likelihood of maritime-vectored terrorism; however inappropriate implementation of these programs could affect competitiveness. This paper suggests that the complexity of interaction between ports, maritime operations and supply chains create vulnerabilities that require analysis that extends beyond the structured requirements of these initiatives and creates significant management challenges. Also the paper highlights the need for enhanced crisis management capabilities within ports as part of a standard management repertoire and suggests a new classification scheme for mapping vulnerability within ports and across supply networks. The paper concludes that there is a need to examine the goodness-of-fit of these security initiatives against business efficiency and competitiveness, and to consider the training needs for crisis management capabilities that will allow private and public sector groups involved in global trade to effectively mitigate the threat of maritime terrorism and loss of competitiveness. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1016/j.intman.2005.09.008
Citations Scopus - 75
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Conference (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Oloruntoba RO, 'Designing productive corporate sector-academia collaborative systems in operations management research', Refereeed Conference Proceedings of 23rd EurOMA Conference (2016)
2016 Oloruntoba RO, 'Theories For Research In Humanitarian Operations And Supply Chains', 5th World Conference on Production and Operations Management www.pomhavana2016.com (2016)
2015 Oloruntoba RO, 'Resilience and adaptive capacities in Cyclone Larry', Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Building Resilience (2015) [E1]
2014 Oloruntoba RO, 'Challenges to response operations of the 2009 black Saturday bushfires', Online Proceedings. POMS 25th Annual Conference (2014) [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) (2013) [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 (2013) [E2]
2009 Oloruntoba RO, 'Cooperation, collaboration and coordination in disaster logistics: A review', CIOS: Centre for Institutional and Organisational Studies Inaugural Conference Abstracts (2009) [E3]
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 (2009) [E1]
2009 Oloruntoba RO, 'On relief and supply chain similarities', Proceedings of the 14th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference (2009) [E1]
2007 Oloruntoba R, 'Bringing order out of disorder: exploring complexity in relief supply chains', Regional and global logistics and supply chain management :Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on operations and supply chain management (2007) [E1]
2006 Oloruntoba R, 'Mobile learning environments: A conceptual overview', Learning on the Move: Proceedings of the Online Learning and Teaching Conference 2006 (2006) [E1]
2005 Oloruntoba R, 'The Scope of IB Research: Taking Other Constituencies into Account', The Scope of IB Research: Taking Other Constituencies into Account (2005) [E1]
2005 Oloruntoba R, '"Logistics in developing economies: the case of Nigeria".', ¿Logistics in developing economies: the case of Nigeria¿. (2005) [E1]
2002 Oloruntoba R, '"Logistics for humanitarian aid: a survey of aid organisations"', ¿Logistics for humanitarian aid: a survey of aid organisations¿, (2002) [E1]
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Oloruntoba RO, 'Everybody¿s Business', Asian Disaster Preparedness News ( pp.40-40). Bangkok, Thailand: Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (2014)

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2003 Oloruntoba R, Gray R, 'Humanitarian Aid Organisations and Logistics' (2003) [R1]

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Oloruntoba RO, The Implications and Limitations of Commercial Supply Chain Management Process Models and Frameworks for Disaster Relief, University of Newcastle Australia (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $12,000

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20091 grants / $5,000

The implications and limitations of commercial supply chain management process frameworks for disaster relief chain effectiveness.$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Richard Oloruntoba
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190638
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20011 grants / $7,000

Humanitarian Aid Organizations and Logistics$7,000

Funding body: Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK

Funding body Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK
Project Team

Richard Oloruntoba

Scheme Seed Corn Competitive Funding by Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2002
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current5

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD2.9

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD THE ROLE OF CREATIVITY AND COGNITION IN ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD A Study of Supply Chain Integration and Firm Performance: A Case of Grower-Roaster Collaborative Relationships in the Vietnamese Coffee Industry
PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Inhibitors of Supply Chain Integration in Manufacturing-based SMEs in Malawi
PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Colonisation of Academic Labour: A Critical Examination of Academics' Response to Neoliberalism Practices in Universities
PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Firm Performance in conditions of uncertainty and dependence in supply chain contexts
PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 Professional Doctorate An Evaluation of Third Party Logistics Providers in Hong Kong
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 Professional Doctorate Managing Student Retension and Satisfaction in Higher Education: a Case Study in Hong Kong
Management & Commerce, Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 Honours Supply chains and the pricing of download distributed digital goods
Business & Management, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
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News

Business logistics may revolutionise disaster relief

October 30, 2014

Dr Richard Oloruntoba discusses disaster relief

Dr Richard Oloruntoba wins 2013 DB Schenker Award

September 25, 2014

Newcastle Business School academic, Dr Richard Oloruntoba, awarded international logistics prize

Prize-Winning Academic Says Newcastle Ill-Prepared for Another Quake

September 10, 2014

Newcastle Business School academic, Dr Richard Oloruntoba, says Newcastle is ill-prepared for another major quake

Dr Richard Oloruntoba

Position

Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Supply Chain Management

Contact Details

Email richard.oloruntoba@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7114

Office

Room SRS 151
Building Social Science
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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