Professor Yu Xiong
Academic and research departmentsSurrey Business School.
Prof. Xiong is Associate Dean International of Surrey University, this university wide role enables him to work with the university's three faculties and more than 20 schools/departments on international collaborations. Professor Xiong is founder and director of the newly established Surrey Centre for Innovation and Commercialization, where he brought in 1.5 million fund to facilitate the relevant activities in the university eco-system. He is also Chair of Business Analytics in Surrey Business School and an academic member in the Department of Business Transformation. Prior to joining Surrey, he worked for University of York(as EPSRC Research Fellow), Queen's University Belfast(as Lecturer and Director of China Management Researdch Institute), University of East Anglia(as Associate Professor and Associate Director of External Enagement for Norwich Busienss School, Director of University's ADAPT Group, with 50 million Pounds VC fund), Northumbria University(as Professor and Director of Enterprise Engagement/Faculty Lead for Knowledge Exchange/Head of Supply Chain Managmeent Group). During his academic career, he has brought in more than 26 million pounds income to the universities and businesses that he associated with(Research Income, Donation, Investment etc.).
Professor Xiong's research focuses on sustainable and technological issues in global supply chains, where he has published in leading international journals, including European Journal of Operational Research, Nature Communications, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, and Journal of Operational Research Society, Technovation etc. He has been guest editors to International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Technovation, International Journal of Technology Management etc. He is the Editor in Chief of International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management. According to elsevier, from 2014-2020, his number of research outputs in Closed-Loop Supply Chain and Remanufacturing rank No. 3 in the UK, his citation rank No. 1 in the UK in the same category(CLSC and Remanufacturing) of all the researchers in the UK. His publication in Nature Communications has its Altmetrics score reached more than 2000(less than 1% of all the publication in Nature and its series reached this high Altmetrics score), and listed as one of the most significant science activities in 2021, and one of the only few researches in the world that is included in Timeline of Computing 2021.
Professor Xiong's research has been funded by EPSRC (Engineering and Physic Science Research Council), Department of Business, Energy and Industry Strategies, British Academy, British Council, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Satellite Application Catapult, China National Science Foundation etc. Professor Xiong is a Fellow of University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Visiting Professor in the Computer Science at University of York. He also carries visiting positions in several leading Chinese universities including Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Central South University, Chongqing University etc. He has brought in more than 26 million pounds to the UK's innovation projects.
Professor Xiong has created impact in several industries:
Activities in Innovation Commercialization
Professor Xiong has extensive experience by working as director/chair of companies. He was co-Chair of Cocoon Global Limited, this is a £13 million investment that established the largest innovation centre in central London, with 7000 square meters. The innovation centre supports technology commercialization activities, and has helped hundreds of start ups and SMEs to get fund to reach market. Apart from this, he was the initiator of the first overseas Tsinghua University Science Park, which was built in Newcastle. This is a £6 million investment innovation centre which has created significant impact to eco-system innovation in North of England. Currently he is non-executive President of UK International Innovation Centre, which focus on scaling the UK's project into interntional market. He is Strategic Advisor to Satellite Application Catapult, the UK's national centre for satellite application technologies, appinted by the CEO of the Catapult. Recently he became the managing director of OxValue.ai, a JV company with University of Oxford, focus on help early stage technology valuation. Professor Xiong has help the growth of more than 40 companies in the UK.
Activities in Sustainability
Apart from Professor Xiong’s research in sustainability, he spent a lot of his time developing real world projects for sustainability. From 2014-2016, he was company director for ADAPT Group, which was owned by University of East Anglia, and run a £50 million Low Carbon Innovation Fund. He then worked for UNESCO on a number of projects relevant to Sustainable Development Goals. He is a board director of 99P Recycling Limited, one of the largest plastics recycling and exporting company in the UK, the company’s turnover in 2019 was about 26 million dollar. He is also one of the trustees of the Charify, Magna Carta World Peace and Sustainability Foundation. He was appointed to be Director/Chair of London Fashion Fund in 2018, which was fully funded by Mayor Office of London, to support sustainable fashion startups. Professor XIong's research was listed by BBC to be one of the 26 researches in the UK that was to celebrate the 2021 COP26.
Activities in Blockchain
Professor Xiong became the Chair of Management Board of the Blockchain Finance company, UKDE Limited, based in London. This company provides several types of finance service for the businesses between China and the UK. Professor Xiong is chief scientist of the Jiukuan Tech Ltd, which is specialized in developing leading blockchain applications, the Pxbee App, which has daily active user ranked No. 2 in the world. He is a member of Expert Board of All Party Parliamentary Group in Blockchain in the UK, and the chief scientific advisor to the world's first Blockchain enabled Photo/Video sharing Social Media, PIXIE, this revolutionary platform aims to replace TikTok/Instagram in future. Now PIXIE has more than 10,000 daily active users on the platform. Professor Xiong is the Chief Scientist of the China Blockchain Research Centre, which is based in the Southwest University of Economics and Finances. According to Altmetrics, his research published in National Communication currently has the world No. 1 research impact of all the academic publications in academia.
In 2012, he was invited by the London Olympic Committee to be a London Olympic Torchbearer. In 2015, he got the prestigious May 4th Medal by Chinese provincial government, to recognize his significant contribution for international innovation collaboration. Professor Xiong was the President of the Chinese Economic Association in EU/UK(until December 2021), and Vice President of the International Association of Supply Chain and Operations Management.
University roles and responsibilities
- Associate Dean International(University wide role)
- Member of University External Engagement Leadership Group(EELG)
- Director, Centre for Innovation and Commercialization(within the University Researh and Innovation Division)
- Member of the University International League Table Advisory Group (ILTAG)
05 JAN 2022
Surrey researcher launches next-generation, blockchain-based social media network that protects users' content
14 APR 2021
Joint research by University of Surrey's Professor Yu Xiong warns vast bitcoin mining in China could derail climate targets
In the media
Postgraduate research supervision
I would be happy to supervise PhD research in the follow topics:
Supply Chain Management
Blockchain Business Model
Postgraduate research supervision
Dr. Ryan Atkins, PhD completed in 2012(as 2nd supervisor), Professor in Management at Nova Southwest University, US
Dr. Yu Zhou, PhD completed in 2013(CSC funded), Associate Professor at Chongqing University, China(a top 985 university).
Dr. Zubair Khan, PhD completed in 2013(Second Supervisor), Asscociate Professor at University of Science and Technology Bannu, Pakistan
Dr. Gendao Li, PostDoc Research Associate completed in 2013, Associate Professor at Northumbria University, UK
Dr. Xi Liang, PostDoc Research Associate completed in 2013, Professor at Chongqing Jiaotong University, China
Dr. Yunzhang Hou, Research Associate completed in 2013, Assistant Professor in Fudan University, China
Prof. Xi Wan, Research Associate Completed in 2012, Professor and Dean of Management School, Chongqing University of Technology.
Dr. Wei Yan: PhD completed in 2014, Associate Professor at Southwest University of Telecommunication China(a top 985 University)
Ms. Xiaojuan Li: Research Associate(TSB KTP programme, 2014-2016). Currently Deputy General Manager at Skyline CG.
Dr. Senmao Xia: PhD completed in 2016, Associate Professor at Coventry University Business School
Dr. Hui Lu: 3D Technology Supply Chain: The business models (Completed 2019), Post Doc Fellow at Fudan University.
Jiang, S.,Li, Y., Lu, Q., Hong, Y., Guan, D., Xiong, Y., Wang, S., 2021, Policy Assessments for the Carbon Emission Flows and Sustainability of Bitcoin Blockchain Operation in China, Nature Communication 12, 1938 (2021), (Impact Factor: 12.121, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-22256-3 ).
L Yimeng, Y Xiong, F Mariuzzo, XIA Senmao, 2021, The underexplored impacts of online consumer reviews: Pricing and new product design strategies in the O2O supply chain, International Journal of Production Economics, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2021.108148
Chaudhuri, A., Fernandes, K., Priya, P., Xiong, Y., 2021, Optimal pricing strategies for Manufacturing-as-a Service platforms to ensure business sustainability, International Journal of Production Economics (ABS 3* https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2021.108065)
Xiong, Y., Xia, S., Wang X., 2021, Artificial intelligence and business applications, an introduction, International Journal of Technology Management, https://doi.org/10.1504/IJTM.2020.112615
Jin, M., Zhang, X., Xiong, Y., Zhou, Y., 2021, Implications of Green Optimism upon Sustainable Supply Chain Management, European Journal of Operational Research(ABS 4*, Forth Coming)
Highlights of 2020 publications:
Zhang, F., Chen, H., Xiong, Y., Wei, Y., Liu, M., 2020 Managing collecting or remarketing channels: Different choice for cannibalisation in remanufacturing outsourcing, International Journal of Production Research( ABS 3*, doi: 10.1080/00207543.2020.1797205)
Xiong, Y., Xia, S., 2020, Mechanisms behind China's innovation achievements: A Multi-level View, Technovation(ABS 3*, doi: 10.1016/j.technovation.2020.102123)
Nie, J., Shi, C., Xiong, Y., Xia, S., Liang, J., 2020, Downside of a carbon tax for environment: Impact of information sharing, Advances in Climate Change Research, doi: 10.1016/j.accre.2020.06.006
Huang, H., Xiong, Y., Zhou, Y.,2020, A larger pie or a larger slice? Contract negotiation in a closed-loop supply chain with remanufacturing, Computers & Industrial Engineering (DOI: j.cie.2020.106377)
Jin, M., Xiong, Y., Zhou, Y., 2020, Less is More: Consumer Education in a Closed-Loop Supply Chain with Remanufacturing, OMEGA: International Journal of Management Science (ABS 3*, doi: 10.1016/j.omega.2020.102259)
Yang, Y., Jia, F., Chen, L., Wang, Y., Xiong, Y., 2020, Adoption timing of OHSAS 18001 and firm performance: An institutional theory perspective, International Journal of Production Economics(ABS 3*).
Xia, S., Xiong, Y., Zhang, M., Cornford, J., Liu, Y., Lim, K., 2020, Reducing the Resource Acquisition Costs for Returnee Entrepreneurs: Role of Chinese National Science Parks, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, DOI: 10.1108/IJEBR-04-2019-0202
Jin, M., Xiong, Y., Zhou, Y., 2020, The entry of third-party remanufacturers and its impact on original equipment manufacturers in a two-period game-theoretic model, Journal of Cleaner Production(ABS 2*)
Jia F., Caniato, F,. Chen, L., Moretto,A., Milano, P., Xiong, Y., 2020, The role of digital transformation to empower Supply Chain Finance: Current Research Status and Future Research Directions, International Journal of Operations & Production Management(ABS 4* Guest Editor)
Yan, J., Xiong, Y., 2020, Unpacking the impact of innovation ambidexterity on export performance: Microfoundations and infrastructure investment, International Business Review(ABS 3* https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2020.101766)
Different stakeholders are educating consumers about the benefits of remanufacturing. By increasing the number of consumers who are willing to purchase remanufactured products, consumer education has been expected to facilitate the advancement of the remanufacturing sector. We formally validate the condition under which consumer education is indeed beneficial from a social planner's perspective. We develop a game-theoretical model to examine the implications of consumer education upon a closed-loop supply chain consisting of one manufacturer and one supplier. The manufacturer can perform remanufacturing at the component level. The direct effect of consumer education is that more consumers are willing to pay for the remanufactured product. Although the optimal remanufactured product quantity, in general, increases in the presence of consumer education, surprisingly, our analysis identifies a consumer education paradox, that is, as more consumers are willing to pay for the remanufactured product, the manufacturer switches the choice from remanufacturing to no remanufacturing. Moreover, consumer education could be detrimental to the supply chain, consumers, and the environment because of the paradox. Fortunately, temperate consumer education might be all-around desirable if and only if ex-ante few consumers are willing to purchase remanufactured products; that is, from the social planner's perspective, temperate consumer education should be conducted to foster the remanufacturing sector in its infancy.
The aim of this special issue was to investigate the mechanisms behind China’s innovation ecosystem by focusing on the key participants within it: firms, research institutes, governments and intermediaries, supply-chain systems and so forth. There were interesting threads connecting research on innovation participants throughout the submitted papers. Briefly, the following topics were addressed: 1. evaluation of China’s innovation performance at a regional level and recognition of successful practices as well as problem issues; 2. the influence at a micro level of uniquely Chinese factors on firms’ innovation performance - for instance, how has the regulatory context (e.g., state ownership, industry policy) shaped corporate innovation activities? 3. the relative importance of government and industry support mechanisms; 4. the roles of Chinese state research institutes and the significance of their network positions (e.g. structural hole and centrality) on innovation performance.
Previous studies have shed light on the effects of the adoption of OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) 18,001 certification on performance. One important factor that has been neglected so far is the adoption timing. The question of whether early OHSAS 18001 adopters achieve better financial performance and operational performance than do late adopters (or vice versa) remains unanswered. We develop hypotheses and then analyze the secondary longitudinal data of listed Chinese manufacturing firms by employing a rigorous event study approach and performing regressions. The results indicate that early adopters enjoy significantly greater performance gains than do late adopters and this can be explained by institutional theory. We find that early adopters of OHSAS 18001 certification motivated by normative pressure realize additional financial performance from the second year to the fourth year after adoption, and the early adopter advantages of improved labor productivity can at least last in the medium term, but late adopters motivated by coercive and mimetic pressure only benefit in the preparation year. Moreover, early adoption is more favorable to firms with high labor intensity and low internationalization level. Thus, this study extends research in understanding the effects of OHSAS 18001 on firm performance and suggest new insights to the implementation of occupational health and safety practices.
Cannibalisation is still a concern for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) when they outsource remanufacturing operations to the authorised remanufacturers (ARs). In dealing with the cannibalisation in remanufacturing outsourcing, many OEMs (such as Sun, Apple, Hewlett Packard, Bosch Tools, and Gateway) use core collecting or remanufactured product remarketing. Motivated by examples from industry, we develop two models in which an OEM produces new products but outsources remanufacturing operations to a AR. The two potential strategies for dealing with the cannibalisation from remanufacturing outsourcing are: (1) collecting used cores from consumers, or (2) remarketing all remanufactured products to consumers. Among other results, we find that minimising cannibalisation problems does not equate with maximising profits. In particular, if the collection cost coefficient is not pronounced, the aggressive response by the OEM can effectively minimise the cannibalisation problems, but will reduce the profitability for the OEM on the other hand. Further, as the collection cost coefficient is moderate, remarketing remanufactured products can secure Pareto improvements. As such, we suggest that, practising managers should combine the cannibalisation problems of remanufacturing with the costs of collecting used cores.
Current Journal Special Issue Editing:
The role of digital transformation to empower Supply Chain Finance: Current Research Status and Future Research Directions, International Journal of Production and Operations Management(ABS 4*) https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/ijopm/role-digital-transformation-empower-supply-chain-finance-current-research-status-and
- Zhang, F., Chen, H., Xiong, Y., Wei, Y., Liu, M., 2020, Managing collecting or remarketing channels: Different choice for cannibalisation in remanufacturing outsourcing, International Journal of Production Research( doi: 10.1080/00207543.2020.1797205)
- Xiong, Y., Xia, S., 2020, Mechanisms behind China's innovation achievements: A Multi-level View, Technovation(doi: 10.1016/j.technovation.2020.102123)
- Nie, J., Shi, C., Xiong, Y., Xia, S., Liang, J., 2020, Downside of a carbon tax for environment: Impact of information sharing, Advances in Climate Change Research, doi: 10.1016/j.accre.2020.06.006
- Jin, M., Xiong, Y., Zhou, Y., 2020, Less is More: Consumer Education in a Closed-Loop Supply Chain with Remanufacturing, OMEGA: International Journal of Management Science (doi: 10.1016/j.omega.2020.102259)
- Huang, H., Xiong, Y., Zhou, Y.,2020, A larger pie or a larger slice? Contract negotiation in a closed-loop supply chain with remanufacturing, Computers & Industrial Engineering (DOI: j.cie.2020.106377)
- Xiong, Y., Reimann, M., 2019, Managing a Closed-loop Supply Chain with Process Innovation for Remanufacturing, European Jouranl of Operational Research, 276 (2), 510-518, (ABS 4*).
- Zhang, P., Xiong, Y., Xiong, Z., Zhou, Y., 2018, Information sharing and service channel design in the presence of forecasting demand. Journal of the Operational Research Society(ABS 3*, DOI: 10.1080/01605682.2017.1415644)
- Yan, W., Xiong, Y., Chu, J., Li, Xiong, Z., 2018 , Clicks versus Bricks: the role of durability in marketing channel strategy of durable goods manufacturers, European Journal of Operational Research(ABS 4*, DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2017.08.039)
- Jha, A., Fernandes, K., Xiong, Y., 2017, Effects of demand forecast and resource sharing on collaborative new product development in supply chain. International Journal of Production Economics(ABS 3* Volumn 193, pp207-221).
- Xiong, Y., Zhao, Q., Zhou, Y., 2016, Manufacturer-remanufacturing vs supplier-remanufacturing in a closed-loop supply chain, International Journal of Production Economics(ABS 3*),176(2016), pp21-28
- He, R., Xiong, Y., Lin, Z., 2016, Carbon emissions in the dual-channel closed-loop supply chain: the impact of consumer free-riding, Journal of Cleaner Production(IF 3.886, doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.02.142)
- Xiong, Y., Zhao, P., Xiong, Z., Li, G., 2016, The Impact of product upgrading on the decision of entrance to a secondary market, European Journal of Operational Research, (ABS 4* Coming Soon, doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2015.12.040)
- Xiong, Y., 2016, Implications of channel structure for marketing remanufactured products, International Journal of Industrial Engineering, Volume 10(1), pp126-144
- He, R., Xiong, Y., 2015, Supply Chain Collaboration with Complementary Quality Design and Greener Production, European Journal of Industrial Engineer. (Volume 9(4), pp470-511)
- Pan, Z., Xiong, Y., 2014, Coordination of a dual-channel supply chain after demand or production cost disruptions, International Journal of Production Research(ABS 3* Coming Soon，DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2014.975853)
- Yan, W., Xiong, Y., 2014, "Bricks vs. Clicks": Different channel structures for remanufactured goods marketing, European Journal of Operational Research(ABS 4*, DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2014.10.023)
- Babu,S., Fernandes, K., and Xiong Y., 2014, Minimizing delay of ships in bulk terminals by simultaneous ship scheduling, stockyard planning and train scheduling, Martime Economics& Logistics, doi: 10.1057/mel.2014.20(Impact Factor. 1.045)
- Zhang, P., Xiong, Y., 2014, Designing contracts for a closed-loop supply chain under information asymmetry. Operations Research Letters, (ABS 2*, doi: 10.1016/j.orl.2014.01.004)
- Hou, Y., Xiong, Y., 2014. The effects of a trust mechanism on a dynamic supply chain network, Expert Systems With Applications(ABS 3*), Volume 46(6), pp3060-3068
- Fernandes, K., Xiong, Y., 2014. Impact of operator experience on information feedback and reusability. Production, Planning and Control(ABS 3*), Volume 25(4), pp318-331,
- Li, G., Xiong, ZK., Zhou, Y., Xiong, Y., 2013. Dynamic pricing for perishable products with hybrid uncertainty in demand, Applied Mathematics and Computation. Volume 219(20) pp10366-10377 (Impact Factor: 1.317)
- Xiong, Y., Zhou, Y., Li, G., Chan, H.K., Xiong, Z., 2013. Don’t Forget Your Supplier When Remanufacturing. European Journal of Operational Research(ABS 4*).Volume 230(1), pp15-25
- Xiong, Y., Li, G., Zhou, Y., Fernandes, K., Harrison, R., 2013. Optimal dynamic pricing for used products in remanufacturing. International Journal of Production Economics(ABS 3*). Volume 147(1), pp 678-688
· Zhou, Y., Xiong, Y., Li, G., Xiong, Z. and Beck, M., 2013. The bright side of manufacturing-remanufacturing conflict in a decentralised closed-loop supply chain. International Journal of Production Research(ABS 3*), Vol. 51(9), pp 2639-2651
· Xiong, Y., and Li, G. 2012. The value of dynamic pricing for cores in remanufacturing with backorders. Journal of the Operational Research Society(ABS 3*). Volume 64, pp 1314-1326
· Xiong, Y., Yan, W., Fernandes, K., Xiong, Z., and Guo, N., 2011. ”Bricks vs. Clicks”: The Impact of Manufacturer Encroachment with a Dealer Leasing and Selling of Durable Goods, European Journal of Operational Research(ABS 4*), 217 (1). pp. 75-83
· Wang, K., Xiong, Y., 2010. Remanufacturer-manufacturer collaborative model in the same supply chain channel. Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 450 (2011) pp 377-380
· Zhou, Y., Xiong, Y., 2010. The effect of risk sensitivity on collaborative new product development in a supply chain. Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 450 (2011) pp 381-384
· Xiong, Y., Li, G., Fernandes, K., 2009. Dynamic pricing for perishable products with fuzzy demand, Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry, Vol. 26(6). pp758-774
· Li, G., Xiong, Y., Xiong, Z., 2009. Robust dynamic pricing over infinite horizon in the presence of model uncertainty. Asia-Pacific Journal of Operational Research, 26(6), 2009, pp779-804
· Su, D., Xiong, Y., Ji, S., Zeng, Y., 2008, Framework for a Collaborative Working Environment, International Journal of Production Research, 49(9), pp2363-2380.
Journal Special Issue Editing:
· Jia, J., Caniato, F., Xiong, Y., The role of digital transformation to empower Supply Chain Finance: Current Research Status and Future Research Directions, International Journal of Production and Operations Management(ABS 4*)
· Xiong, Y., Williamson, P., 2015, Sepcial Issue:” Internatonal Technology Transfer with China”. Technovation(ABS 3*)
· Xiong, Y., Zhou, Y., 2014, Special Issue: “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China”, Vol.65 No. 1/2/3/4, International Journal of Technology Management(ABS 2*)
· Xiong, Y., Liang, X., 2014, Special Issue: “Sustainable Manufacturing Supply Chain, International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management.
Contribution to reports:
- Triple Win: Remanufacturing as a Social, Economic and Environmental Gain, All Party Parliament Group for Sustainable Resources.
- Assessing the Values of UNESCO within a framework of International CooperatIon (VINCI), Funded by UNESCO.
- Developing an Innovation ecosystem: Policy, Skills and Operations, Funded by North East Local Economic Partnership.
· Fernandes, K., Xiong, Y., Hayat, A., 2009. Tracking the Innovation Epidemic: A Framework for Innovation Measurement and Diffusion within the Pharmaceutical Sector. York: The University of York Press, ISBN:978-0-9559332-3-3.
· Groznik, A. and Xiong, Y., 2012. Pathways to Supply Chain Excellence. InTech Press. ISBN 978-953-51-0367-7
· Shi, J., Liu, Z., Zhang, Z., Xiong, Y., 2014, Innovation and Operation System in National Science Parks, StudyZone Press, ISBN 978-7-5077-4475-0