Professor Prasanta Dey

Operations & Information Management Department

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Professor Prasanta Kumar Dey is a Professor of Operations Management at Aston Business School. He won Vice Chancellor award for research excellence in 2012. Prior to joining Aston University in 2004, he worked for five years in the University of the West Indies in Barbados as a Director of graduate project management program and 13 years in Indian Oil Corporation Limited, India as a project executive. He specializes in supply chain management and project management. He has published more than hundred research papers in leading international refereed journals. He has accomplished several research projects in supply chain optimisation and project management maturity studies in manufacturing, services and construction globally covering both small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and large sectors. 

His projects have been funded by Ford Foundation, Research Council UK, British Council, West Midlands Manufacturing Advisory Services, EU and ERDF. His industry clients include Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, JCB, L’Oreal, NHS, Britons Carpet, Cemex, General Dynamics, Unocal, and several organisations in SMEs in the UK and abroad. He has delivered long term executive development programs and facilitated numerous workshops for executives in Barbados Government, the healthcare professionals in Maltese hospital and National Health Services in the UK, the project executives in JCB, Jaguar and Land Rover, Atkins and the Country and HR managers in L’Oreal. 

Professor Dey has developed several decision support systems that include supplier performance evaluation, supply chain performance measurement, sustainability performance framework, risk management and currently engaged in developing decision support systems for optimizing bioenergy (including waste to energy) supply chain design and operations. His work helped numerous SMEs in the developing countries like India, Bangladesh and Thailand to deal with their sustainability issues and challenge. He helps many city councils in the UK and municipalities in India for developing strategies and policies for solid waste management. He is the editor in chief of International Journal of Energy Sector Management.  

Professor of Operations Management
Phone:  +44(0)121 204 4011
Room: ABS273

Through our research on supply chain performance measurement and management we are advising   organizations in manufacturing industry in Thailand improvement measures for enhancing supply chain performance  

Through Central Bank of Bangladesh we are suggesting environmental management policies for Bangladeshi organizations to combat threats of climate change 

We have developed project management maturity analysis model to measure project management maturity of the West Midlands based organizations (Jaguar Land Rover, Service Birmingham, Brintons Carpet, Mtech, Mouchel, GKN) and suggested improvement measures after analyzing their project management maturity. We have advised many companies for implementing best practices. We are currently studying the impact within the organizations after implementing the suggest measures. 


Science Bridge Project

Coverage in Times Higher Education


In other news media 


Brintons Carpet, UK is currently implementing supplier performance evaluation framework. This is the outcome of British Council funded project under PMI2


Energy harvesting project in India 

Media coverage of British Council funded project on climate change issues and environmental performance of the UK and Indian SMEs


  • PhD Jadavpur University, India
  • Master's in Industrial Engineering and Management,Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
  • Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering , Jadavpur University, India.

Professor, Aston Business School. (August 31, 2012 - Present)

Reader, Aston Business School. (2008 - August 31, 2012)

Senior Lecturer, Aston Business School. (December 2004 - 2008)

Lecturer, University of the West Indies, Barbados. (March 2000 - November 2004)

  • Total quality management  
  • Project management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • BN2284 (UG) Total Quality Management
  • BN3372 (UG) Supply Chain Management
  • BNM223 (PG)  Managing Projects
  • Research with: Indian oil Corporation Limited, India; Government of Barbados; Unocal, Thailand, CEMAX, UK.

  • Managing operational and project risk in oil and gas industry,

  • Project management, Service operations management, supply chain management, total quality management and six-sigma, environmental management, applications of multi-criteria decision making in industry.

Completed funded projects (since 2008):

1.Supply chain performance management – British council funded project under PMI2 Connect in collaboration with the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, Thailand,  £40,000, completed in February 2011. [Principal investigator]

2.Project management process development for a UK-based construction company in small and medium size enterprise sector – Funded by Advantage West Midlands funded project under INDEX, £3,000, completed in March 2010 (ESRC funded). [Principal investigator]

3.Trend in operations management of the UK organizations – ESRC funded, £20,000, completed in July 2010 [Co-investigator]

4.Corporate climate change reporting and the media in BRICS – Aston University’s sustainability fund, £15,000 completed in 2010 [Co-investigator]

5.Enhancing project Management practices of the West Midland companies – ESRC funded under business engagement opportunities, £100,000, completed in 2009 [Co-investigator]

6.Quality management system improvement in a UK-based multinational carpet manufacturing company – West Midland Manufacturing Advisory Services and Brintons Carpets joint funded,  £20,000, completed in 2008 [Principal investigator]

7.INTERGROUP COLLABORATION FOR THE STUDY OF THE INTEGRATION OF SUPPLY CHAIN, Fellowship for Dr. Carmen Medina, University of Seville, Spain, Funding body: Ministry of Education (Spain). National Program of Mobility of Human Resources for Research in 2010, in the framework of the National Plan of Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation 2008-2011, Duration of funding:  5 months (from 1/05/2011 to 30/09/2011, (£50,000). [Principal investigator from Aston Business School]

8.Climate change issues and corporate social responsibility – British Council funded project under INSPIRE in collaboration with the Dhaka University, Bangladesh, £45,000, completed in April 2012. [Co-investigator]

9.Developing a framework for sustainable bioenergy systems

BioSS – ESRC funded under CASE studentship  for Express Energy, £75,000, completed in December 2012 [Principal investigator]

10.Decision Support for Lifecycle Planning and Risk Management of Small-Scale Biomass Combined Heat and Power (bCHP) Projects in the UK- ESRC funded under CASE studentship for Enco Energy, £75,000, completed in December 2012. [Principal investigator]

11.SmartAgriFood: Smart Food and Agribusiness: Future Internet for Safe and Healthy Food from Farm to Fork ( April 2011 - March 2013. Funded by FP7 FI-ICT-2011-1.8 Role: CI for Aston University. Total budget e7.5M, budget for Aston: e217,000 [co-investigator]

12.Business models and commercial scale implementation of bioenergy plant in Northern India, in collaboration with School of Engineering and Applied Science and Indian Institute of Technology, Roper, Funding: Oglesby Trust  £150,000 [Principal investigator Business School] completed  in September, 2013 

13.Municipal Solid Waste to Energy: Decision Support System, visiting scholar scheme of British Academy, received £6000 to invite Professor Sadhan Ghosh of Jadavpur University for 2 weeks to visit Aston University [Co-Investigator] completed in 2013

14.Awarded funding under visiting scholar funding from UKIERI for Dr. Velu Lakshmana, National Institute of Technology, Trichi, £3,000 [Principal investigator] completed in 2013

15.Supply chain optimization for a manufacturing organization (Kimal Plc.) in the UK, Manufacturing Advisory funded and Kimal Plc funded, £3,000 [Principal investigator], completed in 2013.


Current funded research projects:

1.Bio-energy: Technology and business solution to the UK and India – Research Council, UK and Department of Science and Technology, India funded project under Science Bridge in collaboration with School of Engineering and Applied Science and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, £3,000,000, likely to completed in December 2014, Business school portion £200,000 [Principal investigator for Business School] 

2.Delivering local bioenergy to North West Europe – in collaboration with European Bioenergy Research Institute, Birmingham City University, and a few European Universities and organizations Under INTERREG (EU funded program); worth £7,000,000; £250,000 (Business school’s portion) [Principal investigator], to be completed in 2015.

3.Climate change issues and environmental performance of Indian small and medium sized enterprises, in collaboration with Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, Under Innovation partnership, UKIERI, British Council, £40,000 [Principal investigator], to be completed in September 2014

4.Municipal Solid waste to energy: Decision Support System for supply chain design, in collaboration with Jadavpur University, National Institute of Technology, Trichi, India, UKIERI, British Council, Under thematic partnership £60,000 [Principal investigator] 

5.Business process improvement of a UK-based SME, £50,000, Under Knowledge Enterprise and Exchange Network, to be completed in June 2015 [Co-investigator]

6.Centre for Supply Chain Innovation in Transport Engineering, The total Project-funding, including contributions by Derby City Council, ERDF, private sector match and university contributions is £13,256,169, of which the costs of the business-services offering is £703,405; project duration: 13 December 2013 – 30 June 3015 [Co-investigator]

7.Energy Harvest: Commercial level implementation of agri-waste to energy in rural India, Michael Oglesby funded, £250,000; [Co-investigator]

8.FISpace: Future Internet Business Collaboration Networks in Agri-Food, Transport and Logistics ( April 2013 - March 2015. Funded by FP7- 2012-ICT-FI. Role: CI for Aston University. Total Budget e20M, budget for Aston: e252000

9.Waste management for West Midlands for Birmingham City Council, in collaboration with EBRI, £100,000 (approx.), [Principal investigator] 


Research proposal under review in 2014:

1.Title: Generating Energy from Organic Municipal and Agricultural Wastes (GEOMAW), in collaboration with Kingston University, London; Fund requested: £96,320; funding body: EPSRC, (Co-investigator)

2.Title: Global Bioenergy, Biofuels and Biorefining Network:GB3-Net; in collaboration with European Bioenergy Research Institute, University of Oklahoma, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; British Council funded project under Global Innovation Initiative, £149,800 (Co-investigator) 

3.Intelligent control agents for multi-function bio-based local energy systems, TSB project, moved to 2nd stage (PI)

4.Title: Biofuels and Biorefinery from Agriculture and Food Waste: Sustainable Supply Chain design, implementation and operation for India and the EU, 'EU-India Research and Innovation Partnership', Euro 305,000, in collaboration with two Indian Universities and 3 EU universities (France, Germany and Greece) (PI)



Supply chain and logistics management of Thai manufacturing industry - Asawin Pasutham (funded by University of Thai Chamber of Commerce), Fulltime, Completed in 2011

Business excellence in the manufacturing organizations in Kuwait – Reem Al-Shamari (self-funded) – part time, Completed in 2012

Decision support systems for managing bio-energy supply chain - Daniel Wright (funded by ESRC under CASE studentship), Full time, completed in December 2012

Resource optimization for bio-energy - James Scott (funded by ESRC under CASE studentship), Full time, completed in December 2012

Renewable energy solution to India, Jonathan Nixon, Full time (funded by RCUK), completed in September 2012, Jointly supervised in collaboration with School of Engineering and Applied Science 

Development and implementation of a risk-based strategic sourcing framework within the construction and manufacturing industries, Martin Kotula, Part time, completed in 2012

Managing risk in disintegrated bio-energy supply chain - Vimal Eswarlal (funded by Research Council, UK), Full time, Completed in December 2013


Currently Pursuing

A study of supply chain integration in the bio-energy industry - Christine Lloyds (part funded by Birmingham City University), Part time, Likely completion 2014

Supply chain integration in Maltese manufacturing industry - Ronald Cuschieri (funded by University of Malta), Part time, likely to be completed in 2014

Green Supply chain management practices in developing countries – Ismat Rahman (Government of Bangladesh scholarship), Full time, Likely to be completed 2015

Managing multiple organizational enterprises using third generation enterprise resource planning, Yi Wan (self funded), Full time, likely to be completed in 2014

Better Queue Management using DEA: An Application in a Large Public Hospital of a Developing Country, full time, Komal Aqeel Safdar, Likely to be completed in 2015

Risk Management in Pharmaceutical Management, Part time, Anthony Sinclair, Jointly with Life and Health Science


Doctoral student supervision (External)

Technology scanning in Indian hi-tech SMEs – Dilip Pednekar (external student of University of South Australia), Awarded in March 2012

For a full list of publications click here. 

Journal Articles

Special Issue Editor of two journals

  1. International Journal of Operations and Production Management (4*), Trend in modern operations management 2012 with Ben Clegg and Jill MacBryde. 

  2. Production Planning and Control (3*), Supply chain integration, 2012 with Walid Cheffi.

Other Academic Achievements