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Denghao obtained both his Bachelor of Management in Logistics Management and Bachelor of Economics in Finance at Huaqiao University, China. During his undergraduate studies, he was awarded the National Scholarship for three successive years by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People's Republic of China, which was the top scholarship for undergraduate students in China and was also awarded the Outstanding Graduate as well as the Outstanding Bachelor Thesis by his University. He then obtained his MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Distinction at Cranfield University and was awarded the full scholarship for his PhD study. 

Research opportunities

Primary Supervisor:  Professor Michael Bourlakis

Secondary Supervisor: Professor Emel Aktas

Although supply chain management has been shown to drive the financial performance of large companies, its impact on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is unclear. The objective of the research is to examine the impact of different supply chain activities on the financial performance of SMEs and shed light on how SMEs can capitalise on supply chain activities to improve their financial performance. 

Sector: UK food industry

Research Methods: Systematic Literature Review, Survey Data Analysis and Structure Equation Modelling

Why I Chose Cranfield:  When I was pursuing my Master's degree at Cranfield School of Management, I was impressed by its great emphasis on research and the high quality of its research studies. Apart from that, the close connection between Cranfield University and industries was also an attractive factor. Such a close connection can encourage researchers at Cranfield University to consider the practical implications of their research all the time and facilitate the application of their research findings.


Conference Papers

  • Wei D, Bourlakis M & Aktas E (2018) How can SMEs capitalise on supply chains to improve financial performance? A systematic review of the literature. In: 25th European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Conference, Budapest, 24-26 June 2018.
  • Wei D, Bourlakis M & Aktas E (2018) The impact of working capital management on financial performance: An empirical research in UK food SMEs. In: 23rd Logistics Research Network (LRN) Conference, Plymouth, 5-7 September 2018.