Dr Ismail Abushaikha is a Senior Lecturer of Logistics & Supply Chain Management at Cranfield School of Management and Director of the Executive MSc in Logistics. He holds a PhD in Logistics and an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Prior to joining Cranfield University, he had more than 7 years of teaching experience at German-Jordanian University, and lectured at several institutions in Jordan, Germany and Belgium. Dr Abushaikha gained his practical managerial skills in logistics through employment at multinational companies, including the Operations and CRM divisions of Aramex and the commercial division of Goodyear.

Ismail’s research revolves around humanitarian supply chain management, and the managerial aspects of warehouse design and operations. His research has appeared in many reputed international journals such as the Journal of Operations Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, and International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management.

Current activities

His current research investigates informal supply networks and the resiliency of humanitarian logistics systems. His teaching expertise include warehouse management, humanitarian logistics, and supply chain management.

 Dr Abushaikha has worked with several organisations on industry-funded projects in Jordan and Germany. He is a member of the Jordan Sector Skill Council aiming to enhance the relevance of logistics education and training outcomes to labor market demands. He is also certified in CLTD designation of APICS covering a comprehensive body of knowledge that sets the global standard for best practices in logistics, transportation and distribution.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Abushaikha I, Wu Z & Khoury T (2019) The Entanglement of Humanitarian Relief Actors and the Emergence of Supply Chain Operations with Zaatari Refugee Camp. In: 35th European Group for Organizational Studies 2019, University of Edinburgh Business School, 4-6 July 2019.
  • Khoury TA, Abushaikha I & Wu Z (2018) Guarding the gate with one eye shut: the Dynamics of interfacing logics and the establishment of community in the Zaatari Refugee Camp. In: 34th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium 2018, Tallinn, 5-7 July 2018.
  • Abushaikha I, Towers N & Caldwell N (2018) Beyond the dyad: Coordinating geographically dispersed supply networks with directed sourcing. In: 6th International Conference on Contemporary Marketing Issues (ICCMI) 2018, Athens, 27-29 June 2018.
  • Abushaikha I, Wu Z & Khoury T (2017) The emergence of a supply chain system: The case of Zaatari Refugee Camp. In: POMS 2017 28th Annual Conference, Seattle, 5-8 May 2017.
  • Hiari O, Abou-Tair D el DI & Abushaikha I (2017) An IoT-based virtual addressing framework for intelligent delivery logistics. In: International Conference on Information Science and Applications (ICISA) 2017, Macau, 20-23 March 2017.