Operations and Systems Management

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Professor Ashraf Labib

  • Qualifications: BSc, MSc, MBA, PhD, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology (FIET), Fellow of the Operational Research Society (FORS), and Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Role Title: Professor of Operations and Decision Analysis
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 02392844729
  • Email: ashraf.labib@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Operations and Systems Management
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


I am a Professor of Operations and Decision Analysis at Portsmouth Business School. I have also been the Associate Dean (Research) of the Business School and Director of the DBA Programme. My main research interest lies in the field of Strategic Operations Management and Decision Analysis. This includes Manufacturing, Reliability Engineering and Maintenance Systems, Multiple Criteria Decision-Analysis and Applications of Artificial Intelligence such as Fuzzy Logic.

Prior to joining Portsmouth Business School, I was a Senior Lecturer in the Manufacturing Division of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering at UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology). I hold a PhD and MSc from Univ. of Birmingham, an MBA from the American University in Cairo, and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Univ. of Cairo.

I have published 150-refereed papers in professional journals and international conferences proceedings.  I have written a book on Learning from Failures – Decision Analysis of Major Disasters (Elsevier), and have co-authored a book on Integrated Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems and Smart Value Chain (Springer). I have been active in attracting research-funded projects from EPSRC, ESRC, European Commission and industry. I have been a visiting scholar at University of Toronto, American University in Cairo, and University of Manchester. I have also been involved in teaching modules to various industries such as the EDF, HP, Royal Mail, Qatar Gas, SABEC, and University of Manchester, and Glasgow Caledonian, and the NSF funded research centre IMS in the USA.

I have been involved in the design, development, and implementation of Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMSs), Stock Control Spares and Ordering Systems for major companies in the automotive sector such as Land Rover, Rockwell, Peugeot Talbot and Federal Mogul - Ferodo. I was the Director to completion of Studies of 12 doctoral students (PhDs and DBAs).

Teaching Responsibilities

MSc Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management

Professional Doctorate in Business Administration DBA - Publication and Dissemination

MBA Master Classes



Learning from Failures and Major Disasters Using Reliability and Decision Analysis Techniques:

Link to the Search & Rescue in the Arctic Project (ARCSAR)

Link to Taking Decisions about Information Value (CREST)

Applications of Operational Research in Medicine and Healthcare:

Link to a European Funded Project in Prostrate Cancer (CoBra EU Project)

Link to Poster for CoBra


Research profile

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