Dr. Reza Akbari is an MBA Singapore Academic Director and Senior Lecturer (Supply Chain Management) at James Cook University, College of Business, Law, Governance. He has a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Logistics and Supply Chain from Victoria University (Melbourne), a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University Putra Malaysia (Serdang), Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning from RMIT University (Melbourne), and a certificate of Teaching in Higher Education from Harvard University BOK Centre (Cambridge). 

Before joining James Cook University, Reza worked in academia for more than 10 years in different Australian and Asian institutions such as RMIT University, Victoria University, Asia Pacific International College (APIC), Australian Institute of Business (AIB), and University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH). In addition to his academic experience, Reza has lived internationally (Australia, UK, Germany, Iran, Malaysia, and Vietnam) and worked in numerous industries over a 13-year span in Information Technology (IT), Commercial Construction, Retail Management, and Senior Officer Management in Education. 

While in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2016-2021), he was Senior Program Manager (SPM) for the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) program, overseeing program quality assurance and program development for over 750 local and international students across Melbourne, Ho Chi Minh, and Hanoi campuses. He has worked with business and regional government agencies along with a number of private and public sector stakeholders, developing synergies and impact in his area of expertise. 

Reza is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and an award-winning educator receiving RMIT’s Excellence in Teaching and Learning award for “Outstanding Contribution in Student’s Learning” in 2019, together with several other teaching recognitions. He is also a Certified Professional in Logistics Management (CPLM) along with other professional membership/qualifications with several internationally recognized bodies. 

Reza has published extensively, with over 20 journal articles and a number of book chapters to his name. His works have been published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, Total Quality Management & Excellence, Social Responsibility, Benchmarking, Operations Management Research, Asian Journal of Shipping and Operations, Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM), as well as Education and Training. 

Reza is an editorial member of “Operations Management Research” journal and an active reviewer for well-known international academic journals. He is currently supervising PhD candidates in his areas of interest. 

  • LB5113: Corporate Strategy (Level 5; TSV)
  • LB5230: Managing Strategic Resources and Operations (Level 5; TSV)
  • WS2008: International Exchange (Level 2; TSV)
  • Reza has worked for over 10 years in academia across a range of institutions both in Australia and internationally, alongside a 13 year-span in industry to include Information Technology, Commercial Construction, Retail Management, and ultimately in Education. These experiences afford a detailed understanding of pedagogic quality provisions, managing diverse teams and ultimately a keen eye towards graduate employability aligned with academic scholarship.
  • Reza’s research interest include a broad range of disciplines including; logistics and supply chain management, integrated, reverse and green logistics, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility (CSR), emerging technologies, operations management, strategic outsourcing, business process reengineering (BPR), pollution reduction, anywhere working, smart cities, teaching pedagogies.
  • Reza's teaching philosophy focuses on inspiring business students through inclusive and authentic learning experiences, through the implementation of authentic assessments, drawing-to-learn, digital content, game-based teaching and learning, and industry engagement.
  • 2022 to present - MBA Singapore Academic Director, James Cook Univesity (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2021 to present - Senior Lecturer (Logistics & Supply Chain Management), James Cook Universisty (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2019 to 2021 - Senior Program Manager & Senior Lecturer, RMIT University (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
  • 2016 to 2019 - Lecturer & Course Coordinator, RMIT University (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
  • 2016 - Lecturer & Course Coordinator, Australian Institute of Business (AIB) (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 2015 - Lecturer & Course Coordinator, Asia Pacific International College (APIC) (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2013 - Lecturer, Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2011 - Lecturer, Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia)
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  • 2019 - RMIT Teaching Award - "Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning"
  • 2019 - Best Paper Award - "The Impact of Additive Manufacturing on Vietnamese Transportation Industry" at 12th International Conference of Asian Shipping & Logistics (ICASL 2019)
  • 2018 - Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing - Journal of Cleaner Production
  • 2021 - Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • 2021 - Certified Professional in Logistics Management (CPLM)

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 36+ research outputs authored by Dr Reza Akbari from 2016 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Role of Green Business Strategy in Organizational Environmental and Social Sustainability through the Lens of Dynamic Capabilities (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Provision of Patient-centred Care to Rural Specialist Palliative Care Patients: A Systems Perspective (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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