About

Stanley Lim is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University. He is broadly interested in examining operational challenges at the interface of the end-consumers, retail supply chain management, and sustainability. His current research focuses on the downstream retail networks (last-mile distribution and store density), contract governance (vertical retail supply relationships and governance forms), and their sustainability implications. He also has a keen interest in extending theories of the firm (e.g. transaction cost economics) to the volatile omnichannel retailing context. As part of his research efforts, he has worked with Amazon.co.uk, Tesco, Ocado, Alliance Boots, Argos, T2 Tea, and Unilever. Stanley has been a visiting scholar at the W.P. Carey School of Business and at MIT.

   One of his research projects on last-mile supply network configuration won the Harry Boer Best Student Paper Award at the 2016 EurOMA conference. In addition, he clinched the Henry Spurrier Scholarship (Top Award) to support his Ph.D. dissertation, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. 

Background

Before embarking on his Ph.D. studies, Stanley spent several years in the defence industry in varying roles, rising to become Head Engineering and Operations Group at the Ministry of Defence.Previous roles included Intelligence Analyst, Human Resources Manager, Lead Engineer, and Technical Consultant with portfolio in wireless and satellite communication, and information technology. He has significant experience in project management, system life-cycle management, and lean six sigma techniques.

   Stanley holds an MBA (Distinction) from the Warwick Business School, and an MSc. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the National University of Singapore. His MBA dissertation on three-dimensional vehicle routing problem in urban city logistics won the Certificate of Excellence. He also holds a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) with First Class Honors and was placed on the Dean's List for three consecutive years. His final-year thesis on next generation virtual bass system, developed new algorithms using psychometric signal processing techniques, won the Distinction Award. In addition, he was awarded the coveted EEE Excellence Award for outstanding achievement in academic and core-curriculum activities. Outside of academia, Stanley is a Gold Award holder of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

   In his free time, Stanley loves to run and enjoys photography.

Teaching Assistant @ Cambridge Judge Business School

  • MM1 Quantitative techniques for management [MPhil Management Core] (Fall' 17)
  • MS5 Operations management [Management Studies Tripos Core] (Fall' 17)

Professional Qualifications

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • IASSC Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (ICGB)
  • ITILv3 Foundation Certificate in Service Management
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
  • Certified Cloud Computing Specialist (CCCS)

Contact Details

If there are any interesting projects we can work together, please do not hesitate to get in touch. I'm always looking for new opportunities and new collaborators, so I hope to hear from you. Thank you for visiting my website.

Email: wtsfl2@cam.ac.uk, stanley.lim@asu.edu

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Research interests

  • Empirical retail operations management
  • Last-mile distribution and delivery models
  • Theories of the firm (scale, scope and firm boundaries)

Methodology interests

  • Econometric tools
  • Quasi-natural experiments
  • Machine learning
  • Case-based research