Dr. Ethan Nikookar

PhD in Supply Chain Management

Lecturer in Supply Chain Management

Research and teaching specialties

Supply chain management, Risk management, Robustness and resilience, Digitalisation, Empirical-quantitative methods


After several delightful years of studying and conducting research in Finland and Germany, Ethan came to Australia to pursue his post-graduate studies in supply chain management. He earned his PhD in supply chain resilience and disruption management from the University of South Australia Business School. Since the completion of his PhD, Ethan has worked in several teachings as research positions in several large universities, including as Lecturer at Flinders University and Researcher at the Centre for Workplace Excellence, University of South Australia Business School. Ethan Joint AIB family in 2019 with a great passion to practical learning.

His current academic interests lie at the intersection of supply chain management, human resource, and information technology literature. With a genuine interest in solving real life problems, his current industry-oriented research seeks to make future supply chains more resilient while they are compatible with Industry 4.0. Ethan’s research output has already been published or being reviewed in leading journals of the field.

Ethan is the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) (2015), Australian Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship (2017), and an Award for his outstanding performance in Three Minutes Thesis presentation (3MT) competition (2018). Ethan also serves as Reviewer for Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and the Academy of Management Conference.

Ethan has also an extensive career history with some of the best-known companies in the manufacturing sector. Prior to academia, Ethan spent several years in various automotive and steel manufacturing companies leading supply chains.

Email: ethan.nikookar@aib.edu.au

Publications and Presentations

Working paper:

Nikookar, E., Yahadori, Y., Wieland A., Freeman, S. Managerial Antecedents of Supply Chain Resilience: A Dynamic Managerial Capabilities Perspective (Under review)

Nikookar, E., Yahadori, Y. Does Managerial Advice-Seeking Improve Supply Chain Resilience? A Social Capital Perspective (Working paper)

Nikookar, E., Yahadori, Y., and Wieland, A. One Size does not Fit All: A Configurational Approach to supply chain disruptions (working paper)


Peer-reviewed articles

Nikookar, E., Takala, J., Sahebi, D. and Kantola, J. (2014) A Qualitative Approach for Assessing Resiliency in Supply Chains. Management and production engineering review, 5(4), pp.36-45.

Koskinen, J., Sahebi, D., Nikookar, E. and Zhan, W. (2013) Improvement of service offering connected to customer satisfaction in the power electronics field. Management and Production Engineering Review, 4(2), pp.70-77.


Peer-reviewed conference papers

Nikookar, E., Boroushaki, Y., Statsenko, L. (2020) “A Managerial Supply Chain Resilience Antecedents: Structural vs. Relational Embeddedness of Supply Chain Managers” accepted in 22nd International Conference on Logistics and Supply Chain Management (ICLSCM 2020) on September 3-4, 2020, Prague, Czech Republic.

Nikookar, E., Yanadori, Y., Freeman, S., Wieland, A. (2019)  The Role of Managers in Supply Chain Resilience: A Dynamic Managerial Capabilities Perspective”, Proceedings of 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 9-13, 2019.

Nikookar, E., Nagalingam, S., Soosay, C. (2015) “The Role of Visibility in Resilience: A Resource-Based Approach”, Proceedings of 29th ANZAM Conference (Competitive Session) Queenstown, New Zealand, December 2015.

Nikookar, H., & Sahebi, D. (2012) Comparing sense and respond based critical factor index methods for optimizing operations strategies. In MIC 2012: Managing Transformation with Creativity; Proceedings of the 13th International Conference, Budapest, 22–24 November 2012 [Selected Papers] (pp. 1067-1077). University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper.