Dr. Mohsen Varsei

PhD, MSc, BEng (double)

Discipline Leader and Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain and Operations Management

Research and teaching specialties

Operations Strategy, Global Supply Chain Management, Sustainable Supply Chain, Practical Learning (Management as a Practice), Online Teaching, Executive Education


With over 10 years consulting and executive education experience in operations and supply chain, Mohsen serves as a Senior Lecturer at the Australian Institute of Business (AIB) where he passionately coordinates/facilitates operations and supply chain management MBA courses. In AIB’s real-world classroom, Mohsen and his students genuinely help each other to learn (together) how the operations and supply chain has become a key source of competitive advantage and value creation in today’s globalized business environment, and how they can transform/improve organizations by rethinking the operations and supply chain and its strategic impact—long term, sustainable.

Dr. Varsei has served on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Review, which publishes ‘theoretical insights that advance our understanding of management and organizations’, and the Journal of Work-Applied Management, where ‘management insights generated at the nexus of practice and theory’ are shared (open access).

He has received honours and awards for research on supply chain management, including: Best Paper and Carolyn Dexter Award Finalist, Academy of Management Annual Meeting; Outstanding Paper of the Year, Emerald Award for Excellence; and, Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Mohsen also received the Dean’s Teaching Commendation from the University of South Australia Business School where he studied his PhD and worked, prior to joining AIB in 2015.

Email: Mohsen.Varsei@aib.edu.au

Publications and Presentations

Selected Scholarly Outputs:

Varsei, M. (2020) ‘Australian Manufacturing Crisis: Thinking Strategically About Operations and Supply Chains’, 23 December 2020, AIB Review, Issue 3.

Varsei, M. (2020) ‘Coronavirus Shows Us New Ways of Thinking and Doing’, 3 May 2020, AIB Review, Issue 1.

Guest Editor of Journal of Work-Applied Management, Vol. 12 No. 1, 2020: ‘Sustainability – despair and a call for renewed hope’.

Varsei, M. (2019), ‘Sustainable Supply Chain Design’, in J Sarkis (ed.), Handbook on the Sustainable Supply Chain, Edward Elgar Publishing, Massachusetts, Chapter 15, pp. 242–260.

Varsei, M., Polyakovskiy, S. (2017), “Sustainable supply chain network design: A case of the wine industry in Australia”, Omega (International Journal of Management Science), Vol. 66 Part B, pp. 236-247. (ABDC-ranked A*).

Varsei, M., Christ, K. & Burritt, R., “Distributing wine globally: Financial and environmental trade-offs”. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management. Accepted in February 2017 (ABDC-ranked A).

Christ, K., Burritt, R. & Varsei, M. (2017) ‘Coopetition as a potential strategy for corporate sustainability’, Business Strategy and the Environment, Vol. 26, pp. 1029-1040.

Christ, K., Burritt, R. & Varsei, M. (2016) ‘Towards environmental management accounting for trade-offs’, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp.428-448.

Varsei, M., (2016), ‘Reconfiguring Supply Chain to Improve Global Operations Strategy: A Case Study’. The 14th ANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium, Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management, Sydney, 13-15 June 2016.

Varsei, M., Christ, K. & Burritt, R. (2015), ‘Bottling location and the global wine supply chain: Dollar, water and carbon trade-offs’. In John Humphreys (Ed.), Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management. Online ISSN: 2151-656. (Finalist for the Academy of Management Carolyn Dexter Award, Honourable Mention in the NBS Research Impact on Practice Award).

Soosay, C., Fearne, A. & Varsei, M. (2014), ‘Extending sustainable practices beyond organizations to supply chains’, pp.71-90, in Harris, H., Sandhu, S. and McKenzie, S. (Eds.), Linking Global and Individual Sustainability, Springer, Netherlands.

Varsei, M., Soosay, C., Fahimnia, B. & Sarkis, J. (2014), “Framing sustainability performance of supply chains with multidimensional indicators”, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 242-257. (Google Scholar citations: 295; The Journal’s Outstanding Paper of the Year Award, Emerald Literati; Emerald’s ‘prime picks’ and a Most Cited Article in the ‘Operations, Logistics & Quality’ category).

Varsei, M., Soosay, C. (2013), ‘A conceptual framework for the design and management of sustainable supply chains’. The 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), 4-6 December, Hobart, Australia.

Varsei, M., Soosay, C., Fahimnia, B. (2013), ‘A multi-dimensional assessment framework for sustainable supply chains’. The 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 9-13 August, Orlando, Florida, USA,