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About Dr Paul Folan

I am an enthusiastic lecturer and my main topics are manufacturing systems, engineering management science, engineering design, supply chain management, lean manufacturing, operations research and simulation. I also research and publish books, journal papers and conference papers mainly in the fields of performance management and measurement systems, product lifecycle management techniques, team design, supply chain management, and resource recovery techniques.


  • August 2018 - present: Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering
  • January 2016 - July 2018: Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing), University of Chester, UK
  • November 2011 - January 2016: Lecturer (Education & Scholarship) in Engineering & Management, University of Exeter, UK
  • 2009 - 2011: Contract lecturer in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, and Atlantic University Alliance, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland


I have experience of working in applied research and development, including a number of EU and industrially funded projects. My research interests are in the design, analysis, modelling and operation of performance management and measurement systems, analysis and application of product lifecycle management techniques, supply chain management, and aspects of resource recovery across the value chain. Recently, I have focused on emerging paradigms such as cloud manufacturing and servitization, and their effect on organisations. I have collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines of engineering management, particularly on problems of project management and knowledge management and on team design.

Published Work


  • Morley, S., Cormican, K., Folan, P.  [2015]. An analysis of virtual team characteristics: The development of a model for virtual project managers. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 10(1), pp. 188-203.
  • Cao, H., Folan, P. [2012]. Product life cycle: the evolution of a paradigm and literature review from 1950-2009. Production Planning & Control, 23(8), pp. 641-662.
  • Cao, H., Folan, P., Potter, D., Browne, J. [2011]. Knowledge-enriched shop floor control in end-of-life business. Production Planning & Control, 22(2), pp. 174-193. 
  • Cao, H., Folan, P., Mascolo, J., Browne, J. [2009]. RFID in product lifecycle management: a case in the automotive industry. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 22(7), pp. 616-637. 
  • Zhou, J., Li, Q., Xiao, T.-Y., Folan, P. [2008]. Performance measurement of inter-organizational integration in the networked manufacturing environment. Jisuanji Jicheng Zhizao Xitong/Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems, CIMS 14 (10), pp. 1940-1950. 
  • Folan, P., Browne, J., Jagdev, H. [2007]. Performance: Its meaning and content for today's business research. Computers in Industry, Special Issue: Performance Measurement, 58(7), pp. 605-620.
  • Folan, P., Higgins, P., Browne, J. [2006]. A communications framework for extended enterprise performance measurement. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 19(4), pp. 301-314. 
  • Folan, P., Browne, J. [2005]. A review of performance measurement: towards performance management. Computers in Industry, 56(7), pp. 663-680.
  • Folan, P., Browne, J. [2005]. Development of an extended enterprise performance measurement system. Production Planning & Control, 16(6), pp. 531-545.

Book Chapters

  • Zhou, J., Folan, P., Jagdev, H., Browne, J. [2011]. The application of fuzzy performance modelling procedures in extended enterprise performance measurement. In: Enterprise IT Governance, Business Value and Performance Measurement (eds. N. S. Shi and G. Silvius), Information Science Reference, IGI Global, Hershey, U.S., pp. 170-201.
  • Folan, P., Jagdev, H., Browne, J. [2007]. The organisation of performance measurement in an extended enterprise. In: Knowledge and Technology Management in Virtual Organizations: Issues, Trends, Opportunities and Solutions (eds. G. D. Putnik and M. M. Cunha), Idea Group Inc., Hershey, U.S., pp. 155-189.
  • Zhou, J., Li, Q., Browne, J., Wang, Q., Folan, P., Xiao, T. [2007]. Performance-based bayesian learning for resource collaboration optimization in manufacturing grid. In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Adaptive and Natural Computing Algorithms, Vol. 4431/2007, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 498-507. 

Conference Papers

  • Gill, S. K., Folan, P., Cormican, K. [2010]. A framework to support knowledge transfer in the service sector, Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing, Valencia, Spain, 25th – 28th October, pp. 602-608.
  • Zhou, J., Browne, J., Zhou, X., Folan, P., Li, Q., Xiao, T. [2007]. Fuzzy performance model construction & formalization: its use/reuse in the economic view. In: Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 07-11 October, pp. 354-360. 
  • Matta, A., Shaw, A., Rabe, L., Bufardi, A., Folan, P.,Moseng, B. [2007]. Deriving specifications for training courses in large engineering integrated projects: a practical experience. In: Proceedings of SEFI-IGIP Annual Conference, 1-4 July 2007 Miskolc, Hungary; Eds. L. Szentirmai, T. G. Szarka, pp. 61-64. 
  • Hans, C., Hribernik, K.A., Potter, D., Folan, P., Thoben, K.D. [2007]. Tracking and tracing in the end of life phase of product lifecycle management. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM-SP3, 2007), Kilometro Rosso, Italy, 11-13 July, pp. 733-742. 
  • Parlikad, A.K., Folan, P., Mascolo, J., McFarlane, D.C. [2007]. Improving automobile parts recovery using product lifecycle information. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM-SP3, 2007), Kilometro Rosso, Italy, 11-13 July, pp. 753-762.
  • Zheng, L., Cao, H., Folan, P., Potter, D., Browne, J. [2007]. RFID-based information management in the automotive plastic recycling industry. In: Information Technologies in Environmental Engineering—Proceedings of the 3rd International ICSC Symposium (ITEE 2007) on Information Technologies in Environmental Engineering, Oldenburg, Germany, 29-30 March, pp. 397-408.
  • Bufardi, A., Folan, P., Kiritsis, D., Xirouchakis, P. [2006]. Transformation of product field data into knowledge. In: Proceedings of the 12th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing, Saint-Etienne, France, 17-19 May, pp. 241-246. 
  • Cao, H., Folan, P., Lu, Z., Mascolo, J., Francone, N., Browne, J. [2006]. Design of an end-of-life decision support system using PEID technology. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Concurrent Enterprising (ICE), Milan, Italy, 26-28 June, pp. 375-383. 
  • Folan, P., Jagdev, H., Browne, J. [2005]. Providing for inter-organisational performance measurement: challenges and concepts. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Performance Measurement, Bordeaux, France, 27-28 June.