Chinese name: 程杨
Title: Associate Professor
Home institution: Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University

Fibigerstræde 10, 9220 Aalborg East, Denmark

+45 9940 7103


SDC Research field: Innovation Management
SDC research project(s):


Innovating your business: the Impact of 3D printing


Additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing (3DP) is a revolutionary emerging technology that could up-end the last two centuries of approaches to design and manufacturing with profound geopolitical, economic, social, demographic, environmental, and security implications. It is significantly different from the existing “subtractive” manufacturing technologies, as which creates objects from the bottom-up by adding material one cross-sectional layer at a time. This characteristic of AM or 3DP is indeed leading to profound changes in every aspect of business, such as (1) product development; (2) business organisation design; and (3) business ecosystem configuration. Corresponding to this challenge, we aim to develop understandings on the innovations brought by the adoption of AM or 3DP to business. Based on these understandings, we further aim to fundamentally re-think the way to manage product development, business organisation design, and business ecosystem configuration, since the existing management theories might be no longer suitable in the new context when AM or 3DP is adopted.

Project partner(s) in China: Professor Guozhu JIA, Vice Dean, School of Economics and Management, Beihang University, Beijing

Professor Jin WANG, Vice Dean, School of Economics and Management, Beihang University, Beijing

Associate Professor Haibo HU and Associate Professor Wei HE, School of Business Administration, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, Nanchang

Project partner(s) in Denmark: Professor John Johansen, Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University
SDC supervision: Available for supervision in relevant topics.
SDC teaching involvement: Planning in progress.
Overall research interests: Yang Cheng is an Associate Professor at Center for Industrial Production at Aalborg University. He holds a BEng in industrial engineering, a MSc in management science and engineering, and a PhD in manufacturing strategy and global operations. He has an extensive research experience in operations strategy, global manufacturing network, and knowledge transfer. In these fields, he has published more than 30 academic articles, including high quality journals such as International Journal of Operations & Production Management (IJOPM).

His research interests include manufacturing strategy, servitisation, global operations and manufacturing network, knowledge transfer, Global R&D management, business innovation, and technology management.

Publications: Yang Cheng has been involved in IM program of SDC since 2011. In the past years, he has published 11 scientific articles derived from research supported by SDC. The selected publications/book include:

·         Cheng, Yang; Johansen, John; Hu, Haibo (2015). Exploring the interaction between R&D and production in their globalisation. In: International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 35, No. 5, p. 782-816.    (http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-01-2013-0009)

·         Cheng, Yang; Farooq, Sami; Johansen, John (2015). International manufacturing network: past, present, and future. In: International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 35, No. 3, p. 392-429. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-03-2013-0146)

·         Lu, Fucai; He, Wei; Cheng, Yang; Chen, Sihua; Ning, Liang; Mei, Xiaoan (2015). Exploring the Upgrading of Chinese Automotive Manufacturing Industry in Global Value Chain: An Empirical study based on Panel Data. In: Sustainability, Vol. 7, No. 5, p. 6189-6211. (doi: 10.3390/su7056189)

·         Cheng, Y.,  Johansen, J. (2014). Operations network development: internationalisation and externalisation of value chain activities. In: Production Planning & Control, Vol. 25, No. 16, p. 1351-1369. (DOI: 10.1080/09537287.2013.839064)

·         Johansen, John; Farooq, Sami; Cheng, Yang (2014). International Operations Networks. Springer Publishing Company, London, UK. (http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781447156451)

·         Cheng, Y., Farooq, S., Johansen, J. (2011). Manufacturing network evolution: a manufacturing plant perspective. In: International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 31, No. 12, p. 1311-1331.    (http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01443571111187466)

Non-academic research partners: Danish Technological Institute
Scheduled activities 2016: ·         January – March, 2016: Initial discussions between partners to define frameworks for empirical study and decide case companies

·         April, 2016: Joint visiting to 3DP lab in Beihang University and Joint fieldwork in some Chinese companies (financed by SDC)

·         May – August, 2016: Conference paper writing

·         September, 2016: Attending CICALICS conference in China (financed by SDC)

·         October – December, 2016: Further working on the topic and improve the conference paper into journal publication