Lihong Zhang

Lihong Zhang


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Dr Lihong Zhang currently teaches Innovation Management, Project Planning and Control, Applied Project Management to MSc programmes and Planning and Resource Management to NTU and Distance Learning Professional Development programmes. His research broadly focuses on Business Model Innovation and Digital Transformation for Future Engineering Projects – to develop Innovation Capabilities through sustained Project Learning.

Before joining University of Manchester Dr Lihong worked with Liverpool Business School for 13 years and Central South University (in China) for ten years. His industrial experiences include China Construction Corp and National Ministry of Mechanical Engineering.


BEng in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

MEng in Engineering Management

MPhil in Management Studies in International Business Management

PhD in Management Studies in Innovation Management

PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in HE

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellowship in HEA

Membership in EUROMA

Membership in APM/PMI

Membership in BMC

Research interests

The world are facing disruptive technologies more than ever before. As such future societies must “cope with” discontinuous innovations. Business model research provides new agenda for managing “future projects”. Younger generation and particularly PM professionals need to prepare for, and lead for the delivery of step changes. Today’s smart technologies, for example, will drive and shape tomorrow’s bio-engineering, space manufacturing and connected transportations.

This research focuses on how project learning (PL) can bring about sustainable product-service systems and responsible business models. PL as a powerful instrument for innovation has been promoted for decades. Examples of PL include use of resources (Huang and Li, 2012), project configuration (Midler and Siberzahn, 2008) and business model transformation (Muro and Turner, 2018; Zhang et al., 2015).

Research interests

My research interests broadly focus on: Project Design and Implementing of Complex Product-Service System.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Project Learning
  • Business models innovation
  • Digital transformation
  • Engineering operations
  • Sustainable supply Chain
  • Project Governance


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