Dr Mehrdokht Pournader

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Dr Mehrdokht Pournader

Lecturer in Management (Operations)


Contact Details

Tel: +61 2 9850 7800

Email: mehrdokht.pournader@mgsm.edu.au


Innovation, Supply Chains, Operations Management


About Dr Mehrdokht Pournader

Lecturer in Management (Operations)

B.Sc (IUST), M.Sc (IUST), PhD (Macq)

Teaching Areas

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Operations Management
  • Data-base Decision Making

Research Area Affiliations

  • Innovation in Operations
  • Supply Chain Risk Management (Behavioural and Operational Risks)
  • Organizational Behaviour


Dr. Mehrdokht (Medo) Pournader received her PhD from MGSM in 2017 with more than 10 publications in prestigious journals and conferences of Operations and Supply Chain Management during her PhD candidacy.  She is an expert specialist in problem solving, optimizing and decision making in supply chain, logistics and operations management.

Mehrdokht has contributed to several national projects of supply chain and operations management as a research consultant in Iran.  She is a recipient of Australian government and Macquarie University scholarships for her research excellence.

Research statement

Dr. Mehrdokht Pournader’s primary research focus is on improving supply chain operations by effectively managing risks and increasing resilience in system-wide and tier-specific processes within supply chains.

As an early career researcher, she has publications in a variety of prestigious journals including the International Journal of Production Economics, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, and the Journal of Business Ethics.  She has been a reviewer for the International Journal of Production Economics, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, and the International Journal of Production Economics.

Dr. Pournader’s research interests also include the application of latest technological advancements, such as big data, Internet of things, and blockchains, in supply chain operations for risk management and resilience enhancement.  She collaborates with industry and consulting firms on projects that address the same issues.

Contribution to management education

Aligned with the MGSM mission “To develop leaders with a global mindset who create sustainable value and are good citizens”, Dr. Pournader covers a variety of topics on responsible management education such as triple bottom line and how operations and supply chain managers should equally give priority to profit as well as people and planet aspects of the businesses they are active in.  More specifically, some of the topics in her classes relate directly to sustainable operations and the supply chain management field of study.  She specifically focuses on the role of women in business and the corporate world and tries to encourage female (students especially from an international backgrounds) to play a more critical role in society.  Dr. Pournader has journal and media publications on promoting responsible management education within business schools.

Contribution to management practice

Dr. Pournader was involved in conducting logistics and supply chain management projects on a national scale in Iran prior to her PhD studies. As a lecturer, she often increases students’ exposure to industry by making a link between industrial professionals and the students.

Contribution to the general media


Journal articles

  • Pournader, M., Kach, A., Hajiagha, S. H. R., & Emrouznejad, A. (2017). Investigating the impact of behavioral factors on supply network efficiency: insights from banking’s corporate bond networks. Annals of Operations Research, 1-26. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1007/s10479-017-2457-8
  • Zarea Fazlelahi, F., Pournader, M., Gharakhani, M., & Sadjadi, S. J. (2016). A robust approach to design a single facility layout plan in dynamic manufacturing environments using a permutation-based genetic algorithm. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 230(12), 2264-2274. DOI: 10.1177/0954405415615728
  • Rahman, S., Haski-Leventhal, D., & Pournader, M. (2016). The effect of employee CSR attitudes on job satisfaction and organizational commitment: evidence from the Bangladeshi banking industry. Social Responsibility Journal, 12(2), 228-246. DOI: 10.1108/SRJ-10-2014-0139
  • Pournader, M., Rotaru, K., Kach, A. P., & Razavi Hajiagha, S. H. (2016). An analytical model for system-wide and tier-specific assessment of resilience to supply chain risks. Supply Chain Management, 21(5), 589-609. DOI: 10.1108/SCM-11-2015-0430
  • Pournader, M., Tabassi, A. A., & Baloh, P. (2015). A three-step design science approach to develop a novel human resource-planning framework in projects: the cases of construction projects in USA, Europe, and Iran. International Journal of Project Management, 33(2), 419-434. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.06.009
  • Haski-Leventhal, D., Pournader, M., & McKinnon, A. (2015). The role of gender and age in business students’ values, CSR attitudes, and responsible management education: Learnings from the PRME International Survey. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-21. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-015-2936-2
  • Pournader, M., Kach, A., Fahimnia, B., & Sarkis, J. (2015). Outsourcing performance quality assessment using data envelopment analytics. International Journal of Production Economics, 1-10. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2016.07.004
  • Shafia, M. A., Mazdeh, M. M., Vahedi, M., & Pournader, M. (2011). Applying fuzzy balanced scorecard for evaluating the CRM performance. Industrial Management and Data Systems, 111(7), 1105-1135. DOI: 10.1108/02635571111170622


Book chapters

  • Rotaru, K., & Pournader, M. (2018). “Modeling Risk Emergence and Propagation in Buyer-Supplier-Customer Relationships”. In Y. Khojasteh (Ed.), Supply Chain Risk Management: Advanced Tools, Models and Development, (pp.43-64). Singapore: Springer.

Conference papers

  •  Pournader M., Rotaru K., & Harrison N. (2017). The Application of graph theory for vulnerability assessment in service triads. Proceedings of 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Atlanta, USA: Academy of Management (AoM).
  • Pournader M., & Harrison N. (2017). Toward a comprehensive OSCM research Methodology: The role of design science. Proceedings of 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Atlanta, USA: Academy of Management (AoM).
  • Pournader M., & Harrison N. (2017). Toward a comprehensive research framework for empirical POM research: Application of design science and multi-methods. Proceedings of 28th Annual POMS Conference.  Seattle, USA: Production and Operations Management Society (POMS).
  • Haski-Leventhal D., Kach A.P., & Pournader M. (2016). Revisiting Corporate Volunteering: The Impact of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation to Volunteer on Employees’ Workplace Attitudes. Proceedings of 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Anaheim, USA: Academy of Management (AoM).
  • Pournader M., Narayanan C., & Keblis M. (2016). Prospect theory and ordering behaviour in multi-echelon supply chains. MSOM Conference. Auckland, New Zealand: MSOM.
  • Pournader M., Narayanan C., & Keblis M. (2016). Prospect theory and ordering behaviour in multi-echelon supply chains. ASOR Conference. Melbourne, Australia: ASOR.
  • Pournader, M., Kach, A., Keblis, M., & Najmaei, A. (2014). Sustainability-related supplier risk identification and evaluation practices: Building a comprehensive framework.  2014 Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute (pp. 101). Tampa, USA: Decision Sciences Institute.
  • Kach, A., Keblis, M., Najmaei, A., & Pournader, M. (2014). Identifying drivers of supply chain vulnerability: an integrative framework. 28th ANZAM Conference (pp. 1-25). Sydney, Australia: ANZAM.
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