Mr John Asu

Job: PhD student

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

John Otu Asu is a Ph.D. research student in Strategic Management, Leicester Castle Business School (LCBS) at De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom. His research focuses on performance measurement, operational risk management, and supply chain management.

He holds a BSC in Mechanical Engineering from Moddibo Adama University of Technology Adamawa State, Nigeria, and an MSc in Oil and Gas Management from Dundee Business School, Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in view in Strategic management and marketing from Castle Business School at De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom. 

I have participated in a number of research that has impacted my studies and work. Such research includes independent research during my Master's, titled Effective Decision Making in Nigerian Refineries, using the application of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). At the end of my research, I was able to ascertain the refinery with the highest production efficiency to be set as a benchmark for the low production refineries. 

As a current Ph.D. candidate at DE Montfort University, Leicester, I am researching on effective risk management in the Nigerian petroleum Supply Chain. I have participated in seminars and workshops in the related field to expand my knowledge and performance. I have acquired knowledge, experience, and confidence to enable me to conduct seminars, teaching, and other academic work necessary within the field of operations and supply chain, risk management, data management, strategic management, and related fields.

Research interests/expertise

Performance Evaluation of supply chain management
Operational risk management
Decision Support Systems (DEA and MCDM)


Ph.D. in view in strategic management and marketing, Castle Business School, De Montfort, Leicester, United Kingdom

M.Sc in Oil and Gas Management, Dundee Business School, Abertay University Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom

B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering, Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria.

Honours and awards

The John Beaton Prize for outstanding academic performance in Oil and Gas Accounting and Management MSc.
Abertay University - Dundee, Scotland.
Academic Excellence

Nigerian Presidential award for outstanding performance in National Youth Service Cop.

Conference attendance

BAL Research Conference and Oscars, July, 2020

PhD project


Effective risk Management in the Nigerian Oil Industry Supply Chain


Crude oil and petroleum product supply chain is a complex and vulnerable business mixed with global and national uncertainties. The industry is faced with different types of risk at different stages of the supply chain. Managers and practitioners in the petroleum supply chain have made it obvious that effective risk management could lead to significant success in their activities. To effectively manage risk in the oil industry supply chain, this research identified and assessed potential risk in the internal structure to control them. This study aims to adapt data envelopment analysis as an effective ranking method that helps the decision-makers to handle multiple inputs and multiple output setting. The system structure consists of a supply stage, production stage, and transportation and distribution stages, and a multi-stage data envelopment analysis is used to evaluate and prioritize the identified risks. The risk prioritization is carried out where the severity, occurrence, and detectability are input variables and the impact of risk on people, environment, and business continuity are output variables in the oil industry supply chain. The proposed approach is implemented in the Nigerian oil industry supply chain to get practical findings and shed some light on how the industry can effectively mitigate the risk and prompt the local economic growth.

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Khalid Hafeez and Professor Adel Hatamimarbini