Dr Tonci Grubic

Liverpool Business School

I am a researcher with eighteen years of academic and industry experience and a proven track record in successfully conducting and delivering scientifically and industry-relevant research and teaching. My knowledge reflects diverse but balanced mixture of mechanical engineering and manufacturing, technology and innovation, operations and business management expertise; understanding of which has heavily been influenced by the complexity science. I am competent in applying a number of research methods; from various computer simulation approaches, design of experiments and statistical analysis, to qualitative case studies, surveys, literature reviews, and scenario development. Throughout my studies and work I have been acting as a lead researcher and project manager on several industry and government sponsored research projects.

My current research explores the use of smart technology for servitization and innovation from the lens of complexity sciences.




University of Split, Croatia, PhD - Mechanical Engineering
University of Split, Croatia, MSc. - Mechanical Engineering
University of Split, Croatia, Dipl. Ing. - Mechanical Engineering

Academic appointments

Lecturer in Management Science, Liverpool Hope Business School, Liverpool Hope Business School, 2014 - 2019
Senior Research Fellow, Complex Systems Research Centre, Cranfield School of Management, 2012 - 2013
Postdoctoral Researcher, Innovation and Process Management, Cranfield School of Management, 2009 - 2011
Research Fellow, Manufacturing Department, School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University, 2006 - 2008
Researcher/Teaching Assistant, Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Split, 2001 - 2006

Postgraduate training

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, United Kingdom, Liverpool Hope University, ? - present

Journal article

Grubic T, Varga L, Hu Y, Tewari A. 2020. Micro-generation technologies and consumption of resources: A complex systems' exploration JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 247 DOI Author Url Public Url

Grubic T, Jennions I. 2018. Do outcome-based contracts exist? The investigation of power-by-the-hour and similar result-oriented cases INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS, 206 :209-219 DOI Author Url

Um J, Han N, Grubic T, Ghalib A. 2018. Aligning product variety with supply chain and business strategy International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 67 :1837-1853 DOI

Grubic T. 2018. Remote monitoring technology and servitization: Exploring the relationship COMPUTERS IN INDUSTRY, 100 :148-158 DOI Author Url

Grubic T, Jennions I. 2018. Remote monitoring technology and servitised strategies - factors characterising the organisational application INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH, 56 :2133-2149 DOI Author Url

Grubic T, Peppard J. 2016. Servitized manufacturing firms competing through remote monitoring technology An exploratory study JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT, 27 :154-184 DOI Author Url

Varga L, Grubic T, Greening P, Varga S, Camci F, Dolan T. 2014. Characterizing Conversion Points and Complex Infrastructure Systems: Creating a System Representation for Agent-Based Modeling COMPLEXITY, 19 :30-43 DOI Author Url

Grubic T. 2014. Servitization and remote monitoring technology: A literature review and research agenda Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 25 :100-124 DOI

Grubic T, Varga L, Varga S. 2013. Future utility services' (un)knowns framework: Knowledge existence and knowledge reach FUTURES, 54 :68-86 DOI Author Url

Grubic T, Redding L, Baines T, Julien D. 2011. The adoption and use of diagnostic and prognostic technology within UK-based manufacturers PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART B-JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING MANUFACTURE, 225 :1457-1470 DOI Author Url

Greenough RM, Grubic T. 2011. Modelling condition-based maintenance to deliver a service to machine tool users INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY, 52 :1117-1132 DOI Author Url

Grubic T, Veza I, Bilic B. 2011. Integrating process and ontology to support supply chain modelling INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING, 24 :847-863 DOI Author Url

Grubic T, Fan I-S. 2010. Supply chain ontology: Review, analysis and synthesis COMPUTERS IN INDUSTRY, 61 :776-786 DOI Author Url

Bastl M, Grubic T, Templar S, Harrison A, Fan I-S. 2010. Inter-organisational costing approaches: the inhibiting factors INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, 21 :65-88 DOI Author Url

Grubic T, Bastl M, Fan I-S, Harrison A, Templar S. 2010. Towards the integrative supply chain model INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LOGISTICS-RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS, 13 :59-73 DOI Author Url

Grubic T, Bilic B, Veza I. 2006. Application of Taguchi's parameter design method in a supply chain optimisation STROJARSTVO, 48 :237-250 Author Url

Conference publication

Grubic T, Jennions I, Baines T. 2009. The interaction of PSS and PHM - A mutual benefit case Annual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society, PHM 2009,

Grubic T, Fan I-S. 2009. Integrating Process and Ontology for Supply Chain Modelling I-ESA 2009: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTEROPERABILITY FOR ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE AND APPLICATIONS CHINA, PROCEEDINGS, International Conference on Interoperability for Enterprise Software and Applications China :228-235 DOI Author Url