Chris Owen

 Operations and Information Management Department

Chris Owen Aston Business School

Chris Owen is a Teaching Fellow in the OIM Department, Director of the Aston Professional Doctorate in Business Administration and is the Teaching Convenor for the OIM Group.

Before joining Aston, Chris worked in PwC Consulting in the Operations Competency. Over seven years with PwC Chris worked on a number of assignments with clients across a variety of sectors including Banking, Aerospace, Industrial Products, Construction, Public Sector (Home Affairs and Education), Utilities and Food Distribution. These assignments were in the broad area of Operations helping clients to tackle a range of issues including cost reduction, performance improvement and procurement. Chris has international experience having worked in Germany, Italy, the US and China.

Originally trained as a Manufacturing Engineer in the Aerospace industry, prior to PwC, Chris held a number of roles in manufacturing systems, operations and supply chain with companies such as Dowty, Lucas, Goodrich and Invensys.

Position: Teaching Fellow
Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3078
Email: c.owen@aston.ac.uk
Room: ABS254

  • Doctor of Business Administration, Aston University, 2013
    Title: “Selection of Simulation Tools for Improving Supply Chain Performance.”
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Higher Education with Distinction, 2013.
  • MBA, Aston University, 2000
  • BEng with First Class Honours in Manufacturing Engineering, Brunel University, 1992


Teaching Fellow, Aston Business School. (September 2011 - Present)


Senior Consultant in Operations Consulting, PriceWaterhouseCoopers. (July 2004 - August 2011)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Senior Operations Manager, Goodrich Large Engine Controls. (August 1998 - June 2004)

Manufacturing Consultant, Change Management Group, BTR Group. (January 1996 - July 1998)

Manufacturing Systems Engineer, Lucas Engineering and Systems. (October 1992 - December 1995)


  • BN2284 Total Quality Management
  • BN3370 Effective Management Consultancy
  • BN301D Effective Management Consultancy (Cap Gemini)


  • BNM817 Effective Management Consultancy
  • BNM239 Applied Research Methods

My research interests cover a number of related areas. I am interested in exploring complex situations in organisations and developing understanding through using methods of systems modelling including Soft Systems Methodology (SSM), System Dynamics (SD), Agent Based Modelling (ABM) and Discrete Event Simulation (DES).

In terms of applications, my current research is in Supply Chain and Procurement, Emergency Logistics and Rail Transportation.

I am also interested in researching innovative teaching methods, including case based and problem based learning.

I would be interested in supervising DBAs or PhDs in any of the areas above.

Current Research Supervisions

DBA – Hani Zurub – Exploring the implementation of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

PhD – Subin Yang – The teaching practice gap in UK Supply Chain Management Education.

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

  • Member of the British Academy of Management
  • Member of the Society of Research in Higher Education

Conference Papers


Behavior in models: a framework for representing human behavior

Greasley, A. & Owen, C. 8 Jul 2016 Behavioral operational research: theory, methodology and practice. Kunc, M., Malpass, J. & White, L. (eds.). London (UK): Palgrave Macmillan, p. 47-64 23 p.

Action research: minimising the impact of disruptive incidents for rail passengers through improved sharing of information

Clegg, B.Orme, R.Owen, C.Albores, P. & Rackliff, L. Jun 2016 Proceeding of the 2016 EurOMA Annual Coference.


The impact of coordination on the effectiveness of last mile relief distribution

Roy, P.Owen, C.Albores, P. & Brewster, C. 12 Jul 2015

Implementing an agent-based model with a spatial visual display in discrete-event simulation software

Greasley, A. & Owen, C. 2015 SIMULTECH 2015 : 5th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, Proceedings. Obaidat, M. S., Kacprzyk, J. & Ören, T. (eds.). SciTePress, p. 125-129 5 p.


The challenges of representing human behaviour in simulation models: some case examples from supply chain, evacuation modelling and rail disruption

Owen, C.Albores-Barajas, P. & Greasley, A.


Exploring supply chain related graduate programmes in the UK: a view on their structure, content and approaches

Matopoulos, A.Owen, C. & Vlachopoulos, P. 2013


The global plant location decision

Owen, C. D. & Baker, S. P. 2012 Advances in manufacturing technology XXVI: proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR2012). Baines, T., Clegg, B. & Harrison, D. (eds.). Glasgow Caledonian University, Vol. 2, p. 662-667 6 p.


Simulation in the supply chain context: matching the simulation tool to the problem

Owen, C.Albores, P.Greasley, A. & Love, D. 2010 Proceedings of the 2010 Operational Research Society simulation Workshop (SW10) : 23-24 March 2010, Worcestershire, England.Gunal, M. (ed.). Operational Research Society, p. 229-242 14 p.


Selection of simulation tools for improving supply chain performance

Owen, C.Love, D. M. & Albores, P. 

Taxonomy of supply chain improvement options characteristics

Love, D. M., Weaver, D., Albores, P. & Owen, C. 2008