Chris Owen

Operations and Information Management

Chris Owen

Chris Owen joined Aston University Business School in September 2011.  Before joining Aston, he was a Senior Consultant 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.  He has a particular interest in applying Lean principles to improving business performance in a wide range of situations.

Chris is currently enrolled on the Aston DBA programme and is engaged in research into the use of modelling and simulation to improve supply chain performance.

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


  • BN2284 Total Quality Management
  • BN2216 Operations Management
  • BN3322 International Operations
  • BN3370 Effective Management Consultancy


  • BNM633 International Operations

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Operations Management
  • Lean Enterprise
Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Conference Papers

  • C. Owen, D. Love and P. Albores (2008), SW08 Simulation Workshop of the OR Society, "Selection of simulation tools for improving supply chain performance".
  • C.Owen, D. Love, P. Albores and A. Greasley (2010), SW10 Simulation Workshop of the OR Society, "Simulation in the supply chain context: matching the simulation tool to the problem".

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