Within the Engineering Systems and Management group, I teach strategic management and supply strategy to final year BSc and MSc students, and supervise research projects from BSc to PhD level. I also lead a series of workshops for our postgrad research students.
At School level, I am the Director of Research Degree Programmes, responsible for the management and development of the PhD/MPhil and MSc by Research programmes with more than 120 students.
I am involved in research in the health and bioenergy sectors – fields which obviously are important in social and economic terms but which also offer exciting opportunities to investigate intriguing and challenging issues such as when and why market dynamics block the adoption of important innovation, and how to promote effective collaboration for strategic change across complex networks of organizations. My research in these areas is usually based on qualitative case studies – aiming to understand what drives or constrains strategic change.
External roles and affiliations:
- Member of the Exec Committee of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (Link to IPSERA)
- Associate Editor of the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management (Link to JPSM)
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
- External Examiner for MBA Strategic Procurement at Univ. of Birmingham Business School
Prior to Aston:
I joined London Underground (LU) as a graduate trainee in purchasing and supply in 1987, and soon qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). I then held various HR development roles at London Transport until 1992, when I took on responsibility for training, developing and assessing all contracting and materials management personnel at LU.
My part-time MPhil studies at the University of Bath’s Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply (CRiSPS) inspired me to move into research, and in 1996 I joined CRiSPS as a Research Officer. On completing my part-time PhD studies in 2002, I was appointed Research Fellow and Deputy Director of CRiSPS. In 2005, I was appointed Senior Research Fellow, and worked on ESRC-EPSRC Advanced Institute of Management funded research on collaborative management research.
At CRiSPS, I was involved in a wide range of projects, in particular the research partnership with the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency. Other funders included the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, UK research councils – EPSRC and ESRC, and GS1UK (formerly e-centre). I was a founder member of the International Study on Public Procurement and co-ordinator of its first workshop. I undertook various advisory roles with the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency and the wider NHS, the Office of Government Commerce, and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing.