Research interests

A professional Mechanical Engineer with experience of automotive, civil & military nuclear engineering, FMCG, non-profit and SME manufacturing industries, holding several patents in automotive safety-critical systems and Formula 1.

I gained my PhD in the field of Knowledge Acquisition from the University of the West of England – “Knowledge Acquisition in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: an Activity Theory based study of business process improvement using process mapping”.

Co-author of the leading textbook ‘Business Information Management’ with Dr Dave Chaffey.
ISBN-10: 0273711792 • ISBN-13: 9780273711797

 

Lead for the Supply Chain, Operations and Procurement Excellence (SCOPE) research group.

Experience

I have supervised seven PhDs to completion:
- An examination of the processes of strategic planning in the Welsh public bodies.
- An exploration of the presence of experts as a driver for mimicral behaviour within the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence Commercial Function
- An examination of complex adaptive systems in the public sector.
- An examination of the barriers to information sharing in the humanitarian aid supply chain.
- Barriers to professional service firms’ global success.
- IT adoption in Yemeni SMEs.
- Attributes of value in IT development.

Currently supervising several PhDs and DBAs across a range of disciplines:
- supply chain knowledge acquisition
- healthcare informatic provision
- the impact of artificial intelligence upon future work scenarios.
- policy development in Africa.

Supervised Postgraduate MA/MSc and MBA Dissertations in the fields of,
- Technology Acceptance Modelling in Social Care and manufacturing sectors
- JIT and lean adoption in manufacturing SMEs
- eCommerce and eProcurement adoption, barriers and benefits in manufacturing and service sectors

Chaired PhD/DBA viva voce examinations at The University of South Wales.
External Examiner for 2 PhDs at Coventry University and Cardiff Metropolitan University.
External examiner for 1 DBA at The University of Gloucestershire.
External examiner for 1 MPhil at the University of Glamorgan, Faculty of Advanced Technology.
Internal Examiner for 4 DBA at the University of South Wales, Faculty of Business and Society.
Internal Examiner for 2 PhD at the University of South Wales, Faculty of Business and Society.
Examiner for 4 MPhil-PhD Transfers at the University of South Wales, Faculty of Business and Society.

Organiser, with Dr Wendy Philips, of ‘Unsustainable 2011’. A conference at The University of the West of England to challenge and explore the concept of ‘sustainability’, disseminate the lessons from successful case studies and present tools to improve environmental performance.

Program Committee Member for the Information Systems Post-implementation and Change Management Conference (ISPCMC), Lisbon, 2014.

Program Committee Member for the Information Systems Post-implementation and Change Management Conference (ISPCMC), Lisbon, 2015.

Program Committee Member for the Information Systems Post-implementation and Change Management Conference (ISPCMC), Lisbon, 2016.

Technical Committee Member for the International Symposium on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, 2017. http://www.ieomsociety.org/ieomuk/

Invited Reviewer for the 2016 European Conference on Information System, Istanbul.

Invited Reviewer for the 2017 European Conference on Information System, Guimaraes, Portugal.

Invited Reviewer for the 8th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Indonesia.

Keynote speaker for 2016 International Conference on Information Technology, Amity University, India.

I have held non-Executive Director positions for:
- ‘Decarbonated Consultancy’ that specialise in carbon & energy management, carbon
offsetting and environmental systems development in Extreme Sports and Event Industries.
- ‘Continuous Capital’ that operate a sustainable charity aiming to alleviate poverty in the
developing world through micro loans to small businesses.

My scholarly endeavours have been recognised with Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award for ‘Demonstrating Excellence in Academic Leadership’ (2013), ‘Gold Star’ Award for Postgraduate Student Pastoral Support (2014), Student Choice Awards ‘Best Faculty Supervisor’ (2016) and ‘Best University Supervisor’ (2016).

Responsibilities

Course Leader for off-campus MSc Procurement.

Module Leader for undergraduate subjects:
Project and Operations Management
Supply Chain Management, Risk and Sustainability
Strategic Relationships and eBusiness

Module Leader for postgraduate subjects:
Strategic Operations Management and Operations Research
Business Functions and Processes

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