Supply chain management is persuasive and touches every aspect of our lives. The impact of buy-one-get-one-free deals on food waste, automotive industry product recalls, horse meat in ready-meals and queues in accident and emergency departments. These are all supply chain issues. These are the sort of real world problems which our Supply Chain and Operations research team seek to address.
Working directly with our industrial partners we adopt a problem-centred approach to our research, to bring academic rigour to the resolution of complex business and organisational problems. We seek to engage aspiring organisations where our research ideas and innovation can be tested and best applied to generate economic and societal value. As a result we work across a wide range of sectors including agrochemicals, automotive, defence, consumer-packaged goods, retail and pharmaceuticals using supply chain strategy as a lever for business transformation.
We engage across sectors and disciplines through our Supply Chains in Practice (SCiP) network, to embed and develop customer responsive supply chain theory into practical solutions and demonstrable returns. Members of the SCiP Collaborators Forum and attendees at SCiP networking events actively participate in improving supply chain management; sharing promising practices and combining experience to more effectively leverage your supply chain to create and sustain competitive advantage. We have also recently launched a free online course hosted by Future Learn, aimed at giving learners an understanding of the world of supply chains and their management.
Cyber Security Centre
Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing
Customer Responsive Supply Chains
Circular Business Models
Data Driven Decision Making
Supply Network Structures