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Dr Maxwell Chipulu BEng, MSc, PhD, SFHEA

Associate Professor of Business Analytics, Head of Teaching | Department of Decision Analytics and Risk, Thematic Cluster Pathway Coordinator | ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership – GEBI (Global economies and Business Innovation)

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Dr Max Chipulu is Associate Professor of Business Analytics; Head of Teaching | Department of Decision Analytics and Risk; and Thematic Cluster Pathway Coordinator | ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership – GEBI (Global economies and Business Innovation)

Max earned his PhD in Statistics and Management Sciences, MSc in Management Sciences and BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton.

Max began his career in industry as a mechanical engineer in the mining industry. After his MSc, Max worked in corporate banking at Standard Chartered, before leaving to do his PhD. Since his PhD, Max has worked as an academic in various roles in Southampton Business School (SBS), except for a spell as a senior lecturer in Operational Research at the University of Hertfordshire. 

Max’s research area is Operations Analytics. His focus is empirical research involving the application of data analytics for prediction and performance evaluation in complex and/or uncertain environments within operations management, particularly projects.

Max regards teaching and learning extremely important. Therefore, he frequently participates in change projects within SBS and elsewhere, which aim to improve the quality of teaching and learning. He has extensive teaching experience, having led and taught modules at all levels, including MBA, PhD and executive education.

Research interests

Max’s main research area is Operations Analytics. Max studies the management of operations, particularly projects, in complex and/or uncertain environments through the lens of data analytics.

He also studies how culture influences organisations, ethicality and sustainability, the pedagogy of quantitative courses within business schools and, most recently, the effective application of learning analytics in the teaching and learning of business subjects.

PhD Supervision

Max is keen to hear from aspiring PhD students who have developed high calibre research proposals in the following areas of Operations Analytics:

  1. Understanding and modelling the nature of the complexity of projects and its impact on projects
  2. Data analytics modelling of the determinants of sustainable outcomes in projects or, more operations
  3. Modelling ethical and pro-social behaviour in operations, especially global supply chains and production process such as mining
  4. Modelling the impact of cultural values and/or practices in operations

Max will also be interested in proposals on the use of data analytics techniques to enhance teaching, learning and the student experience in business school contexts.


Non-teaching Responsibilities:

  • Stage 1 Reviewer, academic appeals
  • Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team- Student Pipeline
  • Staff EDI champion | SCDTP 

Reviewer and Editorial activity:

  • Member of the British Academy of Management Peer Review College (2021-current).
  • Project Management Journal Editorial Review Board Member (2020-current). 
  • Project Management Journal Guest Editor (2018-2020) of special issue, which, taking an interdisciplinary perspective, stimulated new research by integrating perspectives from the diverse fields of careers and project management.
  • Regular adhoc reviewer for a range of international journals and conferences, including CABS 3/4*, e.g., International Journal of Operations and Production Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and Production Planning and Control (see Max profile on Publons:
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  1. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
  2. Member of the European Academy of Management
  3. Member of the Operational Research Society
  4. Member of the Project Management Institute
  5. Member of the European Academy of Management (EURAM), project organising and strategy SIGs
Dr Maxwell Chipulu
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number: 2/4044

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