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The University of Southampton

New Director of the University's School of Management announced

Published: 28 October 2003

Professor Richard Lamming has been appointed Director of the School of Management at the University of Southampton.

Professor Lamming, who takes up his post on 1 January 2004, aims to expand the School, broadening its areas of expertise to include strategy, marketing, information systems, innovation, ethical and environmental issues and corporate and social responsibility. This will include recruiting more staff to enhance the present 40-strong teaching and research team.

"Management at Southampton has terrific potential. I'm looking forward to building on its considerable successes and moving the School into the top flight. It will be a place where the country's foremost academics want to be," he commented.

Manufacturers will already know Professor Lamming for his work on the concept of lean production; he was part of the team that contributed to the seminal 1990 book 'The Machine That Changed The World'.

Starting his career as an engineering apprentice with Jaguar Cars in Coventry in 1970, he became fascinated by supply chain relationships and has remained intrigued by their management even since.

Professor Lamming has worked both in purchasing and management consultancy within the UK automotive industry. He took a bachelor's degree in Production Engineering and wrote his Doctoral thesis on 'strategic management of technological innovation in supply chain relationships' after research in ten countries. Academic posts included five years as a senior member of the International Motor Vehicle Programme, based at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex.

Since 1991, he has held the CIPS Chair of Purchasing and Supply at the School of Management, University of Bath where he founded the Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply (CRiSPS)

University of Southampton Vice-Chancellor Bill Wakeham said: "We share Professor Lamming's vision of taking forward the excellent reputation of the School of Management and developing it into one of the UK's premier management schools."

Notes for editors

  1. The University of Southampton's School of Management has an international reputation for academic and teaching excellence, offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Accounting, Banking, Corporate Risk, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Management Sciences and Risk Management. In October 2000 the national Quality Assurance Agency graded the School as 'excellent' in the assessment of its teaching quality for Higher Education. The School achieved a score of 23 out of a possible 24. Its PhD programme was awarded mode 'A' recognition by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The School now has over 700 students, representing over 50 countries, enrolled on its programmes, and over 40 full-time staff to teach them.
  2. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University, which celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2002, has 20,000 students and over 4,500 staff and plays an important role in the City of Southampton. Its annual turnover is in the region of £235 million.
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