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Expertise in supply chain management boosted in the School

Published: 15 November 2006Origin: Southampton Management School

The School of Management at the University of Southampton is enhancing its reputation as a centre of excellence for supply chain management through the appointment of two new senior academics.

The School of Management at the University of Southampton is enhancing its reputation as a centre of excellence for supply chain management through the appointment of two new senior academics.

They are Professor Douglas Macbeth and Dr Arni Halldorsson.

Douglas Macbeth, Professor of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, joins from the University of Glasgow. He said Southampton’s reputation prompted him to move south after 21 years in the Scottish city: ‘I was very impressed with what is happening at the School of Management. It is positioning itself to be a main player in research into supply chain management and other aspects of management.’

He will also work on the School’s ground-breaking three-year £1 million collaboration with Rolls-Royce which has resulted in the creation of an innovative Masters programme in Global Supply Chain Management for senior executives from the company and its suppliers.

‘Management is an applied art and it is important to be close to the action,’ added Professor Macbeth. ‘Our work with Rolls-Royce is planned to result in valuable research opportunities with the company.’

He had nine years experience in industry in operations management roles in electricity supply and the production of consumer durables before starting his academic career.

Dr Arni Halldorsson, who originally hails from Iceland, previously worked at the Copenhagen Business School and has experience of study in the USA. He was attracted to Southampton as an ideal place to develop his work in supply chain management, in particular reverse logistics and logistics outsourcing, in different business environments.

He says supply chains now cross continents and it is important to investigate how these systems operate: ‘Reverse logistics is the study of what happens at the end of transactions, if goods are returned, repaired or recycled. The subject is linked strongly to sustainability. UK industry is far more global in its reach and outlook than in Scandinavia.’

The School’s supply chain management group, which also includes Professor Richard Lamming and Dr Yue Wu, is keen to explore research opportunities with local managers and would be happy to discuss ways of supporting their supply chain issues.

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