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Prior to Aston:
I joined London Underground (LU) as a graduate trainee in purchasing and supply in 1987, and soon qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). I then held various HR development roles at London Transport until 1992, when I took on responsibility for training, developing and assessing all contracting and materials management personnel at LU.
My part-time MPhil studies at the University of Bath’s Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply (CRiSPS) inspired me to move into research, and in 1996 I joined CRiSPS as a Research Officer. On completing my part-time PhD studies in 2002, I was appointed Research Fellow and Deputy Director of CRiSPS. In 2005, I was appointed Senior Research Fellow, and worked on ESRC-EPSRC Advanced Institute of Management funded research on collaborative management research with Professor Andrew Pettigrew.
At CRiSPS, I was involved in a wide range of projects, in particular the research partnership with the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency. Other funders included the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, UK research councils – EPSRC and ESRC, and GS1UK (formerly e-centre). I was a founder member of the International Study on Public Procurement and co-ordinator of its first workshop. I undertook various advisory roles with the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency and the wider NHS, the Office of Government Commerce, and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and
Qualifications & Education
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath School of Management, September 2002
- Master of Philosophy, University of Bath School of Management, October 1997
- BSc (Hons), Geology, University of Southampton, 1986
Professional Stage (1989) and Foundation Stage (1988), Chartered Institute
of Purchasing and Supply, qualification
- 2007 – date: Senior Lecturer, Aston University
- 1994 – 2007: University of Bath – Research Officer to Senior Research Fellow; Deputy Director of Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply (May 2003-Jan 2005)
- 1987 – 1996: Industrial experience, various roles within London Underground and related companies, in purchasing and HRM
Module tutor for MSc programmes (Engineering Management, Industrial Enterprise Management, Supply Chain Management):
- EM4002 Strategic Management
- EM 4030 Purchasing Strategy, Management and Process
Module tutor for final year undergraduate programmes (Logistics, Construction Management, Construction Project Management):
on qualitative research methods for MSc Research Methods module
(EM4019), and final year BSc students (LT3317)
- BSc Logistics final year projects
- MSc research projects
- PhD students
Purchasing and supply management
- Public procurement from a strategy and policy perspective. In particular, the relationship between public purchasing practices and innovation, supply markets and supplier competitiveness.
- Purchasing capability – understanding what companies need and developing purchasing skills and knowledge
Strategic change in complex interorganizational networks and interorganizational collaboration, particularly in relation to supply, innovation and sustainability
- Network learning – learning by groups of organizations as a group. Building on the concept of organizational learning, investigating how complex interorganizational networks develop and change over time.
- Network leadership – a critical perspective on leadership in/of complex interorganizational networks
- Collaborative research in management and the social sciences – two forms: international collaborations amongst academics, and ‘co-production research’ in which practitioners actively participate in the research process working with academic researchers
Recent research funding
ESRC Research Seminar Series Grant 'Collaborative futures: new insights from intra and inter-sectoral collaborations', Nov 2009 – April 2011. PhD Supervision
- Paul Morris (part-time) Investigating the impact of increased customer visibility in pharmaceutical supply chains on the occurrence and management of product shortages
- Mohsan Hussain. EPSRC CASE funded student researching RFID in the health service (network level analysis of the adoption of IT/IS across supply chains)
- Jenny Surtees ESRC CASE student learning to innovate in interorganizational teams (medical devices innovation involving NHS and SMEs)
- Ahsan Munir Researching technology management capability in exporting SMEs in Pakistan
Membership of Professional Bodies
- Co-Convenor of British Academy of Management Special Interest Group on Interorganizational Relations (BAM SIGIOR)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, since 1988
- Member, International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA), since 1995
- Walker, H., Gough, S., Bakker, E., Knight, L. and McBain, D. (2009) Greening Operations Management: An Online Sustainable Procurement Course for Practitioners, Journal of Management Education, Vo. 33 No. 3 pp.348-371
- Bakker, E., Zheng, J., Knight, L. and Harland, C. (2008) Putting e-commerce adoption in a supply chain context International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol 28, No. 4, 313 - 330
- Zheng, J., Knight, L., James, K., Harland, C. and Humby, S. (2007) An Analysis of Research on the Future of Purchasing and Supply Management. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Vol 13, No 1, 69-83
- Phillips, W.E., Knight, L., Caldwell, N.D. and Warrington, J. (2007) Policy through Procurement – the introduction of Digital Signal Process (DSP) hearing aids into the English NHS. Health Policy, Vol 80, No.1, 77-85
- Knight, L. and Harland, C. (2005) Managing Supply Networks: Organizational roles in network management. European Management Journal , Vol 23, No. 3, 281-292
- Knight, L. and Pye, A. (2005) Network Learning: an empirically-derived model of learning by groups of organizations. Human Relations, Vol 58, No 3, 369-392
- Knight, L., Walker, H., Harland, C. and Sutton, R. (2005) Competence Requirements for Managing Supply in Interorganizational Networks. Journal of Public Procurement, Vol 5, No 2, 210-234
- Caldwell, N., Walker, H., Harland, C., Knight, L., Zheng, J. and Wakeley, T. (2005) Promoting Competitive Markets: The Role Of Public Procurement. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Vol 11, No.5-6, pp.242-251
- Knight, L and Pye, A. (2004) Exploring the relationships between network change and network learning. Management Learning, Vol 35, No 4, pp. 473-490
- Knight, L. (2002) Network Learning: Exploring learning by interorganizational networks. Human Relations, Vol 55, No. 4, pp.427-453
- Harland, C. and Knight, L. (2001) Supply Network Strategy: Role and Competence Requirements. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol 21, No. 4, April, pp. 476-489
- Knight, L. (2000) Learning to Collaborate: A study of individual and organizational learning, and interorganizational relationships. Journal of Strategic Marketing, Vol. 8, pp.121-138.
Knight, L.A., Harland, C.M., Telgen, J., Callender, G., Thai, K.V. and McKen, K.E. (Eds) (2007) Public Procurement: International Cases and Commentary. London: Routledge.
Knight, L. and Pye, A. (2007) The Search for Network Learning: some practical and theoretical challenges in process research. In: Gößling, T., Jansen, R. and Oerlemans, L. (eds.) Inside Networks: A process view on multi-organisational partnerships, alliances and networks, Edward Elgar, pp.163-191
Harland, C., Knight, L. and Cousins, P. (2004) Supply Relationships. In: New, S. and Westbrook, R. (eds.) Supply Chains: Concepts, Critiques and Futures. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Knight, L. and Harland, C. (2001) Outsourcing: A national and sector level perspective on policy and practice in Erridge A., Fee, R. and McIlroy, J. (eds.) Best Practice Procurement: Public and Private Sector Perspectives. Gower, pp. 55-62
Forrest, S, Stokoe, H. and Knight, L. Case Study: The supply of pharmaceuticals in NHS hospitals - setting up a strategy in Brown, S.E., Lamming, R.C., Bessant, J.R. and P Jones, (2004) Strategic Operations Management 2nd Edition, Elsevier, UK,pp 239-240
Conference papers, working papers, etc:
Knight, L. and Pye, A. (2006) Multiple Meanings of ‘Network’: some implications for interorganizational theory and research practice. University of Bath School of Management Working Paper Series.
Pettigrew, A. and Knight, L. (2007) Process and Performance in International Collaborative Research. Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, August 2007.
Knight, L. and Pettigrew, A. (2007) Explaining process and performance in the co-production of knowledge: a comparative analysis of collaborative research projects. Paper presented at the Organization Studies Third Summer Workshop, June 7-9,Rethymno, Crete.
Pye, A. and Knight, L. (2005) Network Leadership: A new perspective on leadership? Paper presented at the Leadership conference, 12-13 Dec (Lancaster).