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Dr Roger Beach

PositionSenior Lecturer in Production and Operations Management
Associate Dean Learning and Teaching
LocationUniversity of Bradford School of Management
Emm Lane
West Yorkshire
DepartmentSchool of Management
Telephone+44 (0)1274 234310

PhD Supervision

Roger is currently supervising PhD and DBA students who are researching a variety of topics related to general operations management, supply chain management, knowledge management and sustainability. The following students have completed:

J. J. Sullivan, Management of Information Systems: Transferable Success Factors from High Reliability Organizations to Commercial ERP System Implementations. PhD. University of Bradford, October 2007.

R. M. Shams, Informational Dimensions of Alignment. PhD. University of Bradford, October 2004.

Desmond Kapofu, An operations Management approach to managing knowledge: Towards a KM assessment and Improvement tool. PhD. University of Bradford, 2009.

Hermann Rapp, The use of information systems in the strategic decision making process of large organisations: an information processing perspective. PhD. University of Bradford, August 2012.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Much of Roger’s teaching has centred on the development and delivery of postgraduate modules to the School’s corporate clients and MBA students. His specialist areas include Operations Management and Global Supply Chain Management (MBA).


Roger has commercial experience in a variety of manufacturing and service environments with specialist skills and knowledge in the design, development and implementation of information technology, quality assurance and management information systems.

Within the academic environment he has held a number of senior administrative posts during which time he has acquired knowledge and experience in programme design, admissions and recruitment, resource management, faculty development and HE QA, particularly assurance of learning and assessment. He has experience of preparing for and leading audits for the School's accreditation bodies (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB) and as a member of the Association of MBAs Assessor panel has undertaking audits in the Netherlands, Spain and Poland.

Academically, Roger has an eclectic interest in operations management, which is reflected in his research, doctoral supervisions and teaching, which includes information technology, strategic and operational flexibility, organisational behaviour (networking and reliability), project management, supply chain management and more recently, sustainability.

Study History


Research Areas

Roger's research interests have included the application of information technology - particularly in manufacturing, strategic and operational flexibility, high reliability organisations and supply chain management, specifically partnering and supply chain risk. His current activities are concerned with operational sustainability and related business models.


  • Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy


Refereed journal articles

R. Beach, M Webster and K. M. Campbell, (2005) 'An Evaluation of Partnership Development in the Construction Industry', International Journal of Project Management23 (8) pp 611-621

Beach, R., and Webster, M., (2003) 'Investigating Operations Networks: A Research Design', International Journal of Business Performance Management4 (3) pp 38-53

Beach, R., Muhlemann, A. P., Paterson, A., Price, D. H. R., Sharp, J. A., (2001) 'The Role of Qualitative Methods in Production Management Research', International Journal of Production Economics74 pp 201-212

Beach, R., Price, D.H.R., Muhlemann, A. P., Sharp, J.A., Paterson, A., (2000) 'A Review of Manufacturing Flexibility', European Journal of Operational Research122 (1) pp 41-57

Beach, R., Price, D.H.R., Muhlemann, A. P., Sharp, J.A., Paterson, A., (1998) 'Information Systems as a Key Facilitator of Manufacturing Flexibility: A Documented Application', Production Planning & Control9 (1) pp 96-105

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