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The disciplines of procurement and supply management, operations management and project management have never being higher up the corporate agenda as firms try to meet the challenges of ever-increasing competitive pressures and public sector organisations try to cope with ever-increasing budgetary pressures.
The Department of Procurement and Operations Management (POM) at Birmingham Business School is fully equipped to help those working in, or aspiring to work in, the areas of procurement, operations and project management to develop a high level of competence and to understand how they fit within the overall management of a firm or public sector organisation.
POM has an extensive track record of both academic and practical business achievements and vast experience of working with managers, firms and public sector organisations.
Degrees and Courses
Find out about the Procurement and Operations Management related degrees and courses offered across all levels of study, as well as programmes offered in other departments, that are available at Birmingham Business School; view degree programme and courses.
Specialist areas of research within POM include organisational buying behaviour, supplier relationship management, public sector contracting, global value chain management, international project management, product design and conflict management.
POM research has been funded by many organisations including the ESRC, EPSRC, DTI, NHS, Rolls Royce, CIPS, BUPA, Birmingham City Council, AXA, Interbrew and Conoco.
Members of the department have recently been awarded grants by the EU on High Value Engineering Networks (HVEN), by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) on procurement and supply chain management in the NHS, and by MidExto promote operational excellence in Midlands businesses.
Articles based upon the research have been published in internationally-leading journals such as International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Project Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Public Administrationand Work, Employment and Society.
Some of our staff are members are part of the Global Value Chains research cluster.
As part of its teaching for the school, POM offers a specialist, CIPS-accredited Procurement and Supply Management Executive MBA programmeas well as modules across all of the School’s undergraduate and postgraduate management programmes.
POM also offers short courses tailored to individual corporate needs. Current and past clients of POM include IBM, BP, NHS and the Department of Health.
POM works with many experienced practitioners in its teaching activities. Visiting lecturers and speakers that contribute to POM modules include:
David Atkinson (Four Pillars Consulting) Negotiation, SRM, CRM, Procurement Transformation
Tim Heywood (Burges Salmon LLP) Public Procurement Regulations
Jae Mather (Carbon Free Group) Sustainable Procurement
Peter Smith (Spend Matters) Procurement Strategy and Structure
POM modules available within degree programmes
Introduction to Supply Chain Management (Year 1)
Managing in B2B Markets: Contracts, Negotiation and Conflict Management (Year 2)
Project Management (Year 2)
Supply Chain Management (Major-Minor Year 3)
Operations Management(Year 2)
MSc International Business
International Operations and Procurement
Strategic Purchasing and Supply Management
MBA International Business
MBA Executive / Strategy and Procurement Management
Strategic Purchasing and Supply Chain Management 1
Strategic Purchasing and Supply Chain Management 2
MBA Singapore / MBA Hong Kong
Mark is a senior lecturer in project and operations management. Previously, he worked at the University of Bristol and University of Bath. Apart from operations and project management, he has also taught change and innovation management, organizational theory and research methods, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. His current area of research is in behaviours in response to ...
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Victoria is a Lecturer in Operations Management. She has previously worked at The University of Melbourne (Australia), University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and Rolls-Royce Plc. Victoria has taught project management, operations management and technology management at undergraduate and master’s level and researches in the fields of small business networking and supply chain ...
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Frank joined Birmingham Business School as a visiting lecturer in 2011 and became a lecturer in 2013. He teaches operations management, procurement and supply chain management to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is the module leader for International Operations and Procurement taught at SIM University, Singapore. Before these appointments he was a principal lecturer in ...
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Senior Lecturer in Operations Management
Director of Business Programmes with Engineering, Sciences & Law
Yufeng Zhang is the Director of Business Programmes with Engineering, Sciences & Law. He is the academic Coordinator of the EU FP7 Europe-China High Value Engineering Network (EC-HVEN), www.birmingham.ac.uk/hven. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
High Value Engineering (HVE)
High value engineering (HVE) is the application of ...
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