Dr Amir Qamar

Dr Amir Qamar

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Strategic Management

Contact details

Address
Department of Strategy and International Business
Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TY

Amir is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Strategic Management. His research interest is primarily on lean and agile production strategies within the global automotive industry. Having acquired a thorough understanding of strategy within a manufacturing context, Amir is also interested in multiplier effects within certain supply chains, MNEs, R&D, innovation, productivity and the retail industry.

Qualifications

PhD in Management, University of Birmingham, 2018 

PGCERT Advanced Research Methods and Skills, University of Birmingham, 2016

MSc in Economic Policy & International Business, University of Birmingham, 2012 

BSc (Hons) in Economics, University of Birmingham, 2011

Biography

Amir joined Birmingham Business School as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in 2018. He previously worked at City-REDI as a Research Fellow and worked on a range of projects, which concerned productivity, low-pay and multiplier effects. Amir is still closely working with City-REDI to better understand the relationship between the regional economy and specific firms. 

Amir has a background in Economics and International Business, but his more recent work has focused on Operations Management and Supply Chain Management as his PhD research investigated the performance and contextual trade-offs between lean and agile organisations within the automotive industry. Amir was awarded the Midlands Excellence Organizational Improvement Doctoral Scholarship to complete his PhD. Amir has experience of teaching a wide range of modules in the domains of business strategy and operations.

Teaching

  • MSc Environment of Business
  • MSc Issues in Management (Dubai)
  • MBA Implementing Strategy & Managing Change

Other activities

  • 2019 – Present
    Officer for the Academy of International Business (AIB) Research Methods Shared Interest Group (RM SIG)
  • 2018 – Present
    City-REDI Associate
  • 2018 – 2020
    Lead Organiser for the Annual Strategy & International Business Symposium (ASIBS)
  • Reviewer for the following journals:
    International Journal of Operations & Production Management; Supply Chain Management: An International Journal; International Journal of Production Research; Production Planning & Control; and International Business Review.

Publications

Recent Articles 

Zhao, K., O’Mahony, M., & Qamar, A. (2020). Bridging the gap in creative economy and ICT research: a regional analysis in Europe. Applied Economics, 1-14.

Qamar, A., Gardner, E. C., Buckley, T., & Zhao, K. (2019). Home-owned versus foreign-owned firms in the UK automotive industry: Exploring the microfoundations of ambidextrous production and supply chain positioning. International Business Review, 101657. 

Qamar, A., Hall, M. A., Chicksand, D., & Collinson, S. (2019). Quality and flexibility performance trade-offs between lean and agile manufacturing firms in the automotive industry. Production Planning & Control, 1-16. 

Qamar, A., Hall, M. A., & Collinson, S. (2018). Lean versus agile production: flexibility trade-offs within the automotive supply chain. International Journal of Production Research56(11), 3974-3993.

Qamar, A., & Hall, M. (2018). Can Lean and Agile organisations within the UK automotive supply chain be distinguished based upon contextual factors? Supply Chain Management: An International Journal.

Books

Acknowledged as co-author in Collinson, S., Narula, R., & Rugman, A. M. (2020). International business. Pearson.

Chidlow, A., Ghauri, P. N., Buckley, T., Gardner, E. C., Qamar, A., & Pickering, E. (Eds.). (2019). The Changing Strategies of International Business: How MNEs Manage in a Changing Commercial and Political Landscape. Springer.

Gardner, E.C., & Qamar, A. (2016). Dissident Voices in Europe? Past, Present and Future. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Reports/Policy Briefs

Green, A., Sissons, P., Qamar, A., & Broughton, K. (2018). Raising productivity in low-wage sectors and reducing poverty. Joseph RowntreeFoundation.

Qamar A. & Collinson, S. (2018). Carillion’s Collapse: Cause. City-REDI Policy Briefing Paper Series. University of Birmingham. 

Qamar A. & Collinson, S. (2018). Carillion’s Collapse: Consequences. City-REDI Policy Briefing Paper Series. University of Birmingham.

Collinson, S., & Qamar, A. (2017). Smart Cities need Smart People. Data as Infrastructure. Prospect Magazine.

Collinson, S., & Qamar A. (2017). Smart Cities. City-REDI Policy Briefing Paper Series. University of Birmingham.

Blogs

Thomas Cook – All Burnt Out. Birmingham Business School Blog. University of Birmingham.

The Retail Crisis Catches Up with Debenhams. Birmingham Business School and City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.

Jaguar Land Rover: One-week shutdown will impact the rest of the supply chainBirmingham Business School Blog. University of Birmingham.

The ripple effect from the UK retail crisis: this is just the beginning. Birmingham Business School Blog. University of Birmingham.

The 2018 Retail Crisis Catches Up With Marks and Spencer. City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.

Heathrow’s third runway – is it worth it? Birmingham Business School Blog. University of Birmingham.

Flexibility Differences between Lean and Agile Production in the West Midlands Automotive Supply Chain. City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.

Our impact on the local economy. City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.

The 45th Academy of International Business Conference – Birmingham Business School. City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.

Part B: The Consequences of Carillion’s Collapse. City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.

Part A: The Causes of Carillion’s Collapse. City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.

UK Automotive Supply Chains Are Not Lean! City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.

Smart Cities. City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.

Electric Vehicles by 2040: Changing the Game for Jaguar Land Rover. City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.

Inspiration within Operations Management. City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.

Visualising Research. City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.

A New Hope for Tesco. City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.

Manufacturers in the UK – Taking Their Eye off the Ball. City-REDI Blog. University of Birmingham.