Professor Joe Sanderson

Professor Joe Sanderson

Department of Management
Deputy Head of College of Social Sciences

Contact details

Address
Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Feedback and office hours

Mondays: 14:30 - 16:00

Fridays: 12:30 - 14:00

Qualifications

PhD Commerce (Bham)
BA Politics (Hull)
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (FCIPS)

Biography

Joe joined Birmingham Business School in October 2001. Since then, he has been Director of the MBA Strategy and Procurement Management, Director of the Doctorate in Business Administration, and Director of the School’s portfolio of UK Executive MBA programmes. Joe is currently Head of the Procurement and Operations Management Department and a member of the School Senior Management Team. Joe also teaches procurement and supply chain management to undergraduate and postgraduate students across a range of programmes. Joe was promoted to Professor in 2019.

Joe has substantial experience of research, consultancy and executive development activities with a wide range of high profile organisations around the world including Rolls-Royce Aerospace, HSBC, IBM, BAE Systems, the NHS and the UK Ministry of Defence. In 2008, he became one of the first academics to be a made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of the profession. Joe is currently co-delivering an innovative Masterclass Programme in Strategic Sourcing to well over 400 senior managers in various roles (purchasing, engineering, strategy, finance and commercial) at Rolls-Royce Aerospace. This work has been nominated for high profile awards from Procurement Leaders and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Joe was also co-nominated in 2016 for the University’s prestigious Founders’ Award for Business Advancement for his work with Rolls-Royce.

To date Joe has been principal investigator on two major research projects. One, funded by the UK Government (£148,000), looked at the scope to implement supply chain improvement initiatives in UK naval shipbuilding. This project led to a highly rated impact case study for REF2014. Joe’s most recent project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (£90,500). This examined the value of procurement and supply chain management thinking and research for NHS commissioning (see www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/hsdr/hsdr03180).

Joe has published a number of textbooks and research monographs. He also has articles in several of the world’s leading supply chain management, project management and public sector management journals. He is a regular reviewer for leading journals including Public Administration, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, and International Journal of Project Management. He was recognised in 2008 by Supply Chain Management: An International Journal as their Outstanding Reviewer. In 2009 he received the Outstanding Paper Award (2009) from the same journal and was made a member of the Editorial Advisory Board. In 2016 Joe was Guest Editor, with Professor Graham Winch (MBS), of a special issue of International Journal of Project Management.  

Teaching

Undergraduate

Introduction to Business Strategy and Supply Chain Management (Year 1)

Postgraduate

Strategic Purchasing and Supply Management (GDBA)

Strategic Procurement and Supplier Management (MBA)

Postgraduate supervision

  • Public sector procurement and supply management
  • Public - Private Partnerships
  • Contracting and governance in large-scale projects
  • Supplier relationship and contract management

Research

  • Contracting and governance in large-scale projects
  • Rhetoric and reality of public-private partnerships
  • Impact of procurement and supply management thinking on public sector
  • Role of procurement in buying professional services

Other activities

Member of Editorial Board for 'Supply Chain Management: An International Journal' - ABS 3*

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Sanderson, J, Esfahbodi, A & Lonsdale, C 2022, 'The effect of team-member knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) and a common learning experience on sourcing teamwork effectiveness', International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPDLM-07-2021-0277

Liu, Y, Blome, C, Sanderson, J & Paulraj, A 2018, 'Supply chain integration capabilities, green design strategy and performance: a comparative study in the auto industry', Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 431-443. https://doi.org/10.1108/SCM-03-2018-0095

Phantratanamongkol, S, Casalin, F, Pang, G & Sanderson, J 2018, 'The price-volume relationship for new and remanufactured smartphones', International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 199, pp. 78-94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2018.02.010

Lonsdale, C, Hoque, K, Kirkpatrick, I & Sanderson, J 2017, 'Knowing the price of everything? Exploring the impact of increased procurement professional involvement on management consultancy purchasing', Industrial Marketing Management, vol. 65, pp. 157-167. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2017.04.001

Lonsdale, C, Sanderson, J, Watson, G & Peng, F 2016, 'Beyond intentional trust: supplier opportunism and management control mechanisms in public sector procurement and contracting', Policy and politics, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 289-311. https://doi.org/10.1332/030557314X13904934896655

Winch, GM & Sanderson, J 2015, 'Call for Papers - Public policy and projects', International Journal of Project Management, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 249-250. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.08.003

Sanderson, J, Lonsdale, C, Mannion, R & Matharu, T 2015, 'Towards a framework for enhancing procurement and supply chain management practice in the NHS: lessons for managers and clinicians from a synthesis of the theoretical and empirical literature', Health Services and Delivery Research, vol. 3, no. 18, pp. 1-134. https://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr03180

Sanderson, J 2012, 'Risk, uncertainty and governance in megaprojects : a critical discussion of alternative explanations', International Journal of Project Management, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 432-443. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2011.11.002

Sanderson, J 2009, 'Buyer-Supplier Partnering in the UK Defence Procurement: Looking Beyond the Policy Rhetoric', Public Administration, vol. 87, no. 2, pp. 327-350. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9299.2008.01734.x

Sanderson, J & Cox, A 2008, 'The challenges of supply strategy selection in a project environment: evidence from UK naval shipbuilding', Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 16-25. https://doi.org/10.1108/13598540810850283

Chapter

Watson, G, Cox, A & Sanderson, J 2018, Thinking strategically about supply chain management. in Global Logistics And Distribution Planning: Strategies for Management. Taylor and Francis, pp. 125-137.

Watson, G, Lonsdale, C & Sanderson, J 2010, Incentives and the Strategic Management of Suppliers. in Global Logistics: New Directions in Supply Chain Management, 6th edition. Kogan Page.

Editorial

Sanderson, J & Winch, G 2017, 'Public policy and projects: Making connections and starting conversations', International Journal of Project Management, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 221-223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2016.12.001, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2016.12.001

Letter

Sanderson, J, Lonsdale, C & Mannion, R 2019, 'Inside the black box: Organisational buying behaviour and strategic purchasing in healthcare: A response to recent commentary', International Journal of Health Policy and Management , vol. 8, no. 11, pp. 675-677. https://doi.org/10.15171/ijhpm.2019.70

Review article

Sanderson, J, Lonsdale, C & Mannion, R 2019, 'What's Needed to Develop Strategic Purchasing in Healthcare? Policy Lessons from a Realist Review', International Journal of Health Policy and Management, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 4-17. https://doi.org/10.15171/ijhpm.2018.93, https://doi.org/10.15171/ijhpm.2018.93, https://doi.org/10.15171/ijhpm.2018.93

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Expertise

Purchasing and supply management; public sector procurement (health and defence); contracts and governance in complex large-scale projects (e.g. defence, construction, IT); public-private partnerships

Expertise

Contracting and management of buyer-supplier relationships in supply networks