Professor Joe Sanderson

Professor Joe Sanderson

Department of Management
Deputy Head of College of Social Sciences

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Feedback and office hours

Mondays: 14:30 - 16:00

Fridays: 12:30 - 14:00


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


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

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.  



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


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


  • 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*


Recent publications


Foley, P, Stegemann, B, Smith, R, Sanderson, J & Leyva, F 2009, 'Cardiac resynchronization therapy in patients with mildly impaired left ventricular function.', Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, vol. 32 Suppl 1, pp. S186-9.

Karthikeyan, G, Teo, KK, Islam, S, McQueen, MJ, Pais, P, Wang, X, Sato, H, Lang, CC, Sitthi-Amorn, C, Pandey, MR, Kazmi, K, Sanderson, J & Yusuf, S 2009, 'Lipid Profile, Plasma Apolipoproteins, and Risk of a First Myocardial Infarction Among Asians An Analysis From the INTERHEART Study', Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 244-253.

Foley, P, Muhyaldeen, S, Chalil, S, Smith, R, Sanderson, J & Leyva, F 2009, 'Long-term effects of upgrading from right ventricular pacing to cardiac resynchronization therapy in patients with heart failure.', Europace, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 495-501.

Cowan, BR, Young, AA, Anderson, C, Doughty, RN, Krittayaphong, R, Lonn, E, Marwick, TH, Reid, CM, Sanderson, J, Schmieder, RE, Teo, K, Wadham, AK, Worthley, SG, Yu, CM, Yusuf, S & Jennings, GL 2009, 'The cardiac MRI substudy to ongoing telmisartan alone and in combination with ramipril global endpoint trial/telmisartan randomized assessment study in ACE-intolerant subjects with cardiovascular disease: analysis protocol and baseline characteristics', Clinical Research in Cardiology, vol. 98, no. 7, pp. 421-433.

Tan, Y, Wenzelburger, F, Lee, E, Heatlie, G, Leyva, F, Patel, K, Frenneaux, M & Sanderson, J 2009, 'The pathophysiology of heart failure with normal ejection fraction exercise echocardiography reveals complex abnormalities of both systolic and diastolic ventricular function involving torsion, untwist, and longitudinal motion.', Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 36-46.

Mahadevan, G, Davis, R, Frenneaux, M, Hobbs, F, Lip, G, Sanderson, J & Davies, M 2008, 'Left ventricular ejection fraction: are the revised cut-off points for defining systolic dysfunction sufficiently evidence based?', Chest, vol. 94, no. 4, pp. 426-8.

Zhang, Y, Yip, GW, Chan, AKY, Wang, M, Lam, WWM, Fung, JWH, Chan, JYS, Sanderson, J & Yu, CM 2008, 'Left ventricular systolic dyssynchrony is a predictor of cardiac remodeling after myocardial infarction', American Heart Journal, vol. 156, no. 6, pp. 1124-1132.

Dwivedi, G, Frenneaux, M & Sanderson, J 2008, 'Letter by Dwivedi et al regarding article, "Left Ventricular Untwisting Rate by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography"', Circulation, vol. 117, no. 19, pp. E336-E336.

McQueen, MJ, Hawken, S, Wang, X, Ounpuu, S, Sniderman, A, Probstfield, J, Steyn, K, Sanderson, J, Hasani, M, Volkova, E, Kazmi, K & Yusuf, S 2008, 'Lipids, lipoproteins, and apolipoproteins as risk markers of myocardial infarction in 52 countries (the INTERHEART study): a case-control study', Lancet, vol. 372, no. 9634, pp. 224-233.

Lim, SH, Lip, G & Sanderson, J 2008, 'Ventricular optimization of biventricular pacing: a systematic review', American Journal of Hypertension, vol. 10, no. 8, pp. 901-6.


Sanderson, J & Yip, GWK 2009, 'Heart failure with a normal ejection fraction', British Medical Journal (International edition), vol. 338, pp. b52.

Yip, GWK, Frenneaux, M & Sanderson, J 2009, 'Heart failure with a normal ejection fraction: new developments', Heart, vol. 95, no. 19, pp. 1549-1552.

Sanderson, J 2008, 'Left and right ventricular long-axis function and prognosis', Heart, vol. 94, no. 3, pp. 262-263.

Review article

Sanderson, J 2009, 'Echocardiography for cardiac resynchronization therapy selection: fatally flawed or misjudged?', Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 53, no. 21, pp. 1960-4.

Yip, GW, Fung, JWH, Tan, Y & Sanderson, J 2009, 'Hypertension and heart failure: a dysfunction of systole, diastole or both?', Journal of Human Hypertension, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 295-306.

View all publications in research portal


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


Contracting and management of buyer-supplier relationships in supply networks