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

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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


Man, LC, Lin, Y, Pang, G, Sanderson, J & Duan, K 2024, 'Digitalization to achieve greener healthcare supply chain', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 463, 142802.

Lonsdale, C, Sanderson, J & Esfahbodi, A 2024, 'Good Team Players? The Impact of Team Member Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities on Sourcing Teamwork and Sourcing Task-Work Effectiveness', Supply Chain Management: An International Journal.

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, vol. 52, no. 5-6, pp. 393-413.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Winch, GM & Sanderson, J 2015, 'Call for Papers - Public policy and projects', International Journal of Project Management, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 249-250.

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.

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.


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.


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.,


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.

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.,,

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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