Frank Rowbotham

Frank Rowbotham

Department of Management

Contact details

Department of Management
Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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 Operations Management taught on the Executive MBA at SIM University, Singapore. Before these appointments he was a principal lecturer in operations management at De Montfort University. Frank has taught and led on a wide range of programmes, including distance learning and bespoke courses for public authorities, utilities and manufacturers.



  • MBA
  • LL.B


Frank has co-authored several journal articles and conference papers in the area of operations strategy and has published a case study through the European Case Clearing House. He is also the lead author of a textbook on Operations Management.

Before entering teaching in 1989, Frank worked in a wide range of operations management roles within the food industry. During this time he obtained his MBA through distance learning with the University of Warwick.



  • MSc IB International Operations and Procurement
  • MBA Full Time Managing Operations
  • Singapore Executive MBA Operations Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Administration Strategic Purchasing and Supply Management
  • Undergraduate Introduction to Strategy and Supply Chain Management

Postgraduate supervision

Frank supervises students in the areas of operations, procurement and projects.


Journal Articles

Barnes, D. and Rowbotham, F. (2004) “A Questionnaire Operationalising Hayes and Wheelwright’s Four-Stage Concept” Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Volume 15, Issue 8

Barnes, D. and Rowbotham, F. (2004) “Developing A Questionnaire for the Four-Stage Model of Operations Strategy” Production Planning and Control, Volume 14, Issue 7

Barnes, D. and Rowbotham, F. (2004) “Testing the Four-Stage Model of the Strategic Role of Operations in a UK Context” International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol.24 No.7


Rowbotham, F., Galloway, L. and Azhashemi, M. (2007) Operations Management In Context Butterworth-Heinemann 2nd ed

Rowbotham, F., Galloway, L. and Azhashemi, M. (2007) Czech Translation of Operations Management In Context ASPI Wolters Kluwer

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