New Book Publications
Date: October 2019

'Operations Management for Business Excellence' (4th Edition)
by David Gardiner & Hendrik Reefke - available from the 13th November 2019

'Supply Chains in Action: a Case Study Collection in Supply Chain, Logistics, Procurement and Operations Management'
by Professor Richard Wilding OBE - 3rd October 2019

'Logistics Management & Strategy: Competing through the Supply Chain' (6th Edition)
by Alan Harrison, Heather Skipworth, Remko Van Hoek and James Aitken - 10th June 2019

New Brochure - Centre for Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management
Date: July 2019

Please take a look at the new brochure just launched by the Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management.  This brochure provides an overview of the programmes and research undertaken by the Centre, along with the areas of expertise they provide.

Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management Newsletter - Latest Issue
Date: June 2019

The latest issue of the Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management newsletter has just been published.  This issue reflects on our recent successes and highlights how we continue to work with industry to provide impact in the logistics and supply chain sector now and the future.

Lunchtime Research Seminar - Behavioural Dynamics of Forecasting
Date: 20th May 2019
By:  Professor Dilek Onkal of Northumbria University.

Professor Onkal from Northumbria University recently joined us at Cranfield University to present at one of our lunchtime research seminars.  She introduced her collaborative work on forecast performance and how the 'trust' in the forecast plays a key role in acting on, changing, or discarding forecasts. 

Professor Onkal presented how forecast adjustments are typical in the industry and key factors can contribute to increasing the trust of the users in the forecasts: (1) the forecast bundle, (2) forecaster competence, (3) combination of forecasts, and (4) knowledge.  This work has now been accepted in Futures and Forecast Science Journal and we were delighted to have a first-hand explanation of the state-of-the-art research into forecasting.  A further discussion took place with faculty and research students on research ideas and how to get them published. 

Professor Onkal is a world-renowned researcher, a co-editor of the International Journal of Forecasting, and a member of the Founding Editorial Board for Futures and Foresight Science.  She is currently the Professor of Business Information Systems and Analytics at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria. 

'How can Machine Learning help Co-ordinate the Supply Chain?'
Date: April 2019
Publication: The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Focus Magazine
Academic:  Professor Emel Aktas

At the 15th Annual CILT Student Conference in February, Professor Emel Aktas presented her research on 'How can Machine Learning help Co-ordinate the Supply Chain?'.  This was subsequently mentioned in the latest issue of the CILT Focus magazine

Professor Emel Aktas, Cranfield University, kicked off the conference by presenting her insightful research on ways machine learning could help co-ordinate the supply chain.  Referring to examples ranging from toothpaste and pasta demand to a popular Netflix programme, she caught the attention of the audience in an interactive and entertaining way on the bullwhip effect.  She showed that AI could offer a valuable alternative to current forecasting techniques to predict consumers' behaviours.  She concluded that critical thinking, especially when it comes to the design of AI algorithms, and a conscious split of human/machines tasks will be key for a smooth integration of AI in our systems, and our readiness to trust machines. 

'Building the Procurement Professionals of Tomorrow' - Article in Supply Chain Digital Magazine
Date: January 2019
Academic: Dr Soroosh Saghiri

Dr Soroosh Saghiri recently published an article on 'Building the Procurement Professionals of Tomorrow' in the Supply Chain Digital Magazine.  This looks to further the professionalisation of the procurement industry. 

Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management Newsletter - Issue 5
Date: December 2018

The latest issue of the Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management newsletter has just been published.  This issue highlights some of our recent successes, one of them being this years full-time MSc Logistics programme having the largest group of students in our history of the programme running. 

'New' Logistics and Supply Chain Management Podcasts
Date: November 2018
Academic Contacts: Professor Richard Wilding OBE and Carl Kühl

Professor Wilding and Carl Kühl have created some new Logistics and Supply Chain Management Podcasts which can be found on either I-tunes or Soundcloud.  A few of the topics discussed are: supply chain reaction: supply chain strategies, supply chain reaction: collaboration, supply chain reaction: Brexit. 

Cranfield Executive (part-time) MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Apprenticeship Levy
Date: 1st November 2018

The Cranfield Executive MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management can now be fully funded through the Apprentice Levy, since it now fulfils the needs of the newly developed Level 7 Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship Standard.

Under the recently launched Apprenticeship Levy scheme, employers can fund apprenticeships for any new and current staff with the right to work in the UK and whose main place of work is in England.

Efficio and Cranfield School of Management Launch Procurement Industry's First Certified Learning Academy
Date: 18th September 2018
Academic Contacts: Michael Bernon

The Efficio Academy, an innovative approach to learning and development, has been launched in partnership with Cranfield School of Management.

Michael Bernon, Director of Executive Development (Supply Chain Management) at Cranfield, said: “We are delighted to be working with Efficio and are excited about the possibilities that this partnership might bring. Together, we have developed an educational offering that will give participants access to excellent learning and development opportunities in the procurement arena.”

The academy will teach modules co-developed between Cranfield and Efficio. Participants will be offered a combination of classroom-based teaching, e-learning, on-the-job training and coaching, as well as access to the Efficio Academic Library to support self-directed learning and independent study.  For more information, take a look on 'Business Wire'.

New Podcast Episode on Supply Chain and Logistics Management I-Tunes Page
Date: 6th September 2018
Academic Contacts: Professor Richard Wilding OBE and Carl Kühl

Professor Richard Wilding OBE and Carl Kühl have published a new podcast titled 'Supply Chain Reaction - How to get Promoted to a Board Level Supply Role' on I-Tunes.  This podcast discusses the knowledge and skills needed to advance into a senior supply chain and procurement position.  They talk about the business, leadership and most importantly the soft skills that can help you advance to the next level.