Dr Leila Alinaghian joined Cranfield School of Management in August 2015. Prior to joining Cranfield, Leila was part of the University of Cambridge Centre for International Manufacturing's strategy team and she was involved in case study research that supports the EPSRC Centres for innovative manufacturing. She also founded and ran the Research Capability Development programme at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. Leila holds an MPhil and a PhD in Engineering, Manufacturing and Management from the University of Cambridge. She was a Trust Scholar at University Cambridge and her research was nominated for best PhD research award and best paper award at the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society.

Current activities

Leila's research revolves around social impact supply chain management and seeks to advance the science of supply networks to drive sustainability and social impact. Leila is highly engaged in the school's PhD and DBA programmes. She is presently supervising several PhD and DBA work and sits on a number of doctoral review panels.

Leila is a fellow of Higher Education Academy and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from Cranfield University. She delivers lectures and leads modules on a number of School of Management and University postgraduate and executive development programmes.

Leila is also a member of Academy of Management, British Academy of Management, European Operations Management Association and Strategic Management Society.

Research opportunities

I am currently recruiting for doctoral research students in the areas of Social Impact Supply Chain Management, Social Procurement and Social Enterprise-Corporate relationships. Please get in contact if you are interested in pursuing a doctorate in this area.


Leila has been involved in projects for large multinationals across a range of sectors including healthcare and pharmaceuticals, aerospace and fast-moving consumer goods.


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