Contact Dr Simon Templar


Simon Templar is a qualified management accountant and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management.  Simon completed his PhD at Cranfield in 2013, has an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield 2001 and has a BSc combined studies (transport and economics) from Plymouth Polytechnic (UK).  He has more than 20 years' industrial experience in a wide range of management roles, including finance, sales and marketing, physical distribution management, and human resource management.

Current activities

Simon lectures on management accounting and supply chain costing across a variety of MSc courses.  He also lectures on in-company and external programmes delivered by Cranfield University.  He has designed a range of distance/blended learning products for the university's internal and external customers.  In addition, he has lectured on supply chain management and accounting at a number of Universities, including Breda University (Netherlands), Jacobs University (Bremen, Germany), Heriot-Watt University (UK), Muscat University (Oman), Royal Holloway University of London (UK), Warwick University (UK), Univeridad de Deusto (Bilbao), UPC (Barcelona and Bilbao), SKEMA (France), and CIIM (Cyprus).  As a member of a multidisciplinary research team jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), he made a significant contribution to the development of a novel process to assess supply chain costs in the food and drink industry.  The Cranfield Students Association awarded Simon best lecturer at Cranfield School of Management 2013-2014 and 2015-2016.

Currently, his research interests are related to supply chain finance, supply chain costing, including exploring the effect of transfer pricing on supply chain management decisions.  Other research interests include customer profitability analysis, cost-to-serve, tax-efficient supply chains and rail freight.

Simon has authored and collaborated on journal, conference, practitioner papers and book chapters associated with his research interests.  His article "Ensuring the Transfer Price is Right" was included in the International Federation of Accountants Articles of Merit Award Program for Distinguished Contribution to Management Accounting in 2005.  Simon's co-authored paper "Inter-Organisational Costing Approaches - the Inhibiting Factors" published in the International Journal of Logistics Management (2010) received the highly commended award winner for 2011.  Simon is a founding member of the Supply Chain Finance Community, a non-for-profit association, which aims to share SCF good practice and new research in an open, collaborative environment.

Simon co-authored Financing the End-to-End Supply Chain: A Reference Guide to Supply Chain Finance in 2016 and translated into Chinese in 2021.  In 2019 Kogan Page published Supply Chain Management Accounting: Managing Profitability, Working Capital and Asset Utilization written by Simon.  The 2nd edition of Financing the End-to-End Supply Chain: A Reference Guide to Supply Chain Finance was published in August 2020. Simon authored this year, Using Financial Information to Enhance your Business Relationship with your Key Accounts published by the Cranfield Key Account Management Forum.  Simon has written a chapter "The Impact of Procurement on Financial Results", which will be included in the 3rd edition of Leading Procurement Strategy (authored by Carlos Mena), Remko van Hoek and Martin Christopher) published by Kogan Page this year.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Mena C, Bernon M, Templar S & Whicker L (2013) Developing a Tool for Analysing Cause-Effect Relationships in the Supply Chain. In: 18th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2013), Salzburg, 7 July 2013.
  • Templar S, Jodhan G, Godsell J & Johnson M (2010) Improving Supplier Alignment: An Empirical Study in a FMCG Company. In: 17th International Annual EurOMA 2010 Conference, Porto, 6 June 2010.
  • Bastl M, Grubic T, Templar S, Fan I-S & Harrison A (2008) Expanding the Horizon: Time and Costs in Supply Chain. In: EurOMA Annual Conference, Groningen.
  • Smart A & Templar S (2008) Activity-based costing in a third party logistics company: a case study. In: Logistics Research Network Conference, 2008, Liverpool, 10 September 2008.
  • Bastl M, Grubic T, Templar S, Fan I-S & Harrison A (2008) Qualitative Enquiries: Lessons from the Field. In: Cranfield Multistrand Conference, Cranfield.
  • Grubic T, Bastl M, Fan I-S, Templar S & Harrison A (2008) An empirical study of the automotive supply chain processes.. In: EurOMA 15th Annual Conference, Groningen.
  • Bastl M, Grubic T & Templar S (2007) Managing the inhibitors in the implementation of inter-organisational costing programmes. In: NOFOMA 2007 Conference, Reykjavik.
  • Grubic T, Bastl M, Ip-shing F, Harrison A & Templar S (2007) Towards development of the business process model of a dyadic relationship. In: EurOMA Annual Conference, Ankara.
  • Johnson M & Templar S (2007) The relationships between supply chain and firm performance: the development and testing of a unified metric. In: 19th NOFOMA Conference, Reykjavik.
  • Johnson M & Templar S (2006) The relationships between demand chain and firm performance. In: Logistics Research Network Conference, Newcastle.
  • Templar S, Bernon M & Fan M (2006) Supply Chain Costing - A Road Map. In: Logistics Research Network Conference 2006, Newcastle, 6 September 2006.
  • Stephens C, Bernon M, Mena C & Templar S (2006) Application of Supply Chain Time and Cost Mapping Techniques in a UK chilled Food Manufacturing Company.. In: Logistics Research Network Conference 2006, Newcastle, 6 September 2006.
  • Bernon M, Mena C, Templar S & Whicker L (2003) Costing Waste in Supply Chain Process: A European Food and Drink Industry Case Study.. In: EurOMA International Conference, Lake Como.
  • Templar S, Bernon M, Mena C & Whicker L (2002) Supply Chain Effectiveness and Swift Service: A Case Study in a Multinational Food Manufacturer. In: 9th EurOMA Conference, Copenhagen.
  • Mena C, Bernon M, Templar S & Whicker L (2002) Costing waste in the supply chain: a case study in the food industry. In: Logistics Research Network annual conference, Birmingham.
  • Whicker L, Bernon M, Mena C & Templar S (2002) Visualising costs in the food and drink industry. In: 9th EurOMA Conference, Copenhagen.


  • Bernon M, Baker P, Mena C, Palmer A, Smart A, Skipworth H & Templar S (2012) Towards more sustainable supply chain management. In: Cranfield on Corporate Sustainability, Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing, p. 149-166.
  • Templar S & Mena C (2010) A Framework to Visualize Time and Cost in a Food Supply Chain. In: Delivering Performance in Food Supply Chains. C. Mena, G. Stevens (ed.), Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing, ed. 1st.
  • Templar S & Mena C (2010) Methods for assessing time and cost in a food supply chain. In: Delivering performance in food supply chains. Mena C, Stevens G (ed.), Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing Ltd, p. 243-264.