Managerial problems are inevitably complex, requiring a mixture of functional and thematic approaches. This is reflected in the existence of a number of centres at Cranfield School of Management with functional or thematic orientations. Each researcher biography has been listed under the centre their research project relates to, and you can find out more about each researcher by following the links below.

Please feel free to contact individuals within the group or use the centre's primary email address to discuss your related research queries. Please refer to our centre pages for more information on specific research areas.

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

Name:

Chris Taylor

Centre:

Centre for Defence Management and Leadership

Supervisor name:

Professor Emma Parry and Dr Noeleen Doherty

Qualifications:

MPhys in Physics

MSc in International Human Resource Management

Background:

Chris served in the Royal Navy for over sixteen years as an Education and Training specialist, with operational time spent primarily on submarines.  Towards the end of his career, he served at Britannia Royal Naval College as the Head of Leadership Training, delivering classroom-based training, exercises and one-to-one coaching for both development and assessment purposes to hundreds of Officer Cadets from the UK and many different countries from around the world. His final appointment in the Royal Navy was to the Joint Services Command and Staff College in the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. 

Currently, Chris works as a lecturer for Cranfield University and mainly delivers to audiences overseas on the “Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context” course, which covers the management and leadership of Defence; in just the last two years he has delivered in Georgia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Estonia, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Sudan, Thailand, Chile and Uruguay.  In addition, he has delivered train the trainer packages in facilitation and coaching skills in Nigeria and Uganda. 

Chris’s spare time is limited due to being married and having three young daughters, but he enjoys photography, being a Beaver Scout Leader, Chair of School Governors, and a Village Fete Committee member and manager of a small property portfolio.

Research topic:

Social influence in high conformity environments

Research issue:

Individual behaviour is influenced by the social environment in which that individual is situated.  At the individual level the mechanisms through which this occurs are based in social psychology themes such as conformity (Asch) and obedience (Milgram); at a group or organisational level, individual or group behaviour is influenced by organisational culture (Schein, Hofstede) and at an institutional level, behaviour is influenced by institutional logics (Thornton et al).

In environments that may be considered highly conformist, as having strong cultures or a limited number of institutional logics, as perceived by each literature domain, it is suggested that there will be a greater prevalence of such influence on individual behaviour and that this influence will be felt more keenly by those individuals and therefore, will have greater influence on those behaviours.

The military is one such environment which could be considered as being susceptible to exerting greater influence over individual behaviours, and it is this environment that will be under investigation.

Sector:

Defence

Why I chose Cranfield:

I did the MSc in HR at Cranfield, and as a result of that, when I left the Royal Navy, I ended up working here.  The reputation of the School of Management and the DBA in particular is also pretty solid, so it was a no-brainer!


Esteban Lizarazo

Name: 

Esteban Lizarazo

Supervisor name:

Dr. Nicky Yates.

Professor Michael Bourlakis

Qualifications:

MBA, Inalde  Business School, Colombia

B.S. Industrial Engineering, Universidad del Norte, Colombia

Certified Production and Operations Management (POM), Universidad de la Sabana, Colombia

6 Sigma Blackbelt, GPS.

Background:

Esteban Lizarazo is COO of Grupo Amarey Nova Medical, a large distributor for health care in Latin America.  Esteban is also a lecturer at Inalde Business School in Logistics and Operations for post-graduate studies. 

Research topic:

Supply Chain in Health Care providers in developing countries.

Research issue:

A hospital´s supply chain is extremely complex and its investigation has been limited in literature.  The positive impact of improving supply chain performances on developing countries would be much bigger due to possible government regulations, political issues and funding obstacles.

Sector:

Health Care in Developing Countries.

Why I chose Cranfield:

Cranfield´s reputation in Supply Chain is world-class. As a practioneer putting knowing into action approach is important for improving the performance of the supply chain in the health care industry.

John Herniman

Name:

John Herniman

Centre:

Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility

Supervisor name:

Professor Palie Smart

Qualifications:

MBA,

MSc.,

BSc (Hons).

Background:

As Director of Advanced Product Operations at Amazon, John manages the operational elements of bringing new categories of Digital Devices to mass production including involvement in product ideation, customer experience, product design, global supply chain definition and operationalization. Prior to joining Amazon Lab126, John had leadership roles at Agilent, Apple, British Telecom, BT&D technologies, HP, and Intermec. These roles spanned Customer Experience, Quality, Operations and global supply chain, R&D and pure research.

Research topic:

Research explores the tensions and paradoxes experienced by Social Intrapreneurs in businesses that have a predominantly for-profit mission.

Research issue:

Social Intrapreneurs, or individuals within for-profit organisations with an agenda to create social impact, are becoming increasingly of business interest. Contemporary business leaders are faced with a move from a tradition of non-profits and government funded agencies as the primary method of meeting to societies un-met needs to an ever increasing reliance on for-profit businesses to provide social innovation and solutions to societies ever more complex social challenges. Organisations face the dual pressures of meeting demands for profitability and creating a positive social impact.

Sector:

Social innovation.

Research methods:

Mixed methods (Qualitative and Quantitative) with use of Critical incidence technique.

Why I chose Cranfield:

Strong accreditation, combined with an International and flexible program, with an emphasis of research in action.