Areas of expertise

Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Programme – DBA, 2016

Research opportunity

Primary supervisor: Dr Nicky Yates
Secondary supervisor: Professor Michael Bourlakis

Inventory management (IM) practices are important for hospitals for reducing costs whilst at the same time improving quality of care. With the escalation of healthcare costs during recent years, a trend that is expected to continue growing, possible solutions can be found in the supply chain management field. Contrary to other industries, inventory management in the healthcare sector has not been given the importance and focus for research in the past. The number of peer review publications in inventory management in general (mainly manufacturing sector) is higher compared to the research done in the healthcare sector (Volland et al., 2017)

On the other hand, countries of developing world account for more than 60% of the global population. The cost pressure in this context is higher and the research in this field is vague. The need for a more efficient healthcare system remains a challenge for the governments and hospitals in this environment. These healthcare systems have different characteristics than the traditionally studied healthcare systems in the developed world, as an example: higher length and variability on supplier lead times, a low development of national infrastructure (railroads, airports and roads), lower labour wages (putting challenges for cost-benefits automation), a volatile and unpredictable rate of currency, a low penetration and utilisation of information systems for managing inventory systems.

“How do clinicians influence the inventory management practice in hospitals in a developing world context?” proposes to identify the mechanisms by which stakeholders (clinicians) and the developing world context influence the inventory management practice in hospitals through multiple case studies in Colombia.

​Sector:​ Healthcare, supply chain, hospitals

Research methods: The research will follow the social realism paradigm via qualitative retroductive research. Multiple cases method is chosen as the primary research methodology.

Why I chose Cranfield: Reputation, quality, my supervisor’s work, and their ranking for supply chain research.

Current activities

CEO of Group Amarey (Amarey Nova Medical, Ucipharma, Novatecnica, Ucitech Panamá, Ucitech Costa Rica and Restaurant Los Galenos). Group Amarey is changing the way healthcare is done in developing markets in Latin America innovating in services for hospitals with the most complete portfolio in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and medical equipment. Our mission is to serve Colombian patients through the medical community. Group Amarey was awarded with the National Quality Excellence Award by the Presidency of Colombia.

Esteban is also active as advisory board member of educational organisations, medical organisations and the Colombian Chamber of Industrials.  He is currently lecturing at INALDE Business School in Supply Chain, Operations Management and Strategy.