Professor Paul Cousins

Professor Paul Cousins

Professor Paul Cousins

Howard House, Queen's Avenue, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 42 82710

Department of Management

Personal profile

Professor Cousins has held a variety of private sector and academic posts – he began his career working in industry for Westland Helicopters in the UK and Sikorsky Aircraft in the US.  After finishing his doctorate degree (Bath) he held a senior position in strategy consultants A.T. Kearney in their European Operations and Supply Chain practice where he worked for numerous international clients helping them to think through complex supply chain issues.  After a period in consulting he decided to return to academia and try to bridge the gap between scholarly research and practical implementation.  He went onto hold various academic posts at the universities of Bath and Melbourne and a Professorship at Queen's University Belfast, before moving to Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester in 2005 as Professor of Operations Management.  

During his time at AMBS Paul desiged and taught classes across the full range of programmes including the internationally recognised full-time and Executive MBA programmes as well as designing and delivering highly successful executive education classes to international clients at home and abroad.  He has received numberous teaching awards including the Faculty Lecturing Award - Paul maintains his links with AMBS where he is currently an Honoray Professor. Whilst working at AMBS Paul served as the Head of Department of Decision Sciences and Operations Management and was also the Director of Research (leading the school through REF) and became the Deputy Director serving a four year term of office.  In addition to these duties Paul also launched and grew the Supply Chain Management Research Group (SCMrg) at Manchester which was supported by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply for a number of years.

Paul joined the University of Bristol in 2017, as the Head of School (Economics, Finance and Management) - he was tasked with developing a forward strategy for the School.  Working closely with senior colleagues within EFM and with the Dean and the Senior Management team of the University an EFM Transformation strategy was developed and implemented.  The strategy resutled in the creation of three 'new' schools.  Paul has now completed this role and has returned to the School of Management as a professor where he is excited to grow and develop his supply chain management discipline working with colleagues within Bristol and internationally.  

Paul is a highly active researcher, in 2018 he was rated (Baber et al, 2018) as the top European Scholar in his area based on citations of his work.  Paul regularly publishes in the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management (IJOPM) , Journal of Supply Chain Management (JSCM) as well as other leading international journals.  He was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Operations Management for over ten years and continues to serve on their advisory board.  He is currently and AE for IJOPM and JSCM as well a reviewing for other leading  international journals such as Management Science.  Paul has over 10,000 citations of his work, he has published over 80 journal and conference papers and four books.  In addition, he has won several major research grants totalling over £1m and he is currently working on grants to fund future research projects.  

Paul also enjoys working externally with organisations helping to educate them in terms of supply stratgy development as well as providing advice and direction based on his empirically valided reseach and various methodological appraoches.  He works internationally with a wide-range of leading organisations across muliple-sectors including retail, telecomms, manufacturing and technology companies.

Finally, Paul is actively involved in a range of research projects on supply chain strategy, inter-firm relationship management and sustainable supply chain management (with an interest in Modern Slavery).  He is keen to build up a cadre of Ph.D. students at Bristol working in any of these broad areas and open to supervise UG and MSc disserations in related areas.





Latest publications

  1. Cousins, P, Bahemia, H & Squire, B, 2017, ‘A multi-dimensional approach for managing open innovation in NPD’. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, vol 37., pp. 1366-1385
  2. Roscoe, S, Cousins, P & Lamming, RC, 2016, ‘Developing eco-innovations: A three-stage typology of supply networks’. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 112., pp. 1948-1959
  3. Cousins, P, 2015, ‘How can supply management really improve performance? A knowledge-based model of alignment capabilities.’. Journal of Supply Chain Management.., pp. 3-17

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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