Innovation, Operations Management and Supply Chain (IOMSC) Research Group

The Innovation, Operations Management and Supply Chain Research Group (IOMSC) is formed around the core disciplines of innovation, operations management and supply chain management.

Our expertise

We have particular expertise in the areas of:

  • service science
  • business models
  • value
  • lean process improvement
  • costing
  • procurement
  • complex networks
  • process modelling
  • innovation (with an emphasis on innovation in the digital economy).

We share a common interest in meeting the twin hurdle of academic rigour and industrial relevance. Our research uses the concepts and ideas from the academic disciplines of innovation, operations management and supply chain management to empirically test and validate constructs.

The team includes both research and teaching staff to ensure that ideas and constructs flow from our research into teaching, and enables students to engage in research projects where possible.

Our researchers are all active in their particular fields, producing leading journal publications, and working with organisations to ensure engagement with practice to deliver relevant and impactful research.

Our research team

Kyle Alves, Group Head

Kyle has extensive experience in management of large multi-disciplinary teams and large grant platforms, Kyle leads the IOMS group. His research interests include delivery system design, impact of digital economy in management and humanitarian aid delivery systems.

Dr Glenn Parry

Dr Parry has managed research consortia within the automotive, aerospace, music and construction industries. He has published and edited numerous international journals. Dr Parry is currently focussed upon the digital economy, working on personal data, user-perceived vulnerability with regards to data sharing, and digital business models.

Dr Wendy Phillips

Dr Phillips provides the group with experience of managing large-scale collaborative projects. Her work impacts upon policy and practice in procurement in complex public sector supply networks such as the NHS and UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Dr Phillips is currently the network director of a £500k EPSRC project called RiHN, which looks at the potential for new technologies such as 3D printing to transform existing healthcare delivery.

Dr Vikas Kumar

Dr Kumar is an expert in the area of green supply chain management and supply chain integration. His research interests also include process modelling, innovation in SMEs, operations strategy, and service supply chains.

Dr Peter James

Dr James is actively involved in teaching both operations management and research methods. He will act as the liaison between the active research and the pedagogical activities of the group. His aim is to maintain the flow of research-led teaching into Bristol Business School courses to increase the levels of external engagement and work readiness.

Clayton Davies

Programme leader, BA – Business; Management
Clayton has a background in supply chain management and operations management in the leisure industry, venture capital, ecommerce consultancy; currently conducting research into the nature of pedagogy and its relevance to the concerns and motivations of key stakeholder groups.



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