Dr Gary Graham

Dr Gary Graham


Academic Posts

Associate Professor 2015 -

Lecturer: 2011-2015, Leeds University Business School

Lecturer: 2005 - 2010, Manchester Business School

Lecturer: 2001- 2005, UMIST, Manchester

Lecturer: 1996 - 2001, Salford University Business School


PhD: 2005, Huddersfield University – Industrial Economics/Strategic Procurement – Defence Industry Structure and Supplier Strategies
DipEd: 1990, Leeds University – Economics
BA (H): 1985, CNAA – Economics

Teaching Experience

MSc Global Supply Chains;  Operations and Supply Chain  Management (ML), Creative Industries Modules  

U/G Technology and Innovation Management.module (ML)

Teach seminars on Executive MBA Operations Management. 

Previously 2001 to 2011. Manchester Business School/MSM UMIST - He taught in the Dip. in Management for PhD Engineering Students, Global Executive MBA, FT MBA and the MSc in Global SCM.. 

Admin duties

Course Director, 2015-2017 MSc in Gobal Supply Chains

Leeds University Promotions Committee 2019-

Journal Posts and Conference Roles

ABS 4* - Associate Editor – International Journal of Operations and Production Management – Impact Pathways Section  

ABS 3* – Supply Chain Management: an International Journal – Special Issue Editor 2021 – Upstream Product Innovation and Downstream Supply Chain Implications 

Operations Management Research – Special Issue CoEditor 2021 – Bridging the Research-Practice Gaps in Operations Management: Lessons from COVID-19. 

POMS Conference (Minneapolis) 2020 – Emerging Topics in Operations Management Track – Session Chair – Smart Cities. 

EUROMA – Conference (Berlin) 2021 – Impact Pathways – Special Session Co-chair

Invitation as a Speaker for the Editors Choice - Expert Deliberation from International Journals of Repute. Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, (SIOM) Nashik is organizing a talk series The Editors Choice - Expert Deliberation from International Journals of Repute. . 24th February 2021.

Invitation as a keynote speaker: COVID-19: Multivariate Statistical insights from the Automotive Industry. FIIB India. Two Week Online Development Program (FDP) on mutlivariate statistics Organized by the Fortune Institute of International Business, New Dehli, Sponsored by All India Council for Technical Education. 11th April 2021.

Invitation as an expert panel member. Online panel discussion on Big Data and Predictive Analytics as a part of Business Analytics workshop with eminent researchers Prof. Rameshwar Dubey from Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University and Prof. Gary Graham from Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds at School of Management Studies, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad. The session was very fruitful with discussion on various applications of Big Data and Predictive Analytics on E-mobility, Digital Transitioning, Sustainble Supply Chain, Organisational capabilities, and Humanitarian Supply Chain. Participents includes researchers and industry professionals from various organizations. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6790312366962679808/. 20th April 2021. 


AE – International Journal pf Operations and Production Management (IJOPM) Impact Pathways

 EB- Supply Chain Management: an International Journal


         Future Transportation


Research interests

Graham is an Associate Editor: International Journal of Operations and Production Management ABS 4* - IMPACT PATHWAYS SECTION. Where we encourage short articles and develop new and emerging talent in operations and supply chian management. In 2013 he was awarded an EPSRC Digital Economy funded scholarship to work with Prof Chris Caplice and colleagues at the Centre for Transport and Logistics at the Massachussets Institute for Technology in Boston on future freight modelling in the US. Whilst in 2017 he was a visiting researcher at the Centre for International Business and worked with Dr Jag Srai on a project entitled: redistributed manufacturing as a new form of local production system.  

My doctoral thesis (1991-1995) deployed ethnographic and anthropological methods to research procurement strategy as it evolved in response to changing Ministry of Defnce Policy. It was completed with five major UK defence suppliers in Aerospace and Electronics and industrially sponsored by the Defence Manufacturers Association. It researched many of the ideas of President Dwight Eisenshower and MIT’s JF Gorgol on the workings of Military Industrial Complexes.  

Since my PhD thesis (awarded in 1995) I have a long-standing expertise of investigating technological transitioning and change in the logistics and supply chain sectors, from disruptive innovation through to Brexit and more recently COVID-19. My current projects are investigating the impact of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, National Language Processing, Robotics and Human Analytics on Supply Network Design and Management. The sectors critically investigated include: defence, aerospace, electronics, European manufacturing (high tech and advanced), automobiles and distributed manufacturing. Smart city mobility and sustainability are more applied topics myself and my team of researchers have looked at under the theme of supply chain futures.

Covid-19 Related Research Activity

I am currently completing a 12-month Diary study and longitudinal case study with two senior global supply chain managers exploring the impact of CVD-19 on their supply chains. Their parent firms are based in the UK and US.  Global supply networks across North, Central and South America, Europe, Russia, China, India. They are based in the automobile sector, earth moving/infrastructure.

CVD-19 related articles:

 IJOPM pathways article -  Handfield RB, Graham G, Burns L. 2020. Coronavirus, Tariffs, Trade Wars and Supply Chain Evolutionary Design. International Journal of Operations and Production


IJOPM pathways section we co-edit and have supported pathway article development of two articles:

International Journal of Operations & Production Management Volume 40 Issue 4

Research opportunities for a more resilient post-COVID-19 supply chain – closing the gap between research findings and industry practice. Remko van Hoek. International Journal of Operations & Production Management ISSN: 0144-3577. Publication date: 29 May 2020



Production and Operations Management Special Issue on Managing Pandemics  

Successful in getting the extended abstract accepted and shortlisted (round 1) for competitive consideration as a full paper (round 2). 

The paper is entitled:

Supply chain ripple effects and complex network harmonics: adaptive resonance phenomenon emerging from COVID-19. Laird Burns, Gary Graham, Haydn Powell

Invited presentations

WYCA / Yorkshire Universities webinars on economic recovery.

Webinar 3: Resilient supply chains Weds 15 July 2pm – 3:30 pm

Chair: Peter O’Brien (Yorkshire Universities)

2:00- 2:10: Introduction and housekeeping Andrew Brown (with Lauren Caulfield) (University of Leeds)

2:10-2:20 Gary Graham (University of Leeds) Global supply network evolution and Covid-19: a paradigm shift in resilience  

LUBS Webinar Series

LUBS COVID19 Webinar series, Series: Lockdown

Speaker Name: Gary Graham, Date 23rd June 2020

Managing a Global Supply Chain from Home

LUBS Sustainabiity Lunchbag Seminars

What will happen to sustainability in supply chains – Post-Covid-19?

Thu 12/17/2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Research England 2020-21 QR Strategic Priorities Fund

Tracking Local Public Interest in Covid-19 Topics Using Natural Language Processing (NLP) (PI: Gary Graham) £23k.

Outside work. Had a long career in athletics and still compete in veteran tournaments. A PB of 31.30 for 10k in 1989.Yorks cross country team 1986, West Yorks School Cross Country Team, 1985 English Schools Champions. Also youth (qualified level 2) coaching of athletics, soccer. 

Linkedin profile


Visiting Scholar Positions

Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded Scholarship to University of North Carolina - 2008

Manchester Business School travel award: University of San Diego - 2009

EPSRC funded Scholarship to MIT - 2013

Leeds University Business School travel and subsistence award: Cambridge University 2017

Pre-2008 Publications

Lewis, G., Graham, G. & Hardaker, G. (2005). “Evaluating the Impact of the Internet on Barriers to Entry in the Music Industry”. Supply Chain Management: an International Journal. Vol 10, No 5, pp. 349-357.

Graham, G. “Supply Chain Architecture: A Blueprint for Networking the Flow of Material, Information and Cash”. International Journal of Operations and Production Management. 2005, Vol 25, No 11, p. 1156.

Graham, G., Burnes, B., Lewis, G. & Langer, J. (2004) “The Transformation of the Music Industry Supply Chain: a Major Label Perspective”. International Journal of Operations and Production Management. Vol 4, No 11/12, pp. 1087-1104

Graham, G. & Hardaker, G. (1998) “Defence Sector Procurement and Supply Chain Relationships”. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. Vol 3 No 3, pp. 20-26.


Supervision of research staff (PDRAs, Research Fellows, Research Assistants, technicians etc.)

Sanaz Sigaroudi. Innovation in the European Manufacturing Industry.

ESRC/SAMS Post-doctoral Research Fellow.

May 2012 – May 2015.

£75,000 duration 3 years.

Kate Holmes/Jamie Woodcock/Royston Meriton. The wonders of the Zooniverse: Modelling and optimizing volunteer online citizen science.

EPSRC NEMODE Research Fellow. 

Sept 2014 – Sept 2016.

£114,000 duration 2 years.

Arpita Bhattacharjee Balancing the impact of City Infrastructure Engineering on Natural systems using Robots

EPSRC Grand Challenges

Sept 2018 – Sept 2020

£119, 414 duration 2 years


Supervision of PhD Research students


Nita Yalina

First Supervisor: Gary Graham

Second Supervisor: Shahla Ghobadi 


Social-tecnhical analyis of humane technology in humanitrian supply chains: East Africa

Dinah Ndibuuza 

First Supervisor: Gary Graham

Second Supervisor: Jie Chen


Towards a New Era of Retail: A Dynamic Capabilities Analysis into Omni Channel Retailing Transformation

Edda Blumenstein 

Date of Award (subject to minor corrections) 2020

First Supervisor. Gary Graham

Second Supervior: Prof. Vassilikki Bamiatzi (Sussex)

External: Prof Neil Towers University of Gloucester


Strategic offshore wind supply cost reduction.

Patrick Alexander Hennelly

Date of Award: 2019

First Supervisor: Prof. Chee Wong.

Second Supervisor: Gary Graham

External: Prof. David Grant, Hull University


Kuo Pin Chang 
Date of Award: 2010
Manchester Business School
First Supervisor: Gary Graham
Second Supervisor: Prof. Bernard Burnes. 
External: Prof: Gerard Lewis, Dresden University of Applied Sciences.

An investigation into the nature of supply chain relationships in the sportswear sector .
Dennison, Jill Helen.
Awarding Body: University of Manchester : UMIST
Current Institution:  University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2004
Qualification Name: Thesis (Thesis (Ph.D.)) - University of
Manchester, 2004--University of Manchester : UMIST, 2004 
Second Supervisor: Prof. Bernard Burnes (second supervisor) 
External: Prof. Gerard Lewis. Dresden University of Applied Sciences.

Production activity control systems within small and medium sized enterprises supporting supply chain requirements .
Towers, Neil S.
Awarding Body: University of Manchester : UMIST
Current Institution:  University of Manchester
Date of Award:  2004
First Supervisor: Prof Bernard Burnes
Second Supervisor: Gary Graham
External: Prof. Simon Croom, Warwick University (now University of San Diego).

A comparison between UK and Korean logistics System.
Won Geung Park from the School of Business
Salford University 1998. Date of Award: 1998.
First Supervisor:  Prof. Frank Neal (retired) 
Second Supervisor: Gary Graham.
External: Professor Colin Bamford. Huddersfield University. 

Internal PhD Examiner (successful completions)

Omera Khan 

Managing Supply Chain Risks in the Textile and Clothing Industry.  

Supervisor: Prof. Bernard Burnes

Internal Examiner: 2005 

Manchester Business School

External examiner: Prof. Martin Christopher, Cranfield University


Gabriela Torres 2010 

An Investigation into the Structure, Contextualisation and Control of Supply Chain Knowledge. 

Supervisor: Steve Eldridge

Internal Examiner 2010

External examiner: Dr Tim Butcher, RMIT. Australia.


Sophie Hargreaves 2007 

Applying Action Learning Methodologies to the US Airline Supply Chain

Supervisor: Bernard Burnes

Internal Examiner 2007

External Examiner: Dr Penny West, Edge Hill College


LUBS Internal PhD Examiner

Raveekarn Aiemwongnukul  2018

Response capabilities during natural disaster disruptions

External Examiner: DIrk Peter Van Donk


LUBS Internal Transfer Report Examiner

Mapping differences between theory and practice of benefits methodologies within the NHS using interviews and documentary sources

Adrian Purcell

Supervisors: Susan Clamp, Owen Johnson

Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics


External PhD Examiner


Surajit Bag. University of Johannesburg, Internal Supevisors: Prof JHC Pretorius Co-supervisor: Prof Rameshwar Dubey

Awarded subject to minor corrections. December 2020. 


The effects of supplier development, relationship variables and market orientation on performance improvement in the Indonesian automotive industry.

Meylianti Sulungbudi . University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.Professor Shariah Akter, Professor Leona Tam and Dr. Venkat Yanamandram. 

Awarded February 2017. 


Research grants

Tracking Local Public Interest in Covid-19 Topics Using Natural Language Processing (NLP). £23,600. QR-SPF Panel (Leeds University). P! 01/21-04/21.

Big Data analysis of Covid-19 public communication. £5,000. Leeds University RIS. AI-Humanities Collaboration Fund. Co-I 08/20-10/20

Human Centric Design and Smart City Mobility £12,000. LUBS Grand Challenges Fund. PI: 04/19-07/19.

Balancing the impact of City Infrastructure Engineering on Natural systems using Robots.£4m (£119, 414). EPSRC Grand Challenges Co-I EP/N010523/1 09/15- 09/20.

How will Smart Cites Change Supply Chain Management: the Case of Toyota Motor City? ((£4,000) LUBS Seedcorn grant: LUBS 5401334002 PI /15 05/16

How Do We Make the UK More Resilient? EPSRC Impact Accelerator Account £13,000. Co-PI. 01/15-06/15

Future Cities and Community Resilience Network. £4,000 White Rose DTC Network funding (WRDTC 54013204)PI  02/14-06/15

Future Cities, Sustainability and Community Resilience Network. £4,000. Leeds University RCFS funding (LUBS 54013064) PI 01/14 - 06/14

European Manufacturing Survey £2,000. LUBS Seedcorn funding (LUBS 54012702) PI 01/13  -12/13

MIT Research Fellowship Grant £8,940. EPSRC (NEMODE -100340) PI 05/13 - 08/13

The wonders of the Zooniverse: Modelling and Optimizing Volunteer Online Citizen Science £114,000. EPSRC (EP/K039784/1). PI 09/13 09/16

Innovation in the European Manufacturing Industry £75,000 ESRC/SAMS Management and Business Development Fellowship (LUBS 0070) Co-PI. 05/12  05/15

Paywalls and the Future of Regional News Media: a Comparison between Britain and Germany £8,900. British Academy (SG100163). PI. 07/10  06/11

Public Engagement of Universities through Local News Media Networks  £2,000. National Centre for Public Engagement Development Fund. (NCPE R112155). PI. 09/10 09/11

Research Cluster on Innovative Media for a Digital Economy £12,000. EPSRC (EP/G001979/1). Co-I 04/08 03/09

Opportunities and Challenges in the Digital Economy: an Agenda for the Next-generation Internet.” £12,000. EPSRC (EP/G002002/1). Co-I 04/08- 06/09

Evolution of News Media £2,000 FCO UK-US Digital Economy Award (FCO-15133064). 02/12- 27/12

A Lean and Agile Manufacturing Methodology for SME’s in the Aerospace Supply Sector £150,000. EPSRC (GR/M23168) EPSRC (GR/M23168) Co-I 09/98 - 09/00

Supply Chain Management Across the Internet in the Music Industry £30,000 EU funded research project (GEMISIS). EU European Regional Development Funding GEMISIS 2000 (University Grant Code: SGRA16). Co-I 09/98 09/00

Supply Chain Management in the European Dance Music Sector £672, 715 EU funded research project EU (Leanardo da Vinci) (Contract number PP129117) 09/02 - 09/04

An Exploration of Information Communication Technologies in the Sportswear Supply Chain £30,000 EPSRC (Technitex Faraday Industrial Case Award (GR/M/231687) PI 09/02-09/04

Research grant reviewer

British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants Scheme. Reviewer since 2015.

Grants la Caixa Scheme. Social Research Call. Reviewer since 2020.

EPSRC Digital Economy Programme. Data Analytics for Future Cities Reviewer 2015-2019.

ESRC Euro-China Call. Reviewer 2013-2016.

Knowledge Foundation. Sweden. Industry Value Networks. Reviewer since 2020.


Journal reviewer

ABS 4 Journals – International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Journal of Management Studies, British Journal of Management

ABS 3 Journals – Supply Chain Management – an International Journal, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Information Systems Research, European Journal of Marketing


Editorial Board Positions

Sustainability, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal



Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Operations and Supply Chain Research

Current postgraduate researchers