School of Business

Supply Chain Operations Management and Strategy

Lead: Professor Nicola Bateman

Co-lead: Dr Ade Oyedijo

This group addresses enquiry in these related fields, exploring research and practices including sustainability, ethics, logistics, decision-making and digital technologies. Areas of particular interest are;

  • The use of visual data to drive operational and strategic decision-making
  • Ethical and sustainable supply chains
  • Use of operational performance measure particularly in public and 3rd sector organisations
  • Use of optimisation techniques for operations and supply chain management
  • Sustainability-oriented supplier development initiatives
  • Use of quantitative techniques to improve operations and supply chain management
  • Improve food security and sustainability
  • Improving visibility and transparency in multi-tier supply chains

We consider these topics from both the perspective of developed and developing economies.


  • THIS. Institute “The role of visual management tools for the coordination of teams in healthcare “ PHD-2018-01-008 1.9.19 – 30.9.23 £150,216.
  • British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants, “Building Resilience in the UK’s Food Supply Chain System”, SAPGM no. RS101G0418, 2023.09 – 2025.03, £9,460.30.
  • College Research Development Funding, “Achieving socially sustainable supply chain via scaling up sustainability-oriented supplier development initiatives”, S11RS621, 2022.08 – 2023.07, £2,830.
  • ULSB Seedcorn Funding, ‘‘The path to greater resilience and food security in Africa's agricultural supply chains’’, 2023.07 – 2023.09, £2,500.


  • OEE/Gobeyond partners
  • East Midlands Chamber



Bateman, N., Philp, L. and Warrender, H., (2016). Visual management and shop floor teams–development, implementation and use. International Journal of Production Research, 54(24), pp.7345-7358.

Cluley, V., Bateman, N. and Radnor, Z., 2021. The use of visual images to convey complex messages in health settings: Stakeholder perspectives. International Journal of Healthcare Management, 14(4), pp.1098-1106.

Jia, M., Stevenson, M. and Hendry, L. C. (2021), “The boundary-spanning role of first-tier suppliers in sustainability-oriented supplier development initiatives”, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 41 No. 11, pp. 1633-1659.

Jia, M., Hendry, L. and Stevenson, M. (2022), “Supplier absorptive capacity: Learning via boundary objects in sustainability-oriented supplier development initiatives”, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 42 No. 8, pp. 1173-1199.

Moradeyo, A.A., Oyedijo, A. and Trollman, H., 2023. Addressing Unfairness in Fresh Fruit Supply Chains in the United Kingdom with Technology Adoption for Improved Supply Chain Resilience. Engineering Proceedings, 40(1), p.18.

Oyedijo, A., and Akenroye, T. (2023), ‘‘5 ways to make food supply chains fairer’’, World Economic Forum.  

Oyedijo, A., Kusi-Sarpong, S., Mubarik, M.S., Khan, S.A. and Utulu, K. (2023), ‘‘Multi-tier sustainable supply chain management: a case study of a global food retailer’’, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. 

Trollman, H., Jagtap, S., & Trollman, F. (2023). Crowdsourcing food security: introducing food choice derivatives for sustainability. Food Security, 1-13.


We meet twice in a term and twice during the summer period. Our meetings are comprised of research seminars and workshops with current PhD Candidates, Academics, and Scholars within the University, as well as external speakers.

Past events

  • Supply Chain Collaboration with Game Theory (22nd of March, 2023)
  • Blood Supply Chain Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa (30th of March, 2023)
  • Decisions and use of Visual Communication Boards (7th of June, 2023)

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