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Professor Steve Brown

Professor Steve Brown

Professor of Management

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Steve Brown is Professor of Management within the School and joined from the School of Management at Bath, where he led the Operations Management Group and was Director of the Centre of Technology and Innovation Management (CENTAIM).

Professor Brown is currently working on how operations strategies can help organisations to perform to world-class levels within volatile markets; he is also researching how operations capabilities can enhance the chances of success with Innovation initiatives both within, and across, organisations and has been involved in a number of funded research activities. He is a Visiting Professor to Baruch College, City University, New York and is also Visiting Professor at NIMBAS in Holland. He is listed in Who‘s Who in Europe. His management experience was gained in both the public and private sectors including large and SME organisations. He is actively involved in consulting in a range of organisations in the manufacturing and service sectors.

Professor Brown is now Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Operations & Production Management, which is the leading journal in its field in Europe and one of the top three in the world in Operations Management. 

Qualifications

BA, DMS, MBA, DPhil

Research

Research interests

  • Linking operations and business strategies
  • Managing innovation
  • Managing process technology
  • Managing quality

The key issue for organisations in all sectors (private and public; manufacturing and services) is that they face conditions of enormous, and ongoing, change. This means that old ways of doing business are not appropriate. Instead, companies and organisations have to develop capabilities that will enable them to compete in very volatile conditions. Such capabilities do not come about by chance but are as a result of specific strategies being put in place. This is where the role of operation strategy, Professor Brown's main area of interest, is vital. The problem, though, is that some organisations do not have senior-level operations people in place Ð which means an organisation may chase after business in which it cannot possibly complete because it has not developed the right capabilities. In addition it robs the organisation of chasing after business in which it might well succeed. However, where operations strategies are in place, organisations can become world-class.

Professor Brown is now Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Operations & Production Management, which is the leading journal in its field in Europe and one of the top three in the world in Operations Management. This role will ensure that Professor Brown's research (and others within the Operations Group at Exeter who are also editors of the journal) is kept fully up to date with the latest, cutting edge ideas on Operations Management. This will inform his teaching and provide latest examples of world class practice.

Research projects

Professor Brown's recent PhD supervisions have included innovation, managing operations processes, and quality management in various sectors. His own research continues to be in the area of operations strategy but this has widened into emerging areas of 'green production'. This is important for operations because unless an organisation has 'lean' operations capabilities in place, it cannot pretend to be green in its processes.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Books

Mann C, Stuart J, Brown S (2005). Strategy, Operations and Tactics in Employee Development., Butterworth-Heinemann.
Brown S, Bessant J, Lamming R, Jones P (2004). Strategic Operations Management. Oxford, Butterworth Heinemann.
Ford D, Brown S, Naude P, Berthon P (2002). The Business Marketing Course., John Wiley.
Brown S, Cousins P, Blackmon K, Maylor H (2001). Operations management – Policy, Practice and Performance Management., Butterworth-Heinemann.
Brown S (2000). Manufacturing the future. London, Financial Times Books.
Brown S (1996). Strategic Manufacturing for Competitive Advantage - Transforming Operations from Shop Floor to Strategy. Hemel Hempstead, Prentice Hall PTR.

Journal articles

Brown SE (In Press). Implementing Operations Strategy through Lean Processes within Health Care - the example of NHS in the UK. International Journal of Operations & Production Management Abstract.
Brown SE, Baines T (2016). Servitization: measuring the adoption of advanced services and the performance in their delivery. International Journal of Production Economics, Special Issue Abstract.
Gosling J, Jia F, Gong Y, Brown S (2014). The role of supply chain leadership in the learning of sustainable practice: toward an integrated framework. Journal of Cleaner Production Full text.
Brown S (2013). An interview with Wickham Skinner, Emeritus Professor at Harvard Business School. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 33(1), 104-110. Abstract.
Brown S, Vondrácek P (2013). Implementing time-based manufacturing practices in pharmaceutical preparation manufacturers. Production Planning & Control, 24(1), 28-46.
Brown SE, Doran D, Hill A, Brown S, Aktas E, Kuula M (2013). Operations management teaching: establishing content and relevance to practitioners. Industry & Higher Education, 27(5), 375-387.
Brown S (2012). A note from the Editor-in-Chief. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 32(3-4), 264-264.
Brown S (2012). An interview with Terry Hill, Emeritus Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 32(3), 375-384. Abstract.
Baines T, Brown S, Benedettini O, Ball P (2012). Examining green production and its role within the competitive strategy of manufacturers. Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, 5(1), 53-87. Abstract.
Brown SE, Squire B, Lewis M (2010). The impact of inclusive and fragmented operations strategies on operations performance. International Journal of Production Research, 48(14). Full text.
Squire B, Cousins PD, Brown S (2009). Cooperation and Knowledge Transfer within Buyer–Supplier Relationships: the Moderating Properties of Trust, Relationship Duration and Supplier Performance. British Journal of Management, 20(4), 461-477.
Brophey G, Brown S (2009). Innovation practices within small to medium-sized mechanically-based manufacturers. Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, 11(3), 327-340.
Brown SE, Squire B, Cousins P (2009). Knowledge transfer within cooperative buyer-supplier relationships: the moderating impact of trust, relationship duration and supplier performance. British Journal of Management, 20(4), 461-477.
Brown SE, Squire B, Cousins P, Lawson B (2009). The effect of supplier manufacturing capabilities on buyer responsiveness: the role of collaboration. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 29(8), 766-788.
Brown SE, Hill A (2008). Strategic profiling: a visual representation of internal strategic fit in service organizations. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 12(27), 1333-1361.
Brown SE (2008). Strategisk resonans – en punky pa agendan for hogre chefer. Produktionsstrategei Argang, 4
Brown S (2007). Making common sense common practice - models for manufacturing excellence. TECHNOVATION, 27(1-2), 89-90. Author URL.
Brown SE, Blackmon K, Squire B (2007). The contribution of manufacturing strategy involvement and alignment to world class manufacturing performance. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 27(3), 282-302.
Squire B, Cousins PD, Brown S (2006). Collaborating for customisation: a resource-based perspective. International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, 1(1/2), 8-25.
Brown S, Fai F (2006). Strategic Resonance Between Technological and Organisational Capabilities in the Innovation Process within Firms. Technovation, 26, 66-75.
Readman J, Squire B, Bessant J, Brown S (2006). The application of agile manufacturing for customer value. Journal of Financial Transformation, 18(November), 133-141.
Squire B, Brown S, Readman J, Bessant J (2006). The impact of mass customisation on manufacturing trade-offs. Production and Operations Management, 15(1).
Brown SE, Blackmon K (2005). Aligning Manufacturing Strategy and Business-Level Competitive Strategy in New Competitive Environments: the Case for Strategic Resonance. Journal of Management Studies, 42(4), 793-815.
Brown S, Maylor H (2005). Enlightened Firms, Mass Producers, Big Fish & Flatliners: a Study of Policies, Practices & Performance. Technovation, 25(4), 307-420.
Brown S, Blackmon K (2005). Linking Manufacturing Strategy to the Strategy Mainstream: the Case for Strategic Resonance. Journal of Management Studies, 42(4), 793-815.
Squire B, Readman J, Brown S, Bessant J (2004). Mass customisation: the key to customer value?. Production Planning and Control, 15(4), 459-471.
Brown S, Cousins P (2004). Supply and Operations - Parallel Paths and Integrated Strategies. British Journal of Management, 15(4), 303-321.
Crute V, Ward Y, Brown S, Graves A (2003). The Adoption of Lean Practices within the Aerospace Industry – Strategy and Practice. Technovation, 23(12), 917-928.
Brown SE, Bessant J (2003). The manufacturing strategy-capabilities links in mass customisation and agile manufacturing - an exploratory study. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 23(7), 707-730.
Bessant J, Francis D, Meredith S, Kaplinsky R, Brown S (2001). Developing manufacturing agility in SMEs. International Journal of Technology Management, 22(1-3), 28-54. Abstract.
Brown SE (2001). Managing Process Technology - Further Evidence from Manufacturing Plants. Technovation, 21, 467-478.
Brown S (2001). Strategic Reconfiguration - Manufacturing's Key Role in Innovation. Production and Inventory Management Journal, 9-16.
Brown S (1998). Manufacturing Seniority, Strategy and Innovation. Technovation, 18(2), 25-33.
Brown S (1998). Manufacturing Strategy, Manufacturing Seniority and Plant Performance in Quality. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 18(6), 565-587.
Brown S (1998). New Evidence on Quality in Manufacturing Plants - a Challenge to Lean Production. Production and Inventory Management Journal, 39(1), 14-22.
Brown S (1997). High and Low Quality Performance in Manufacturing Firms. TQM Journal, 9(4), 292-299.
Brown S (1997). Manufacturing Strategy, Manufacturing Seniority and Quality Capability at Plant Level. Production and Inventory Management Journal, 38(3), 12-28.
Brown S (1994). TQM and Work Study - Partners in Excellence. Production and Inventory Management Journal, 35(3), 34-39.
Brown S (1994). The Role of Work Study in TQM. TQM Journal, 6(3), 9-15.

Chapters

Brown S (2002). Managing Fulfilment. In Ford D (Ed) The Business Marketing Course.
Brown S (1999). The Role of Manufacturing Strategy in Mass Customization and Agile Manufacturing. In Kanda A (Ed) Operations Management for the Global Economy - Challenges and Prospects, New Delhi: Prospects Phoenix Publishing.

Publications by year


In Press

Brown SE (In Press). Implementing Operations Strategy through Lean Processes within Health Care - the example of NHS in the UK. International Journal of Operations & Production Management Abstract.

2016

Brown SE, Baines T (2016). Servitization: measuring the adoption of advanced services and the performance in their delivery. International Journal of Production Economics, Special Issue Abstract.

2014

Gosling J, Jia F, Gong Y, Brown S (2014). The role of supply chain leadership in the learning of sustainable practice: toward an integrated framework. Journal of Cleaner Production Full text.

2013

Brown S (2013). An interview with Wickham Skinner, Emeritus Professor at Harvard Business School. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 33(1), 104-110. Abstract.
Brown S, Vondrácek P (2013). Implementing time-based manufacturing practices in pharmaceutical preparation manufacturers. Production Planning & Control, 24(1), 28-46.
Brown SE, Doran D, Hill A, Brown S, Aktas E, Kuula M (2013). Operations management teaching: establishing content and relevance to practitioners. Industry & Higher Education, 27(5), 375-387.

2012

Brown S (2012). A note from the Editor-in-Chief. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 32(3-4), 264-264.
Brown S (2012). An interview with Terry Hill, Emeritus Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 32(3), 375-384. Abstract.
Baines T, Brown S, Benedettini O, Ball P (2012). Examining green production and its role within the competitive strategy of manufacturers. Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, 5(1), 53-87. Abstract.

2010

Brown SE, Squire B, Lewis M (2010). The impact of inclusive and fragmented operations strategies on operations performance. International Journal of Production Research, 48(14). Full text.

2009

Squire B, Cousins PD, Brown S (2009). Cooperation and Knowledge Transfer within Buyer–Supplier Relationships: the Moderating Properties of Trust, Relationship Duration and Supplier Performance. British Journal of Management, 20(4), 461-477.
Brophey G, Brown S (2009). Innovation practices within small to medium-sized mechanically-based manufacturers. Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, 11(3), 327-340.
Brown SE, Squire B, Cousins P (2009). Knowledge transfer within cooperative buyer-supplier relationships: the moderating impact of trust, relationship duration and supplier performance. British Journal of Management, 20(4), 461-477.
Brown SE, Squire B, Cousins P, Lawson B (2009). The effect of supplier manufacturing capabilities on buyer responsiveness: the role of collaboration. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 29(8), 766-788.

2008

Brown SE, Hill A (2008). Strategic profiling: a visual representation of internal strategic fit in service organizations. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 12(27), 1333-1361.
Brown SE (2008). Strategisk resonans – en punky pa agendan for hogre chefer. Produktionsstrategei Argang, 4

2007

Brown S (2007). Making common sense common practice - models for manufacturing excellence. TECHNOVATION, 27(1-2), 89-90. Author URL.
Brown SE, Blackmon K, Squire B (2007). The contribution of manufacturing strategy involvement and alignment to world class manufacturing performance. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 27(3), 282-302.

2006

Squire B, Cousins PD, Brown S (2006). Collaborating for customisation: a resource-based perspective. International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, 1(1/2), 8-25.
Brown S, Fai F (2006). Strategic Resonance Between Technological and Organisational Capabilities in the Innovation Process within Firms. Technovation, 26, 66-75.
Readman J, Squire B, Bessant J, Brown S (2006). The application of agile manufacturing for customer value. Journal of Financial Transformation, 18(November), 133-141.
Squire B, Brown S, Readman J, Bessant J (2006). The impact of mass customisation on manufacturing trade-offs. Production and Operations Management, 15(1).

2005

Brown SE, Blackmon K (2005). Aligning Manufacturing Strategy and Business-Level Competitive Strategy in New Competitive Environments: the Case for Strategic Resonance. Journal of Management Studies, 42(4), 793-815.
Brown S, Maylor H (2005). Enlightened Firms, Mass Producers, Big Fish & Flatliners: a Study of Policies, Practices & Performance. Technovation, 25(4), 307-420.
Brown S, Blackmon K (2005). Linking Manufacturing Strategy to the Strategy Mainstream: the Case for Strategic Resonance. Journal of Management Studies, 42(4), 793-815.
Mann C, Stuart J, Brown S (2005). Strategy, Operations and Tactics in Employee Development., Butterworth-Heinemann.

2004

Squire B, Readman J, Brown S, Bessant J (2004). Mass customisation: the key to customer value?. Production Planning and Control, 15(4), 459-471.
Brown S, Bessant J, Lamming R, Jones P (2004). Strategic Operations Management. Oxford, Butterworth Heinemann.
Brown S, Cousins P (2004). Supply and Operations - Parallel Paths and Integrated Strategies. British Journal of Management, 15(4), 303-321.

2003

Crute V, Ward Y, Brown S, Graves A (2003). The Adoption of Lean Practices within the Aerospace Industry – Strategy and Practice. Technovation, 23(12), 917-928.
Brown SE, Bessant J (2003). The manufacturing strategy-capabilities links in mass customisation and agile manufacturing - an exploratory study. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 23(7), 707-730.

2002

Brown S (2002). Managing Fulfilment. In Ford D (Ed) The Business Marketing Course.
Ford D, Brown S, Naude P, Berthon P (2002). The Business Marketing Course., John Wiley.

2001

Bessant J, Francis D, Meredith S, Kaplinsky R, Brown S (2001). Developing manufacturing agility in SMEs. International Journal of Technology Management, 22(1-3), 28-54. Abstract.
Brown SE (2001). Managing Process Technology - Further Evidence from Manufacturing Plants. Technovation, 21, 467-478.
Brown S, Cousins P, Blackmon K, Maylor H (2001). Operations management – Policy, Practice and Performance Management., Butterworth-Heinemann.
Brown S (2001). Strategic Reconfiguration - Manufacturing's Key Role in Innovation. Production and Inventory Management Journal, 9-16.

2000

Brown S (2000). Manufacturing the future. London, Financial Times Books.

1999

Brown S (1999). The Role of Manufacturing Strategy in Mass Customization and Agile Manufacturing. In Kanda A (Ed) Operations Management for the Global Economy - Challenges and Prospects, New Delhi: Prospects Phoenix Publishing.

1998

Brown S (1998). Manufacturing Seniority, Strategy and Innovation. Technovation, 18(2), 25-33.
Brown S (1998). Manufacturing Strategy, Manufacturing Seniority and Plant Performance in Quality. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 18(6), 565-587.
Brown S (1998). New Evidence on Quality in Manufacturing Plants - a Challenge to Lean Production. Production and Inventory Management Journal, 39(1), 14-22.

1997

Brown S (1997). High and Low Quality Performance in Manufacturing Firms. TQM Journal, 9(4), 292-299.
Brown S (1997). Manufacturing Strategy, Manufacturing Seniority and Quality Capability at Plant Level. Production and Inventory Management Journal, 38(3), 12-28.

1996

Brown S (1996). Strategic Manufacturing for Competitive Advantage - Transforming Operations from Shop Floor to Strategy. Hemel Hempstead, Prentice Hall PTR.

1994

Brown S (1994). TQM and Work Study - Partners in Excellence. Production and Inventory Management Journal, 35(3), 34-39.
Brown S (1994). The Role of Work Study in TQM. TQM Journal, 6(3), 9-15.

External positions

  • External examiner in (MBA, MSc), University of Surrey
  • Visiting Professor to Baruch College, City University, New York
  • Visiting Professor at TiasNIMBAS
  • External Examiner at University of Bath, 2009-2012
  • Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Operations & Production Management

Professor Brown's teaching reflects his research - i.e. operations strategy, which is offered as a module to final year undergraduates, and is a core theme in his teaching on operations management within the MBA. Professor Brown also teaches on our MSc and MBA innovation modules, which he launched several years ago. What underpins his teaching is up to date research. In his words, "my aim in all of my teaching is to get students to think about the major challenges they will face in today's business world. I want all of my students to make informed decisions that will help their organisations perform better than they would do otherwise."

Taught modules

Modules

2016/17