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.
BA, DMS, MBA, DPhil
- 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.
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.
- 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."