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Professor David Bamford is an experienced industrialist/academic who has published over 100 articles, book chapters and reports as well as presented widely on his topics to both academic and practitioner audiences.  His multiple publications include two co-authored books: i) Managing Quality (2016); and ii) Essential Guide to Operations Management (2010).

David’s academic activities are under-pinned by a strong industrial and commercial background which, following initial qualifications in mechanical engineering and management led to roles as Quality Manager, Shift Manager and Operations Manager. The final position was created to manage pharmaceutical manufacturing and assembly operations for exponential sales growth and involved establishing complex logistical relationships with worldwide suppliers, contractors and customers.

An opportunity to study for a sponsored PhD led to a change in direction and David joined Manchester Business School in 2000. His many teaching/programme administrative activities have included: Director - NHS Leadership Programme, an MSc programme for senior NHS Directors in partnership with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Harvard University; University lecture programmes in Operations Management (MBA and BSc); Quality Management: Concepts & Practice (BSc & MSc); Quality Management: Tools & Techniques (BSc); Business Improvement Tools & Techniques (MSc); Organisational Change (MSc).

David has received many awards for research, teaching and knowledge transfer: Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence: Paper 'Service quality at the London 2012 games - a Paralympics athletes survey' in International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, selected by the journal’s editorial team as a Highly Commended paper; University 'Thank You' Awards 2017,  2016,  2015; Innovative Partnership Award (University of Huddersfield) for work with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT); Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC): Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP); Technology Strategy Board & InnovateUK; and for teaching: University of Manchester: Distinguished Achievement Medal – Teacher of the Year; University Award for Teaching Excellence.  Multiple Department Teaching Awards.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Sports operations management
  • Application of Operations Management theories in the service sector
  • Strategic organisational change
  • Leadership and quality management

Research Degree Supervision

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  • Sports Operations Management
  • Operations Management Theories
  • Strategic Organisational Change
  • Leadership
  • Quality Management

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Projects 2015 2017

To Create and Embed New Business Processes to Enhance the Supply Chain Integration

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Project: ResearchKnowledge Transfer Partnership

Research Output 2012 2018

Management Consultancy’s role in delivering lasting [Triple Bottom Line] benefits

Reid, I., Matthias, O. & Bamford, D., 12 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Production Planning and Control. 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sustainable development
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Triple bottom line

Reconciling engineer-to-order uncertainty by supporting front-end decision-making

Reid, I., Bamford, D. & Hossam, I., 16 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Production Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Decision making
Supply chains
management practice
research method
Environmental uncertainty
Quality management
2 Citations

Applying quality function deployment to social housing?

Kassela, K., Papalexi, M. & Bamford, D., 10 Apr 2017, In : TQM Journal. 29, 3, p. 422-437 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Quality function deployment
Social housing
Quality improvement
Process parameters

Can knowledge be retained in informal organisational networks?

Abualqumboz, M., Reid, I., Papalexi, M. & Bamford, D., 1 Jan 2017, Proceedings of the 18th European Conference on Knowledge Management, ECKM 2017. Academic Conferences Limited, Vol. 1. p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Organizational networks
Knowledge sharing
Informal networks
Knowledge networks

Activities 2014 2018

  • 16 Oral presentation

From Sponsorship to Partnership: In Search of a Partnership Portfolio Framework in the Sports Industry

Sabrina Thornton (Speaker), Benjamin Dehe (Speaker), David Bamford (Speaker)
26 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Benchmarking Stadium Operations to Identify the Effects of Operations on Performance

Jim Bamford (Speaker), Benjamin Dehe (Speaker), David Bamford (Speaker), Iain Reid (Speaker), Marina Papalexi (Speaker)
9 May 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Sports Operations Management: The Whole Nine Yards

David Bamford (Speaker), Benjamin Dehe (Speaker), Iain Reid (Speaker), Jim Bamford (Speaker), Marina Papalexi (Speaker)
9 May 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Project Management Assets for Competitive Advantage: Applying RBV to Social Enterprise

Paul Armitage (Speaker), David Bamford (Speaker), Janet Handley (Speaker), Benjamin Dehe (Speaker)
20 Jun 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Pull-Logic and ERP Within Engineering-To-Order (ETO): The Case of a British Manufacturer

Benjamin Dehe (Speaker), David Bamford (Speaker), Ken Jolley (Speaker)
6 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation