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HNC in Business & Finance, Gwent College of Higher Education – 1992
• Diploma in Business Administration (Distinction) – 1994
MBA, University of Wales, Newport (Distinction) – 1996
• Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy – 2012
• Prince2 – August 2012


Main Teaching Areas

• Currently completing a PhD in complex adaptive supply chains;
• Consistently active in industry, working with private, public and 3rd sector
• Currently working in partnership with Airbus Defence and Space (July 2013 – July
2016), on a 3 year E-KTP project researching and developing sustainable and
trusted supply chains.


Before becoming an academic, Chris spent 21 years (1978-1999) working within the UK Defence Sector at Royal Ordnance / BAe Systems. Here Chris operated across Royal Ordnance at a number of sites and in a diverse range of management roles, including operations management, production control and master scheduling, sales and marketing and purchasing and supply chain management.
Since becoming an academic (1999 to the present), Chris’ main teaching areas include at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, strategy and strategic management, strategic supply chain management, operations management, purchasing, logistics, retail and supply chain management, organisational behaviour and management theory. Chris has supervised successfully many undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations to pass, merit and distinction levels.

Chris is the former Divisional Head for supply chain, strategy and sports and events at the University of Glamorgan (2010-2011). Chris has published a number of journal and conference papers considering aspects of the supply chain including his current research / PhD focus on complex adaptive supply chains. This explores the role of agency in supply systems and the impacts of human behavioural on the effectiveness of the supply chain.

Chris is MBA qualified, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK (CMILT) and the Institute of Operations Management (IOM).


• Professional Body (CIPS, CILT, IOM & APM) co-ordinator for CSCOPE at USW;
• Scheme Leader for the CIPS Professional Diploma at USW;
• Scheme Leader for MSc Project Management at USW.

Supply Chain Management; Purchasing; Logistics; Operations Management; Organisational Behaviour; Management; Strategic Management.


‘Measuring Outsourcing Efficacy: a quantitative examination of on-site outsourcing performance in the aerospace manufacturing sector’. Strategic Change, Special Issue ‘High Technology Ventures’, In-Press. Davies, L., White, G.R.T., Plant, E. and Lee, C. 2015.

‘The Supply Chain as a Complex Adaptive System’. A paper presented at KES Transactions on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing Vol 1, No 1 Special Edition – Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2014. Lee, C.J, Stephens, V & Barrett, J.

‘Conceptualising a new model for Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM) in the UK defence sector’. A paper presented at KES Transactions on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing Vol 1, No 1 Special Edition – Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2014. Stephens, V, Lee, C.J, & Barrett, J.

‘A Complex View of a Rural Transport System (Bwcabus)’. A paper presented at the UTSG conference, January 2014. Clark, O. & Lee, C.J.

‘Barriers to Procurement Opportunity: A study of the Pre Qualification process that affect SME engagement in Public Sector procurement in Wales’. Commissioned by Value Wales. Ringwald K, Cahill D, Lee C.J. March 2010

‘Can SME Win Public Sector Business?’ Public Sector Procurement Conference organised by COMEX. Ringwald K, Lee C & Parfitt S. 2010

‘Falling at the first fence: The buyer’s perspective on systems to support SME pre-qualification for public sector contracts’. A paper presented at the 32nd ISBE Conference, Liverpool. Kath Ringwald, Chris Lee & Scott Parfitt. Nov 2009

‘Managerialism: A Complex View of Crisis and Increasing Diversity in Organisations.’ . The Sixth International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities & Nations. New Orleans, USA, 12 – 15 June 2006. Lee, C.J., & Thomas, P.

‘Business in Context’. A Pearson custom publication for the University of Wales College, Newport, compiled by Suzanne Cole, Jonathan Deacon, and Chris Lee, 2003.

‘Give me the money: Why can’t SMEs win a large share of public sector contracts for goods and services’. 25th ISBA National Small firms conference, Brighton 2002. Ringwald, K & Lee, C.J. 2002.

‘Entrepreneurship Action Plan; SME Engagement in Public Sector Purchasing’. A joint proposal presented to the Welsh Development Agency, December 2001. Ringwald, K., Lee, K., & Russ, D.

‘Greening the supply chain in the automotive sector’. A paper presented at Leeds University, September 2000. Hutchings, C, & Lee, C.J.

‘The Ownership Continuum: The missing link for the successful implementation of manufacturing change’. MBA dissertation, Chris Lee 1996.


Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport UK (CMILT)
Institute of Operations Management (IOM)


Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Activity
KTP at Gwalia Housing in Swansea – 2006 to 2008 (2 year strategic KTP). To review, develop and implement a web-based integrated Strategic Procurement IT System and to deliver a ‘best in class’ strategic procurement strategy.

KTP Pullman Engineering in Cardiff – Feb 2010 to Sept 2010 (short tactical KTP). This KTP was in partnership with Coleg Morgannwg and was the first KTP in the UK between FE & HE. To embed the knowledge and delivery of best practice procurement, stock control, production management at Pullman

KTP at Cardiff Council – 2009-2011 (2 year strategic KTP). The development and implementation of a three-year corporate procurement strategy (category management) which directly supported the Council in the delivery of its Strategic Transformational Change programme.

KTP at Airbus Newport – 2013 -2016 (3 year extended KTP). The first E-KTP of this type awarded in Wales. To design and successfully implement an innovative sustainable and trusted supply system capable of achieving state of the art operating performance.
Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) Activity

SIP at Able Radio, Pontypool (3rd Sector) – 2009. To explore the potential alternative income streams through diversification opportunities to help sustainably develop tactical and strategic thinking in areas such as marketing, HR and social enterprise at Able Radio.

SIP at RS Components in Corby – 2009 / 10. To scope the development of a potential best practice ‘Virtual Communities of Practice (VCoP)’ at RS Components.

SIP & Reverse SIP at Eurobond, Cardiff – 2009 / 10. SIP – to scope the operational and strategic supply chain functions at Eurobond, addressing the strategic position of these functions within Eurobond. Reverse SIP – to introduce A3 reporting into the teaching and learning strategy at the University of Glamorgan Business School.

SIP at Llantwit Major Chamber of Commerce – May / June 2011. To scope the development of a strategic partnership between the Chamber and the Faculty of Business and Society, specifically involving the local history of Llantwit Major and its impact on tourism and the supply chain and enterprise impacts within the local and wider economy of South Wales.

SIP at Continental Teves in Ebbw Vale – 2012. To scope the development of a strategic approach to tackling inventory control and operations management problems and issues at Continental;

SIP at Sanken Power Systems UK, Bridgend – 2013. To scope the key Telecom players / users / buyers and ‘order winning’ criteria to sustain Sanken in their market;

SIP at Airbus Defence and Space (nee Cassidian) – 2012/13. To scope the opportunity for a potential pan- Airbus (UK, Germany & France) strategic E-KTP in sustainable and trusted supply chain development.

SIP at Gone Swimming in North Wales (SME) – 2013. To conduct a macro-environmental analysis to help scope the nature of the challenges facing this SME to align with the ‘Tourism Strategy North Wales Action Plan 2010-2013’ and ‘The North Wales Outdoor Sector, Vision and Action Plan 2009-2013’.


Organisational Behaviour / Complexity theory, Supply Chain Management and Strategic Management,

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