Dr Alison Smart
- Senior Lecturer in Management (Management)
I joined the Adam Smith Business School in September 2013. My research and teaching centres around operations management, with a particular research interest in process innovations and supply networks. Some recent work has looked at the use of RFID technologies in supply chain and service settings.
- With colleagues at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde I am part of the FITwork project, researching Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work.
- With colleagues in Computing Science and Social Science at the University of Aberdeen, I was part of ASSURE, a project investigating the networking of rural SMEs. With Dr Raluca Bunduchi from the University of Edinburgh I examine process innovations, particularly those at the interface of organizations.
- A recent project, with Dr Bunduchi, Professor Lorna McKee (Aberdeen) and Professor Azuro-Blanco (Queens University, Belfast) looked at the application of telemedicine to glaucoma care.
Before moving to Glasgow I held positions at the University of Aberdeen, Manchester Business School and the University of Edinburgh, and worked for ICI and then Zeneca as a research and development chemist.
Alison is a member of the Services and Operations Management research cluster.
Areas of expertise:
- Operations management
- Process innovation
- Technology management
- Supply chain management
- Manufacturing management
- Service management
Co-investigator, FITwork, July 2015 - present
Co-investigator ASSURE Nov 2010 – 2013, University of Aberdeen with Tim Norman (principal investigator), and Jeff Pan, Katia Sycara and Claire Wallace (co-investigators). Part of Rural Digital Economy Hub funded by EPSRC.
Investigator, EPSRC Manufacturing Futures Network with MacBryde J (principal investigator, University of Strathclyde) and 13 others at several UK universities. Grant EP/D059046/1.
Total grant value: £62,422. March 06 – Feb 08 (extended to Jul 08).
Investigator, ESRC E-Society Programme The Network Enterprise: the Shaping of Institutions and Standards in e-Business. With Williams R. and Graham I.R. (University of Edinburgh). Grant RES-335-25-0022.
Total grant value: £84,861 April 2003 – March 2005.
I am interested in supervising PhD projects in the areas of:
- operations process innovation – particularly, but not limited to, process innovations that cross organisational boundaries;
- supply chain management (including goods supply chains, service supply chains and mixed goods and service supply chains);
- the implementation of new technologies within manufacturing and/or service operations.
In my own research, I use use empirical – largely qualitative, but some quantitative – methodologies, and would expect potential applicants to wish to use similar approaches in their own projects. My research interests do not involve mathematical modelling.
- Operations Management (MSc Professional Pathways)
- Business Strategic Management (Developing Leadership Skills with People and Resources element)(MBA);
- Supply Chain Management (MBA elective)