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Dr Anthony Flynn

Dr Anthony Flynn

Senior Lecturer in Purchasing and Supply Management

+44 (0)29 2087 5890
C44, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


Anthony is a Senior Lecturer in Purchasing & Supply Management. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE). He joined Cardiff University Business School as a full-time faculty member in Sept. 2016. He previously lectured across a number of third level colleges in Ireland between 2013 and 2016. His research interest is procurement and supply chain management, with particular emphasis on SME participation in public sector supply chains. He has written and researched widely in this area and his work is published in a number of ABS journals, including: Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business & Enterprise Development, European Business Review, Environment & Planning C: Government and Policy, Policy StudiesPublic Money & Management, Journal of Public Procurement, International Journal of Public Sector Management and Public Procurement Law Review. He is also a regular contributor to industry magazines and has written for the print media in Ireland.



  • PhD (Dublin City University) 2015: Investigating Compliance with SME-friendly Procurement Policy
  • Certificate in Training & Education (National University of Ireland, Galway) 2012
  • Master of Science (Dublin Institute of Technology) 2008
  • Master of Business Studies (National University of Ireland, Galway) 2004
  • Bachelor of Commerce (National University of Ireland, Galway) 2003

Media contributions

Honours and awards

  • 2018: Winner of the Emerald Literati Awards 2018 Outstanding Paper, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 
  • 2015: Shortlisted for the Irish Procurement & Supply Chain National Awards
  • 2013: Winner of the University of South Australia International PhD Essay Competition
  • 2012: Runner-up in the Procurement for Innovation World Bank Case Study competition
  • 2012: Awarded PhD scholarship by SourceDogg
  • 2004: Awarded Faculty of Commerce scholarship by the National University of Ireland, Galway

Professional memberships

  1. Certified Management Business Educator (CMBE)
  2. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)














Teaching commitments

  1. BSc in Business Management Year 3: Logistics and Operations Project
  2. MSc in Logistics & Operations Management: Responsible Purchasing

Primary research interests

  • SME participation in public contracting
  • Public buyer behaviour
  • National procurement policy
  • Modern slavery in supply chains

Research projects

Opportunities in Public Sector Procurement: The National Procurement Service Annual Survey.

2012/2013/2015 - Sponsored by National Procurement Service of Ireland - Led by Dr Paul Davis with Dr Anthony Flynn.

Are Tenders on your Radar? Promoting SME Participation in Public Contracts: Best Practice Guide.

2013 - Sponsored by Dublin Chamber of Commerce - Led by Dr Paul Davis with Dr Anthony Flynn and Ms Emma McEvoy.


Past projects