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Professor Helen Walker

Professor Helen Walker

Professor of Operations and Supply Management

Cardiff Business School

Email
walkerhl@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6570
Campuses
B50/C50, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Overview

I am a Professor of Operations and Supply Management in the Logistics and Operations Management section at Cardiff Business School. I was previously Deputy Head of Section at CRiSPS, University of Bath School of Management, and at the OM Group, Warwick Business School. My main research interests are sustainable procurement, sustainable supply chain management, ethical issues in purchaisng and supply, collaborative procurement and supply strategy.

I was President of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (2014-17). I have been a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Sustainable / Responsible Procurement Group, and the cross-government Sustainable Procurement Task Force.

I have provided advice, conducted research or participated in policy-making on sustainable procurement issues with public sector bodies such as the United Nations, the NHS, the ODPM, DEFRA, defence and local government. I have also conducted research with private firms such as PepsiCo and Boots. 

Helen is a Research Affiliate of the Sustainable Places Research Institute at Cardiff University interested in Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Biography

Research and funding

Research focus in the last 10 years has been on sustainable procurement, corporate social responsibility and sustainable supply chain management. Specified project themes to meet both the needs of sponsors and be academically challenging. Research projects in a variety of contexts, including the public and private sector. Conducted both quantitative and qualitative research, including case studies, interviews, focus groups and surveys. Refereed publications include 42 journal articles, 9 book chapters, 79 conference papers, and 10 best paper awards. Raised over £1 million funding for research.

 Leadership, teaching and supervision

Taught a variety of PhD, MBA and undergraduate courses and won teaching excellence awards. Supervised nine PhD students to completion, and have two PhD students studying currently. 

Honours and awards

  • President of IPSERA from April 2014-17
  • Member of Global Public Procurement Advisory Board from May 2014
  • Vice-President of IPSERA from April 2013 -14
  • Provided sustainable procurement advice to DoH, DCLG, NHS PASA, MOD, ODPM and DEFRA.
  • Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management Best Paper Award (2015) for Touboulic, A. & Walker, H. (2015) Love me, love me not: Collaboration in sustainable supply chains. JPSM, 21(3), 178-191.
  • International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management 2015. Highly Commended Literati Award. Touboulic, A. & Walker, H. (2015) Theories in sustainable supply chain management: A structured literature review. IJPDLM, 45 (1/2), pp. 16-42
  • Public Administration Review 2014 Louis Brownlow Award: Walker, H., Schotanus, F., Bakker, E., & Harland, C. (2013)“Collaborative Procurement: A Relational View of Buyer-Buyer Relationships, Vol. 73, Issue 4, 588-598.
  • IPSERA Conference Nantes 2013 IFPSM Best Paper Relevant to Practice Award: Touboulic, A. & Walker, H. Sensemaking In Sustainable Supply Chains: Exploring Inter-organisational Processes and Meanings Through Stakeholders’ Perspective’
  • Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. Highly Commended Literati Award: Walker, H. & Jones, N. (2012) Sustainable supply chain management across the UK private sector, Vol 17, Issue 1, 15-28.
  • International Journal of Operations & Production Management. Outstanding Paper Literati Award: Brammer, S. & Walker, H. (2011) Sustainable procurement in the public sector: an international comparative study, Vol 31, Issue 4, 452-476.
  • Public Administration Review 2012 Louis Brownlow Award: Schotanus, F., Bakker, E., Walker, H. & Eßig, M. (2011) Development of Purchasing Groups during Their Life Cycle: From Infancy to Maturity, Vol. 71, Issue 2, 265-275.
  • IPSERA Conference Wiesbaden 2009 Best Paper Award (2500 Euros): Walker, H. Sustainable procurement; a literature review.
  • Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management 2008 Best Paper Award: Walker, H., Di Sisto, L., & McBain, D. (2008) Drivers and barriers of environmental supply chain practices: lessons from the public and private sectors, Vol 14, No 1, pp 69-85.
  • International Public Procurement Conference Fort Lauderdale 2004 Best Manuscript Award ($1,500): Caldwell, N., Walker, H., Harland, C., Knight, L., & J. Zheng (2004) Promoting Competitive Markets: The role of public procurement.

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply
  • Academy of Management
  • EUROMA
  • IPSERA

Academic positions

  • April 2014 -17     President of IPSERA
  • November 2013  Director of PhD Programme, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
  • April 2013            Vice-President of IPSERA
  • March 2011         Chair of Operations and Supply Management, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
  • April 2010            Deputy Head of Group, Operations Management Group, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick
  •                               Visiting Professor at Curtin University, Perth, Australia
  • September 2008  Associate Professor, Operations Management Group, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick
  • December 2006   Deputy Director of CRiSPS, University of Bath School of Management
  • July 2005              Senior Research Fellow on CRiSPS / Arizona State University Collaborative Research Partnership
  •                               Visiting Professor at W.P.Carey Business School at Arizona State University
  • January 2005       Research Fellow on NHS PASA Research Programme, Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and                                      Supply (CRiSPS), University of Bath School of Management.
  • January 2000       Research Officer on NHS PASA Research Programme, Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and                                      Supply (CRiSPS), University of Bath School of Management.

Speaking engagements

Keynote addresses

  • Welcome to IPSERA. IPSERA conference 2014-2017
  • Sustainable procurement. 1st Global Public Procurement Conference, Rome, July 2016.
  • Sustainable SCM: current research and future agenda. 3rd International Conference on Asian Economic Development, Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 2014.
  • Sustainable procurement. Keynote address. Inside Government Conference: Towards ethical, green procurement, 19 May 2009.
  • Sustainable procurement in Higher Education, Keynote address. DHO Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 2009.
  • Sustainable procurement, Keynote addess. itSMF Conference, Sydney, Australia, August 2009.
  • Rapporteur and presenter at International Consultation on Education for Sustainable Development: Engaging the Corporate Sector. UNESCO, Bonn, Germany, 23-25 May 2007.
  • The wider sustainability agenda. Keynote presentation for the 5th Annual Workshop of Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government  / OGC, London, June 2004.
  • e-procurement in the United Nations. Keynote presentation for the 28th Annual Meeting of the United Nations Inter Agency Procurement Working Group, Warsaw, Poland, May, 2003.  

 Presentations to practitioners 

  • Alleviating poverty through the Welsh Supply Chain. Practitioner event. 1 September 2016.
  • Where is sustainable procurement heading? CIPS event. Cardiff University. 13th May 2014.
  • Sustainability and collaboration. Procurement Academy. CIPS event. University of South Wales. 25 September 2013.
  • Sustainable SCM. CIPS South Wales. February 2013.
  • Sustainable procurement, Ministry of Defence - Defence Equipment and Supplies CIPS Lunchtime Seminar Group, February 2008.
  • Sustainable procurement, National Conference of Association of Police Procurement Officers, October 2007.
  • Sustainable procurement, Lecture to NHS Supplies Managers at HCSA Summer School, 21st August 2007.
  • Practice and research: a partnership. Presentation with Chris Uden, Director of Human Resources, NHS PASA, at Government Procurement Practitioner Conference, London, 12th July 2007.
  • Shared services and sustainability. Joint presentation with Dr Elmer Bakker for the CBC Local government conference, London, 15th March 2007.
  • Current opportunites and barriers facing sustainable procurement in the public sector. Defra, OGC national conference: Leading by example: Sustainable procurement in the public sector, 19th October 2005.
  • e-procurement in the United Nations. CIPS Swindon & West of England branches International Research on Public Procurement Event, Bath Rugby Club, 13th December 2004.
  • The wider sustainability agenda. Presentation for the 5th Annual Workshop of Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government / OGC, London, June 2004.
  • e-procurement in the United Nations. e-centre workshop, Bath, March, 2004.
  • e-procurement in the United Nations. Gateway e-procurement event, Gloucester, December, 2003.       
  • e-procurement in the United Nations. Lunchtime Exchange Series at NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency, Reading, December, 2003. 
  • Supply strategy workbook methodology. NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency Supply Strategy Workshop, Warwick, September, 2003.
  • e-procurement in the United Nations. 28th Annual Meeting of the United Nations Inter Agency Procurement Working Group, Warsaw, Poland, May, 2003.           
  • Risk in supply networks. NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency Pharmacy Education Day, Bath, February 2003.

Presentations at other Universities

  • Sustainable SCM: How can we buy and supply responsibly? Exeter Business School, February 2014.
  • Sustainable SCM in the UK private sector. Manchester Business School, May 2013.
  • Sustainable SCM in the UK private sector. Business Administration Department at University Carlos III, Madrid, April 2012.
  • Sustainable purchasing and supply, Audencia Business School, Nantes, 2011.
  • Sustainable procurement. Presentation at Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney, 28 February 2008.
  • Sustainable procurement. Presentation at Manchester Business School, Supply Chain Management Research Group Seminar, 18 May 2007.
  • Sustainable procurement: training the public sector. Joint presentation with Dr Steve Gough for the International Centre for the Environment (ICE), Universtiy of Bath, 14th February, 2006.
  • Sustainable procurement: the UK health sector. Faculty presentation sponsored by W. P. Carey School's Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium, 12th December 2005.
  • Sustainable procurement: the UK health sector. Student presentation sponsored by W. P. Carey School's Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium, 13th December 2005.
  • Sustainable supply: a public procurement perspective. Sustainable Supply Chains Seminar. ESRC Centre for BRASS, University of Cardiff, 14th July 2005.
  • Strategic outsourcing, Linköping University, Sweden. January, 2002.

Committees and reviewing

Journal Editorial Boards

  • Jan 2009+     Member of the Editorial Review Board of JPSM
  • Sept 2015+   Member of the Editorial Board for JPSM
  • July 2009+    Member of the Editorial Board for JSCM
  • Sept 2012+   Member of Editorial Board for JOM
  • Aug 2013+    Member of the Editorial Board for PAR
  • Sept 2015+   Member of PAR Evaluation Standing Committee

Guest Editor for Special Issues

  • Guest editor of Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, IPSERA Special Issue, March 2008
  • Lead guest editor of Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Special Issue on sustainable procurement, 2012
  • Lead guest editor of International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Special issue on sustainable OM, 2014

 Journal reviewing

  • JPSM since 2002
  • International Journal of Operations and Production Management since 2004
  • Journal of Public Administration since 2006
  • Ecological Economics since 2007
  • Journal of Cleaner Production since 2007
  • International Journal of Production Economics since 2008
  • International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management since 2008
  • Sustainable Development Journal since 2008
  • Journal of Operations Management since 2010
  • Journal of Supply Chain Management since 2014
  • Public Management Review since September 2015
  • International Journal of Management Reviews since 2015
  • International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education since 2015

 Research funding reviewing

  • British Academy since 2012
  • Leverhulme Trust since 2012
  • Swiss National Science Foundation since 2012
  • ESRC since 2013
  • Finnish Foundation for Economic Education since 2016

Publications

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2009

  • Walker, H. L. 2009. Sustainable procurement: An analysis of constructs in the literature. Presented at: 16th International Annual EurOMA Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 14-17 June 2009.
  • Walker, H. L. and Bakker, E. 2009. Collaborative procurement across the UK public sector. Presented at: 18th Annual IPSERA Conference, Wiesbaden, Germany, 5- 8 April 2009.
  • Hampson, J., MacKenzie, N. and Walker, H. L. 2009. Case studies in sustainable and responsible procurement. Presented at: 18th IPSERA Conference Supply Management – Towards an Academic Discipline?, Wiesbaden, Germany, 5 – 8 April 2009Proceedings of the 18th IPSERA Conference: Supply Management – Towards an Academic Discipline?, Wiesbaden, Germany, 5–8 April 2009. International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA) pp. 1112-1123.
  • Walker, H. L. and Bakker, E. 2009. Collaborative procurement: A relational view across the UK public sector. Presented at: 18th IPSERA Conference: Supply Management – Towards an Academic Discipline?, Wiesbaden, Germany, 5–8 April 2009Proceedings of the 18th IPSERA Conference: Supply Management – Towards an Academic Discipline?, Wiesbaden, Germany, 5–8 April 2009. International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA) pp. 757-772.
  • Walker, H. L. 2009. Sustainable procurement: a literature review. Presented at: 18th IPSERA Conference: Supply Management – Towards an Academic Discipline?, Wiesbaden, Germany, 5–8 April 2009Proceedings of the 18th IPSERA Conference: Supply Management – Towards an Academic Discipline?, Wiesbaden, Germany, 5–8 April 2009. International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA) pp. 742-756.
  • Walker, H. L. and Phillips, W. 2009. Sustainable procurement: emerging issues. International Journal of Procurement Management 2(1), pp. 41-61. (10.1504/IJPM.2009.021729)

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Teaching

Teaching commitments

  • UG - BS3006 Responsible Strategic Supplier Management
  • PG  - BST805 Strategic SCM module
  • PhD - BST211 Advanced Issues in Logistics and Operations Management

Research and PhD supervision interests

  • sustainable procurement
  • sustainable supply chain management
  • strategic purchasing and supply chain management
  • public procurement
  • corporate social responsibility
  • business ethics
  • outsourcing, off-shoring and in-sourcing
  • supply strategy
  • global supply chains
  • ethical issues in supply chains
  • modern slavery
  • theoretical approaches to operations and supply