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Professor Helen Walker

Professor Helen Walker

Professor of Operations and Supply Management, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies

Cardiff Business School

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

Helen is a Professor of Operations and Supply Management and Director of Postgraduate Research Studies  at Cardiff Business School. Her main research interests are sustainable procurement, sustainable supply chain management, collaborative procurement and supply strategy.

She is President of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association. She has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Sustainable / Responsible Procurement Group, and the cross-government Sustainable Procurement Task Force.

Helen has provided advice, conducted research or participated in policy-making on sustainable procurement issues with public sector bodies such as the United Nations, NHS PASA, local government and DEFRA, and with private firms such as PepsiCo and Boots. She leads the LOM section's research strategy, PhD programme, Awayday programme, seminar series, and journal club. She has previously been Deputy Head of Section at both CRiSPS, University of Bath School of Management and the OM Group, Warwick Business School.

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

Qualifications

  • Journal of Operations Management
  • Public Administration Review
  • Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management
  • Journal of Supply Chain Management

Editorial work

Journal Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Operations Management
  • Public Administration Review
  • Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management
  • Journal of Supply Chain Management

Special Issues

  • Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, IPSERA Special Issue, March 2008
  • Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Special Issue on sustainable procurement, Vol 18, 2012
  • International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Special issue on sustainable OM, Vol 5, 2014

Honours and awards

  • 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: Walker, H. Sustainable procurement; a literature review.
  • Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management2008 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: Caldwell, N., Walker, H., Harland, C., Knight, L., & J. Zheng (2004) Promoting Competitive Markets: The role of public procurement.

Professional memberships

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

2018

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2014

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2012

2011

2010

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)

2008

2001

Teaching commitments

  • MBA Strategic Operations Management
  • MBA Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
  • UG Year 3 Strategic Supply Management

Research interests

  • sustainable procurement
  • sustainable supply chain management
  • purchasing and supply chain management
  • corporate social responsibility
  • outsourcing, off-shoring and in-sourcing
  • supply strategy
  • global supply chains
  • ethical issues in SCM
  • theoretical approaches to operations management

PhD supervision research interests

  • Corporate social responsibility in supply chains
  • Procurement,Strategic purchasing and supply
  • Sustainable supply chain management
  • Theoretical perspectives in OM