Biography

I joined Keele in September 2013 and was Senior Teaching Fellow in Entreprise and Management having worked previously at University of Birmingham (2002-2013), Aston Business School (1999-2002) and an earlier period at Keele (1991-1999).  I have spent significant periods of time working as Director of MBA Programmes and in Executive/Post-experience education at all three institutions.

I have early career experience in manufacturing management and as a contract researcher in the carpet textiles, electronics assembly, automotive and ceramics industries and hold a BSc and PhD from Aston University.  My specialist fields include operations management, industrial work organization and project management.

Research and scholarship

Though primarily engaged in enterprise engagement and programme development, I have an extensive research career and extensive publications list.  I am also an experienced PhD supervisor, having successfully supervised 13 doctoral students to completion.

Main field of research interest is the design and organisation of operations and supply networks. Specific themes include critical and reflective studies of process design, quality management, projects management, and the management of international operations. I also have an interest in cross-cultural and virtual working and teaching pedagogy in this field.

I am interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas:

  • Contemporary and leading-edge critical studies in operations, project and supply management
  • Organisational issues in the management of operations.
  • Innovative teaching and learning in cross-cultural management education.

Selected Publications

  • Forrester PL. 2015. Manufacturing Management in Theory and Practice. In Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy. Bryson JR, Clark J, Vanchan V (Eds.). (30 vols.). Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, Mass, USA: Edward Elgar. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Aladwan ST and Forrester PL. 2016. The leadership criterion: challenges in pursuing excellence in the Jordanian public sector. The TQM Journal, vol. 28(2). doi> full text>
  • Bamford D, Forrester P, Dehe B, Leese RG. 2015. Partial and iterative Lean implementation: two case studies. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPERATIONS & PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT, 702-727, vol. 35(5). link> doi> full text>
  • Forrester PL. 2012. The development of a lean park homes production process using process flow and simulation methods. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, vol. 23(2). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 2012. The role of the physical layout in the implementation of lean management initiatives. International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, 254-269, vol. 2(3). doi>

Full Publications Listshow

Books

  • Bamford D and Forrester P. 2010. Essential Guide to Operations Management. John Wiley & Sons. doi>
  • Bennett DJ and Forrester PL. 1993. Market-focused production systems.

Journal Articles

  • Procter SJ, Rowlinson M, McArdle, L, Hassard J, Forrester P. 1994. Flexibility, Politics & Strategy: In Defence of the Model of the Flexible Firm. Work, Employment and Society, 221-242, vol. 8(2). doi>
  • Aladwan ST and Forrester PL. 2016. The leadership criterion: challenges in pursuing excellence in the Jordanian public sector. The TQM Journal, vol. 28(2). doi> full text>
  • Bamford D, Forrester P, Dehe B, Leese RG. 2015. Partial and iterative Lean implementation: two case studies. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPERATIONS & PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT, 702-727, vol. 35(5). link> doi> full text>
  • Day M, Burnett JMV, Forrester PL. 2001. Supply network management in UK tableware industry - empirical results of three year study. BRITISH CERAMIC TRANSACTIONS, 86-89, vol. 100(2). link> doi>
  • Forrester PL. 2012. The development of a lean park homes production process using process flow and simulation methods. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, vol. 23(2). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 2012. The role of the physical layout in the implementation of lean management initiatives. International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, 254-269, vol. 2(3). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 2011. Analysing Approaches to Technology Transfer in the UK National Health Service. OR Insight, 90-109, vol. 24(2). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 2010. Lean production, market share and value creation in the agricultural machinery sector in Brazil. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, vol. 21(7). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 2010. Why Information Technology (IT)–Led Organizational Change does not work. International Journal of Business, Management and Social Sciences, 88-99, vol. 1(1).
  • Forrester P. 2006. Operations & process management: Principles and practice for strategic impact. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPERATIONS & PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT, 940, vol. 26(8). link> doi>
  • Forrester P. 2006. Operations management: An integrated approach. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPERATIONS & PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT, 449-450, vol. 26(3-4). link> doi>
  • Tang NKH, Yasa PR, Forrester PL. 2004. An application of the Delta Model and BPR in transforming electronic business - the case of a food ingredients company in UK. INFORMATION SYSTEMS JOURNAL, 111-130, vol. 14(2). link> doi>
  • Forrester PL. 2004. Application of QFD for e-Business Planning. Information Systems Journal, vol. 14(2).
  • Tan BL, Tang NKH, Forrester PL. 2004. Application of QFD for e-Business planning. PRODUCTION PLANNING & CONTROL, 802-818, vol. 15(8). link> doi>
  • Bamford DR and Forrester PL. 2003. Managing planned and emergent change within an operations management environment. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPERATIONS & PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT, 546-564, vol. 23(5-6). link> doi>
  • Forrester PL. 2003. Managing Planned and Emergent Change within an Operations Management Environment. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 546-564, vol. 23(5).
  • Forrester PL. 2002. A Model for Evaluating the Degree of Leanness of Manufacturing Firms. Integrated Manufacturing Systems, 104-109, vol. 13(2). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 2002. El tamaño de la empresa: ¿Es relevante en la implementación del sistema de producción ‘lean’?. V Jornadas Científico Técnicas de la Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida.
  • Forrester PL. 2002. Inversión blanda: Plantas Livianas (lean) versus Plantas Tradicionales. IV Jornadas de Investigación de Operaciones.
  • Forrester PL. 2002. Problemas Metodológicos para el investigador extranjero, en estudios empíricos de la gerencia de producción y operaciones en la industria de la porcelana Inglesa, Reino Unido. V Jornadas Científico Técnicas de la Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida.
  • Kelemen, M., Pearson, G. J, Forrester, P. L, Hassard, J. S, Railean, V. and Hincu, R.. 2002. The role of networking in the creation of local management knowledge: the case of the republic of moldova. Journal of Teaching in International Business, 115-132, vol. 13(4). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 2001. Managing Factory Operations in China: Empirical Evidence on the Integration of Design and Production. International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, vol. 1(4/5). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 2001. Reforming Management Education: Learning from the Moldovan Experience. Economic and Business Review, 309-321, vol. 2(4).
  • Forrester PL. 2001. Supply Network Management in the UK Tableware Industry. British Ceramics Transactions, 86-89, vol. 100(2).
  • Day M, Burnett J, Forrester PL, Hassard J. 2000. Britain's last industrial district? A case study of ceramics production. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS, 5-15, vol. 65(1). link> doi>
  • Forrester PL. 2000. Agile Supply: Rethinking Systems Thinking, Systems Practice. International Journal of Agile Manufacturing Systems, 178-186, vol. 2(3).
  • Forrester PL. 2000. Paying Teachers for Performance: A Comparison with Private Sector Experience. Management Research News, vol. 23(4/5).
  • Warren MP, Forrester PL, Hassard JS, Cotton JW. 2000. Technological innovation antecedents in the UK ceramics industry. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS, 85-98, vol. 65(1). link> doi>
  • Forrester PL. 1999. The Politics of Management in People's China: From CMRS to Modern Enterprise and Beyond. Asia Pacific Business Review, 47-72, vol. 5(3/4).
  • Forrester PL. 1998. Flexibility and the Industrial Network of the Stoke-on-Trent Tableware Industry. Management Research News, vol. 21(2).
  • Forrester PL. 1998. Process technology: new wine in old bottles. BRITISH CERAMIC TRANSACTIONS, 77-79, vol. 97(2). link>
  • Agnew A, Forrester P, Hassard J, Procter S. 1997. Deskilling and reskilling within the labour process: The case of computer integrated manufacturing. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS, 317-324, vol. 52(3). link> doi>
  • Forrester PL. 1997. Manufacturing Reform and the State: the Case of the Chinese Steel Industry. Management Research News, vol. 20(2/3). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 1997. Organizational Growth Demands Concurrent Engineering. Integrated Manufacturing Systems,, 29-35, vol. 8(1). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 1997. Strategic and Organizational Adaptation in CIM Systems Development. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, vol. 3(2).
  • Hassard J and Forrester P. 1997. Strategic and organizational adaptation in CIM systems development. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING, 181-189, vol. 10(1-4). link> doi>
  • Forrester PL, Tang NKH, Hawksley C. 1995. A computer integrated manufacturing programmed learning environment. Integrated Manufacturing Systems, 24-29, vol. 6(3). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 1995. A Computer Integrated Manufacturing Programmed Learning Environment. Integrated Manufacturing Systems, vol. 6(2).
  • Forrester P. 1994. Management of advanced manufacturing technology: Strategy, organization and innovation. Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems, 219, vol. 7(3). doi>
  • PROCTER SJ, ROWLINSON M, MCARDLE L, HASSARD J, FORRESTER P. 1994. FLEXIBILITY, POLITICS AND STRATEGY - IN DEFENSE OF THE MODEL OF THE FLEXIBLE FIRM. WORK EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIETY, 221-242, vol. 8(2). link> doi>
  • Forrester PL. 1994. Product Variety and Just-in-Time: Conflict and Challenge. International Journal of Logistics Management, vol. 5(1). doi>
  • Pawar K, Forrester P, Glazzard J. 1993. Value Analysis: Integrating Product‐Process Design. Integrated Manufacturing Systems, 14-21, vol. 4(3). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 1993. Integrating Product-Process Design Using Value Analysis. Integrated Manufacturing Systems, vol. 3(4).
  • Forrester PL. 1993. Performance Related Pay in Operation: A Case Study from the Electronics Industry. Human Resource Management Journal, 60-74, vol. 3(4). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 1992. Flexibility Revisited: A Temporal Analysis of the Introduction of Flexibility. Management Research News, vol. 15(5/6). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 1992. Market-Driven Strategies and Flexible Production Systems Design: Evidence from the Electronics Industry. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 25-37.
  • Forrester PL and Hassard JS. 1992. Special feature. The CAPM/CAE interface within CIM system approaches in medium-sized companies. Computing & Control Engineering Journal, 75, vol. 3(2). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 1992. The CAPM/CAE Interface within CIM System Approaches in Medium Sized Companies. Computer-Controlled Engineering Journal, 75-81, vol. 3.
  • Forrester PL. 1991. The Changing Face of Industrial Democracy: Evidence From the UK Electronics Industry. Management Research News, vol. 14(10). doi>
  • Forrester PL. 1991. The DRAMA Methodology for Analysing Strategy and its Links with Production Systems Design. International Journal of Technology Management, 261-275, vol. 6(3/4).
  • ROWLINSON M, HASSARD J, FORRESTER P. 1991. WHO WANTS HARMONIZATION - IMAGE AND REALITY IN SINGLE STATUS WORKING. PERSONNEL REVIEW, 27-33, vol. 20(5). link> doi>
  • Hassard J. 1990. Who Wants Harmonisation?. Management Research News, 5-6, vol. 13(6). doi>
  • BENNETT DJ, FORRESTER PL, HASSARD JS. 1990. AN APPLICATION OF DECISION-PROCESS MODELING TO MANUFACTURING SYSTEM-DESIGN. OMEGA-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, 23-33, vol. 18(1). link> doi>
  • Forrester PL. 1990. Who Wants Harmonisation?. Management Research News, vol. 13(8).
  • Forrester PL. Manufacturing management in theory and practice. 17-29. doi>

Chapters

  • Forrester P, Bleicher J, Honal A, Velinov E. 2019. Virtual Business Projects in the Classroom: Enhancing Intercultural and Business Skills of Students. In The Palgrave Handbook of Learning and Teaching International Business and Management. Palgrave Macmillan. doi> full text>
  • Forrester PL. 2015. Manufacturing Management in Theory and Practice. In Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy. Bryson JR, Clark J, Vanchan V (Eds.). (30 vols.). Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, Mass, USA: Edward Elgar. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Forrester PL. 2000. BPR and TQM: Divergence or Convergence?. In The Reengineering Revolution. Knights D and Willmott H (Eds.). SAGE.
  • Forrester PL. 1999. The Politics or Management in People’s China: From CMRS to Modern Enterprise. In China's Managerial Revolution. Warner M (Ed.). Psychology Press.
  • Forrester P, Hassard J, McArdle L, Rawlinson M. 1991. Competitive Edge Through Flexible Work Organization: Evidence from the UK Electronics Industry. In Achieving Competitive Edge Getting Ahead Through Technology and People. Springer London. doi>

Other

  • Forrester P, Velinov E, Bleicher J. The Effect of Distributed Leadership in the Relationship between Flat Organization Structure and Company Performance.
  • Forrester P, Bamford D, Reid I, Dehe B, Bamford J, Papalexi M. University impact? Evidencing operations management knowledge transfer. full text>
  • Forrester P, Honal A, Bleicher J. New approaches for Learning Analytics and Business Projects as Learning Enhancers for Students. full text>
  • Forrester P, Bamford D, Reid I, Dehe B, Papalexi M, Bamford J. Knowledge Transfer and Industry Impact?. full text>
  • Forrester P, Bamford D, Reid I, Dehe B, Bamford J, Papalexi M. Knowledge Transfer and Impact?. full text>
  • Forrester P, Honal A, Seiler L, Buerger N, Bleicher J, Wakeham M. Innovative Business Projects as an Enabler to Enhance Intercultural and Management Skills of Students. full text>
  • Bamford DR, Forrester PL, Reid I, Dehe B, Bamford J, Papalexi M. 2015. Where is the competitive edge in Knowledge Transfer? -The impact of KTPs. full text>
  • Bamford DR, Forrester PL, Reid I, Dehe B, Bamford J, Papalexi M. 2015. Where is the competitive edge in Knowledge Transfer? -The impact of KTPs. full text>
  • Yuxin X, Forrester PL, Hassard JS. 1997. Manufacturing reform on the road to the market economy - three cases in Chinese steel enterprises. FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: MANAGING ENTERPRISES - STAKEHOLDERS, ENGINEERING, LOGISTICS, AND ACHIEVEMENT (ME-SELA'97) (pp. 217-225). link>
  • BENNETT DJ, FORRESTER PL, ENGINEERS IE. 1990. THE DESIGN OF ELECTRONIC ASSEMBLY FACILITIES USING THE DRAMA METHODOLOGY. SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FACTORY 2001 - INTEGRATING INFORMATION AND MATERIAL FLOW (pp. 38-43, vol. 323). link>

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