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New Head of School - School of Economics, Finance and Management

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1 November 2017

A warm welcome as Professor Paul Cousins begins his role today

Professor Paul Cousins, the new Head of School at the School of Economics, Finance and Management begins his role today.

He said his mission would be to maintain the School’s excellent position in the UK and abroad, and to develop its teaching and research success further, including expanding the School’s postgraduate taught programmes.

“I’m delighted to have joined the University and School at such an important stage of its development. Increased investment and programme growth offers exciting new opportunities,” Professor Cousins said.

“Our school is already renowned for its academic excellence and rigour, and I want to build on that reputation and progress our standing, both in the UK and internationally, and really set our offering of interdisciplinary teaching and research apart.”

He succeeds the Interim Head of School, Professor Jonathan Beaverstock and joins from the Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, where he taught as Professor of Operations Management and was the Deputy Director of the School and Director of Research for four years. He also served as Head of Department of Decision Sciences and Operations Management.

Professor Cousins has held a variety of private sector and academic posts – he worked in industry for Westland Helicopters and Sikorsky Aircraft in the US, and he held a senior position in strategy consultants A.T. Kearney. He has also worked for the universities of Bath and Melbourne and held a Professorship at Queen's University Belfast, before moving to Manchester Business School in 2005.

There he was actively involved in a range of research projects on supply chain strategy and inter-firm relationship management, including Environmental Supply Risk Management with Tesco. In addition, he built a world-class research network in Supply Chain Management and acted as the Director of the Supply Chain Management Research Group.

Professor Cousins has also published widely as the author of four books and more than 40 published journal papers on the topics of operations and supply chain management. He still sits on the editorial board of several leading international journals.

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