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Chair in Strategic Management, University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS) seeks to appoint an outstanding academic as Chair in Strategic Management.

AACSB-accredited and with its full-time MBA ranked in the Economist top 100, ULMS is an international management school based in an enterprising and vibrant world city of culture.  Formed in 2002, with significant ongoing investment from the University, and lead by the Dean, Professor Julia Balogun, the School is well-positioned to enhance its national and international standing, giving particular emphasis over the next period to developing world-class research activity.

The 180 academic staff enjoy a strongly collegial, research-supportive, and intellectually vibrant interdisciplinary environment. The pursuit of research that is internationally recognised for its originality, significance, and rigour is central to the School's culture, as is the delivery of a strong student experience.  The School also has deep and long-standing connections with industry and the professions, which ensures that the research activity and external relationships within the School have a real-world impact.

Student numbers, calibre, and satisfaction are high.  The School's new extension in the Georgian quarter of Liverpool is home to state-of-the-art facilities, including a trading room.  In addition to the main Liverpool campus, ULMS offers a range of City-relevant programmes at its London campus in Finsbury Square and significant online provision.

In its wider setting, the School benefits from Liverpool's standing as a founding member of the Russell Group of the UK's leading research-intensive universities and from its location in a city that combines strong cultural activity, excellent transport links, and regional beauty with a world-heritage skyline and is highly ranked on quality of life in the UK, while remaining one of Britain's most affordable cities.

ULMS is now looking to appoint a Chair in Strategic Management to support its ambition to continue to build its research capacity at the highest international levels.  Working within the thriving Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship Subject Group, the appointee will be expected regularly to produce high-calibre research outputs, provide academic leadership in the form of supervision and mentorship of junior colleagues, provide innovative and engaging teaching, and identify collaborative research opportunities within the Management School, across the University, and externally.

Salary will be internationally competitive, commensurate with the appointee's accomplishment and potential.

Formal interviews will be held at the University on Thursday, 13 September 2018, with short-listed candidates being invited to give a presentation to the School and to meet academic colleagues the day before.

For a confidential discussion, contact Christopher Lake or Sabine Tilly at Syllogism on +44 (0)20 3417 6076 or email recruitment@syllogism.co.uk 


Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director, Health Data Research UK

Health Data Research UK has appointed Caroline Cake as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director following a search that attracted significant interest from an international field of candidates.

Caroline joins Health Data Research UK on 8 October 2018 to direct and lead the strategic implementation and operational delivery of the Institute’s priorities.  She will co-ordinate effective collaborations between the government, the NHS, academia and industries across the UK and be at the forefront of establishing HDR UK as a world-class institute that harnesses revolutionary technology and data science to transform lives of patients and populations.

Caroline joins Health Data Research UK from 2020 Delivery, a leading public service management consultancy. In her role there as Director, Caroline has advised health organisations, universities and central government departments on strategy, transformation, capability building, and delivery planning. Prior to joining 2020 Delivery, Caroline worked at McKinsey & Company and at ICI as an Engineer.

With more than 20 years of experience working in commercial organisations Caroline has obtained a unique and deep understanding of important trends of research, innovation, commercialisation and transformational change as applied to health policy and clinical practice, both in the UK and internationally.

Professor Andrew Morris, Director of HDR UK, said: 

“I am delighted that we have attracted a candidate with such strength in executive leadership, technology innovation and implementation, and strategic business management.  Caroline is committed to translating her unique set of knowledge and skills to her leadership position in Health Data Research UK and I look forward to welcoming Caroline to the team in October.”


Professor of Operations Management, University of Liverpool

Professor Tolga Bektas has been appointed Professor of Operations Management at the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS).

Tolga received a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University in 2005 and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at CIRRELT at the University of Montreal in Quebec. Prior to joining ULMS, he was Professor of Logistics Management and Head of Department of Decision Analytics & Risk at the Southampton Business School, where he worked for 11 years. His research interests are in the application of mathematical modelling and optimisation techniques to problems arising in freight transportation and distribution planning, and in supply chain networks, with a particular focus on improving the environmental performance of such systems. He has been investigator in a number of externally funded projects on railway timetable optimisation, maintenance planning in sea vessels and last-mile distribution in cities.