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David Barnes joined WBS in April 2010. Over the previous 20 years, he has held lecturing posts at Royal Holloway University of London, the Open University and Thames Valley University. He gained a BSc (Eng) from Imperial College London, a MBA from the Open University and a PhD from Staffordshire University. Prior to academia he worked for 14 years in the process plant and building products industries in engineering and line management positions.


PhD, Staffordshire University 

MBA, Open University 

BSc (Eng), Imperial College London

Professional memberships

Member of: 

Higher Education Academy

British Academy of Management (Special Interest Group memberships: Performance Management; E-business and E-Government) 

European Operations Management Association 

Production and Operations Management Society (USA)


David's main teaching area is operations management. He has taught different levels (including undergraduate, masters, professional and executive) and student types (including full time, part-time, distance learning and international students). His new textbook "Operations Management: An International Perspective" was published by Palgrave in January 2018.  


David's research interests include the strategic management of operations, the impact of e-business on operations management, performance management, and the management of SMEs. Recent projects have investigated ICT adoption and use in SMEs, the strategic role of operations management, supplier selection in agile supply chains and e-business performance measurement systems. David's research has been supported by funding from government (HEIF), professional bodies (CIMA) and directly from industry. He has published extensively in leading academic journals, including International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Production Planning and Control, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Electronic Markets, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management and International Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.