Max Chipulu

max chipulu

Prof Max Chipulu PhD, MSc, BEng, SFHEA

Professor

Biography

Max Chipulu joined Napier as research professor in The Business School in September 2021. Previously, he was associate professor of business analytics and head of teaching of the department of decision, analytics and risk at the University of Southampton, and thematic cluster pathway coordinator for the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership. He had earlier served as a senior lecturer in operational research at the University of Hertfordshire.

Max had worked in industry before academia: First as a mechanical engineer in the mining industry and then, briefly, as an account manager in corporate banking.

Max earned an ESRC-funded PhD in Management Sciences and Statistics, an MSc in Management Sciences and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering, all from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

Max studies the management of operations, particularly projects, in complex and/or uncertain environments through the lens of data analytics, particularly predictive modelling, text and content analytics. He also researches how culture influences organisations, ethicality and sustainability; the pedagogy of quantitative courses within business schools, whereby, his most recent interest, is the effective application of learning analytics in the teaching and learning of business subjects.

He has published 60+ articles in peer reviewed international journals including , among others, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Forecasting, Production Planning & Control, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, International Review of Financial Analysis, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, the International Journal of Project Management, and Project Management Journal. He also regularly presents at international conferences, and has contributed to research books and reports.

Max has been successful in securing funding to support research, having participated in funded projects totalling £1.1M, of which: £423k as Principal Investigator and £675k as Co-Investigator.

Max contributes regularly and consistently to the peer review process. He is a member of the British Academy of Management Peer Review College; Editorial Review Board Member of Project Management Journal and, previously, Acta Commercii (2017-2020), and has guest-edited special issues in the Sustainability and Project Management Journals. He is a regular ad hoc reviewer for a range of international journals and conferences, including CABS 3/4*, e.g., International Journal of Operations and Production Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and Production Planning and Control (see: https://tinyurl.com/587yekae ).

Max regards teaching, learning and the student experience extremely importantly. Recognised as a senior fellow of Advance HE, Max was a two-time nominee of the Vice Chancellor’s Award in the Teaching Innovation category at Southampton (2017 and 2021), and a winner of the Advance HE Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE, 2018).

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Conference Organising Activity

  • OR64 Conference, 'OR for a Better World Together', Stream Organiser
  • OR63 Conference organising

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Review Board Member, Project Management Journal
  • Lead Guest Editor - Special Issue on Operations Analytics, Regulation, and Economic Attitudes toward Sustainability in the Sustainability Journal
  • Guest editor of special issue: Bridging the fields of Careers and Project Management, Project Management Journal
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Acta Commercii

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Programme Comparability Examiner, Hochschule Bremen - University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Module External Examiner, University of Hertfordshire

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Senior Fellow, Advance HEA
  • Winner: Advance HE’s Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)
  • Winner: “Top 1% best reviewer”, Publons
  • Winner: “Best Developmental Paper Award in Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management”, BAMS annual conference.
  • Winner: “Best paper in conference”, ISER ICEBR-2015 International Conference on Economics and Business Research.

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Research Councils United Kingdom Reviewer
  • Brazil Research Council (CNPQ) Reviewer
  • Project Management Institute (PMI) sponsored research scheme

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited Speaker: "What is Business Analytics?" Covenant University, Nigeria

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member, British Academy of Management.
  • Member, European Academy of Management (EURAM),
  • Member, Operational Research Society (ORS).

 

Non-executive Directorship

  • Member Scottish Funding Council Advisory Group on Supporting Scotland’s Postgraduate Researchers.
  • Director and Trustee, Age Concern Southampton

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD External Examiner

 

Reviewing

  • Member of the British Academy of Management Peer Review College
  • Ad hoc reviewer: international journals in operations management/projects and analytics

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Professor, University of Southampton
  • Visiting Researcher, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa.

 

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A multi-objective linear programming model for scheduling part families and designing a group layout in cellular manufacturing systems

Journal Article
Motahari, R., Alavifar, Z., Andaryan, A. Z., Chipulu, M., & Saberi, M. (in press)
A multi-objective linear programming model for scheduling part families and designing a group layout in cellular manufacturing systems. Computers and Operations Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cor.2022.106090
Different industries compete to attract customers in different ways. In the field of production, group technology (GT) is defined by identifying and grouping similar parts bas...

Salient complexities of engaging external consultants in information systems projects

Journal Article
Chipulu, M., Ojiako, U., & Thomas, A. (in press)
Salient complexities of engaging external consultants in information systems projects. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, In Press, https://doi.org/10.1109/TEM.2022.3220151
Project sponsors have sought to develop the necessary competence to address various challenges they face during project development, implementation and exploitation by employi...

Investigating Cultural and Structural Influences on Optimising Engineer-to-Order Project Delivery and Sustainability

Journal Article
Chipulu, M., & Ikeatuegwu, C. (in press)
Investigating Cultural and Structural Influences on Optimising Engineer-to-Order Project Delivery and Sustainability. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, https://doi.org/10.1109/TEM.2022.3213856
Several culture theories, which explain the formation, embedment, and propagation of organisational culture, suggest that certain organisational culture practices of an execut...

Project-focused literature on public-private partnership (PPP) in developing countries: a critical review

Journal Article
Almeile, A. M., Chipulu, M., Ojiako, U., Vahidi, R., & Marshall, A. (in press)
Project-focused literature on public-private partnership (PPP) in developing countries: a critical review. Production Planning and Control, https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2022.2123408
Set within the context of developing countries, we conduct a state of the art systematic review of project-focused, public-private partnership literature published between 199...

The impact of economic and political imperatives on the successful use of Public-private partnership (PPP) in projects

Journal Article
Almeile, A. M., Chipulu, M., Ojiako, U., Vahidi, R., & Marshall, A. (in press)
The impact of economic and political imperatives on the successful use of Public-private partnership (PPP) in projects. Production Planning and Control, https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2022.2110171
This study presents empirical research examining how economic and political imperatives impact prospects for successful use of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to deliver pro...

Salient complexities of engaging external consultants in information systems projects

Conference Proceeding
Chipulu, M., Thomas, A., & Ojiako, U. (2022)
Salient complexities of engaging external consultants in information systems projects. In EURAM 2022: Leading Digital Transformation
Although the complexities of projects literature body continues to expand, there remains some gaps in the transformation of the basic science into practice. Meanwhile, decades...

Innovation readiness in public sector service delivery: An exploration

Journal Article
Ojiako, U., AlRaeesi, E. J. H., Chipulu, M., Marshall, A., & Bashir, H. (in press)
Innovation readiness in public sector service delivery: An exploration. Production Planning and Control, https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2022.2089266
We set out in this study to examine the mechanisms (specific knowledge management practices) required to operationalize service innovation readiness within public sector servi...

Ambiguity in Performance Management Systems of Complex Multi-stakeholder Organisations

Journal Article
Ojiako, U., Bititci, U., Marshall, A., Chipulu, M., Manville, G., Muthalagu, S. J., & Farrington, T. (in press)
Ambiguity in Performance Management Systems of Complex Multi-stakeholder Organisations. Production Planning and Control, https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2021.2014590
This study undertakes an in-depth and rigorous exploration and explanation of the sources and implications of ambiguity in performance measurement systems and performance mana...

Designing, organising, and delivering online analytics modules in ‘flipped’ mode: two cases

Presentation / Conference
Chipulu, M. (2021, September)
Designing, organising, and delivering online analytics modules in ‘flipped’ mode: two cases. Paper presented at OR63: OR Society's 63rd Annual Conference, Online
In this session, I will compare the design, organisation, and delivery of two, level-II, online analytics modules, which I led during pandemic. The first module introduced bas...

Why and how should we phase in the big lecture in post-pandemic teaching of Business courses? An ideation workshop

Presentation / Conference
Chipulu, M. (2021, July)
Why and how should we phase in the big lecture in post-pandemic teaching of Business courses? An ideation workshop. Presented at Advance HE's Teaching and Learning Conference 2021, Online
It is worth considering why and how we should phase in the big lecture in post-pandemic teaching. This ideation workshop intends to generate ideas of configurations of teachin...

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Embedding ethical uncertainty in algorithmic decision-making
  • Value Cocreation in Service Design