Max Chipulu

max chipulu

Prof Max Chipulu PhD, MSc, BEng, SFHEA



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 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 contributes regularly and consistently to the peer review process. He is a member of the British Academy of Management Peer Review College and co-chair of the Operations Logistics and Supply Chain Management SIG at British Academy of Management conference; and has guest-edited special issues in several 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.

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).



Conference Organising Activity

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


Editorial Activity

  • Co-chair Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management SIG at British Academy of Management
  • Lead Guest Editor - Special Issue on Operations Analytics, Regulation, and Economic Attitudes toward Sustainability in the Sustainability Journal
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Project Management 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: “Top 1% best reviewer”, Publons
  • Winner: Advance HE’s Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)
  • Winner: “Best paper in conference”, ISER ICEBR-2015 International Conference on Economics and Business Research.
  • Winner: “Best Developmental Paper Award in Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management”, BAMS annual conference.


Grant Reviewer

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


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



  • 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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Managing supply risk with early supplier involvement

Presentation / Conference
Tsvetkova, V., Ojiako, G., & Chipulu, M. (2010, June)
Managing supply risk with early supplier involvement. Paper presented at 2010 INFORMS Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Society Annual Conference, Haifa, Israel

Learning and Teaching Challenges in project management

Journal Article
Ojiako, G., Ashleigh, M., Chipulu, M., & Maguire, S. (2011)
Learning and Teaching Challenges in project management. International Journal of Project Management, 29(3), 268-278.
This paper seeks to examine how considerations of future pedagogy will impact on the student experience. This examination utilises data gathered from a survey of students stud...

Clinical decision making

Book Chapter
Sque, M., Chipulu, M., & McGonigle, D. (2009)
Clinical decision making. In M. Hall, A. Noble, & S. Smith (Eds.), A Foundation for Neonatal Care: a Multi-disciplinary Guide (235-251). Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing

Modelling of Hampshire Adult Services—gearing up for future demands

Journal Article
Desai, M., Penn, M., Brailsford, S., & Chipulu, M. (2008)
Modelling of Hampshire Adult Services—gearing up for future demands. Health Care Management Science, 11(2), 167-176.
This paper describes a study to investigate future demand from older people for social care services in Hampshire, UK. The study used system dynamics to explore the significan...

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

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