Dr Stephen Kelly

Salford Business School

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Senior Lecturer


Stephen Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Supply Chains, Procurement & Project Management at Salford Business School. He is a highly experienced educator, researcher, and purchasing and supply management (PSM) professional, having worked for a number of academic institutions. Before his academic career, he worked for over ten years in industry in a variety of supply chain management roles for companies such as Siemens, GEC, and the NHS.

He has published supply-chain related research in a variety of leading academic journals such as the Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Journal of Public Procurement, Production, Planning & Control and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. He was the institutional lead in two large European Union-funded projects which researched PSM skills and Industry 4.0 and was previously the Vice-President of the International Purchasing & Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA), as well as the co-founder of its annual Educator’s Workshop.

His research interests include supply-chain related skills, gender-responsive procurement, Industry 4.0, negotiation and circular procurement/sourcing.

He has a Ph.D. in Management Science from Lancaster University Management School, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), CIPS Assessor, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and Chartered Association of Business Schools Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE). He has been visiting faculty at the iaeLyon School of Management (France) and Nehemiah Gateway University (Albania).

Areas of Research

Supply-chain related skills
Gender-responsive procurement
Industry 4.0
Circular procurement/sourcing


Procurement and Risk Management
Operations and Information Management
Project Management