Dr Graeme Heron
Lecturer in Operations Management
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1739
- Address: Room 8.21
Newcastle University Business School
5 Barrack Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Graeme joined the University Business School in February 2014 His PhD (2011) considered the application of the Theory of Constraints in the development of more sustainable and resource efficient local food supply chains.
Graeme spent over 25 years in manufacturing industries, initially as an apprentice millwright, before progressing through engineering maintenance roles in the petro-chem and pharmaceutical sectors.
Graeme moved across to the food sector in a management role and developed his career in operations fields including supply chain management, warehousing, purchasing and logistics over an 11 year period.
Graeme sits on the Tyne & Wear Freight Transport Partnership group. He is also an active member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, currently serving as Chairman of the local Tyne Tees Group and sitting on the national environmental sustainability group.
Graeme is also the global reviewer for the recently published 5th edition of Chopra & Meindl’s ‘Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning and Operation’ as well as holding two external examiner subject specialist roles at Hull and with the Open University. Graeme’s research was recently selected as part of Northumbria University’s Research Excellence Framework submission for 2014.
PhD (University of Northumbria), Post Grad Cert Ed (The Open University), BA (hons) Leeds Met.
Professional Institute Qualifications & Memberships
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport FCILT
Fellow of the Institute for Learning FIfL
Member of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association
Research Interests & Current Researches
My current researches include:
The application of JIT to reverse logistics in the multiple retail sector.
The effective management of 'local food' systems and the urban poor.
The appropriateness of management tools in their application to micro, small and medium sized enterprises.
An analysis of micro, small and medium sized UK manufacturer’s strategies during the recent UK recession.
Logistics and reverse logistics.
The Theory of Constraints, value stream mapping and value chain analysis.
Food supply chains.
Agricultural economics and their impacts upon extended supply chains.
Food poverty and food insecurity.
Unevenness of benefit distribution in food supply chain networks.
The practical implications of the adoption of lean, agile or leagile systems in supply chains.
Port centric logistics and containerisation.
The application of Kaizen philosophy to student group work in higher education.
- Heron G, Oglethorpe D. Testing the Theory of Constraints in UK local food supply chains. International Journal of Operations & Production Management 2013, 33(10), 1346-1367.
- Heron G, Oglethorpe D. Standing at the crossroads: a comparitive analysis of logistics, supply chain mechanisms, collaboration and customer fulfilment strategies at farmers' markets in the North-East of England and the State of Delaware between May & October 2011. Corby, UK: The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, 2011.
- Oglethorpe D, Heron G. Investigating the practicalities and benefits of local food production, and identifying any unintended effects and trade offs. Defra FO0104. London: Defra: The Government Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, 2009. FO0104.
- Heron G, Oglethorpe D. A longitudinal study analysing collaboration, produce analysis, customer fulfilment strategies, short food supply chains and community supported agriculture at Farmers’ Markets in the State of Delaware and the North-East of England: 2011-2016. Journal of Rural Studies 2017. In Preparation.
- Heron G. An investigation of constructed mutual reciprocity and supply chain power distortion across micro and small sized enterprise members of business clubs in the North East of the UK. Journal of Small Business Management 2017. In Preparation.
- Pang G, Heron G, Ismail A, Ramananathan U. Intra-Organisational Learning & Service Quality Management: Overcoming Operational Barriers to Improve Upstream Logistics Efficiencies in a Regional Operation of a Multinational Oil & Gas Company. Information & Management 2017. In Preparation.
- Heron G, Shokri A. Optimised allocation decision processes for the efficient and sustainable re-distribution of food in third sector organisations: A case study investigating initiatives addressing food insecurity and food poverty in the UK. International Journal of Operations and Production Management 2017. In Preparation.
- Heron G. Plural participative group work resultant of process driven design in postgraduate education: A case study of hybridised Kaizen work groups deployed in a Masters programme Supply Chain Systems and Technology module. Studies in Higher Education 2017. In Preparation.
- Ballantyne F, Heron G. The case for freight operator recognition schemes (FORS) as business readiness quality management tools for the UK’s Northern Powerhouse transport agenda. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review 2017. In Preparation.
- Heron G, Swamy M. Value Chain Analysis, Value Stream mapping, the Theory of Constraints and Guanxi as tools to micro, and small sized enterprises to militate for downstream demands. International Small Business Journal 2017. In Preparation.
- Heron G, Oglethorpe D, Morley M. Desegregating operational barriers to optimise acquisition, collection and disposition of multi-trip food packaging systems and recyclable materials; an investigation of degrees of integration in two UK multiple retailer operations. In: The Logistics Research Network Conference 2016. 2016, Hull University. In Preparation.
- Heron G, Morley M, Oglethorpe D. Desegregating operational barriers to optimise acquisition, collection and disposition of multi-trip food packaging systems and recyclable materials; an investigation of degrees of integration in two UK multiple retailer operations. TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART E: LOGISTICS AND TRANSPOTATION REVIEW 2016. In Preparation.
- Heron G, Oglethorpe D. Reverse Flow of Recyclable Materials in Food Retail. Journal of Supply Chain Management 2016. Submitted.
- Ballantyne E, Heron G. The case for freight operator recognition schemes as business readiness quality management tools for the northern powerhouse transport agenda. In: The Logistics Research Network Conference 2016. 2016, Hull University. In Preparation.
- Heron G, Oglethorpe D. Addressing sub-optimisation of reverse logistics systems managing recycling and multi-trip packaging streams: A comparative analysis from the UK multiple retail sector in its potential to apply "Just in Time" paradigms to reverse logistics systems management. In: Royal Geographic Society Annual Conference. 2015, University of Exeter.
- Heron G, Bennett D, Yuen S, Swamy M. Kaizen group enquiry based learning, primary data analysis & research led outputs; lessons from an undergraduate final year module based upon strategic supply chain management investigation utilising a hybridised Kaizen group model for plural participatory inclusion. In: Society for Research into Higher Education. 2015, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, UK: SRHE.
- Sainidis E, Robson A, Heron G. Dealing with environmental turbulence – manufacturing strategy review and the changing roles of the business functions post 2008-recession. In: British Academy of Management 2014 Conference. 2014, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Bennett D, Heron G, Yuen S, Swamy M. Kaizen Group enquiry based learning, primary data analysis & research led outputs; lessons from an undergraduate final year module based upon strategic supply chain management investigation. In: 19th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference and PhD Workshop. 2014, Huddersfield, UK.
- Heron G, Shokri A. Reducing waste and improving efficiencies in ‘third sector’ food supply networks: the sustainability case for adoption of lean and best practice models for organisations working to promote food security and alleviate food poverty amongst the urban poor. In: 19th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference and PhD Workshop. 2014, Huddersfield, UK.
- Heron G, Shokri A. The Adoption of Lean Six Sigma in the UK ‘Third Sector’ to Reduce and Control Waste to Promote Good Practice in Supply to overcome Food Insecurity Amongst the Urban Poor. In: Fifth International Conference on Lean Six Sigma. 2014, Herriot Watt University, Scotland, UK.
- Morley M, Oglethorpe D, Heron G. The Application of 'Just in Time' to Reverse Logistics to Increase Network Efficiencies and Sustainability Factors: A Feasability Study from the UK Multiple Retail Sector. In: Transport Research Arena 2014. 2014, Paris, France.
- Heron G, Swamy M. Value Chain Analysis, Value Stream Mapping, the theory of Constraints and Guanxi as tools to Micro, Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises to Militate for Downstream Demands. In: 2nd Global Conference on Business Management. 2014, Singapore, Southeast Asia: APIA Publications.
- Sainidis E, Robson A, Heron G. Realigning the manufacturing priorities of SMEs as a result of the 2008 UK economic downturn. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference. 2013, Liverpool, UK.
- Morley M, Heron G, Oglethorpe D. The Application of ‘Just in Time’ to Reverse Logistics: A Feasibility Study from the UK Multiple Retail Sector. In: 18th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference. 2013, Birmingham, UK.
- Oglethorpe D, Heron G. Sensible operational choices for the climate change agenda. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT 2010, 21(3), 538-557.
- Oglethorpe D, Slack R, Heron G. Localising Food Supply Chains Myths & Mires. In: The Logistics Research Network Annual Conference. 2008, Liverpool University Business School, Liverpool UK: The Chartered Institute of Logistics & tyransport.