Dr Mike Simpson

PhD, MBA, MSc, Dip.M MCIM.

Management School

Senior Lecturer in Business Management

m.simpson@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 3450

Full contact details

Dr Mike Simpson
Management School
Room B062
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
Sheffield
S10 1FL
Profile

Mike’s early career was in the semi-conductor and electronics industry working at Plessey Research (Caswell) and Marconi Electronic Devices Limited, Lincoln. He has worked in a number of high technology companies and has been a consultant for small and medium sized businesses both as a Technologist and as an Operations Management and Marketing specialist.

Since then Mike has been a part-time Lecturer and Research Associate at the Management School, appointed as a Lecturer in 1997 and then promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005.

Mike was, for 9 years, an External Examiner for the Advanced Diplomas in Marketing and Marketing and E-Commerce at Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He was the subject group leader for Operations Management and has also been the subject group leader for Marketing in the mid-2000s.

Mike has been the Teaching co-ordinator for the Management Division within the School.

Mike was also a Moderator for the Business, Management and Organisation franchise with several Further Education Colleges

Qualifications

Dr Mike Simpson has a PhD in Physical/Analytical Chemistry; an MBA with Distinction, an MSc in Marketing Practice, awarded the Dip.M, MCIM of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (lapsed 2016) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Research interests

Mike’s current research interests are in the area of Marketing and Operations Management and particularly concentrates on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) but not entrepreneurship as such.

Mike has published several books, book chapters, teaching case studies and over 140 articles and conference papers in both scientific and management areas.

He has supervised a number of PhD students mainly investigating topics in small and medium sized enterprises but not entrepreneurship.

He is particularly interested environmental issues in SMEs, issues of achieving a competitive advantage in SMEs, marketing in SMEs, success factors in SMEs and measuring the performance of SMEs.

He has recently developed an interest in several issues in climate change.

Publications

Books

  • Simpson M, Ogata R, Jalli KK, Poulos S, Wolkowinski P, Sahal A & Freitas T (2011) A Handbook of Indian Club Swinging. Sheffield, UK: Stategy Games Limited. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M & Jalli KK (2009) A Handbook of Indian Club Swinging. Sheffield, UK: Strategy Games Limited. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Staff HASE, Simpson M, Jones FR & Executive GBHAS (1992) Evaluation of the Safety of Composite Transportable Gas Containers. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

  • Grant DB (Ed.) (2016) Logistics, Supply Chain and Operations Management Case Study Collection. Kogan Page. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Suntola T & Simpson M (Ed.) (1990) Atomic Layer Epitaxy. Glasgow, UK: Blackie and Sons Ltd. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Padmore J, Simpson M & Taylor N (2011) Marketing in SMEs: An Introduction In Nwankwo S & Gbadamosi T (Ed.), Entrepreneurship Marketing Taylor & Francis RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Taylor N & Padmore J (2010) The role and relevance model of marketing in SMEs, Entrepreneurship Marketing: Principles and Practice of SME Marketing (pp. 30-44). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pavic S, Simpson M & Koh SCL (2006) A prototype e-business model to create a competitive advantage in SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovations in E-Business: An Integrative Perspective (pp. 238-260). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M & Sykes GMH (2001) The Bulldog Pottery.” Teaching case study, Operations Management: Producing Goods and Services”, 2nd Edition, Pearson Education, Harlow, England. ISBN 0-201-39849-4. (pp. 348-349). Pearson Education, Harlow, England. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M & Henry T (2001) "Eldon Engineering” Teaching case study In Waters D (Ed.), “Operations Management: Producing Goods and Services”, 2nd Edition, Pearson Education, Harlow, England. ISBN 0-201-39849-4 (pp. 633-635). Pearson Education, Harlow, England RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

Conference proceedings papers

Reports

  • Simpson M & Macdonald S (1997) International Experiences. The Quality of Management Research: Implications for Industry RIS download Bibtex download

Posters

  • Simpson M, Taylor N & Joshi N (2003) New Product Launch: Towards a New Process Model. Academy of Marketing Annual Conference 2003. Marketing: A History of the Next Decade. Aston Busines. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Taylor N, Arnold R & Simpson M (2003) New Product Development and Launch: A Case Study. Academy of Marketing Annual Conference 2003. Marketing: A History of the Next Decade. Aston Busines. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Saatchi R, Anderson DR, McLeod CW & Cooke M (1993) The Use of Pattern Recognition for Signatures Generated by Laser Ablation-Ion Mobility Spectrometry of Polymeric Materials. Poster Paper SP5.31, Abstracts of the XXVIII Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale Conference, Y. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Anderson DR, McLeod CW & Cooke M (1993) Laser Ablation-Ion Mobility Spectrometry: A New Tool for Materials Characterisation. Poster paper in the 1993 European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, Granada, Spain. Janu. RIS download Bibtex download

Working papers

  • Frecknall Hughes J, Simpson M & Padmore J (2007) Inherent limitations in using financial ratio analysis to assess small and medium sized company performance. Working paper 2007.01. The Management School, University of Sheffield. . RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Barker K & Taylor N (2003) Achieving ‘sustainable business’: a study of the perceptions of environmental best practice by SMEs in South Yorkshire. Working Paper number 2001.05.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bellamy S, Bowen FE & Simpson M (2003) Small Business Success Factors: A Grounded Theory Approach. Working Paper number 2001.03. Available at: http://www.shef.ac.uk/management/research/2003.htm. RIS download Bibtex download

Presentations

  • Ballantyne EEF, Simpson M & Whitehead C Can the internet of things improve the sustainability of road freight transport operations?. Groupe Sup de Co La Rochelle, France. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Resnick S, Cheng R & Simpson M Social Media as a SME marketing tool: how useful is it?. Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Ballantyne E & Fatorachian H Can the Internet of Things improve the sustainability of road freight transport operations?. University of Hull. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Resnick S, Simpson M & Cheng R How can SMEs use Social Media to engage with customers?. Toulouse, France. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Redmond J, Walker B, Parker C & Simpson M Environmental Management training programs: Where is the motivation for small businesses to engage?. Perth, Australia. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Choudhary S, Genovese A & Simpson M The UK dairy industry: challenges and perspectives. Vilnius, Lithuania. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Worsdall L, Oates CJ & Simpson M Energy Industry Marketing Madness: When Theory Meets Practice. Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Redmond J, Walker EA, Parker C, Simpson M & Morris R The Influence of Location on Small Firm Environmental Impact Management. Wellington, New Zealand. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wordsall L, Oates CJ & Simpson M So what now for marketing?. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Worsdall L, Oates CJ & Simpson M What is the point of Marketing in the UK’s Domestic Energy Industry?. The University of Sheffield. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Parker C, Redmond J & Simpson M Intervention Strategies to Engage Small and Medium Enterprises in Environmental Good Practice. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Redmond J, Walker EA & Parker C The Impact of Small Business on the Environment. Belfast. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Parker C & Redmond J A ‘Tool Kit’ of Interventions to Encourage the Adoption of Environmental Good Practice by SMEs. Durham, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Koh SCL, Padmore J & Dimitriadis N The Adoption of Enterprise Resource Planning in Greek Companies. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Supply Chain Management and Information Systems. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Koh SCL & Simpson M Change and Uncertainty in SME Manufacturing Environments using ERP. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Supply Chain Management and Information Systems. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Padmore J & Frecknall Hughes J The Difficulties of Measuring Performance in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. Nice , France. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Padmore J & Frecknall Hughes J Measuring the Performance of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. Turku, Finland.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Koh SCL & Simpson M ERP Adoption in Greek Enterprises. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Padmore J & Frecknall Hughes J Measuring the Performance of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. Glasgow, Scotland. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Koh SCL & Simpson M The Effect of Change and Uncertainty in SMEs using ERP. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ojeda-Gomez J, Simpson M & Padmore J Surviving Economic Change: SMEs in the UK and Mexican Footwear Industry.. Cardiff, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Padmore J & Taylor N Marketing in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. Blackpool, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Padmore J & Taylor N Marketing in SMEs. Southampton, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Koh SCL, Loh TC, Simpson M & Padmore J A Framework for a Successful ERP Implementation for SMEs: Perspectives from the UK, Singapore and Malaysia. Tainan, Taiwan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Koh SCL, Loh TC, Simpson M & Padmore J ERP in an Extended Enterprise Landscape. College of Management, NCKU, Tainan, Taiwan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Ojeda-Gomez J & Koh SCL Learning to Gain and Sustain a Competitive Advantage: The Case of the Mexican Footwear Industry. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pursglove J & Simpson M Strategy Maps for English Universities. Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Edinburgh, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Loh TC, Koh SCL & Simpson M A conceptual reference for ERP implementation in SMEs. Advances in Manufacturing Technology XX: the Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Manu. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pavic S, Simpson M & Koh SCL E-business in SMEs: An Exploratory Study. University of Teeside, Newcastle-Gateshead, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pavic S, Simpson M & Koh SCL The Use of E-Business to Create a Competitive Advantage in SMEs. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Loh TC, Koh SCL & Simpson M The Values Behind an Extended Enterprise: An exploratory study. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Taylor N, Arnold R & Simpson M New Product Development and Launch: A Case Study of the ‘Enjoy!’ Range of Frozen Food. Gloucester Business School, Cheltenham, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Richbell SM, de la Rosa A & Simpson M Partnership and Progression: employment opportunities for the disabled. Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ojeda-Gomez J, Simpson M & Padmore J The Competitive Advantage of SMEs in the Mexican Footwear Industry. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK,. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Loh TC, Koh SCL & Simpson M A Conceptual Reference Framework for ERP Implementation in SMEs. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M & Tuck N Critical Success Factors in Small Service Sector Businesses. University of Teeside, Newcastle-Gateshead, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pavic S, Simpson M & Koh SCL An exploratory study into the creation of competitive advantage in SMEs using e-business. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bellamy S, Bowen FE & Simpson M Small Business Success Factors: A Grounded Theory Approach.. The University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Padmore J & Taylor N Testing a New Model of Marketing in SMEs. Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bellamy S, Bowen FE & Simpson M Small Business Success Factors: An Owners’ Perspective.. University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Dimitriadis NI & Kotarela E Regional Development Through Sustainable Tourism: The Role of Strategic Business Planning. Stamford Hall, The University of Leicester, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M & Taylor N Environmental Best Practice in SMEs: Stick or Carrot?. Stamford Hall, The University of Leicester, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dimitriadis N, Simpson M & Andronikidis A Knowledge Diffusion in Localised Economies of SMEs: The Role of Public and Private Organisations. University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M & Docherty AJ In Cyberspace No One Can Hear You Scream: E-Commerce Support and Advice for UK SMEs. University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M & Koh SCL Could ERP Create a Competitive Advantage for SMEs in the New Economy?. University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Koh SCL, Simpson M & Lin Y Uncertainty and contingency plan in ERP-controlled manufacturing environments. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Loh TC, Koh SCL & Simpson M A review of the critical success factors of ERP implementation. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Richbell SM, de la Rosa A & Simpson M Contrasts in Values: Disability and the Workplace.. Warsaw, Poland. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Padmore J & Taylor N The Difficulties of Theory Development in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.. The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Taylor N & Barker K Can SMEs Gain a Competitive Advantage and Create ‘Sustainable Business’ by Adopting ‘Environmental Best Practice’?. Hulme Hall, University of Manchester, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Padmore J & Taylor N Validating the Role and Relevance Model of Marketing in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. Nottingham University Business School, Nottingham, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Taylor N, Barker K & Simpson M Achieving ‘Sustainable Business’, a Study of the Perceptions of SMEs to ‘Environmental Best Practice’ in South Yorkshire.. Leicester, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Taylor N & Simpson M The Impact of Environmental Responsibility on the Competitive Advantage of SMEs. Cardiff Business School, Cardiff, Uk. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M & Taylor N The Role and Relevance of Marketing in SMEs: A New Model. The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M & Kondouli D A Practical Approach to Benchmarking in Three Service Industries. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pursglove J & Simpson M A Balanced Scorecard for University Research. Cambridge, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Taylor N, Padmore J & Simpson M Marketing in Supported Employment Enterprises. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Taylor N & Padmore J The Role of Marketing in Supported Employment Enterprises. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Kondouli D & Wai PH From Benchmarking to BPR: A Case Study. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M & Long PD Effective supply chain management: theory and practice.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Sykes GMH, Jones D, Robinson S, Seisun M & Tait C Operations Management and Techniques for Waste Reduction in a Packaging Company. University of Southampton, Southampton, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sykes GMH, Simpson M, Tafida A & Cunnington T-J Quality and Performance Measures in the Health Service. Barcelona, Spain. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sykes GMH, Simpson M & Wai PH Benchmarking in the Service Industries: Theory and Practice. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sykes GMH, Simpson M & Abdullah A Transitory JIT at Proton Cars, Malaysia. Cardiff, Uk. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sykes GMH, Simpson M & Sillince JAA Should there be one or three standards for quality, safety and environment?. Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sykes GMH, Simpson M & Shipley E How Training and Empowerment Increase Flexibility, Quality and Delivery: A Case Study. University of Twente, Netherlands. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, McLeod CW, Anderson DR, Saatchi R & Cooke M Laser Ablation-Ion Mobility Spectrometry: A New Technique for Materials Characterisation. Universite Laval, Quebec, Qc, Canada. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Jones FR, Jacobs PM & Simpson M The role of cure volatiles on the generation of thermal strain and transverse micro-cracks in PMR-15 carbon fibre laminates under thermal cycling. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Jacobs PM, Jones FR & Simpson M The influence of absorbed moisture on thermal strain in PMR-15 based carbon fibre composites. Stuttgart, F.R.G.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Jacobs PM, Simpson M & Jones FR The effect of volatile cure residuals on the generation of thermal strain in PMR-15 composites. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shearwood C, Howson MA, Greig D & Simpson M The temperature dependence of the Hall coefficient for amorphous CuTi films. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Loh TC & Koh SCL An investigation of the values of becoming an extended enterprise. Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Supply Chain Management and Information Systems. RIS download Bibtex download

Other

  • Bellamy S, Bowen FE & Simpson M (2004) Small Business Success Factors: An Owners’ Perspective.. Institute of Small Business Affairs Newsletter, vol. 12, no.2, Spring 2004, p. 4. (ISSN 1464-1739)., 12(2), 4-4. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M (2001) The Role of Marketing in Small and Medium Sized Companies. Chamber Action(17), 5-5. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

There is an opportunity for a good PhD candidate with experience in science or technological subjects and an interest in climate change policies and practices.

Grants

Mike has obtained Research funding in excess of £1m.

He has held grants from the Higher Education Innovation Fund. A successful collaboration with Professor Cameron McLeod in the Centre for Analytical Sciences in the Chemistry Department resulted in an Objective 1 grant of £624,000 for new specialist mass spectrometry instrumentation, 2 years funding for a Post Doctoral Research Fellow and potential for a spin-out university business in advanced analytical chemistry.

Mike has also obtained funding from the National Association of Supported Employment for a research project on Marketing in workshops for disabled people.

Other funding has been obtained from the Centre for Mexican Studies, University of Oxford, UK; the Knowledge Transfer Opportunities Fund; University of Sheffield PhD bursaries and fee waivers and two grants from the Social Sciences Devolved Fund.

Teaching activities

Mike currently teaches:

  • MGT6150 Operations Management (MBA)
  • MGT6046 Operations Management and Supply Chain Management (MSc)
  • MGT6179 Operations Management for Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Operations Management (OM) is concerned with the production of goods and services and is concerned with the effective and efficient marshalling of the organisation’s resources to meet its objectives.

Operations Management is the only business function that generates income for the organisation and is therefore central to all commercial businesses.

These modules also cover some Project Management which is becoming increasingly popular.

The subject of Operational Research (OR) is also introduced. This is a systematic and logical approach to the solution of management problems, often involving the construction and manipulation of mathematical models.

It is used extensively in Operations Management as well as in other functional areas of an organisation as an aid in decision making. Thus, there is a strong emphasis on rational decision making supported by logical quantitative analysis and other analytical techniques.