Dr Richard Bruce


Management School

Lecturer in Supply Chain Accounting and Finance

Chief Business Advisor to the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

Research and teaching specialism: Supply Chain Accounting

+44 114 222 2723

Full contact details

Dr Richard Bruce
Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

With an in-depth first-hand knowledge of the supply-chain issues facing the global agri-food and FMCG sectors from working with business in the UK and China, and in academia, I utilise my wide experience, extensive contacts, and excellent industry access to create and manage mainly agri-food and agri-tech projects involving staff and students at Sheffield, as well as contributing to my teaching which is kept up to date and relevant.

I teach Supply Chain Management Accounting and Finance to MSc students. This involves exploring how they, as future supply chain managers, may interact with the financial and management accountants and other professionals they encounter in their organisations, and across the supply chain networks with which they have dealings.

Senior supply chain practitioners are brought in to present real life situations through visiting lectures, and case studies are used extensively.

As I am passionate about my subject, I try to ensure that my enthusiasm rubs off on the students, with whom I develop very good working relations over the months.

I supervise Master’s Dissertations, and play a full part in supporting all the activities of the School.

My research explores the application of accounting techniques and digital applications, such as Blockchain, to enhance supply chain efficiencies and reduce costs. I also explore how trust levels in inter-organisational relationships can be enhanced.

I am currently working with cacao farmers in Vietnam to improve their retained earnings through improved traceability and transparency.

I am the secretary to and convenor of the Grantham Ambassadors, who members include senior colleagues from industry, research and professional services across a wide range of sectors, with members drawn from around the world. Opportunities for Grantham Scholars and staff colleagues from across the university to interact with the Ambassadors during their visits to the University.

My career commenced as a fast track civil servant in the Department of the Environment, involved – inter alia – with harmonisation of UK environmental legislation post accession to the EEC, then following my full-time MBA here at Sheffield in 1989-1990, I spent six years at Harper Adams University, establishing the DTI funded Enterprise Unit and teaching strategic management to BSc students.

I then founded my own consultancy, working on strategic issues facing major agri-food suppliers and multiple retailers, and interfacing with government and industry bodies. Since 2012 I have been with the University of Sheffield.

Voluntary work has always been a part of my life: I was a Special Constable in the Metropolitan Police during the IRA bombing campaign in London, then I spent over 20 years involved in Scouting, initially as a Beaver Leader and finishing my Scouting career as the Team Leader for the annual National Scout Service held in Windsor Castle.

My most recent role was that of a volunteer emergency service motorcyclist for the NHS.

I am an active Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the latter being one of the accreditation bodies for the Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc.

Research contracts:

UKRI HEIF Knowledge Exchange Funded project on the use of digitised systems to enhance traceability and transparency for cacao production in Vietnam, leading to a net economic benefit for farmers.

PI of a major commercial research project to investigate the production of a more sustainable loaf of bread.

Co-Chair of an EPSRC Proof-of-Concept study on single use agri-plastics. Dr Shuhan Chen is the PDRA working on behaviour change aspects of the project with me.


There has been a problem showing this information. Please try again later.

Research group

PhD students:

  • Matthew Hinchliffe – 1st year PhD student on the A* scheme with SimTech (Singapore) and Sheffield – co-supervised with Professor Bill Lee

I am hoping to have a second A* PhD student starting in the autumn of 2020