Dr Mike Simpson

Senior Lecturer in Business Management

Room: B062
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3450
Email: m.simpson@sheffield.ac.uk

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. 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


Mike currently teaches MGT6150 Operations Management on the MBA programme, MGT6046 Operations Management and Supply Chain Management on the MSc programmes and 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.


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.

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.

Prospective PhD candidates:

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