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Prof. Andrew Fearne

Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of Kent, UK

Academic Position

Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Academic Qualifications
  • PhD in Agricultural Economics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • BA (Hons)  in Economics & French, Kingston University, UK
Email afearne@citycollege.sheffield.eu


Andrew Fearne is  Professor of  value chain  management  and  Head  of  Kent  Business  School  (Medway  Campus).  His  main  areas  of  research  are  consumer  behaviour, inter-organisational  relationships  and  value  chain analysis.  He  is  the  founding  editor  of  the  International Journal of Supply Chain Management (the No.1 ranked journal  in  the  discipline),  author  of  over  150  journal articles,  book  chapters  and  conference  papers,  the  14th Adelaide Thinker in Residence (http://www.thinkers.sa.gov.au/thinkers/fearne/)  and the son of a Kentish pig farmer,  the significance of  which is revealed through a tireless work ethic and a positive approach to all opportunities and challenges!
His innovative approach to the funding and application of applied research has resulted in an impressive record  of  business  engagement,  with  organisations  large  and  small,  from  around  the  world,  and  at  all stages of the food chain. Prominent amongst existing corporate partners are dunnhumby and Tesco, with whom  he  has  been  working  for  the  last  nine  years, mining the most comprehensive supermarket panel data in the world  -  the weekly supermarket purchases of 1.7 million Tesco Clubcard holders  –  through PhD students funded by trade associations, regional development agencies and government departments
(http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/research/research-centres/cvcr/index.html).
His  work  in  the  area  of  organisational  justice  and  supplier  relationships  has  resulted  in  collaborative research with major players in the food industry (e.g. Unilever, Tesco, Oxfam, International Institute of Environment  and  Development)  and  beyond  (e.g.  CEVA logistics, Angel Trains, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply).
His  multi-disciplinary  and  cross-functional  approach  to  value  chain  management  is  a  distinguishing feature  of  the  MSc  in  Value  Chain  Management  at  Kent  Business  School (http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/programmes/masters/specialist-valuechain.html), which attracts students from all over the world and incorporates a live value chain case study and innovative business implant program that provides every student with a business mentor and invaluable experience from applying the principles of value chain management in a practical business environment.

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