30 October 2003 | David Arminas
Professor Richard Lamming has been appointed director of the Southampton University School of Management.
Since 1991, Lamming has held the CIPS chair of purchasing and supply at the University of Bath.
He also founded the university's Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply (CRiSPS) and was its director until 2001, when he became the head of research for the university's school of management.
He said the Southampton school is working on risk, project management and operational research: "My job is to lead a transformation of the school, almost doubling it in size."
Lamming began his career as an apprentice with Jaguar in 1970, and held other purchasing jobs in the automotive industry.
In 1982 he joined the Brighton Business School, and from 1986-90 he was a senior member of the International Motor Vehicle Programme at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US and the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.
Lamming contributed to the book "The Machine That Changed the World" (1990), which launched the concept of lean production.
In 1995 he was awarded the highest honour by CIPS - the Swinbank Medal for outstanding services to the purchasing profession. He was also the first chairman of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association from 1993-95.
Lamming takes up his new post in January.