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Benn Lawson

Benn Lawson

University Senior Lecturer in Operations Management
Director of the Centre for Process Excellence and Innovation (CPEI)
Director of Studies in Management at Gonville & Caius College

BComm (Monash University), PhD (University of Melbourne), MCIPS

Professional experience

Dr Lawson serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Operations Management, as an associate editor at the Journal of Supply Chain Management, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, UK (MCIPS). He has held visiting appointments at Manchester Business School, University of Melbourne and North Carolina State University.

He is also a member of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA), and Industry Studies Association (ISA).

Previous appointments

Prior to joining Cambridge Judge Business School, Dr Lawson was Senior Lecturer in the School of Management at Queen's University Belfast, UK, and Lecturer in the Department of Management & Marketing at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Awards & scholarships

  • "Citation of Excellence" Award, Emerald Management Reviews, 2013
  • Runner-up, "Chris Voss Best Paper" Award (with Antony Potter and Beverly Tyler), EurOMA 2013
  • "Chan Hahn Best Paper" Award Finalist, OM Division, Academy of Management, 2012
  • "Chris Voss Best Paper" Award (with Antony Potter and Dan Krause), World P&OM / EurOMA conference, 2012
  • "Best Reviewer" Award, Journal of Supply Chain Management, 2010
  • "Highly Commended" Award, Emerald Literati Network, 2009 and 2012
  • "Best Paper Proceedings", Operations Management Division, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2006 and 2012

Research interests

Supply chain strategy; supplier relationship management; product design-supplier integration; new product development.

Benn Lawson is a member of the Operations subject group.

Selected publications

Cousins, P.D., Handfield, R.B., Lawson, B. and Petersen, K.J. (2006) "Creating supply chain relational capital: the impact of formal and informal socialization processes." Journal of Operations Management, 24(6): 851-863 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2005.08.007)

Lawson, B., Tyler, B.B and Cousins, P.D. (2008) "Antecedents and consequences of social capital on buyer performance improvement." Journal of Operations Management, 26(3): 446-460 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2007.10.001)

Lawson, B., Cousins, P.D., Petersen, K.J. and Handfield, R.B. (2009) "Knowledge sharing in interorganizational product development teams: the effect of formal and informal socialization mechanisms." Journal of Product Innovation Management, 26(2): 156-172 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5885.2009.00343.x)

Carey, S., Lawson, B. and Krause, D.R. (2011) "Social capital configuration, legal bonds and performance in buyer-supplier relationships." Journal of Operations Management, 29(4): 277-288 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2010.08.003)

Cousins, P.D., Lawson, B., Petersen, K.P. and Handfield, R.B. (2011) "Breakthrough scanning, supplier knowledge exchange and new product development performance." Journal of Product Innovation Management, 28(6): 930-942 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5885.2011.00854.x)

Potter, A. and Lawson, B. (2013) "Help or hindrance? Causal ambiguity and supplier involvement in new product development teams." Journal of Product Innovation Management, 30(4): 794-808 (DOI: 10.1111/jpim.12027)

More publications

Contact details

Benn Lawson
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG

Tel: +44 (0)1223 760587
Fax: +44 (0)1223 339701