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Benn Lawson

Benn Lawson

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

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

Research interests

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

Subject group: Operations

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).

Awards & honours

  • "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

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.

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Benn Lawson's publications. Please see the "Selected publications" tab above for a more comprehensive list.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Journal articles

Lawson, B. and Samson, D. (2001) "Developing innovation capability in organisations: a dynamic capabilities approach." International Journal of Innovation Management, 5(3): 377-400 (DOI: 10.1142/S1363919601000427)

Challis, D., Samson, D. and Lawson, B. (2002) "Integrated manufacturing, employee and business performance: Australian and New Zealand evidence." International Journal of Production Research, 40(8): 1941-1964 (DOI: 10.1080/00207540210123643)

Challis, D., Samson, D. and Lawson, B. (2005) "Impact of technological, organizational and human resource investments on employee and manufacturing performance: Australian and New Zealand evidence." International Journal of Production Research, 43(1): 81-107 (DOI: 10.1080/00207540412331281935)

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)

Cousins, P.D., Lawson, B. and Squire, B. (2006) "An empirical taxonomy of purchasing functions." International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 26(7): 775-794 (DOI: 10.1108/01443570610672239)

Cousins, P.D., Lawson, B. and Squire, B. (2006) "Supply chain management: theory and practice - the emergence of an academic discipline?" International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 26(7): 697-702 (DOI: 10.1108/01443570610672194)

Handfield, R.B. and Lawson, B. (2007) "Integrating suppliers into new product development." Research Technology Management, 50(5): 44-51

Cousins, P.D. and Lawson, B. (2007) "Sourcing strategy, supplier relationships and firm performance: an empirical investigation of UK organizations." British Journal of Management, 18(2): 123-137 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2006.00506.x)

Cousins, P.D. and Lawson, B. (2007) "The effect of socialization mechanisms and performance measurement on supplier integration in new product development." British Journal of Management, 18(3): 311-326 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2007.00514.x)

Cousins, P.D., Lawson, B. and Squire, B. (2008) "Performance measurement in strategic buyer-supplier relationships: the mediating role of socialization mechanisms." International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 28(3): 238-258 (DOI: 10.1108/01443570810856170)

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)

Petersen, K.J., Handfield, R.B., Lawson, B. and Cousins, P.D. (2008) "Buyer dependency and relational capital formation: the mediating effects of socialization processes and supplier integration." Journal of Supply Chain Management, 44(4): 53-65 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-493X.2008.00072.x)

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)

Squire, B., Cousins, P.D., Lawson, B. and Brown, S. (2009) "The effect of supplier manufacturing capabilities on buyer responsiveness: the role of collaboration." International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 29(8): 766-788 (DOI: 10.1108/01443570910977689)

Lawson, B., Cousins, P.D., Handfield, R.B. and Petersen, K.J. (2009) "Strategic purchasing, supply management practices and buyer performance improvement: an empirical study of UK manufacturing organisations." International Journal of Production Research, 47(10): 2649-2667 (DOI: 10.1080/00207540701694313)

Handfield, R.B., Petersen, K.J., Cousins, P.D. and Lawson, B. (2009) "An organizational entrepreneurship model of supply management integration and performance outcomes." International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 29(2): 100-126 (DOI: 10.1108/01443570910932011)

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)

Lawson, B. and Potter, A. (2012) "Determinants of knowledge transfer in inter-firm new product development projects." International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 32(10): 1228-1247 (DOI: 10.1108/01443571211274530)

Lawson, B., Samson, D. and Roden, S. (2012) "Appropriating the value from innovation: inimitability and the effectiveness of isolating mechanisms." R&D Management, 42(5): 420-434 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.2012.00692.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)

Donaghey, J., Reinecke, J., Niforou, C. and Lawson, B. (2014) "From employment relations to consumption relations: balancing labor governance in global supply chains." Human Resource Management (forthcoming)

Books, monographs, reports & case studies

Cousins, P., Lamming, R., Lawson, B. and Squire, B. (2008) Strategic supply management: principles, theories and practice. London: Pearson Education.

Book chapters

Lawson, B. and Samson, D. (2002) "Developments in managing innovation, knowledge and e-business." In Gunasekaran, A., Khalil, O. and Rahman, S.M. (eds.): Knowledge and information technology management: human and social perspectives. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishers, pp.1-13

Lawson, B. and Samson, D. (2003) "Managing e-business innovations." In Samson, D. (ed.): E-business: value creation for management. Sydney: McGraw-Hill, pp.63-83

Contact details

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

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

b.lawson@jbs.cam.ac.uk