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Professor Roy Westbrook is Deputy Dean of Saïd Business School. He is an award-winning researcher, experienced teacher and consultant who has worked extensively within academia and the commercial sector. He was previously Dean of Development and External Relations, and MBA Director. Roy is also a Professor of Operations Management and a Tutorial Fellow and Vice-Principal of St Hugh’s College, Oxford.
As Deputy Dean he currently leads the university’s ‘1+1 MBA’ programme and steers the ‘Engaging with the Humanities’ initiative, which seeks to bring insights from Oxford’s humanities departments to leadership studies at the business school. He has previously taught degree programmes at the school and led the Sloan Masters Programmes at the London Business School (LBS). He has also taught executive courses for companies such as British Telecom, Mars and Midland Bank/HSBC.
During his academic career Roy’s research has been widely published and covered a wide variety of topics including: supply chain management, operational flexibility and mass customisation in manufacturing, and quality and productivity in service operations. Roy has also consulted and carried out research in the commercial sector with companies such as IBM, manufacturing companies in Japan, Reckitt & Coleman and American Express and presented at conferences around the world. He has served as a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Operations Management and referee for the International Journal of Production and Operations Management and International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management.
A former civil servant, he worked earlier at London Business School, completing his doctorate there in 1992, and serving as Associate Dean of the Sloan Programme from 1995.
Roy is presently focused on interdisciplinary research through his steering role in the ‘Engaging with the Humanities’ initiative that seeks to bring insights from Oxford’s humanities departments to leadership studies at Saïd Business School. During his academic career, Roy’s research has been widely published and has covered a wide variety of topics including supply chain management, operational flexibility and mass customisation in manufacturing, and quality and productivity in service operations.
He is a recipient of the Best Paper Award from the Journal of Operations Management and has also received an Excellence Award for Outstanding Paper from the International Journal of Operations and Production Management. He has been published in journals such as the European Management Journal, the British Journal of Management and the International Journal of Operations Management.
Roy has also conducted research in the commercial sector with companies such as Reckitt & Coleman, Midland Bank, manufacturing companies in Japan, American Express and ING Bank (Netherlands).
Roy has consulted and carried out research in the commercial sector with companies such as IBM, manufacturing companies in Japan, Reckitt & Coleman, Midland Bank, American Express and ING Bank (Netherlands).
He has also presented at conferences including the Critical Management Studies Conference, EurOMA conference, POMS Annual Conference and the International EurOMA Conference on Management and New Production Systems. Beyond his teaching, management and research roles at Saïd Business School he has been a member of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee’s Institutional Audit Management Board, the Social Sciences Division Review Panel and the Social Sciences Division Teaching Policy Committee and Teaching Audit Committee.
At London Business School he was Chairman of the MBA Admissions committee. Roy has also been a member of the: Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Operations Management European Operations Management Association Production and Operations Management Society (US) And referee for: Journal of Operations Management International Journal of Production and Operations Management International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management
Roy Westbrook currently leads the university’s "1+1 MBA" programme, in which students can precede the MBA with one of Oxford’s many specialist one-year masters courses, to create a two-year education combining subject depth with managerial breadth.
He has taught MBA Operations Management and MBA Service Management and tutors St Hugh’s college's E&M first year students in their introductory General Management course, preparing them for the Preliminary Examination. He also provides tutorials on the optional course in Technology and Operations Management. He has previously taught degree programmes including: core courses on operations management for the Full-time MBA and Executive MBA programme at the University of Oxford and Sloan Masters Programmes at the London Business School (LBS).
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Further, Roy has taught executive courses at the London Executive Programme, Senior Executive Programme, and Accelerated Development Programme and led in-company programmes for British Telecom, Mars and Midland Bank/HSBC. He was also Director of both the LBS’s Centre for Management Development’s Midland Bank programme, and the Strategic Leadership Programme for HSBC Group.
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