Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Management, University of Bath
The desire to attain sustainability (profitability given environmental and social constraints) requires a rethinking of the way we do business. The area of Sustainable Operations Management re-examines concepts long-researched by traditional Operations Management literature (e.g. product and service design, supply network and process design) under the lens of sustainability. One way to do this is to use analytical and simulation models, informed by empirical data and employing concepts from a variety of fields, to predict behaviour of and prescribe behaviour for organisations and individuals faced with various future scenarios.
Our appetite for food is a serious problem. The huge amount of energy, land and water used to fill our supermarket shelves mean that modern overproduction and excessive consumerism are rapidly depleting resources and...