Wake, Nicholas | École des Ponts Business School

Wake, Nicholas

Nick has been a member of faculty at Warwick Business School since 2006. He lectures in Operations Management and Project Management on MBA and undergraduate courses. Until recently he was Assistant Dean for the Specialist Masters programmes at WBS.

Nick believes that success occurs at the intersection between research, teaching and consultancy. Influential research that drives management change only occurs through an understanding of industry which is gained through teaching and consulting. Teaching needs to be informed by both research and consulting practice. Consulting must be informed by the latest thinking embodied in research and should both feed and draw from teaching.

His research interests include lean and improvement methodologies, performance measurement and management, and viable systems. In addition, he has published in the area of pedagogic practice. He won an prestigious ESRC scholarship for his doctoral research and recently won ‘Best Paper’ for research published in the International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management.

He has won numerous teaching awards and is widely recognised for his innovative and engaging teaching style. Nick is a visiting professor at a number of business schools in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia where he teaches operations management, project management, supply chain management and operations strategy. He also provides executive education for a number of large UK companies in the manufacturing and service sector.

He undertakes consulting and education with a number of FTSE listed companies. He believes that understanding the principals of operations management is necessary but not sufficient to build world-class operation. Rather, business transformation must be led by existing operations managers. He recently set up a company that specialises in operations leadership.

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