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Sharp Cooper

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Senior Lecturer

Trained as an Engineer, I am a Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at the Sunderland Business School, in the Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism.

I joined Sunderland from a background in Applied Management Consultancy, working in sectors including Health and Social Care, Climate Change, Green Energy, Green Materials and Processes, Manufacturing, Education, Engineering and Technology Management, Oil and Gas, Textile and Clothing to name a few. I am a professional in Business Improvement, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Resource and Total Quality Management, Multidisciplinary Research, Knowledge and Technology Transfer, and a qualified Benchmarking Adviser.

I have worked in major industry, KTP, ESF and ERDF funded projects and EU Lifelong educational programmes. I have expertise and wide-ranging experience in academia and industry in a career spanning over 25 years in the UK, Europe and worldwide. I am a seasoned knowledge and skills facilitator in bridging the gap between academia, industry and commerce. 

My main interests are in development, design and implementation of business solutions, strategic target setting, team-working, benchmarking, best practice dissemination, business process improvement and developing improved tools and techniques to promote active and deeper learning within organisations, particularly achieving competitive advantages through capacity and capability management. 

Teaching and supervision

Programme Leader:
BA Business Management Top-Up

Centre Leader:
Master of Business Administration (Top-Up) via Study Centres

Module Leader:
MSc Operations and Logistics Management
Project Management
Operation Quality Management - TNE Dual Awards
Project Management Frameworks - TNE Dual Awards
Innovation, R&D and Growth

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests are in The Efficacy of Performance Measurement and  Managerial Capacity, looking at the impact of management capabilities on decision-making and operational performance. With a special interest in the dimensions of interrelationships of knowledge through, levels of education, experiences and/or collaborative networking as factors of managerial capacity building and interoperability.

Some of my findings from longitudinal and empirical research pieces to date are feeding into the need for deeper exploration and connectivity of academic research practices for the benefit of industry, skills, knowledge development and academic applications.

Headline research topic areas include:
Performance Measurement and Management
Change Management
Supply Chain Management
Project Management
Operations Management
Interoperability of Complex Supply Chains
Supply Chains Integration
Total Quality Management


I am an active researcher and have supervised research titles in subject areas including:

  • The Relationship Between Social-Capital and Supply Chain Integration: A Case Study of Thailand
  • Employee Motivation: A Bulgarian Case Study
  • Integrating the Relationship Between Workplace Bullying and Employee Job Performance in IT Service Industry in China: A Case of Pactera Technology Ltd
  • Why Performance Management should Overtake Performance Measurement in the Hospitality Industry: A Case of Austin Marriott Group, UK


Number of items: 3.

Conference or Workshop Item

Cooper, Sharp, Watson, Derek and Worrall, Rob (2016) Managing Supply Chain Networks: A Framework for Achieving Superior Performance through Leadership Capabilities Development in Supply Chain Node. In: PMA International Conference 2016 - Performance Measurement and Management: New Theories for New Practices, 26 - 29 Jun 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland. UK.

Cooper, Sharp (2006) SUPPLY CHAIN COMPLEXITY: AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE RAPID DECLINE OF THE UK’s TEXTILE AND CLOTHING MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY. In: 13th Annual EutOMA Conference: "Moving Up the Value Chain", 18-21 Jun 2006, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Cooper, Sharp (2005) Performance Measurement in UK textile & clothing manufacturing SMEs: Regaining the initiative. In: Stimulating Manufacturing Excellence in Small and Medium Enterprises, SMESME 2005, 2005, Glasgow, Scotland.

This list was generated on Thu May 28 20:14:03 2020 BST.
Knowledge-Based Engineering
Knowledge and Technology Transfer Partnerships
Performance Measurement and Management
Change Management
Supply Chain Management
Project Management
Operations Management
Interoperability of Complex Supply Chains
Supply Chain Integration
Total Quality Management

Last updated 11 June 2019