Research Leaders


Milan photoChristine Harland is Gianluca Spina Chair in Supply Strategy and Full Professor at Politecnico Di Milano, Italy.  Her research interest is supply strategy, and how public procurement can be used as a lever for government reform.


Jan TelgenJan Telgen, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Public Procurement at the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. His research focuses on the efficient use of public procurement methods to be both effective and achieve policy goals. Topics that he published on include the public provision of social services, procurement control, horizontal cooperative procurement and supplier selection mechanisms.

Rick GrimmRick Grimm, CPPO, CPPB, FCIPS has served the NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement as its Chief Executive Officer since 1998 and has provided leadership in several international activities including the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM Past President), the International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC) and the International Research Study on Public Procurement (IRSPP).


Jane Lynch, PhD, is Senior Lecturer for Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, Executive Member (MICW) of Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) [Wales] and Chair of Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) [South Wales Branch]. Jane’s research areas include supplier management through effective collaboration, supply chain management, public procurement and community benefits of local sourcing.

Tunde Tatrai


Tünde Tátrai, PhD, is Professor at Corvinus University of Budapest in Budapest, Hungary. Her current research interests include public procurement, electronic procurement and sustainable purchasing. 


Andrea Patrucco

Andrea Patrucco, PhD, is Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Management at Penn Stat University, in the United States. His main research interests are in the field of Supply Chain and Purchasing Management, focusing on performance management and organisational design in Public Procurement, and management of collaborative Supply Chain relationships.


Louise Knight , PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Aston University. Developing capability and building capacity in purchasing and supply management (PSM) have been central themes throughout her career. Louise is a social scientist, working within an engineering and applied sciences setting. Her research lies at the intersection of supply management, organization studies and innovation.