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Research Team Members

Research & Consulting Activities

Support for Researchers

World leading research has been conducted by Dr Chris and his OLC research teams since 1999 with the publication of “Factors Affecting Implementation of Total Productive Maintenance1”. That article received the highly coveted Literati Award from MCB Press and Emerald Publications for Dr Chris Bamber. Many publications have followed that have been published on the back of OLC’s cutting edge ‘Real World’ research such as ‘Developing management systems towards integrated manufacturing: a case study perspective2’ and ‘Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into ISO management systems – in search of a feasible CSR management system framework3’. The OLC publishing machine hasn’t stopped for over 20 years and recently ‘Knowledge management factors affecting educational partnerships within the British HE/FE sector4’ was published. In fact, Dr Chris has published books, chapters in books, journal papers, and conference papers for the last 22 years and achieved a land mark number of publications, in excess of 100 academic peer reviewed publications.

OLC currently supports 24 PhD research students and they have the opportunity to both study and research with the mentoring from established researchers such as Dr Chris Bamber, Dr Dave Bamber and Professor John Sharp. The research community at OLC are a mix of OLC financially supported students, Government funded sponsored students, University of Bolton candidates, post doctoral research fellows and senior staff member and Professorial lecturers. The research community at OLC is involved in collaborative research that leads to article writing for a number of different journals such as European Journal of Social Sciences and the International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies.

1. Factors affecting successful implementation of total productive maintenance. A UK manufacturing case study perspective Bamber, C.J.; with Sharp, J.M.; Hides, M.T. Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering; Volume 5 No. 3; 1999


2. Developing management systems towards integrated manufacturing: a case study perspective, Bamber, C.J.; with Sharp, J.M.; Hides, M.T. Integrated Manufacturing Systems; Volume 11 No. 7; 2000


3. Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into ISO management systems – in search of a feasible CSR management system framework, with P Castka, D Bamber, J Sharp, Volume 16, Number 3, The TQM Magazine, 2004


4. Elezi, E and Bamber, C, Knowledge management factors affecting educational partnerships within the British HE/FE sector, International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, Vol. 9, No. 3, 2018 24.

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