prof.dr. L.A. Knight (Louise)

Full Professor

About Me


My research, teaching and advisory activities are focused on procurement/purchasing and supply management (PSM) with a particular interest in how organizations in the public and healthcare sectors can work effectively with commercial companies to deliver better services to the communities they serve.

Through various projects and courses, I address capacity building and capability development in the management of external resources at various levels and across various types of organization, such as public hospitals, municipalities, government agencies and national government department, e.g.:

  • The knowledge and skills of procurement experts, and how these need to change
  • The strategic development of strategic procurement within organizations
  • Procurement policy and strategy, especially related to concentrated markets

All of which are aimed at the future - strategic change and ‘business-not-as-usual’ – which need to be informed by new thinking and novel methods.

Since 2016, I am Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. I also serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of Public Procurement, and on the Editorial Review Board of Sustainability. I am an active member of the International Purchasing & Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA), a Fellow of theChartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Association (UK).

Current projects, in collaboration with local and international colleagues, include:


Engineering & Materials Science
Business & Economics
Dynamic Capabilities
Management Research
Small And Medium-Sized Enterprises (Smes)
Supply Management


Peters, E. , Knight, L., Boersma, K. , & Uenk, N. (2023). Organizing for supply chain resilience: a high reliability network perspective. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 43(1), 48-69. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-03-2022-0167
Tate, W. L., Di Mauro, C., Carnovale, S. , & Knight, L. (2022). Transitions, opportunities and challenges – Change and continuity at JPSM. Journal of purchasing and supply management, 28(1), Article 100755. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pursup.2022.100755
Knight, L., Tate, W., Carnovale, S., Di Mauro, C., Bals, L., Caniato, F., Gualandris, J., Johnsen, T., Matopoulos, A., Meehan, J., Miemczyk, J., Patrucco, A. S., Schoenherr, T., Selviaridis, K., Touboulic, A., & Wagner, S. M. (2022). Future business and the role of purchasing and supply management: Opportunities for ‘business-not-as-usual’ PSM research. Journal of purchasing and supply management, 28(1), Article 100753. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pursup.2022.100753
Harland, C. M. , Knight, L., Patrucco, A. S., Lynch, J. , Telgen, J., Peters, E., Tátrai, T., & Ferk, P. (2021). Practitioners' learning about healthcare supply chain management in the COVID-19 pandemic: a public procurement perspective. International journal of operations & production management, 41(13), 178-189. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-05-2021-0348
Knight, L. , Vos, F. G. S., & Meehan, J. (2021). New procurement directions in supply chain management. In E. Sweeney, & D. Waters (Eds.), Global Logistics: New Directions in Supply Chain Management (8 ed.). Kogan Page.
Knight, L., & Johnsen, T. (2020). In search of non-positivist case study research. Paper presented at 36th Annual IMP Conference and Doctoral Colloquium, IMP 2020, Örebro, Sweden.
Other Contributions
Book: Knight, L.A., Harland, C.M., Telgen, J., Callender, G., Thai, K.V. and McKen, K.E. (Eds) (2007) Public Procurement: International Cases and Commentary. London: Routledge.

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