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Senior Management Team

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Senior Management Team

Professor Stewart Robinson, Dean of Business and Economics

Stewart Robinson holds an honours degree in Management Science (Operational Research) (1985) and a PhD in Management Science (1998), both from Lancaster University.  Stewart started his career as a business analyst for a shoe retailing company and then as a consultant with ISTEL (now Lanner Group).  During this time he gained much experience in performing and supporting simulation studies with a wide range of organisations.

In 1992, Stewart moved to Aston Business School where he lectured in Operations and Information Management.  Stewart then spent 13 years at Warwick Business School (1998-2011), from 2005 as Professor of Operational Research.  He held various roles during his time at Warwick including: Academic Director of the Executive MBA Programme, Course Director for the MSc in Management Science and Operational Research, Associate Dean for Specialist master's programmes, and Head of the Operational Research and Management Sciences Group.

Stewart joined Loughborough University in July 2011 as Professor of Management Science, where he was Associate Dean Research for the School of Business and Economics (2012-2015).  In August 2015 he took on the role of Acting Dean for the School.

Stewart was President of the Operational Research Society for 2014-2015.

See Stewart's website www.stewartrobinson.co.uk for more details on his career, research interests, publications and projects.

Professor M.N. Ravishankar, Associate Dean (Research)

M.N. Ravishankar is Professor of Globalisation and Technology. He holds a BEng degree from Bangalore University and a PhD degree from the National University of Singapore. Ravi has provided leadership to many of the School’s strategic initiatives. He has been a key player in building internationally competitive and inclusive research teams, setting up research centres and international partnerships, new programme development and implementation, staff mentoring and student recruitment.

Ravi was Head of the School’s International Business, Strategy and Innovation (IBSI) academic group from 2015 to 2018 and Director of Internationalisation from 2018 to 2020. He is an experienced field researcher and has studied and worked with a range of start-ups, multinational companies and public sector organisations globally. Ravi’s research explores the digital economy of emerging markets and he has completed a number of externally funded research and industry-commissioned projects. The Newton Fund, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and UK Trade and Industry (UKTI) have funded his work.

Ravi serves on the editorial board of several international scholarly journals. He is Senior Editor for Information Systems Journal, Associate Editor for Information and Management and a Member of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management’s editorial review board.

Professor Christine Coupland, Head of Academic Staff

Christine Coupland studied Psychology and Business Psychology at the University of Derby, having worked for a number of years in Human Resource Management. Her PhD was a study of newcomer transition into management featuring contributions to the areas of; careers, identity and graduate socialization into the workplace. Her specialist teaching areas include; Analysing Careers as an elective to the finalist undergraduate cohort, Qualitative Research Methods to PhD students and International Human Resource Management to include critical perspectives on gender and culture.

Christine’s intellectual interests centre on the on issues of identity and language, drawing upon theoretical perspectives from organisation studies and constructionist social psychology. More specifically, the individual in interaction with the institution of work and organisations in intersection with their various audiences have been the foci of her past research.

Christine was recently awarded the BAM research medal for sustained impact on research on identities at work. She is influential within the field of identities research, which is illustrated through co-editing special issues e.g. ‘Exploring the registers of identity research’, International Journal of Management Reviews, in 2017 and ‘Identities in action: Processes and outcomes’, Scandinavian Journal of Management, in 2012. She co-edited a book with Adrian Wilkinson and Donald Hislop called ‘Perspectives on Contemporary Professional Work: Challenges and Experiences’, in 2016, contributing two chapters. One chapter was on discursive approaches to understanding professional identities and one entitled, ‘Voices from the field’ with Maree Boyle (Griffith University) on comparative experiences from professional practitioners in Australia and the UK. 

More recently, Christine’s influence has moved to the European conference arena. In July 2020 in Hamburg, Germany, Christine will be co-organizing, with Professor Leanne Cutcher from the University of Sydney, Australia and Professor Andrew D. Brown from the University of Bath, UK at the EGOS conference, an identities stream called ‘Organizing identities: Sustaining the agile self’. This will be the third in a series of EGOS streams around Identities. The first was in July 2018, in Tallinn, Estonia, a stream called ‘Organizing identities: From the mundane to the surprising’, the second was in July 2019 ‘‘Faking It’: Identity Work in an Age of Exclusion’ held in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has a call for submissions currently out for a Special Issue in Management Learning, ‘Identity and learning (not) to be different’ with a deadline for submissions of 1st of March 2010.

Professor Alberto Franco, Associate Dean (Teaching)

Alberto Franco is Professor of Management Sciences in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University. Prior to Loughborough, he held various positions at, among others, Warwick, Strathclyde, London School of Economics (LSE), and IE Business School (Madrid). He has a background in civil engineering, and holds an MSc in Operational Research from Lancaster University, and a PhD in Operational Research from LSE. Alberto joined Loughborough in June 2013 as Head of the Management Science and Operations Management Group, a role he performed until August 2016. He will take up the role of Associate Dean (Teaching) within the School on 1st August 2017.

As a decision scientist, Alberto has extensive consulting experience in heath, transport, construction, government and defence, where he has led projects to support strategic management, value-focused thinking, risk analysis, and resource allocation. Organisations he has worked with include: Whitbread, Bombardier, Network Rail, Ministry of Defence, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the World Health Organisation.

Alberto’s research interests lie in making the practice of decision science more ‘visible’, with a view to discovering novel ways to improve decision science practice and education. His ongoing research focuses on examining how behaviour affects, or is affected by, the use of decision tools within teams. His research work has received many accolades, including the School’s 2017 Dean’s Award for Best Researcher of the Year, and the 2017 University Enterprise Award for Impact from Research. 

Professor Anne Souchon, Associate Dean (Enterprise)

Anne Souchon is a Professor of International Marketing and Head of the Marketing and Retailing Discipline at Loughborough University’s School of Business & Economics. She is also Associate Editor of the European Journal of Marketing. Prior to joining Loughborough in September 2003, Anne was a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and the Director of Undergraduate Marketing Studies at Aston Business School. Other posts have included a Lectureship in Marketing at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and a Research Assistantship at the University of Wales, Swansea, where she completed her PhD in international marketing.

Anne’s primary research interests are in international marketing, and more specifically in the areas of export marketing decision-making, export information acquisition, export information use, and export improvisation. She is also active in the areas of services marketing (business-to-business service encounters, and service leadership) and market orientation (measurement). Some of this work is cross-national, with specific attention paid to invariance testing. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Strategic Marketing, International Marketing Review (where she won the Most Outstanding Paper 2000 Award), Journal of Marketing Management, Advances in International Marketing and Journal of Euromarketing. She has also supervised 7 doctoral theses to date in these areas.

Anne has been awarded a 2010 British Academy small research grant to run a study on Export Decision-Making in a Turbulent Economy: A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective. In 2006, she was recipient of the Academy of Marketing Research Initiative Award for her project on Improvising Export Decisions. She also received the Best Paper Award in the Markets and Innovation Tracks at ANZMAC2013 and was a finalist for the Best Overall Conference Paper Award. Anne currently serves on the Editorial Review Boards of Industrial Marketing Management and International Marketing Review, and, in addition, reviews on an ad-hoc basis for a number of other journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies. She is chairing the Global Entrepreneurship track of the next American Marketing Association conference (in May 2018), co-chaired the International Marketing track of the 2006 American Marketing Association conference and the Marketing Theory track of the 2008 European Marketing Academy conference. She was also co-organiser of the 2003 Academy of Marketing doctoral colloquium. 

Professor Jim Saker, Director of Marketing

Professor Jim Saker oversees student recruitment in the school. He is the Director of the Centre for Automotive Management and a long-standing Professor of Retail Management with a close working relationship with the automotive sector.

He has been involved with the automotive industry for more than 20 years and was a co-founder of the MIRA Business Unit in 1992. He is often found in the Automotive Industry Power 100, a listing of the top most influential people in the sector, and he is a member of the UK Government’s Leadership and Management Panel.

Anne Finocchio, Operations Manager

Anne Finocchio joined the University in 2009 in the role of Finance and Resources Manager for the Business School. In 2011, she became Operations Manager for the newly formed School of Business and Economics. Anne is a member of the School Senior Management Team and has overall responsibility for the effective coordination and integration of administrative and academic support functions.

Prior to working at the University, Anne held various finance and related roles including Head of Risk Management for The Tussauds Group and Head of Finance for Alton Towers theme park and hotels. Other industries that she has worked in include construction, law and pharmaceuticals.