Professor Nick Oliver

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Professor of Management

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Phone: +44(0)131 6503811
Room: 4.16


Profile

Roles and responsibilities

Co-Director of the Edinburgh Strategic Resilience Initiative

Background

Nick is Professor of Management and served as Head of the Business School at Edinburgh from 2007 to 2012. He joined Edinburgh in January 2007, having spent 14 years at the Judge Business School, Cambridge. Prior to that he was at Cardiff Business School (for seven years) and before that with the Systems Group at the Open University for four years.

Nick's main teaching areas are Organisational Behaviour and Operations Management.

He is co-author of The Japanization of British Industry (1992), which examined the transfer of Japanese management practices to the UK. Nick’s past research has focused on manufacturing performance and product development and he has led several international benchmarking studies in Japan, Europe, North America and China in these two domains.

Nick has examined the relationship between the use of lean production methods and performance and conducted several international comparisons of high performance manufacturing, primarily in the automotive industry. He has also researched the management of new product development in the automotive and electronics industries and inter-firm innovation networks in the biotechnology and automotive industries.

Nick's google scholar profile

Website for Nick's 2016 book "Crisis, Resilience and Survival: Lessons from the Global Auto Industry"

Research interest terms

  • Operations improvement
  • Product innovation
  • Operations management
  • Organisation studies
  • Organisational sensemaking

Research interests

Nick's current research includes:

"Crisis, Resilience and Survival: Lessons from the Global Auto Industry" (2016). An analysis of the evolution of the auto industry and its competitive dynamics and the implications for the resilience of auto firms.  Published by Cambridge University Press (with Matthias Holweg, University of Oxford). See our dedicated website for more information

"Social Capital, sense-making and recovery from disaster", an analysis of Japanese companies recovering from the 2011 earthquake (with George Olcott, University of Tokyo).

"Financialization, stewardship and executive behaviour in Japan" - an examination of how greater pressures for returns to shareholders are affecting the behaviour of executives in Japan (with George Olcott, University of Tokyo).

"Identity and leadership in complex, multi-stakeholder environments" - an exploration of how leaders deal with competing pressures and the implications of this for authenticity (with Andrew Brown and Mike Lewis, University of Bath).

Group membership

PhD Supervision

Nick is supervising 1 PhD student


Publications

The limits of operations: Understanding the competiveness and resilience of firms in the global auto industry

Oliver and Holweg, M. (2016).
Contribution to conference: Paper

Crisis, Resilience and Survival: Lessons from the Global Auto Industry

Holweg and Oliver. (2016).
Book/Report: Book

Control of operations in extreme conditions: Lessons from Air France 447

Oliver, Calvard and Potocnik. (2015).
Contribution to conference: Paper

Business school deans: Leadership in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment

Oliver, Brown and Lewis. (2014). 21-24.
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter
View / download (open access)

The Impact of Foreign Ownership on Gender and Employment Relations in Large Japanese Companies

Olcott, G. and Oliver, N. (2014) Work, Employment and Society 28 (2). 206-224.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Social Capital, Sense-Making and Recovery from Disaster: Japanese Companies and the March 2011 Earthquake

Olcott and Oliver. (2014) California Management Review 56 (2). 5-22.
Contribution to journal: Article
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WHO KILLED SAAB AUTOMOBILE?: Obituary of an Automotive Icon

Oliver and Holweg. (2011).
Book/Report: Other report
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The past, present and future of China's automotive industry: a value chain perspective

Holweg, Luo and Oliver. (2009) International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development 2 (1-2). 76-118.
Contribution to journal: Article
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A systems perspective on the death of a car company

Oliver, Holweg and Carver. (2008) International Journal of Operations and Production Management 28 (6). 562-583.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Rational Choice or Leap of Faith? The Creation and Defence of a Management Orthodoxy

Oliver. (2008) The Learning Organization 15 (5). 373-387.
Contribution to journal: Article

Motor Vehicle Recalls: Trends, Patterns and Emerging Issues

Oliver, Bates, H., Holweg, M. and Lewis, M. (2007) Omega 35. 202-210.
Contribution to journal: Article

Lean Principles and Premium Brands: Conflict or Complement?

Oliver, Holweg, M. and Schab, L. (2007) International Journal of Production Research 45. 3723-3739.
Contribution to journal: Article

New Product Development Benchmarks: The Japanese, North American and UK consumer electronics industries

Oliver, Dewberry, E. and Dostaler, I. (2004) Journal of High Technology Management Research 15. 249-265.
Contribution to journal: Article

Le development de nouveaux produits: une comparaison des practiques japonaises. Britanniques et nord-americaines

Oliver, Dewberry, E. and Dostaler, I. (2004) Gestion - revue internationale de gestion 28. 7-18.
Contribution to journal: Article

The Characteristics of High Performing Supply Chains

Oliver and Delbridge, R. (2002) International Journal of Technology Management 23. 60-73.
Contribution to journal: Article

Collective and individual improvement activities: the role of reward systems

Oliver and Kerrin, M. (2002) Personnel Review 31. 320-337.
Contribution to journal: Article

Trends in Production and Product Development in the Japanese Automotive Industry

Oliver, Ikeda, M., Nakagawa, Y. and Primost, D. (2001) International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management 1. 53-60.
Contribution to journal: Article

Collaborative new product development in a multi-customer context: challenges for Western auto component suppliers

Oliver and Anderson, J. (2001) International Journal of Vehicle Design 25. 261-274.
Contribution to journal: Article

Shopfloor responsibilities under lean team working

Oliver, Delbridge, R. and Lowe, J. (2000) Human Relations 53 (11). 1459-1479.
Contribution to journal: Article

High-Performance Manufacturing: Evidence from the Automotive Components Industry

Oliver, Delbridge, R. and Lowe, J. (1997) Organization Studies 18 (5). 783-798.
Contribution to journal: Article

The European autocomponents industry: manufacturing performance and practice

Oliver, Lowe, J. and Delbridge, R. (1996) International Journal of Operations and Production Management 16 (11). 85-97.
Contribution to journal: Article

Lean production practices: international comparisons in the auto components industry

Oliver, Delbridge, R. and Lowe, J. (1996) British Journal of Management 7 (1). 29-45.
Contribution to journal: Article

Measuring manufacturing performance: The process of benchmarking

Oliver, Lowe, J. and Delbridge, R. (1995) International Journal of Operations and Production Management 15 (4). 50-62.
Contribution to journal: Article

World class manufacturing: further evidence in the lean production debate

Oliver, Delbridge, R. and Lowe, J. (1994) British Journal of Management 5. 53-63.
Contribution to journal: Article

The Japanization of British Industry: Developments in the 1990s

Oliver and Wilkinson. (1992).
Book/Report: Book

Buyer-supplier relations in the UK automotive industry: Strategic implications of the Japanese manufacturing model

Oliver, Turnbull and Wilkinson. (1992) Strategic Management Journal 13. 159-168.
Contribution to journal: Article

The high commitment work place: Two cases from a hi-tech industry

Oliver and Lowe, J. (1991) Work, Employment and Society 5 (3). 437-450.
Contribution to journal: Article

Narrowing the gap? Stock turns in the Japanese and Western Car Industries

Oliver and Delbridge, R. (1991) International Journal of Production Research 29 (10). 2083-2095.
Contribution to journal: Article

Component supplier patterns in the UK motor industry

Oliver and Thomas. (1991) Omega 19 (6). 609-616.
Contribution to journal: Article

The investment model of commitment: empirical evidence and theoretical development

Oliver. (1990) Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology 63. 19-31.
Contribution to journal: Article

Work rewards, work values and organizational commitment in an employee-owned firm: Evidence from the UK

Oliver. (1990) Human Relations 43 (6). 513-526.
Contribution to journal: Article

Implementing Japanese manufacturing techniques: A tale of two (UK) factories

Oliver and Davies. (1990) Journal of Management Studies 27 (5). 555-570.
Contribution to journal: Article

Human factors and the implementation of JIT

Oliver. (1990) International Journal of Operations and Production Management 10 (4). 33-41.
Contribution to journal: Article

Power, control and the Kanban

Oliver and Wilkinson. (1989) Journal of Management Studies 26 (1). 47-58.
Contribution to journal: Article

'Japanese manufacturing techniques and personnel and industrial relations practice in Britain: evidence and implications

Oliver and Wilkinson. (1989) British Journal of Industrial Relations 27 (1). 73-91.
Contribution to journal: Article

The Japanization of British Industry

Oliver and Wilkinson. (1988).
Book/Report: Book

An examination of organizational commitment in six workers co-operatives in Scotland

Oliver. (1984) Human Relations 37 (1). 29-46.
Contribution to journal: Article