Dr Steve Paton

Senior Lecturer

Management Science

Personal statement

After a career in the Aerospace industry where I occupied a number of increasingly senior roles within manufacturing, operations and project management I joined the University in 2005 and I’m currently a Senior Lecturer in Operations and Project management in the Department of Management Science within Strathclyde Business School. I predominantly teach post-graduate, post-experience students with much of my work being carried out in the area of executive education.

My research interests focus on how companies manage complex work both through the adoption of project and product management methodologies and the use of high value operational strategies. My research approach is to link theory to practice and aims to be of practical use to companies in their search for more efficient and effective ways of working. From a research supervision perspective I am keen to work with students who have an interest in exploring firms engaged in high value manufacturing and also firms utilising project-based organisaitonal structures. I am also active in knowledge transfer through engagement in consultancy projects and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    Has expertise in:

    - Project Planning

    - Project Lifecycle Management

    - Project Risk Management

    - Operational Improvement

    - Operations Strategy Generation

    - Operational Performance Management

Qualifications

PhD - Management of Knowledge Workers

Masters Business Administration

Publications

The dynamics of interorganizational relations in contemporary manufacturing : nested negotiations in value networks
Sminia Harry, Nair Anup, Ates Aylin, Paton Steve, Smith Marisa
Managing Interorganizational Collaborations (2019) (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X20190000064006
High value manufacturing : capability, appropriation, and governance
Sminia Harry, Ates Aylin, Paton Steve, Smith Marisa
European Management Journal Vol 37, pp. 516-528 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2018.11.004
The role of the project management office (PMO) in product lifecycle management : a case study in the defence industry
Paton Steve, Andrew Barrie
International Journal of Production Economics Vol 208, pp. 43-52 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2018.11.002
Lean implementation in a service factory : views from the front-line
Smith Marisa, Paton Steve, MacBryde Jillian
Production Planning and Control Vol 29, pp. 280-288 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2017.1418455
Open innovation in high value manufacturing
Smith Marisa, Ates Aylin, Sminia Harry, Paton Steve
Innovation Product Development Management Conference 23rd Innovation and Product Development Management Conference (2016)
Project managers on the edge : liminality and identity in the management of technical work
Paton Steve, Hodgson Damian
New Technology, Work and Employment Vol 31, pp. 26-40 (2016)
https://doi.org/10.1111/ntwe.12056

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Teaching

I am currently Director of Teaching and Learning within the Department of Strategy and Organisation. In my own teaching I deliver modules on Operations Management and Project Management within post-graduate MSc and MBA programs including a number of executive and corporate programs. I also teach on a number of short courses delivered for industry audiences.   

Research interests

I research in two linked areas. Within the field of project management I am interested in how companies adopt and utilise project management methodologies in a process of ‘projectification’ to build their capability to manage complex work. And within the field of operations management I am interested in what strategies engineering and manufacturing companies adopt to move up the value chain in order to engage in more complex work.

Professional activities

Consultancy on performance Management - Selex Galileo and Babcock
Advisor
2010
Campbell and Kenendy
Visiting researcher
2009

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Projects

KTP - Leonardo
Paton, Steve (Principal Investigator) Ates, Aylin (Co-investigator) Sminia, Harry (Co-investigator)
04-Jan-2019 - 03-Jan-2021
KTP - Fishers Services
Ates, Aylin (Principal Investigator) Paton, Steve (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2017 - 14-Jan-2019
KTP - William Grant & Sons Distillers
Paton, Steve (Principal Investigator) Buchan, Linda (Co-investigator)
18-Jan-2015 - 17-Jan-2017
High value manufacturing among Scottish SMEs
MacIntosh, Anne Margaret (Researcher) Paton, Steve (Principal Investigator) MacBryde, Jillian (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2015

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