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Dr Kostas Selviaridis

Senior Lecturer

Kostas Selviaridis

The Management School



Tel: +44 1524 594602

Research overview

I study how contracting helps to shape and manage inter-organisational relationships in the supply chain. My current work focusses on public contracting and its role in promoting innovation, resilience and sustainability goals in supply chains. Key themes in my research programme include: (a) contracting for R&D and innovation to address societal challenges and improve public services e.g., healthcare, (b) contracting for resilience in pharmaceutical supply chains to curb shortages of medicines and vaccines, (c) performance-based contracting for effective delivery of product-service bundles e.g., in defence and healthcare, and (d) contracting for sustainability and social value. Through such research I have cultivated an interest, more broadly, in the interplay between supply chain management and public policy. My research has attracted funding from multiple sources internationally, notably the British Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences, the Research Council of Norway, and the Swedish Defence Research Agency.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD research projects in the following areas: 1. Buyer-supplier relationships 2. Performance-based contracting 3. Procurement of innovation (in public or private sector settings) 4. Pharmaceutical supply chains 5. Contracting for sustainability and social value

External Roles

Associate Editor, Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management (Elsevier)

Research Grants

The Research Council of Norway. 2019. Measures for Improved Availability of medicines and vaccines (MIA). International collaborative project (PI for Lancaster University). Grant No.: 300867 (£150,834). 

The British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants Award. 2016. Developing contracting capabilities for innovation-oriented public procurement. Grant No.: SG161483 (£9,770).

Lancaster University Research Committe's Early Careers Small Grant Scheme. 2015. Public procurement of innovation in the UK: Understanding the gap between policy and practice. Grant No.: SGS21/34 (£5,000).

The Crafoord Foundation, Sweden. 2014. Developing performance-based contracts for successful delivery of logistics services. 2014. Grant No.: 20140724. (200,000 SEK). Later declined due to leaving Lund.

Swedish Defence Research Agency. 2013. Developing capabilities in performance-based contracting: A pre-study of Swedish defence acquisition. Commissioned by the ‘Cooperation Program: Integrated Defence Logistics’ (200,000 SEK). 

Research Interests

Supply chain management; contracting; innovation-oriented public procurement; contracting for resilience; procurement for social value; performance-based contracts; innovation policy; health policy


Current Teaching

MSCI 579 Global Sourcing; CEMBA 502 Global Operations and Marketing Management in the Cyber Context


Kostas Selviaridis is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Operations Management at the Department of Management Science, Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). Prior to re-joining Lancaster, Kostas lived and worked in Sweden where he held posts as an Assistant Professor in Purchasing and Logistics (2012-2014) and a postdoctoral researcher (2010-2012) at Lund University. Kostas has also held multiple visiting /invited positions internationally e.g. Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University, Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, Tilburg University, Stockholm School of Economics, Aix-Marseille University, and the International Hellenic University. 

Kostas holds a Ph.D. in Management Science from LUMS, with his work being co-awarded the 2008 Kingsman Prize for the best doctoral dissertation. He also received a M.Sc. in Operations Management from Manchester School of Management, UMIST, and a B.Sc. in Economics from the Department of Economics, Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki. 

Selviaridis’ research focuses on how procurement and contracting shape supply markets, and help promote quality improvement, innovation, sustainability and resilience goals in supply chains. His current work places particular emphasis on the role of public contracting. Kostas' engaged research with numerous firms and public sector organisations is internationally recognised and has attracted funding from various sources. His work has been published in leading outlets including the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Research Policy, Decision Sciences, International Journal of Operations and Production Management and Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.

Kostas is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. He has designed and taught several undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK, Sweden, France and Greece in the areas of  Operations Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Supply Management, Freight Transportation and Physical Distribution Management. Kostas is currently supervising one PhD student. He successfully co-supervised to completion three doctoral candidates in the recent past.

Kostas serves as an Associate Editor in the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. He previously co-guest edited an Industrial Marketing Management Special Issue on performance-based contracting. He also sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and seminars and an active member of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) and the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA). 

External PhD Supervision

Supervision committee member for PhD candidate Joakim Kembro, Department of Industrial Management and Logistics, Lund University. PhD topic: Information sharing in supply chains (successfully completed in August 2015).

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