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Dr Kostas Selviaridis

Senior Lecturer

Kostas Selviaridis

The Management School



Tel: +44 1524 594602

Research overview

My research concerns the governance of inter-organisational relationships in supply chains, with an emphasis on the role of contracting. My current work focuses on three areas: (a) performance-based contracting for cost-effective delivery of business services (e.g. logistics) and product-service bundles (e.g. in defence), (b) contracting for R&D and innovation to address societal challenges and improve public services e.g. healthcare, and (c) contracting for resilience in pharmaceutical supply chains to address shortages of medicines and vaccines. 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 Research Council of Norway, the British Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Swedish Defence Research Agency.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD research projects in the following areas: 1. Governance of buyer-supplier relationships 2. Performance-based contracting 3. Procurement of innovation (in public or private sector settings) 4. Incentive alignment in pharmaceutical supply chains

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; inter-organisational relationships; contracting; performance-based contracts; public procurement and innovation; service outsourcing; third party logistics

Current Teaching

MSCI 573 Operations and Supply Chain Excellence; MSCI 579 Global Sourcing; MNGT 605 Operations Management; EMOM Operations Management (EDT Programme)


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 in international institutions such as the 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 concerns the governance of inter-organisational relationships in supply chains, with a an emphasis on contracting and the interplay of formal contracts with relational governance mechanisms. His research has attracted external funding from various sources and is conducted in collaboration with numerous private and public sector organisations. Kostas' work has appeared in international outlets such as International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, International Journal of Production Research, Production Planning & Control, and International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management.

Kostas is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK and holds a PG Certificate in Academic Practice from Lancaster University (2015). 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 doctoral student at Lancaster. 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 sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management and serves at the review board of the Industrial Marketing 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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