Dr Antony Potter

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Position: Lecturer in Operations Supply Chain Management
Academic unit: Management Sciences and Marketing


Dr Antony Potter BSc(Hons) PhD PGCHET is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Alliance Manchester Business School (University of Manchester). His research interests focus on lean manufacturing, lean new product development, and the Toyota Production System. In addition, he also undertakes research into supplier involvement in new product development, supply chain risk management, and the evolution of clusters and supply networks. His published articles have appeared in leading international journals including the Journal of Product Innovation Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Trends in Food Science and Technology, Regional Studies and the Journal of Economic Geography. He has also been awarded the Chris Voss Best Paper Award (EUROMA, 2012), the Chris Voss Highly Commended Award (EUROMA, 2013), and the Chan Hahn Best Paper Award Finalist (Academy of Management, 2012).

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My research interests cover four main areas: (i) lean manufacturing and the Toyota Production System; (ii). Lean new product development; (iii). supplier involvement in new product development; and (iv) supply chain risk management. In addition, I also undertake research into the evolution of industrial clusters and supply networks.

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  • Potter, A., Lawson, B., & Krause, D. (2015). Improving Supplier Performance in New Product Development: The Role of Supplier Development. Journal of Product Innovation Management, [Accepted]. DOI: 10.1111/jpim.12231. Publication link: 9ef848f8-0beb-4c6d-b0b7-846f89843347
  • Potter, A., Lawson, B., & Tyler, B. (2015). Strategic Suppliers' Technical Contributions to New Product Advantage: Substitution and Configuration Options. Journal of Product Innovation Management, [Accepted]. DOI: 10.1111/jpim.12235. Publication link: b73ba626-a47a-4763-aa12-5a02fb4adb96




  • Potter, A., Murray, J., Lawson, B., & Graham, S. (2012). Trends in product recalls within the agri-food industry: Empirical evidence from the USA, UK and the Republic of Ireland. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 28(2), 77-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.tifs.2012.06.017. Publication link: 7c864ebb-3df3-45bb-9b8a-bd909124dec1


  • Potter, A., & Wattsy, H. D. (2011). Evolutionary agglomeration theory: Increasing returns, diminishing returns, and the industry life cycle. Journal of Economic Geography, 11(3), 417-455. [lbq004]. DOI: 10.1093/jeg/lbq004. Publication link: f2121c32-ca88-4590-88e0-9d70dd3b509e


  • Potter, A. (2006). The role of the supply chain in developing a lagging regions manufacturing industry: the case of South Yorkshire. Unknown Journal, 32((Summer)), 30-32. . Publication link: 104b5d01-043a-4d92-8772-ae32c97832a4