Prof. Bob Ritchie

Professor of Risk Management

Greenbank Building, GR266

+44 (0) 1772 89 4707

Bob started his career in the information technology and communications sector working for major UK and multinational organisations developing business computer solutions.

Bob is research active within the area of business and management and is a member of the Institute for Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Full Profile

Following a mid-life career change and consequent undergraduate and postgraduate studies with the London School of Economics, Salford and Cardiff Universities, Bob pursued a career in higher education progressing from lecturer at Staffordshire University to Head of Department at Manchester Metropolitan University, joining the Lancashire Business School in his current post as a research professor three years ago.

He is currently Executive Vice President of ISBE responsible for conferences and events, Chairman of the Crewe Development Agency, founder of the Institute for Supply Chain Risk Management (ISCRIM) and active in various professional bodies. Bob undertakes research, consultancy and development projects for UK and international businesses advising on strategic risk management and risk management within supply chains.


Ritchie, B. and Xiao, L. (2009) Access to finance for high-tech SMEs: regional differences in China, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, volume 27, pages 246 – 262.

Ritchie, Bob, Brindley, Clare S. and Armstrong, Nick (2008) Risk assessment and relationship management: practical approach to supply chain risk management. International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 3 (3/4). pp. 228-247.

Ritchie, B. and Xiao, L. (2011) Informal Investor Investing and Networks in China: An Exploratory Study, The Journal of Private Equity Summer 2011, Vol. 14, No. 3: pp. 72-85.

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Research degree supervision (Completed and current since 2001)
25 successfully completed PhD supervisions including the following specialisms:

Information content of quarterly earnings : Earnings announcement price response of income stocks and growth stocks: the case of Thailand

ICT Developments, the evolution of the amorphous supply chain and consequences for corporate strategies, risk and relationships

Supply chain strategies in the UK retail sector

Strategic supply chain management: Critical success factors for partnering relationships within the UK construction industry

Process and perceptions of those involved in decision making within the smaller organisation

Pricing of risk in the UK stock market- Empirical analysis of constant expected returns asset pricing models in the UK stock market

ICT in teaching and learning in primary schools – Specific application to science subjects

Strategic management development in geriatric institutions in Israel

Attitude of Libyan auditors to risk assessment factors

Examining risk assessment and risk management issues relating to impact of legislation on schools


Influence of project based learning on learning effectiveness in language tuition at secondary level in Israel

Gender attributes and behaviour relating to risk and crises management

Cultural influences on asset portfolio diversification in Nigerian insurance companies

Effectiveness of regulation and supervision in Libyan banking

Corporate social reporting in Libya

Effectiveness of internal audit function in Libya

Evaluation of role and influence of player representatives in the football industry

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Currently involved in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Primary subjects include Innovation, risk management, entrepreneurship, small business development and management and supply chain risk management.

Extensive involvement in supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate projects and dissertations as well as research degree students.



Supply chain risk management research handbook – joint editor with Associate Professor George Zsidisin from Colorado State University of the latest text that the ISCRIM (International Supply Chain Risk Management) team have been invited to publish, following the previous pathfinder research publication three years ago. The text is being published by Springer, one of the world’s largest publishing groups in science and technology, publishing 1,450 journals and 5,000 new book titles every year in more than 20 countries with very strong representation in the USA. The series’ editor, Frederick Hillier from Stanford University has praised the quality of the proposal and the advanced state of research and development, seeing this as a very important and 'definitive work that outlines the parameters of this emerging field.’ A distinctive feature of the text is that the 35 contributors are drawn from 12 different countries and each is operating at the leading edge in this new field in terms of research, consultancy and practice. Within the team are a large core of experienced international writers and publishers within this and related fields from Cranfield University, Michigan State University, Western Carolina University and Lund University in Sweden. The text is due for publication early 2008.

Supply chain risk management and performance – widening and development of initial conceptual development work and in-depth case study analysis. Seeking to assess the impact of re-active and pro-active strategies and activities designed to manage risk in supply chains and the consequences for the business performance. Aim is to establish practical means of assessing the impact of risk avoidance and amelioration on measurable performance parameters such that these considerations may play an active role in risk management decisions.

Ethnic entrepreneurship and enterprise culture – continuation of the study seeking to identify and understand the nature and significance of the barriers and support mechanisms prevalent in different ethnic sub-groups in the UK. Investigating the contribution of factors such as human capital, social capital and how these may be influenced by the differences in cultural background. Generated two conference papers from the work to date and embarked on the detailed analysis of the substantial empirical dataset generated. Plan is to extend the investigation into other ethnic groups, generate more responses from existing groups in the survey and then deepen the investigation through more qualitative methods designed to enhance the explanatory power of the research.

Government regulation and SMEs – initial phase utilised the evidence from Forum of Private Business (FPB) surveys and the interactive evidence collected from the 1st National Small Business Summit held in October 2006. Outcome was paper completed and submitted for journal publication in early 2007. Follow-on research being undertaken utilising subsequent FPB on-line surveys and evidence collected from the 2nd Small Business Summit held October 2007. Extending remit to examine wider set of issues highlighted by SMEs as providing barriers to business start-up and development.