Date of release: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Professor Dotun AdebanjoThe incredibly complex systems companies use to ensure goods end up in the right place and on time – even when they are being transported in other countries – is the subject of a public lecture at the University of Greenwich.

Dotun Adebanjo, Professor of Supply Chain Management within the university’s Business School, will explain how organisations have had to adopt new principles and practices in order to improve their competitive advantage.

In his talk at the Greenwich Campus on Wednesday 2 April, which is free and open to all, Professor Adebanjo will discuss the management of supply chains across three interlinked ‘C’s – country, culture and context.

He says: “Increasing globalisation of trade and movement of goods has created the need for industry and academia to develop the theory and practice of supply chains.

“Cultural practices have long been known to affect the way in which businesses relate to each other in different countries. In a global market that encourages trading across different cultures, organisations need to manage the balance between traditional cultural leanings and modern business practices.

“Complexity arises since organisations around the world are expected to apply similar strategies and practices in order to trade competitively, but in circumstances that are anything but similar.”

Earlier in his career, Professor Adebanjo, an expert on the British food industry, led business improvement research and consultancy at Leatherhead Food Research Association. He helped improve the efficiency of many major food and drinks companies and also managed the ‘Business Excellence’ self-assessment programme for the UK food industry.

The event is being hosted by the Department of Systems Management & Strategy, within the Business School. It is one of the university’s inaugural lectures, which provides an opportunity for Greenwich’s newer professors to present an overview of their work and introduce their research to wider audiences.

It takes place in Queen Anne Court, Room QA080, from 5pm, with a drinks reception to follow. To attend, RSVP with your name, institution and email address to

To find out more about studying business at the University of Greenwich:, email or call 020 8331 9000.

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Picture: Professor Dotun Adebanjo.