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Dr Shaw is a Reader in the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics as well as the Business School. Her research interests include the development of sustainable performance measures and reporting tools for organisations.

Her current research focuses on helping organisations, across all industry sectors, measure their entire end-to-end supply chain (Scope Three) carbon emissions, leading to carbon insetting and offsetting opportunities. Sarah has 15 years industry experience of working in senior supply chain roles and is an active researcher and consultant. 

Dr Sarah Shaw, Director of MBA Programmes
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Board Director & Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
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Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
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Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Career achievements

  • Won the ‘Leader of the Year’ in the Women in Logistics Awards, 2017 UK, for her voluntary work aimed at encouraging young people to work in the logistics sector. 
  • Finalist in the Women in Business Awards - Humber, 2018 in the category of ‘Women Breaking Boundaries’. 
  • One of her publications was selected by Emerald Group Publishing to appear in "A Focus on Sustainable Supply Chains and Green Logistics", part of ‘Emerald Gems’ which brings together some of the most highly cited, read and innovative research in its field.  
  • Taken the lead for the university and business school in developing a Supply Chain Leader Professional Degree Apprenticeship (SCLDA) for organisations to take advantage of the UK government’s apprenticeship levy. This is helping to address the logistics skills talent gap in the UK. Sarah is now Director of MBA Programmes for Hull University Business School. 

In Sarah’s words: why study with Hull Online?

We now operate in an entirely new business world, shaped by the impact of Covid-19 global pandemic, Climate Change, the Russian and Ukraine conflict, where resilience, innovation and agility are paramount. Organisations are suffering new pain points, such as talent management and retention, managing disruption and cultural diversity in global supply chains, embracing industry 4.0 and pressures of responding to and mitigating against the climate change crisis. This has changed the way we live, work and learn. 

With these challenges come an intensified demand for proficient and socially responsible business leaders, who can shape a fairer, brighter and carbon neutral future. Professionals who not only have understand the key business functions: marketing, supply chain management, financial decision making, and other operational competencies – but the soft skills and behaviours needed to support employees and shareholders while driving their company towards success.  

The Global MBA online programme is a flexible, future thinking MBA, designed to empower such professionals, giving you access to cutting edge research. It tackles the societal themes and industry needs of both today and tomorrow to develop agile and entrepreneurial leaders, with a global mind-set. The Global MBA leverages our unique expertise in sustainability and social justice, to ensure we are developing responsible future leaders who are highly resilient, innovative and adaptive.    

Key publications

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Shaw, S., Grant, D. B., Mangan J.,  (2021)

A supply chain practice-based view of enablers, inhibitors and benefits for environmental supply chain performance measurement

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Bak, O., Shaw, S. Colicchia, C., Kumar, V. (2020).

A Systematic Literature Review of Supply Chain Resilience in Small–Medium Enterprises (SMEs): A Call for Further Research. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. 

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Akhtar, P., Ullah, S., Kabra, G., Shaw, S. (2020).

Dynamic Capabilities and Environmental Sustainability for Emerging Economies' Multinational Enterprises, International Studies of Management & Organization, 50 (1), pp. 27-42 

Explore important societal themes of today and tomorrow

Our Global MBA blends leading-edge academic thinking with industry best practice. This postgraduate programme will equip you with the expertise and tools needed to be an impactful leader in a carbon neutral, digitally transformed future. 


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