Trevor Cadden

Dr

  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at the University of Ulster and a Visiting Professor as Ajman University, United Arab Emirates. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of Centre of Higher Education and Research Practice and a Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE) with the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS). I have won numerous awards for teaching and research excellence.

I am regularly involved in a range of supply chain projects across sectors based on my expert knowledge of supply chain and operations management and regularly supports trade and government organisations in developing supply chain policies. My research has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Operations Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Information Management and the International Journal of Production Research.

I have vast experience in leading management and skills development programmes, information systems implementation, process improvement and management capability development programmes. For example, a commissioned study for Intertrade Ireland reviewing supply chain management capabilities of cross border SMEs was completed in 2019 and included mini online supply chain skills modules.  This project shaped Intertrade Ireland’s Corporate Plan 2020, and informed the creation of a cross-directorate Brexit Taskforce and a dedicated Brexit Voucher funding stream (over €2mn support to micro and SMEs, with Impact of Expenditure reported as 12.5:1). Also, feeding directly into national government policy meetings with the UK Treasury and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Ireland around innovation and economic development. This was followed by a project funded by Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy and Department of Business, Enterprise, and Innovation in partnership with Manufacturing Northern Ireland to design and develop a suite of online supply chain Brexit readiness management capability resources for SMEs. These resources have been accessed almost 100,000 times since their launch in November 2020 by manufacturing organisations across 13 sectors. Over 80% of firms found they significantly improved their supply chain resilience and readiness for Brexit and this project resulted in £12mn follow-on support to micro and SMEs. Information can be found at https://mnisupplychain.com/.

I have led many projects in process and systems development in both large and small organisations in the UK and Ireland. I have successfully (and continue to) lead numerous Innovation Boost and Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects focusing on supply chain management, innovation and systems development. My lead role in a KTP with the Social Enterprise (SE) Sector, NI led to the development of a framework for measuring social value within the public procurement process (worth GBP£3 billion in tenders annually). A social clause is now included with legislation imminent. Supported impact includes employment within the sector increasing from 12,200 to 24,280, and turnover of SE’s increasing has increased from GBP£600m to GBP£980mn (from 2013-2018). In addition, three quarters of SE’s are now making a profit, which is a marked increase from 68% in the last review period (2013). Further, there has also been a 44% increase in SE start-ups, and this has resulted in knock on benefits on local communities.  For example, SEs are now emerging in disadvantaged areas, with 25% of social enterprises now based in the 50 most deprived areas, and 53% of SEs workforce come from the local area.  The Chair of Social Enterprise NI stated, “The significant impacts of this partnership with UUBS in terms of sustainability, job creation, economic growth and social value are transformative to the sector and regional economy”.

 

Research Interests

 I am a Co-Investigator in a North South Shared Island project looking entitled, “The Atlantic Innovation Corridor: Social Capital and Co-Ordinating Capacity in a Multi-City, Distributed Conurbation Border Region” (€3.8Mn). I am also involved in a €4.88mn European project addressing food waste in the supply chain using Industry 4.0 technologies; a €2.2mn project on health sustainable nutrition in the supply chain using blockchain technologies, and a €153,161 seed corn project aimed at developing a non-clinical Internet of Things (IoT) strategy across Northern Europe.

 

My research impact was selected as a Research Impact Case Study (one of only 3 in the Faculty) in the Research Excellence Framework 2021 return within the Ulster University’s Business School.

My research research focuses on a range of supply chain issues, such as digital transformation, Big Data Analytics, digital technology adoption, culture, innovation, and environmental practices. I am widely published in many high quality internationally recognised journals, such as Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, International Journal of Production Economics, and the International Journal of Information Management. Information can be found at: Research Profile. I have won several awards for his research, including the Ulster University Business School Distinguished Research Award (2019); and a best paper Award at the British Academy of Management (2016). I am a regular press commentator and contributor to supply chain issues.

Teaching Interests

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Centre for Higher Education Research. I teach and coordinate a range of subjects from operations and supply chain management, research methods and applied management skills. I am an External Examiner at Newcastle University, Atlantic Techological University, and the Open University, Derby. I held the title of Programme Director for the Masters in Business Administrator for 15 years, successfully leading 3 revalidations. I have recently won several awards for his teaching and learning excellence, including Ulster University Distinguished Education Excellence Award: Sustained Educational Excellence (2021); Ulster University Distinguished Education Excellence Award: Innovation Excellence (2020); Ulster University Distinguished Education Excellence Award: Collaborative Excellence (2020); and the Ulster University ‘Educator of the Year’ (2019); The latter being awarded for designing an innovative bitesize management development programme in collaboration with industry, which has been taught across 3 continents. Information can be found at Mini MBA Short Video.

 

Current and Recent Grants

Research Funding and Knowledge Exchange (Dr Trevor Cadden: as off September 2022)

Project Title

Funder

Project Awarded

Project Amount to Ulster

Project Start/End Date

Research Funding

 

Strand III: Atlantic Innovation Research Network

HEA North-South Research Programme

£3,337,945.22

£1,056,965.07

01/07/22 → 30/06/26

Protein-I: Shared Island Sustainable Healthy Nutrition

Department of Food and Marine/ Department of Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

£1,913,041.38

£189,233.15

01/12/21→ 30/06/26

REAMIT - Improving Resource Efficiency of Agri-business supply chain by Minimizing Waste using Big Data and Internet of Things Sensors

 

INTERREG VB NWE

 

£4,243,478.26

£400,758.00

10/01/19 → 9/07/23

 

TESTED - IoT Test Bed

 

 

 

 

 

Interreg Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme

 

£133,183.48

£25,277.00

1/09/20 → 28/02/22

 

Project Title

Funder

Project Awarded

Project Amount to Ulster

Project Start/End Date

Knowledge Exchange Funding

 

KTP Programme between University of Ulster and Heron Brothers Ltd

 

Momenta

£184,579.00

£184,579.00

13/12/21-12/120/23

 

KTP Programme between University of Bryson Charitable Group

 

Momenta

£100,300.00

£100,300.00

010/6/10-03/10/12

 

KTP Programme between University of Ulster and Allied Bakeries

 

Momenta

£100,300.00

£100,300.00

10/06/08-09/06/10

 

Innovation Boost UU/Coatek Ltd

 

Intertrade Ireland/Helix

n/a

£29,000

14/09/22-13/03/24

Innovation Boost UU/The Printed Image Ltd

Intertrade Ireland/Helix

 

n/a

£29,000

05/09/22-04/03/24

Innovation Boost UU/Exitex Ltd

 

Intertrade Ireland/Helix

n/a

£29,000

16/08/21-15/02/23

Innovation Boost UU/Windows and Roof Lights Ltd

 

Intertrade Ireland/Helix

n/a

£29,000

04/04/22-03/10/23

Innovation Boost UU/Verifact Ltd

 

Intertrade Ireland/Helix

n/a

£29,000

06/12/21-05/06/23

FUSION UU/Shelton Distributors Ltd

Intertrade Ireland/Helix

n/a

£20,000

13/01/20-12/04/22

FUSION UU/Tan Organic Ltd

Intertrade Ireland/Helix

n/a

£16,000

13/1/2020-12/4/22

FUSION UU/P and G Card Ltd

Intertrade Ireland/Helix

n/a

£16,000

06/04/19-03/04/20

FUSION UU/SourceDogg Ltd

Intertrade Ireland/Helix

n/a

£20,000

16/11/20-05/06/22

FUSION UU/DuTec Ltd

Intertrade Ireland/Helix

n/a

£16,000

19/10/18-18/10/19

FUSION UU/ Reprographics Systems Ltd

Intertrade Ireland/Helix

n/a

£16,000

25/09/17-24/03/19

FUSION UU/ Nest Box Eggs Ltd

Intertrade Ireland/Helix

n/a

£29,000

12/06/11-11/06/12

 

 

 

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD

Award Date: 2 Jul 2013

Master

Award Date: 4 Jul 2007

Bachelor

Award Date: 4 Jul 1995

External positions

Board of National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise, Research England

16 May 2022 → …

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