Dr Rupert Matthews

Rupert Matthews

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Management


Rupert’s research focuses upon operational process improvement activities within small and medium sized firms, exploring how smaller firms develop a competitive advantage within international, highly competitive markets. Rupert also researches operational improvement activities and frameworks within a range of medium and large organisations, in the public and private organisations. He has published and presented on these topics in internationally recognised journals and conferences. Rupert teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses on a range of topics that span his research interests.

Career overview

Following his undergraduate degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management, Rupert worked for four years as an engineer within a manufacturing SME and then within a multinational supplier to the automotive industry. He returned to university where he studied for a Masters Degree in Operations Management and Manufacturing Systems in 2007, before winning an ESRC case scholarship to complete a research Masters followed by a PhD, which he completed in 2013. Since joining NTU in 2013, he leads a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and has developed his research interests into the domain of public sector improvement and innovation.

Research areas

Rupert is research active with research activities that build upon his PhD, researching process improvement within Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, with particular interest in the Lean Six Sigma Improvement Methodology. Other research activities include supply chain management and service provision.

External activity

Rupert is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the British Academy of Management and the Academy of Management. Rupert also regularly reviews for a number of international academic journals and conferences.