Dr Helen Benton

Director of the Centre for Innovation in Business Education

Principal Lecturer in Supply Chain Management

Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Business Administration

Centre for Innovation in Business Education

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Economics and International Business

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , International Business

Dr Helen Benton is an active researcher in the field of supply chain management.  She also has a passion for learning and teaching and leads the Centre for Innovation in Business Education for the Business School.

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Helen has been involved in a number of research and consultancy projects which are focused on supply chain management. She has developed frameworks for selecting e-business and software for improved supply chain flow. She's currently working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership funded by Innovate UK with Hexcel which focuses on developing their supply chain. She recently completed a Low-Carbon KEEP which is a knowledge transfer project to implement software for improved customer and information flow for small and medium sized enterprise.

Helen is the Director of the Centre for Innovation in Business Education (CIBE) which focuses on developing research, innovation, ideas and tools and techniques in business and management education. The centre acts as a hub within the Lord Ashcroft International Business School for business education research and professional practice.

Research interests

  • Supply chain management
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Technology-enhanced education
  • Action learning

Helen’s research interests focus on managing and improving supply chains from an efficiency and effectiveness point of view. She has conducted projects that explore how information technology can be used to improve supply chain co-ordination. She is currently working with Hexcel to improve their supply chain processes. She has more recently been involved in knowledge transfer work to reduce carbon, working with an SME in the area. She has a particular interest in sustainable operations and supply chains. Alongside this interest in supply chains, Helen has also been involved in pedagogical research, having been awarded funds to implement technology in the classroom and to improve the experience of large classes.

Areas of research supervision

  • PhD First supervision in progress. Basim Al-Jabhan, topic : Supply chain risk management: A case study on the maritime transport firms in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • PhD First supervision in progress. Ioannis Dermitzakis: Creating Resilient Supply Chains: Recognising the implications of Supply Chain Vulnerability in SME’s- adapting and assessing supply chain risk frameworks/models.
  • Part of the supervisory team. Romas Malevicius: Education for sustainable development in business and management studies: learning history of the GoGreen Pilot'12.
  • Completed PhD supervision. Dr Stephen Nwanchor Elem: Transformation towards Sustainable Living under Global Education System - International Students' Experience.
  • Completed PhD supervision. Dr Eze Ogbonnia Eze: Exploring international students’ experiences of studying in UK universities: a narrative inquiry of Nigerian students.
  • Completed PhD supervision. Dr Brynn Deprey: The Internationalisation Process of Small and Medium Sized Management Consultancies in the UK.
  • Supervised numerous Bachelors and Masters level dissertations in the areas of: e-business, general business, logistics, supply chain management and sustainability.


Helen has taught undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals in the areas of: supply chain management, project management and operations management. She has lead BSc and Masters courses and large international modules. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She directs the Faculty’s Centre for Innovation in Business Education.


  • PhD in Management Research, Aston Business School. Title of PhD thesis: A Process Framework For Selecting Supply System Architecture In Manufacturing Supply Chains And Networks
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, Aston University
  • BSc in Managerial and Administrative Studies 2.1, Aston Business School.

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Affiliate, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
  • Member, Project Management Institute

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Co-investigator, HEFCE Catalyst Fund, working on employer informed team based learning for postgraduates, project funded: £37,697, Started Dec, 2016.
  • Principal Investigator, Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Hexcel Corporation, project funded: £185,000 by Innovate UK and Hexcel, started Jul, 2015.
  • Academic Co-Leader, Low-Carbon KEEP with Llewellyn Smith, project funded: £79,253.36, Sept, 2014 - Sept, 2015.
  • Project Manager, Poll Everywhere: engaging students with in-class response activities and formative assessment, project funded: £6,000, Sept, 2014 - Jun, 2015.
  • Project Leader and Manager, Small Module Feel: Using Digital Technology for Engagement in Large Modules in LAIBS, project funded: £3,498, Sept, 2014 - Jun, 2015.
  • Developer, Project Management Course for Russian Railways, Aug - Dec, 2013.
  • Consultant, Go Green, 18 month project for the Higher Education Academy, project funded £92,330.00 Jul, 2012 - May, 2014.

Selected recent publications

Benton, H.M., Wilding, B., Bailey, K., Blance, M. and Holly, D., 2016. Aligning Manufacturing Strategies with Complexity Factors in The Aerospace Supply Chain. In: 5th World Conference on Production and Operations Management: Joining P&OM forces worldwide: Present and future of Operations Management. Havana, Cuba, 6-10 September 2016.

Benton, H.M., Wilding, B., Bailey, K., Blance, M., 2016. Manufacturing strategy decisions in a complex aerospace supply chain. In: 23rd EurOMA (European Operations Management Association): Interactions. Trondheim, Norway, 17-22 June 2016

Benton, H.M., 2009. Archival Case Study Analysis of the Issues in Selecting Information and ICT Systems for Supply Chains. In: APMS (Advances in Production Management Systems), International IFIP WG 5.7 Conference: New Challenges, New Approaches. Bordeaux, France, 21-23 September 2009. Bordeaux: Springer.

Benton, H.M., Binder, M. and Wolfgang Egel-Hess, W., 2007. Benchmarking to promote learning in supply chains. International Journal of Learning and Change, 2(2) pp. 149-165.

Albores, P., Love, D.M., Weaver, M. Stone, J. and Benton, H., 2006. An evaluation of SCOR modelling techniques and tools. In: EuroMOT (European Conference on the Management of Technology), 2nd European Conference on Technology and Global Integration. Birmingham, UK, 10-12 September 2006, Vol. 1, pp. 16-24.

Benton, H.M. Binder, M. and Egel-Hess, W., 2006. Benchmarking operations: a means to organisational learning in supply chain management? In: EurOMA European Operations Management Association, 13th International Annual EurOMA Conference: Moving up the Value Chain, Glasgow, Scotland, 18-21 June 2006, Vol. 1 pp. 111-120.

Benton, H.M. and Love, D.M., 2006. Supply Chain Systems: A Framework for Selection. In: EurOMA European Operations Management Association, 13th International Annual EurOMA Conference: Moving up the Value Chain, Glasgow, Scotland, 18-21 June 2006, pp. 121-130.

Benton, H.M. and Love, D.M., 2006. Holistic Supply Chain Systems Framework, IPSERA (International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association) 15th Annual IPSERA Conference, San Diego, CA, 6-8 April 2006. CD ISBN: 0-9779673-0-1.

Al-Kilani, M., Benton, H.M. and McDonald, S., 2006. Assessment as a facilitator of autonomous learning. UCLT (University Centre for Learning and Teaching), Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Chelmsford, UK, 12 September 2006. Chelmsford: Anglia Ruskin University.

Tang, N., Benton, H.M., Love, D., Albores, P., Ball, P., MacBryde, J. Boughton, N. and Drake, P., 2004. Developing an enterprise simulator to support electronic supply chain management for B2B electronic business. International Journal of Production Planning and Control, 16 (5), pp. 572-583.

Recent presentations and conferences