Professor Marc Day

Professor of Strategy and Operations Management

Professor Marc Day

Professor Marc Day

International Business and Strategy
By area: Business Strategy, Operations Management, Operations Strategy, Supply Strategy, Resource-Based View
By industry: Aerospace, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Consumer Retailing, Train Manufacturing, UK Public Sector, Telecoms, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, General Engineering
By geography: Europe, North America
GL84, Greenlands Campus
+44 (0) 1491 414556
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Marc Day is an experienced scholar, consultant and teacher in the areas of operations management and strategy.  His particular interest is how organisations co-create value with suppliers, and how organisations configure business unit strategy using a capabilities-based perspective. He is a well-respected educator and designs/delivers programmes for corporate clients, MBAs and DBAs at Henley. In his career he has taught in more than 15 countries. A member of four journal editorial boards, and an experienced broadcast media commentator in the areas of strategy, operations and procurement.

 Marc also undertakes a wide variety of consulting assignments, ranging from intensive board-level strategic reviews through to detailed operational assessments of business & supplier performance. Marc Day holds a PhD in manufacturing strategy from Keele University.


Marc Day leads the teaching of strategy (MBA - all modes of study), research skills (MBA - all modes) and research philosophy (DBA Programme).

Executive education delivery in the areas of strategic management and operations strategy.



Day, M., Magnan, G. , Hillenbrand, C. and Fawcett, S. (2016) Relational architecture and relational capability: organisational levers to support strategic supplier relationships. International Journal of Procurement Management. ISSN 1753-8432 (In Press)

Day, M., Lichtenstein, S. and Samouel, P. (2015) Supply management capabilities, routine bundles and their impact on firm performance. International Journal of Production Economics, 164. pp. 1-13. ISSN 0925-5273 doi: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2015.02.023

Dixon, S. E. A., Day, M. and Brewster, C. (2014) Changing HRM systems in two Russian oil companies: Western hegemony or Russian spetsifika? International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 1466-4399 doi:10.1080/09585192.2014.919952 (In Press)

Dixon, S., Meyer, K. and Day, M. (2014) Building dynamic capabilities of adaptation and innovation: a study of micro-foundations in a transition economy. Long Range Planning, 47 (4). pp. 186-205. ISSN 0024-6301 doi:10.1016/j.lrp.2013.08.011

Day, M., Fawcett, S. E., Fawcett, A. M. and Magnan, G. M. (2013) Trust and relational embeddedness: exploring a paradox of trust pattern development in key supplier relationships. Industrial Marketing Management, 42 (2). pp. 152-165. ISSN 0019-8501 doi: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2012.12.004

Dixon, S. and Day, M. B. (2010) The rise and fall of Yukos: a case study of success and failure in an unstable institutional environment. Journal of Change Management, 10 (3). pp. 275-292. ISSN 1479-1811 doi:10.1080/14697017.2010.493293

Day, M. , Magnan, G.M. and Munkgaard Moeller, M. (2010) Evaluating the bases of supplier segmentation: A review and taxonomy. Industrial Marketing Management, 39 (4). pp. 625-639. ISSN 0019-8501 doi: DOI:10.1016/j.indmarman.2009.06.001

Dixon, S.E.A., Meyer, K.E. and Day, M. (2010) Stages of organizational transformation in transition economies: A dynamic capabilities approach. Journal of Management Studies, 47 (3). pp. 416-436. ISSN 0022-2380 doi: DOI:10.1111/j.1467-6486.2009.00856.x

Money, K. G.Hillenbrand, C.Day, M. B. and Magnan, G.M. (2010) Exploring reputation of B2B partnerships: extending the study of reputation from the perception of single firms to the perception of inter-firm partnerships. Industrial Marketing Management, 39 (5). pp. 761-768. ISSN 0019-8501 doi: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2010.02.015

Stewart, J.-A.Day, M.Print, C. and Favato, G. (2009) Compliance in the supply chain: implications of Sarbanes-Oxley for UK businesses. The IUP Journal of Supply Chain Management, 6 (1). pp. 7-19. ISSN 0972-9267

Day, M., Magnan, G.M., Hughes, J. and Webb, M. (2008) Strategic supplier relationship management. Supply Chain Management Review, 12 (4). pp. 40-48.

Dixon, S., Meyer, K. and Day, M. (2007) Exploitation and exploration learning and the development of organizational capabilities: a cross-case analysis of the Russian oil industry. Human Relations, 60 (10). pp. 1493-1523. ISSN 1741-282X doi: 10.1177/0018726707083475

Dixon, S. and Day, M. (2007) Leadership, administrative heritage and absorptive capacity. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 28 (8). pp. 727-748. ISSN 0143-7739 doi: 10.1108/01437730710835461

Day, M. and Lichtenstein, S. (2006) Strategic supply management: the relationship between supply management practices, strategic orientation and their impact on organisational performance. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 12 (5). pp. 313-321. ISSN 1478-4092 doi: 10.1016/j.pursup.2007.01.005 (special issue 'Conference 2006, the Fourth Worldwide Symposium in Purchasing & Supply Chain Management')

Day, M. and Atkinson, D. (2004) Large-scale transitional procurement change in the aerospace industry. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 10 (6). pp. 257-268. ISSN 1478-4092 doi: 10.1016/j.pursup.2004.10.003


Webb, M., Brown, S. and Day, M. (2017) Collaborating for Category Management Success: Bridging the Performance and Value Gap, Future Purchasing / Henley Business School, UK.

Mamarbachi, R., Day, M. and Favato, G., (2008) Art as an alternative investment asset. Working Paper. Social Science Research Network (SSRN) pp22.

Conference or Workshop Item

Day, M., Lichtenstein, S., Samouel, P. (2017) Direct and interaction effects of supply management capability, strategic orientation and their impact on firm performance, Paper presented at the Production and Operations Management Society Conference, Seattle.

 Day, M., Lichtenstein, S., Samouel, P. (2016) Direct and interaction effects of supply management capability, strategic orientation and their impact on firm performance, Paper presented at the British Academy of Management, Newcastle.

Day, M., Lichtenstein, S., Samouel, P. (2012) The nature of supply management operational capability and its impact on firm performance, Paper presented at the British Academy of Management, Liverpool. (*** Best conference paper award***).

 Fawcett, S. E., Day, M., Fawcett, A. D., Magnan, G. M. (2012), Buyer Trustworthiness: Developing a Dynamic Relational Capability to Achieve Differential Performance, Paper presented at the NARS Conference, Phoenix.

 Magnan G., Gist M., Lambert P., Mullineaux, M., Day, M. (2011) Leaders, Leadership and the Development of Relational Capital, Paper presented at the NARS Conference, San Diego.

 Silva, J., Day, M. and Palmer, R. (2010) Relationship Hierarchies and Behavioural Effects: Understanding Key Relationship Variables in Interaction, Paper presented at the IMP Conference, Budapest.

 Day, M. and Lichtenstein, S. (2010) An Operational Definition for Supply Management Practices: Early Results and Next Steps, Paper presented at the Decision Sciences Institute Conference, San Diego.

Elliott, G., Day, M. and Lichtenstein, S. (2010) Strategy creation by middle managers: Do multiple stakeholders limit divergent thinking? Paper presented at the British Academy of Management.

 Magnan, G., Day, M., Hillenbrand, C. and Fawcett, S. (2010) The Architecture of Relational Capabilities: Building and Managing Strategic Supplier Relationships, Paper presented at the North American Research and Teaching Symposium, Tempe, AZ.

 Dixon, S. and Day, M. (2009) Augmenting the Explanatory Power of the Resource-Based View: Organisational Change in an Unstable Institutional Environment, Paper presented at the Strategic Management Society Conference, Washington D.C.

Day, M., Munkgard-Moller, M. and Magnan, G.M. (2008) Evaluating the bases of supplier segmentation: a critical review and conceptual framework. In: JOMSA/ POMS/EUROMA Conference, 5-8 August 2008, Tokyo. (Unpublished)

Day, M., Moller, M. and Magnan, G.M. (2008) A taxonomy of supplier segmentation bases: initial ideas. In: Logistics Research Network (LRN) Conference, September 2008, University of Liverpool. (Unpublished)

Dixon, S. E. A., Meyer, K. E. and Day, M., (2006) Organizational Transformation in Transition Economies: Harnessing the Power of Learning, Paper presented at the Academy of International Business Conference, Beijing.

 Dixon, S., Day, M. and Meyer, K. (2006) Organisational Learning and the Development of Operational Capabilities: Case Studies of the Russian Oil Industry, Paper presented at the Strategic Management Society Conference, Vienna.

 Day, M. and Lichtenstein, S., (2006) Strategic Supply Management: The Relationship between Supply Management Practices, Strategic Orientation and their Impact on Organizational Performance, Paper presented at the IPSERA Conference, San Diego.

 Hibbs, J. and Day, M., (2006) When and Why Do Suppliers Say No? An Integrated Theoretical Framework to Assess the Inflection Point in Byer/Supplier Relationships, Paper presented at European Operations Management Association, Glasgow.

 Dixon, S., Day, M., and Meyer, K., (2005), An Integrated Framework for Organisational Transformation in Transition Economies, Paper presented at the Strategic Management Society Conference, Orlando, FL.

 Hughes, J., Day, M., and Hughes, D., (2004) Connecting Purchasing and Supplier Strategies to Organisational Strategy: a meta-analysis of current trends in purchasing practice, Paper presented at the IPSERA conference, Catania, Italy.


Day, M., 2004, Growing New Business from Supply Chain Leadership – a roadmap for creating supply network excellence, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, Stamford, Lincs. 1st edition, republished 2016. 

Day, M., 2004, Sourcing Excellence, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, Stamford, Lincs.

 Day, M., 2003, The Purchasing Development Roadmap – a workbook for small firms, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, Stamford, Lincs.

Farmer, D. and Day, M., eds. (2002) Gower handbook of purchasing management. 3rd edition. Gower, pp416. ISBN 9780566084041

 Cox, A., Chicksand, L., Ireland P., and Day, M., (2001) The E-business Report 2001, Earlsgate Press Ltd, Boston, Lincs.

Research Collaboration & Supervision

Research Collaboration

Marc Day is currently collaborating with Prof. Stan Fawcett (Weber State University, USA) and Prof. Greg Magnan (Seattle University, USA) on strategies to build relational capabilities with suppliers. He has long-term links as a consultant and strategic advisor for Future Purchasing Ltd, and also works on the impact of supply strategy on firm performance with Dr. Scott Lichtenstein (Birmingham City University) and Prof. Phillip Samouel (Kingston Uni, UK). He also has considerable publishing links with Prof. Sarah Dixon (Leicester University).

Research Supervision

Current DBAs:

Anil Gupta: The role of TQM enabled change in buyer-supplier relationships

J. Marcelo Gomez: Sustainable practices of the organic cacao supply chain

Lillia Knauer: Innovation and its role in the development of German small and mid-sized businesses

John Keogh: Transparency and trust in food supply chains

Brian Weetman: How power impacts relationships between buyers and suppliers in the commercial insurance sector.

Please note: Professor Day does not accept unsolicited enquiries for PhD or DBA supervision.

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