Joanne Meehan

Senior Lecturer at The University of Liverpool


Prior to her academic career, Dr Jo Meehan had an 11-year career in procurement and commercial management for ICI.  Jo is now a Senior Lecturer in strategic purchasing at the University of Liverpool’s Management School.  She is also the Director of the Liverpool MBA, which is ranked by The Economist in top 100 global MBAs and achieved Tier 1 Status in CEO Magazine’s Global MBA rankings.  Her research centres on power, social value, procurement maturity, and sustainability. Much of her work is in the social housing sector.

Jo’s recent work on value-based procurement has won awards for the last three years at the International IPSERA conference. She has worked extensively with CIPS co-leading their prestigious ‘Future of procurement and supply management’ research. She has collaborated with numerous organisations and international scholars, applying her research to impact commercial development and social value for organisations across public, private and third sectors. Jo is a regular speaker at conferences across the globe and at events in the UK’s public sector.  Her work is extensively published in leading academic journals and in the professional press where she is a recognised Thought Leader in procurement, working with numerous professional bodies

Session Overview

The Future of Procurement and Supply Management: Competing Futures

In this talk, Dr Jo Meehan shares the latest results of a two-year project, commissioned by CIPS, and co-led by Aston University and the University of Liverpool, that explores ‘The Future of Procurement and Supply Management’.  The research is not about prediction; instead ‘plausible, competing futures’ were developed a range of procurement experts and business leaders, to seed debate in the profession on our preparedness and resilience.  The competing futures raise profound issues of our fitness-for-purpose, our level of influence in shaping markets, strategic blindspots, and the impacts of collective action and collective failure.