The Northern Productivity Hub (NPH) is a multidisciplinary research centre operating within a broad spectrum of economics, finance, operations and supply chain management, transport, strategic management and big data. The NPH research agenda aims at understanding, measuring and improving performance and productivity of private and public institutions including the impact of economic environment and regulation on these outcomes.
The NPH brings together researchers across the Business School with a mind-set of producing knowledge also based on practical relevance to managers, policy makers and wider participants of the economic activity.
In Economics and Finance, we have a quantitative research agenda focusing on analysing primary and secondary datasets using empirical methodologies supported by the theory, to identify and explain current economic and financial issues.
In Strategic Operations Management, our interest lies in the design of lean and agile operations and organisations as well as in consolidating the knowledge driven by the application of operations management concepts and theories within different sectors.
In Logistics, Supply Chain & Transport we look at aspects of logistics and inventory management applications; transport research considers the economic, environmental and policy implications of key developments and issues in the rail, road, air and shipping sectors; supply chain management examines network dynamics, alignment, responsiveness and agility mechanisms.
Our work in performance measurement systems includes the investigations of metrics as drivers for enhancing enterprise performances through the diffusion of established performance metrics within supply chains, and the development of predictive performance measurement frameworks, models, methods and tools.
Our strategic objectives are to produce and publish high quality research in world leading journals, to generate income through research grants, knowledge transfer partnerships and enterprise initiatives, to build on the growing synergies and opportunities created by the co-location and research interests of Business School colleagues, University of Huddersfield research centres and our wider academic and policy making network. The NPH strives for being an internationally leading centre for research in Performance and Productivity Improvement.