Mr James Milligan

Job: Part-time Lecturer

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

Jim has over 30 years management training, teaching, and programme and curriculum development and assessment experience in both the FE and HE sectors. His core teaching area is Strategic Management and he has extensive experience of teaching and assessing international/overseas (and multi-lingual) students at UG & PG levels, both in the UK and abroad (EU and Scandinavia, Israel, Southern Africa) and in organising, managing and developing International academic student exchange programmes, collaborative partnerships, and module/curriculum design. His recent relevant experience relates to under-, and post-graduate programme and curriculum design, development and review and validation, and various Programme and Module Leaderships. His academic interests relate to:

  • Strategic Change and Resilience
  • Organisational Excellence and Competitive Dynamics
  • International/Global Strategy Development
  • Use of Game Theory and War Games in Strategy Teaching
  • Inter-Organisational Relationships and Buyer-Supplier Partnering
  • The Impact of Supply Chain Dynamics on Competitive Strategy

He has held external examiner posts at Coventry University Business School, Lancaster University Management School, and Leicester Business School and is a member of, and current assessor for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply [CIPS].

Publications and outputs 

  • Hickie, S., Milligan, J., & Pratt, R (1997): “In future the only basis for competitive advantage will be intelligence”. British Academy of Management Conference.
  • Longden, S., & Milligan, J. (1997): “Strategic Management Education in Europe: New Wine in New Wine Skins?” British Academy of Management Conference.
  • Longbottom, D. & Milligan, J (1998): “Self Assessment: Route to Excellence or the next Deadly Disease?” [Paper presented at the 2nd International and 5th National Research Conference on Quality Management, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.]
  • Milligan, J., Ellis, N., & Longbottom, D. (1999): “Suppliers - Partnership or Independence? Extending the boundaries of best practice to strategy and inter-organisational relationships”. [Paper presented at the 3rd International and 6th National Research Conference on Quality Management, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia].
  • (2006) CIPS Level 5 Course Book: Managing in the Purchasing Function

Research interests/expertise

  • Determinants of organisational ‘excellence’ and resilience.
  • Scenario projection and planning for Strategic Surprises.
  • Evaluation of teaching, learning and assessment strategies for delivery of ‘hard’ subjects to multi-cultural groups at Masters level.
  • Assessing the impact of Airline Industry (Global) convergence on the (direct) supply chain – specifically in relation to management of operations, processes and quality.
  • Building Competitive Advantage through beneficiation initiatives in developing economies in Southern Africa (Malawi/Zimbabwe/Botswana)

Areas of teaching

Strategic Management; International Business/Strategy; Strategic Change, Risk and Crisis Management, and Strategic Leadership.


MBA, Cert Ed. [Professional Studies]

Courses taught

CORP3502 Contemporary Business Issues [3rd Year UG], and CORP5068 Management Issues in a Global Environment [Postgraduate MBA/MSc programmes]. CORP3501 Strategic Management [3rd Year UG Programmes], and CORP5069 Management and Organisation [PG Programmes].

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