​The following publications have been produced by the members of the VFC on its research themes: 

FRANCIS, M., THOMAS, A., FISHER, R. and MASON-JONES, R. (2017). Author and institution citation analysis of the lean literature, Cogent International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience, FORTHCOMING (

THOMAS, A., DORRINGTON, P., LOUDON, G., COSTA, F., FRANCIS, M. and FISHER, R. (2017). Organizational learning capability in SMEs: an empirical development of innovation in the supply chain, Cogent Business and Management OA, 4th August 2017.

THOMAS, A., ANTONY, J, HAVEN-TANG, C, FRANCIS, M. and FISHER, R. (2017). Implementing Lean Six Sigma in to curriculum design and delivery – a case study in higher education, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 66, No. 5, pp.577-597.

FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R., THOMAS, A. and JONES, O. (2017).  Value in Higher Education, Proceedings of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual ConferenceNewport, Wales, 6-8 December 2017. 

THOMAS, A., FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R. and HAVEN-TANG, C. (2017). The application of group consensus theory to aid organizational learning and sustainable innovation development in manufacturing enterprises, Proceedings of 15th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR), University of Greenwich, London, 5-7 September 2017. 

FRANCIS, M., THOMAS, A., and FISHER, R. (2017).  Structure of the lean literature, Proceedings of 22nd International Symposium on Logistics (ISL), Ljubljana, Slovenia, 9-12 July 2017, pp.2-10.

WORSFOLD, K., FISHER, R., McPHAIL, R., FRANCIS, M. and THOMAS, A. (2016). Satisfaction, value and intention to return in hotels, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol.28, No. 11, pp.2570-2588.

FISHER, R., FRANCIS, M., THOMAS, A., BURGESS, K. and MUTTER, K. (2016). Conceptions of value as family resemblances, ​Qualitative Market Research, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp.378-394.

THOMAS, A.,FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R. and BYARD, P. (2016).  Implementing Lean Six Sigma in an aerospace company, Production Planning & Control, Vol. 27, No. 7/8, pp.591-603.

THOMAS, A., BYARD, P., FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R. and WHITE, G. (2016). Profiling the resiliency and sustainability of UK manufacturing companies, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp.82-99.

DARLINGTON, J., FRANCIS, M., FOUND, P. and THOMAS, A. (2016). Targeting Lean Process Improvement Projects for Maximum Financial Impact, Production Planning & Control, Vol. 27, No.2, pp.114-132.

THOMAS, A., ROWLANDS, H., BYARD, P., FISHER, R. and FRANCIS, M. (2016). Profiling UK manufacturing performance, Proceedings of 14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR), Loughborough University, UK, 6-8 September 2016. 

FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R. and THOMAS, A. (2016). A revised bibliographic analysis of the Lean literature, Proceedings of 21st International Symposium on Logistics (ISL), Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 4-6 July 2016, pp.67-74.

FISHER, R., FRANCIS, M., THOMAS, A. and MUTTER, K. (2016). Conceptions of value as family resemblances: a theoretical model and methodology, Proceedings of Qualitative Research Conference (QRC), Penang, Malaysia, 24-26 May 2016. ​

THOMAS, A., ANTONY, J., FRANCIS, M. and FISHER, R. (2015). A comparative study of lean in higher and further education institutions in the UK, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 32, No.9, pp.982-996.

FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R. and THOMAS, A. (2015). Interpreting the concept of 'value' within the Lean paradigm, 20th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2015), Bologna, Italy, 5-8th July 2015, pp. 654-663.

DARLINGTON, J., FOUND, P. and FRANCIS, M. (2015).  Flow accounting: The Next Challenge for 21st Century Businesses, In A. Chiarini, P. Found and N. Rich (Eds.), Understanding the Lean Enterprise: Strategies, Methodologies and Principles for a More Responsive Organization, Springer International Publishing AG, Heidelberg, pp. 79-99, ISBN 978-3-319-19995-5.

DARLINGTON, J., FRANCIS, M., FOUND, P. and THOMAS, A. (2015). Design and Implementation of a Drum-Buffer-Rope Pull System, Production Planning and Control, Vol. 26, No. 6, pp.489-504.

THOMAS, A., PHAM, D.T., FRANCIS, M. and FISHER, R. (2015).  Creating resilient and sustainable manufacturing businesses – a conceptual fitness model, International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 53, No. 13, pp.3,934-3,946.

JONES, O., HAMER, R., FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R., THOMAS, A. and CURRY, J. (2014). Lean University programmes: three fallacies that prevent effective implementation, Proceedings of 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 3-5th December 2014.

FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R., THOMAS, A. and ROWLANDS, H. (2014). Meanings of value in Logistics and Operations Management, International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 52, No. 22, pp.6576-6589.

FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R., THOMAS, A. and ROWLANDS, H. (2014). Reconceptualising value in tourism and hospitality, Proceedings of 23rd Nordic Research Symposium in Tourism and Hospitality (23rd NORDAMS), Copenhagen, Denmark, 2-4th October 2014, pp.27-28.

FISHER, R., FRANCIS, M., THOMAS, A., ROWLANDS, H. and BURGESS, K. (2014). A theoretical framework for understanding the nature of value in logistics and supply chain management, Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2014), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 6-9th July 2014, pp.405-412.

FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R., THOMAS, A. and ROWLANDS, H. (2013). Interpretations of the value concept in logistics and supply chain management: a content analysis, Proceedings of the 18th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2013), Vienna, Austria, 7-10th July 2013, pp.85-92.

THOMAS, A., FRANCIS, M., FISHER, R. and CHILTON, K. (2013).  Can higher education lean itself up? Can the further education sector show us the way?, Proceedings of 1st International Conference on Lean Six Sigma for Higher Education, Strathclyde University, 24-25 June 2013, pp.137-144.

CAVANAGH, J., FISHER, R., FRANCIS, M. and GAPP, R. (2012). Linking nurses'  attitudes and behaviours to organizational values: implications for human resource management, Journal of Management & Organization, Vol.18, No. 5, pp.673-684. 

THOMAS, A., FRANCIS, M., JOHN, E. and DAVIES, A. (2012).  Identifying the characteristics for achieving sustainable manufacturing companies, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol.23, Issue 4, pp.426-440.

THOMAS, A., FRANCIS, M., CHAPPELL, W., WILLIAMS, K. and LEE, C. (2012).  Developing effective knowledge transfer in manufacturing companies: a case study in industry/academic collaboration, Proceedings of 26th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR12), Aston Business School, Birmingham, 11-13 September 2012.

FISHER, R., FRANCIS, M., ROWLANDS, H. a​nd THOMAS, A. (2012).  Meanings of Value Within Logistics & Operations Management: Constructing the Tower of Babel? Proceedings of 17th International Symposium on Logistics, Cape Town, South Africa, 8-11 July 2012. ISBN: 978 085358 284 7. 

FRANCIS, M., ROWLANDS, H., THOMAS, A. and FISHER, R. (2012).  Value Flow University (VFU) PhD Student Experience/ Lifecycle Mapping: A Pilot Project at University of Wales, Newport, Proceedings of Emerging Themes in Business Conference, University of Wales Newport, Newport, 20 February 2012,  pp.28-32. ISSN 2049-2936. 

THOMAS, A.J., ROWLANDS, H. and FRANCIS, M. (2012).  Sustainable Six Sigma – an organisational learning perspective, Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Lean Six Sigma, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 26-27 March 2012.  

THOMAS, A.J., CHARD, J., JOHN, E.G., DAVIES, A. and FRANCIS, M. (2011).  Defining a bearing replacement strategy using Monte Carlo methods, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, Vol.28, Issue 2, pp.155-168.

FRANCIS, M. and THOMAS, A. (2010).  Fly-tipping enforcement: a UK local authority service supply chain design problem, Proceedings of 15th International Symposium on Logistics, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5-7 July, pp.22-23.  ISBN 978-085358-266-3.

DOBSON, A., FISHER, R. and FRANCIS, M. (2010).  Investigating and developing a measure of students at risk of discontinuing first year studies prematurely, Proceedings of XXXXXX Conference, Australia, June 2010. 

DOBSON, A., FISHER, R. and FRANCIS, M. (2010).  The use of biodata as a predictor of student discontinuation: phase one, Proceedings of the Newport NEXUS Conference, University of Wales Newport, 14-16 June 2010, pp.53-58, ISBN 978-1-899274-43-7. 

DARLINGTON, J., FRANCIS, M. and FOUND, P. (2009).  Flow accounting in the aerospace industry, In: Lean Accounting: A Tool for Lean Transformation, The ICFAI University Press, Hyderabad, pp. 170-178, ISBN 978-81-314-2491-9. 

FRANCIS, M., THOMAS, A., THOMPSON, G. and ROWLANDS, H. (2009).  Convergent and digital content industry: proposing new business models and supply chain structures for a volatile new digital landscape, Proceedings of the 14th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference, Cardiff University, 9-11 September, pp.742-749. 

DARLINGTON, J., FRANCIS, M. and FOUND, P. (2009).  Implementing lean-flow in an aerospace supply chain, Proceedings of 14th International Symposium on Logistics, Istanbul, Turkey, 5-8 July, pp.34-41. 

DARLINGTON, J., FRANCIS, M. and FOUND, P. (2008).  Flow accounting: effective performance assessment for the lean enterprise, Proceedings of 13th International Symposium on Logistics, Bangkok, Thailand, 6-8 July, pp. 53-61. 

DARLINGTON, J., FRANCIS, M. and FOUND, P. (2008).  Flow accounting in application: big picture financial mapping in the aerospace industry, Proceedings of 13th International Symposium on Logistics, Bangkok, Thailand, 6-8 July, pp. 62-68.