Dr. Vera Ndrecaj

Dr. Vera Ndrecaj Senior Lecturer and Project Manager Gulf College MBA  

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Email address: vndrecaj@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Dr. Vera Ndrecaj is a Senior Lecturer and the CSM Enterprise Project Manager (Gulf College MBA). She is an experienced University Lecturer, Researcher, and Consultant with a demonstrating history of working in the higher education industry. Prior to joining the CSM, Dr. Ndrecaj was a Lecturer in Supply Chain Management at the University of South Wales where she has successfully directed undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Dr. Ndrecaj earned her Ph.D. at the University of South Wales, UK. Her research explored the concept of Dynamic Capabilities in the context of Strategic Procurement. 

Dr. Ndrecaj also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Glamorgan, a PGCHE from the University of South Wales, a BA (Hons) in Business and Management from the Glamorgan University, a BTEC from the Glamorgan University, an HND from Glan Hafren College, and Prince2 form APMG International Accrediting Professional: AXELOS Global Best Practice, UK. Dr. Ndrecaj is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a Member of the Institute of the Leadership and Management (MIntLM), a Member of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (AMCIPS). She is an editorial board member at the International Journal of Business and Administrative Studies. 

 Dr. Ndrecaj has presented at prestigious international conferences at the VU Amsterdam, Nottingham, Dublin, Manchester, and the UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa. She has been invited as a keynote speaker at the international academic and professional gatherings. Her background and ongoing research interest are inherently inter-disciplinary. She has successfully supervised several MBA and DBA studies. 

She is highly interested in theories and philosophies of Management and Leadership, Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Operational Systems, and Dynamic Capabilities. She is currently writing her first book entitled “Procurement Strategic Management: Dynamic Capabilities Perspective”.

Research / Publications

Research

Dr. Ndrecaj's background and ongoing research interest are inherently inter-disciplinary. She has successfully supervised several MBA and DBA studies. She is highly interested in theories and philosophies of Management and Leadership, Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Operational Systems, and Dynamic Capabilities.

Publications

Journal: 

Ndrecaj, V., Ringwald, K. (2020) The common challenges facing public sector procurement in Sub-Saharan Africa: Case of Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania and Sierra Leone, African Journal of Business and Economics Research (Under Review). 

Ndrecaj, V., Ringwald, K., Parfitt, S. (2020) An assessment of the competitive 'footprint' of Small Independent Retailers: A four-factor model, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research (Under Review). 

Ndrecaj, V., Ringwald, K., Parfitt, S. (2020) Entrepreneurial motivation and the four- factor model, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, (Under Review). 

Ndrecaj, V., Rowlands, H., and Coombs, H (2020) Dynamic Capabilities in Public Procurement: A Myth or reality?, Strategic Management Journal, (Under Review). 

Ndrecaj, V., Mahbubur, R. (2020) Understanding Lean Six Sigma Through the Lens of Dynamic Capabilities, International Journal of Six Sigma, (Under Review). 

Mahbubur, R., Ndrecaj, V., (2020) Promoting Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in SMEs in the Leather Industry in Bangladesh", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, (Under Review)  

White, G., Sarpong, D. and Ndrecaj, V. (2015) Sustainable packaging: Regulations and operational challenges in a manufacturing SME's, International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, 6 (4). [In Press]. 

PhD Thesis: 

Ndrecaj. V (2018) A critical and analytical study of dynamic capabilities in strategic procurement: Case of Six Welsh Local Authorities. [Online]. Available at: https://pure.southwales.ac.uk/en/studentthesis/a-critical-and-analytical-study-of- dynamic-capabilities-in-strategic-procurement-the-case-of-six-welsh-local- authorities(0415d245-1dff-48da-a619-2c7819e3cada).html. 

Conference Papers: 

Ndrecaj, V. (2016) Challenges to the Development of Strategic Procurement in Albania. 3rd Annual International Conference 'Albanian Studies Day'. 28 – 30 April 2016. Tirana, Albania. 

Ndrecaj, V. and Ringwald, K. (2015) A Framework of Competitive Advantage in Public Sector Organisation: Development and Deployment of Dynamic Capabilities. 24th Annual Conference of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA). 29 March – 1 April 2015. The VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

Ringwald, K.; Jones, G.; Kostyra, G. and Ndrecaj, V. (2014) Lessons learned from the development of a Procurement Competency Framework for the Public Sector: 'We don't know what we don't know'. International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC), 14 – 16 August 2014. Dublin, Ireland. 

Ringwald, K.; Ndrecaj, V. (2014) An Investigation into the common challenges facing public sector procurement in Sub-Saharan Africa. 6th Public Procurement Research Student Conference. 28 – 29 April 2014. Nottingham, England. 

Ringwald, K.; Ndrecaj, V. (2014) Driving economic development through public sector procurement. An introductory study to identify the common challenges facing public sector procurement in Sub-Saharan Africa. 23rd Annual Conference of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA). 13 – 16 April 2014. Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Ringwald, K.; Ndrecaj, V. (2014) Small Independent Retailers Entrepreneurial Motivation and for factor competitive advantage Model. 37th Annual Conference of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). 5 – 6 November 2014. Manchester, England. 

Ringwald, K.; Ndrecaj, V. and Parfitt, S. (2015) Pre-Commercial Procurement: Challenges for procurement professionals and SME suppliers in pursuit of innovation for the public sector. 24th Annual Conference of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA). 29 March – 1 April 2015. The VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

Ringwald, K.; Parfitt, S.; Ndrecaj, V. (2013) Entrepreneurial learning through reflective practice. Competitive advantage for small independent retailers. 36th Annual Conference of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). 12 – 13 November 2013. Cardiff, Wales. 

Ringwald, K.; Parfitt, S.; Ndrecaj, V. (2014) Developing Competitive Advantage for SMEs in the Construction Industry Welsh Perspective. 37th Annual Conference of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). 5 – 6 November 2014. Manchester, England. 

Roberts, A.; Pickernell, D. and Ndrecaj, V. (2016) Public Sector Procurement and Regional Development: The Case of NHS Wales. 45th Annual Conference of the Regional Science Association International: British and Irish Sector (RSAIBIS). 30 August – 1 September 2016. Newquay, England. 

Newspaper Articles: 

Ndrecaj, V. (2013) Public Procurement Reforms and Challenges. Shekulli, 24th December 2013 [Online]. Available at: http://www.shekulli.com.al/web/p.php?id=37251&kat=92 

Ndrecaj, V. (2015). The need for a continuous reform in public procurement. Sot News, 23rd December 2015 [Online]. Available at: http://www.sot.com.al/opinione/për-një-reformimrrënjësor-në-prokurimin-publik 

Projects

Commissioned Research: 

Ringwald, K.; Parfitt, S.; Ndrecaj, V. (2014) An Analysis of the Construction Industry in Wales with the following objectives: 

1. To understand the composition of the construction industry in Wales.

2. To understand which companies are targeting public sector contracts as a source of revenue. 

Ringwald, K.; Ndrecaj, V. (2014) A baseline study of Public Sector Procurement staff resources in relation to spend. 

Ringwald, K.; Ndrecaj, V. (2014) NHS Supply Chain Development with the following aims: 

1. To analyse the non-pay spend in each category and relate that spend to the supplier population in Wales by sector, identifying where there is potential for increased spend in Wales by sector.

2. To investigate how the economic benefits to Wales could be increased through supply chain development support targeted through the Business Wales provision. 

Conferences Attended: 

36th Annual Conference of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). 12 – 13 November 2013. Cardiff, Wales. 

23rd Annual Conference of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA). 13 – 16 April 2014. Johannesburg, South Africa. 

6th Public Procurement Research Student Conference. 28 – 29 April 2014, Nottingham. 

International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC), 14 – 16 August 2014. Dublin, Ireland. 

37th Annual Conference of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). 5 – 6 November 2014. Manchester, England. 

24th Annual Conference of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA). 29 March – 1 April 2015. The VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

3rd Annual International Conference 'Albanian Studies Day'. 28 – 30 April 2016. Tirana, Albania. 

45th Annual Conference of the Regional Science Association International: British and Irish Sector (RSAIBIS). 30 August – 1 September 2016. Newquay, England. 


External Links

Gulf College – MBA (Part-time) Project Manager 

University of the West of Scotland – DBA Supervisor 

International Journal of Business and Administrative Studies - Editorial board member