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Michiel R. Leenders

Professor Emeritus, Operations Management

Director, Ivey Purchasing Managers Index

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Expertise

  • Reverse Marketing
  • Outsourcing/Make or Buy
  • Supply Strategy
  • Case Method
  • Negotiation

Michiel R. Leenders is the former Chairman of the Operations Management Area Group and former PhD Program Director at the Ivey Business School. He earned a degree in mining engineering from the University of Alberta, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and his doctorate from the Harvard Business School.

Leenders has written a number of articles in a variety of magazines and journals. His textbooks appear in ten languages. In the supply area, the texts he has authored/co-authored include Value-Driven Purchasing: Managing the Key Steps in the Acquisition Process, Reverse Marketing: The New Buyer-Supplier Relationship, Improving Purchasing Effectiveness Through Supplier Development, and Purchasing and Supply Management. His three books relating to the case method include Writing Cases, Teaching with Cases and Learning with Cases. He has taught and consulted extensively both in Canada and internationally. He received PMAC's Fellowship Award in 1975 and in 1993 became the first holder of the PMAC endowed chair in purchasing management at the Ivey Business School.

Professors Leenders and James A. Erskine also conduct case method workshops around the world.

He has founded six small companies and is a director of ING Bank of Canada.

Education

  • BSc, Alberta
  • MBA, UWO
  • DBA, Harvard

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Johnson, P. F.; Shafiq, A.; Awaysheh, A.; Leenders, M. R., 2014, "Large Supply Organizations in North America: A Twenty-Four Year Perspective on Roles and Responsibilities 1987-2011", Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, June 20(2): 130 - 141.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Leenders, M. R., 2010, "Minding the Supply Savings Gaps", Sloan Management Review (MIT), January 51(2): 25 - 31.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Leenders, M. R., 2009, "Changes in Supply Leadership", Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, March 15(1): 51 - 62.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Leenders, M. R., 2008, "Building a Corporate Supply Function", Journal of Supply Chain Management, July 44(3): 39 - 52.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Klassen, R. D.; Leenders, M. R.; Awaysheh, A., 2007, "Selection of Planned Supply Initiatives: The Role of Senior Management Expertise", International Journal of Operations and Production Management, December 27(12): 1280 - 1302.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Klassen, R. D.; Leenders, M. R.; Awaysheh, A., 2007, "Utilizing E-Business Technologies in Supply Chains: The Impact of Firm Characteristics and Teams", Journal of Operations Management, December 25(6): 1255 - 1274.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Leenders, M. R., 2006, "A Longitudinal Study of Supply Organizational Change", Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, December 12: 332 - 342.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Leenders, M. R.; Fearon, H. E., 2006, "Supply's Growing Status and Influence: A Sixteen Year Perspective", Journal of Supply Chain Management, April 42(2): 33 - 43.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Leenders, M. R., 2004, "Implementing Organizational Change in Supply Towards Decentralization", Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, December 10(4-5): 191 - 200.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Leenders, M. R.; McCue, C. P., 2003, "A Comparison of Purchasing's Organizational Roles and Responsibilities in the Public and Private Sector", Journal of Public Procurement, January 3(1): 57 - 74.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Leenders, M. R., 2003, "Gaining and Losing Pieces of the Supply Chain", Journal of Supply Chain Management, January 39(1): 27 - 39.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Klassen, R. D.; Leenders, M. R.; Fearon, H. E., 2002, "Determinants of Purchasing Team Usage in the Supply Chain", Journal of Operations Management, January 20(1): 77 - 89.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Leenders, M. R., 2001, "The Supply Organizational Structure Dilemma", Journal of Supply Chain Management, January 37(3): 2 - 11.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Leenders, M. R.; Fearon, H. E., 1999, "The Chief Purchasing Officer: Previous Background and Experience", European Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, January 5(2): 95 - 101.
  • Johnson, P. F.; Leenders, M. R.; Fearon, H. E., 1998, "The Influence of Organizational Factors on Purchasing Activities", International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management, January 34(3): 10 - 19.

For more publications please see our Research Database

Experience

  • Director Ivey Purchasing Managers Index (1998-present)
  • 2003-2009 Leenders Purchasing Management Association of Canada Chair (2003-2009)
  • PMAC Chair, Purchasing Management, U.W.O., Ivey Business School (1993-2002)
  • Full Professor, Ivey Business School, U.W.O. (1972-1993)
  • Associate Professor, Ivey Business School, U.W.O. (1966-1972)
  • Assistant Professor, Ivey Business School, U.W.O. (1963-1966)
  • Harvard Business School, Harvard, Doctoral Program (on leave of absence, 1961-1963)
  • Lecturer, Ivey Business School, U.W.O. (1960-1961)
  • Instructor, Ivey Business School, U.W.O. (1959-1960)