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Dr Alexander Trautrims

BA (Hons) (Leeds Metropolitan), MSc (Heriot Watt), PGDip (Hull), PhD (Hull), PGCHE (Hull)
Associate Professor in Supply Chain & Operations Management

Division: Operations Management and Information Systems
E-mail: Alexander.Trautrims@nottingham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8231404
Location: C05 (Si Yuan Building, Jubilee Campus)

Dr Trautrims is currently leading The Unchained Supply project as part of the University of Nottingham's Rights Lab. His research is focusing on developing knowledge that helps to detect modern slavery in supply chains, to understand how supply chain design impacts the occurrence of modern slavery, and the diffusion of good labour practices. Dr Trautrims' current research on modern slavery in contemporary supply chains is supported by the British Academy and is endorsed by the UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
He joined Nottingham University Business School in 2013 from the University of Hull's Logistics Institute where he also accomplished his PhD on in-store logistics execution of European retailers. His PhD was sponsored by a Peter Thompson scholarship from the University of Hull and was awarded a highly commended Outstanding Doctoral Research Award by EFMD and Emerald. Since joining Nottingham University Business School Dr Trautrims' research focus shifted to sourcing and procurement issues in the supply chain.

Areas of Expertise
supply chain management concepts; supply chain ecosystems; supply chain decision making; reshoring; retail supply chains; procurement; humans in supply chains; sustainable supply chain management

School Committee Memberships
Athena SWAN SAT 2019
Modern slavery in supply chains; sourcing; procurement; compliance

Alexander is currently collaborating on the following projects:

  • Antislavery Using Satellite Technology For Uganda's Sustainability (ASTUS)

Alexander is currently supervising the following Research Students:

Fatima Lopez Castellanos
Kingshuk Jubaer Islam

Older Publications

Older Publications

Journal Articles

Trautrims, A.; Grant, D.B.; Cunliffe, A.; Wong, C.Y. (2012), "Using the "documentary method"to analyse qualitative data in logistics research", International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Vol.42 (8-9), pp. 828-842.

Trautrims, A.; Grant, D.B.; Wong, C.Y. (2012), "The Interaction of Human Resources and Managerial Systems as they Affect In-Store Replenishment Operations", Supply Chain Forum, Vol.13 (2), pp. 54-64.

Trautrims, A.; Grant, D.B.; Fernie, J.; Harrison, T. (2009), "Optimising on-shelf availability for customer service and profit", Journal of Business Logistics, Vol.30 (2), pp. 231-247.


Grant, D.B.; Trautrims, A.; Wong, C.Y. (2013), Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management Principles and Practices for Sustainable Operations and Management, Kogan Page, forthcoming 2013.

Reports for external body

Trautrims, A.; Grant, D.B. 2007, "ECR UK Availability Bluebook; Availability Insights Subgroup", in Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD); Watford..

Chapters in Books

Trautrims, A.; Grant, D.B.; Schnedlitz, P. (2011), "In-Store Logistics Processes in Austrian Retail Companies", in Morschett. D et al (ed) European Retail Research, (25 (1)), pp, 63-84, Gabler, Wiesbaden.


Trautrims, A.; Grant, D. 2013, "Managing Logistics and Supply Chain Human Resources", at Proceedings of the Logistics Research Network - Birmingham.

Farris, T.; Defee, C.; Trautrims, A.; Pfeiffer, J. 2012, "The Global Workgroup Project Creating Real-world Experience in the Classroom", at Proceedings of the 9th International Meetings on Logistics Research - RIRL 2012, Montreal.

Trautrims, A.; Grant, D.B.; Wong, C.Y. 2012, "Factors Determining the Management of In-Store Logistics Operations", at Proceedings of the CSCMP European Research Seminar, Frankfurt..

Wenner, K.; Trautrims, A. 2012, "Applications of Telematics in Fleet Management Systems", at Proceedings of the Logistics Research Network; Cranfield.

Trautrims, A.; Grant, D.B.; Wong, C.Y. 2011, "Investigating Human and Systems Interactions in Store Replenishment Operations", at Proceedings of the Logistics Research Network; Southampton.

Jahns, F.; Trautrims, A.; Grant, D.B.; Fernie, J. 2010, "Out-of-Shelf Detection Applications in Retailing", at Proceedings of the Logistics Research Network; Harrogate.

Fernie, J.; Grant, D.B.; Trautrims, A. 2008, "On Shelf Availability in UK Retailing.", at British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference; Harrogate.

Trautrims, A.; Grant, D.B. 2008, "A Literature Review of Current Research in Retail On-Shelf Availability", at Proceedings of the Logistics Research Network; Liverpool..

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Emberson, C. and Trautrims, A. (2020), "How Might Modern Slavery Risk in English Adult Social Care Procurement be reduced?", Public Procurement Law Review, Vol.29 (6), pp.390-404.

Gold, S; Chesney T; Gruchmann, T; Trautrims, T, (2020), "Diffusion of labor standards through supplier subcontractor networks: an agent-based model", Journal of Industrial Ecology, forthcoming 2020.

Trautrims, A. (2020), "Modern Slavery Responses Need International Business Scholarship", AIB Insights, Vol.20(2).

Trautrims, A; Gold, S; Emberson, C; Touboulic, A; Carter, H. (2020), "The UK construction and facilities management sector's response to the Modern Slavery Act: an intra-industry initiative against modern slavery", Business Strategy and Development, forthcoming 2020.

Trautrims, A; Schleper, M.; Cakir, M.S., Gold, S. (2020), "Survival at the expense of the weakest? Managing modern slavery risks in supply chains during COVID-19", Journal of Risk Research, forthcoming 2020.

Pinheiro, S.; Emberson, C. ; Trautrims, A. (2019), "'For the English to see' or effective change? How supply chains are shaped by laws and regulations and what that means for the exposure of modern slavery", Journal of the British Academy, Vol.7 (s1), pp.165-188.

Pishchulov, G; Trautrims, A, Chesney, T,. Gold, S; Schwab, L. (2019), "The Voting Analytic Hierarchy Process Revisited: A revised Method with Application to Sustainable Supplier Selection", International Journal of Production Economics, Vol.211, 166-179.

Chesney, T,; Evans, K.; Gold, S,; Trautrims, A. (2018), "Understanding labour exploitation in the Spanish agricultural sector using a agent based approach", Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol.214, pp. 696-704.

Chesney, T., Gold, S.; Trautrims, A. (2017), "Agent Based Modelling as a Decision Support System for Shadow Accounting", Decision Support Systems, Vol.95, 110-116.

Trautrims, A.,; MacCarthy, B. L.; Okade, C. (2017), "Building an Innovation-Based Supplier Portfolio: The Use of Patent Analysis in Strategic Supplier Selection in the Automotive Sector", International Journal of Production Economics, Vol.194 (12), 228-236.

Wollenburg, J.; Hubner, A.; Kuhn, H.; Trautrims, A. (2017), "From Bricks-and-Mortar to Bricks-and-Clicks: Logistics Networks in Omni-Channel Grocery Retailing", International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Vol.48 (4), pp. 415-438.

Trautrims, A.; Defee, C.; Farris, T.M. (2016), "Preparing Business Students for Workplace Reality - Using Global Virtual Teams in Logistics and SCM Education", International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol.27 (3), pp. 886-907.

Gold, S.; Trautrims, A.; Trodd, Z. (2015), "Modern slavery challenges to supply chain management", Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol.20 (5), pp. 485-494.

Reports for external body

Lerigo-Stevens, H., Jardine, A., Emberson, C., Trautrims, A. 2020, "Submission to Labour Market Enforcement Strategy 2020-2021: Call for Evidence".

University of Nottingham Rights Lab; Walk Free, 2017, "Modern Slavery: What Business Needs to Know", in https://www.walkfreefoundation.org/news/resource/tool-kit-business/, Walk Free Foundation.

Chapters in Books

Emberson, C; Pinheiro, S. and Trautrims, A. (2020), "Combating Slave Labour in Productive Chains: Capability Developments in Brazilian-UK Timber and Beef Supply Chains", in Novos Caminhos Para Erradicar o Trabalho Escravo Contemporaneo, pp. 99-118, Editora CRV.

Jardine, A; Trautrims, A; Gardner, A, (2020), "Far From Clean: Labour Exploitation in the UK's Head Car Wash Sector", in Bottom of the Pyramid in Affluent Countries, Routledge, forthcoming 2020.

Phillips, A; Trautrims, A, (2020), "Feeding a Rich Nation: Modern Slavery Reporting in UK Agriculture", in Bottom of the Pyramid in Affluent Countries, Routledge, forthcoming 2020.

Emberson, C.; Trautrims, A. (2019), "Public procurement and modern slavery risks in the English adult social care sector", Edward Elgar.


Emberson, C. and Trautrims, A. 2019, "How might modern slavery risk in adult social care procurement be reduced?", in Public Procurement Global Revolution IX, June 16-18, University of Nottingham.

Emberson, C., Croser, M., Gomes, M., Neiva, J., Pinheiro, S., and Trautrims, A. 2019, "Investigating global supply chains for slave labour: Using external data for enhanced supply chain mapping", in 6th EUROMA sustainable operations and supply chains forum March 18-19 Gothenburg Sweden.

Emberson, C.; Pinheiro, S.; Trautrims, A. 2019, "Combating slave labour in productive chains: Capability developments in Brazilian-UK timber and beef supply chains", in Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil, forthcoming 2019.

Emberson, C.; Trautrims, A. 2019, "Challenges to the Development of an Intervention to Reduce Slavery in a Brazilian-UK Beef Supply Chain", in 33rd Annual British Academy of Management Conference Aston University.

Cakir, M.S.; Wardman, J.K.; Trautrims, A. 2018, "Development and Testing of an Instrument to Measure Workplace Perceptions, Communications and Behavioural Intentions to Reduce Modern Slavery Risks in UK Business Supply Chains", in Society for Risk Analysis.

Emberson, C.; Trautrims, A. 2018, "Managers' perceptions of modern slavery risk in a UK health-care supply network", in EUROMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum, Kassel, Germany, forthcoming 2018.

Gutierrez-Huerter, G.; Gold, S.; Trautrims, A. 2018, "The mobilization of narratives to address institutional complexity: the case of modern slavery in the construction industry", in 13th Corporate Responsibility Research Conference.

Schleper, M.C,; Gold, S.; Trautrims, A.; Gutierrez-Huerter O, G. 2018, "Tackling Slavery in Operations and Supply Chains: Empirical Evidence from the UK Construction Industry", in Paper presentation at 5th EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Forum. Kassel, Germany, forthcoming 2018.

Wagner, H.; Wardman, J.K.; Gutierrez Huerter, G.O.; Trautrims, A.; Gold, S. 2018, "Managing the Risks of Modern Slavery in UK Supply Chains: A Delphi Study of Expert Perceptions and Priorities", in Society for Risk Analysis.

Schleper, M.C.; Gold, S., Trautrims, A.; Gutierrez-Huerter O, G. 2017, "Tackling Slavery in Operations and Supply Chains: Empirical Evidence from the UK Construction Industry", in Paper presentation at the 24th Annual EurOMA Meeting, Edinburgh, UK.

Trautrims, A.; Gold, S.; Firth, D.; Carter, H. 2017, "Ethical supply management in practice: The response of the UK construction and facilities management sector to the Modern Slavery Act 2015", in International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum, EurOMA, forthcoming 2017.

Trautrims, A.; Gold, S. 2015, "Slavery in supply chains.", at POMS (Production and Operations Management Society) Annual Conference: 8-11 May 2015, Washington DC, USA..

Trautrims, A.; Beltagui, A.; Shaw, D. 2014, "Supply Chain Ecosystems Understanding supply chain networks through an ecological perspective", at Proceedings of CSCMP's European Research Seminar - WHU Dusseldorf.

Trautrims, A.; Kauppi, K. 2014, "Noncomplaint fulfilment behaviour in retial supply chains", at Proceedings of the Internaitonal symposium on logistics - Ho Chi Minh City.



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