Umit is the Professor of Business Performance and the Head of Business Management Department at Heriot Watt University, School of Management and Languages, Edinburgh, Scotland. Until December 2013 he was the Director of Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management and the Professor of Technology and Enterprise Management at the University of Strathclyde. In the past he served as the Chairman of IFIP’s Working Group on Advanced Production Management Systems. He was also the Vice Chairman of the Institute of Operations Management. Umit is also member of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Board.
Since the start of his academic career in 1987, Umit‘s research has focused on performance measurement and management that was funded through over 50 national and international research and knowledge exchange projects (with total funds exceeding £20m) resulting in over 70 widely cited academic journal and over 120 conference publications. HIs recent book entitled Managing Business Performance: the Science and the Art has received 5-star reviews from various practitioners.
Umit‘s work resulted in the development of a number of research centres, including Centre for Strategic Manufacturing (1996), CompetitiveScotland.com (2000) and Centre for Business Process Outsourcing (2004) leading to the development of the Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management (2007) which is a multidisciplinary institute across Engineering, Business and Social Sciences faculties of the University.