Strathclyde Business School
Department of Strategy and Organisation

Professor Colin Eden

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Prof Colin Eden

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Sir William Duncan Building

colin.eden@strath.ac.uk

Tel : +44 (0)141 553 6155

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Personal Statement

Has a background in the engineering industry as an operational researcher, operational research manager, and then in management consulting before joining the Management School at Bath University. Currently Vice Dean at Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

Major research interests are into the relationship between operational decision making practices and their strategic consequences; the processes of strategy making in senior management teams; the use of group decision support in the analysis and making of strategy; multi-organizational collaboration; systemic risk assessment and management; and the modelling of the behaviour of large projects disruptions and delays, including issues of the dynamics of productivity changes, risk systemicity and learning curves.

Author of 11 books and over 180 scholarly articles in management science, project management, and strategic management. His most recent book, with Professor Fran Ackermann, is Making Strategy: Mapping Out Strategic Success published by Sage 2012. He has over 10,000 cites to his published work.

Professor Colin Eden

Education BSc (Engineering, Leicester)PhD (Management Science, Southampton)

Colin started his working life as an Operational Researcher in the engineering industry following his PhD, subsequently becoming Operational Research Manager. This was followed by a period as a Management Consultant specialising in small business problems. He then moved to become Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, and Reader at the University of Bath School of Management. Followed by a move to be Professor of Management Science and Head of Department at the University of Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow from 1987-1999. He has been a Director of the Scottish Examination Board, appointed by the Scottish Secretary of State and an Adviser to the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. Until 2006 he was Director of the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business. Currently Colin is Director of SBS' International Division responsible for its 10 overseas centres.

He has received research grants from the Leverhulme Trust, British Telecom, ICL, the Northern Ireland Office, SSRC, EPSRC, Bombardier Inc, and ESRC.

Colin is internationally known within the field of Management Science, Management, and Research Method through his research and publications in the field. His teaching contributions are to the MBA programme within the field of Strategic Management.

His major research interests are into the processes of making strategy; the relationship between operational decision making practices and their strategic consequences; the use of group decision support in the analysis and making of strategy; managerial and organisational cognition; 'soft OR' modelling approaches and methodologies, including particular emphasis on the role of cognitive mapping; the process and practice of 'action research'; and the modelling of the behaviour of large projects disruptions and delays, including issues of the dynamics of productivity changes, and learning curves.

He has published over 150 articles in general management, management science, and project management journals. He has published 8 books, the most recent being:

Eden, C and Ackermann, F 1998. Making Strategy: the journey of strategic management. Sage, London;

Bryson, J., Ackermann, F., Eden, C., and Finn, C., 2004. Visible Thinking: Unlocking Causal Mapping for Practical Business Results, Wiley, Chichester; and

Ackermann, F., Eden, C., and with Brown, I., 2005. The Practice of Making Strategy, Sage, London.

See also www.journeymaking.net

Projects

  • Grandmaster Project

    Dorfler, Viktor (Principal Investigator) Eden, Colin (Co-investigator)

    Period 01-May-2009

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Colin Eden

Professor of Management Science and Strategic Management, Vice Dean (Staffing)

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