Professor Colin Eden

Emeritus Professor

Management Science

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. He was Director of the Graduate School of Business at Strathclyde. Currently Research Professor at Strathclyde Business School.

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 12 books and over 180 scholarly articles in management science, project management, and strategic management. His most recent books are: with Professor Fran Ackermann Making Strategy: Mapping Out Strategic Success Sage 2012, and with Fran Ackermann and Professor John Bryson Visual Strategy Wiley 2014. He has over 15,000 cites to his published work.

He is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and has awards from the Academy of Management, Institute of Operations Research and Management Science, and the Operational Research Society.


Towards a resilience management guideline — Cities as a starting point for societal resilience
Marana Patricia, Eden Colin, Eriksson Henrik, Grimes Clara, Hernantes Josune, Howick Susan, Labaka Leire, Latinos Vasileios, Lindner Rene, Majchrzak Tim, Pyrko Igor, Radianti Jaziar, Rankin Amy, Sakurai Mihoko, Sarriegi Jose M, Serrano Nicolas
Sustainable Cities and Society Vol 48 (2019)
Knowledge acquisition using group support systems
Pyrko Igor, Eden Colin, Howick Susan
Group Decision and Negotiation (2019)
Systemic risk analysis : analytical support to identify priorities from causal risk maps
Howick Susan, Eden Colin, Pyrko Igor
29th European Conference on Operational Research (2018)
Stakeholders in strategy : their 'invisible' and yet an inevitable presence?
McKiernan Peter, Ackermann Fran, Eden Colin
EURAM 2018: 18th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management, pp. 1-14 (2018)
Risk systemicity : promoting interdisciplinary working in cities
Eden Colin, Pyrko Igor, Howick Susan
EURAM 2018: 18th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management (2018)
Theory into practice, practice to theory : action research in method development
Eden Colin, Ackermann Fran
European Journal of Operational Research (2018)

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Professional activities

BAM-ESRC series 'Deriving Research Output from Enterprise Activities'
Associate Editor, Omega, GDN

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Grandmaster Project
Dorfler, Viktor (Principal Investigator) Eden, Colin (Co-investigator)
This project explores the cognitive complexity of people at the highest level of knowledge. The background to the project is a conceptual model of knowledge levels which identifies the highest level of knowledge as 'Grandmaster' level. The underlying assumption of the project is that people who got awarded the highest prize in their respective fields, such as the Nobel Prize, achieved the highest level of knowledge in their discipline - they are grandmasters.

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