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 18,000 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.


Understanding "expert" scientists : implications for management and organization research
Dörfler Viktor, Eden Colin
Management Learning Vol 50, pp. 534 –555 (2019)
Thinking together : what makes communities of practice work?
Pyrko Igor, Dörfler Viktor, Eden Colin
Human Relations Vol 70, pp. 389-409 (2017)
Accelerated multi-organization conflict resolution
Ackermann Fran, Eden Colin, Pyrko Igor
Group Decision and Negotiation Vol 25, pp. 901-922 (2016)
Exploring GSS negotiation – the use of a GSS log
Pyrko Igor, Ackermann Fran, Eden Colin
2016 International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation (2016)
Thinking together : making communities of practice work
Pyrko Igor, Dörfler Viktor, Eden Colin
Academy of Management Proceedings Vol 2015 (2015)
Exploring & developing strategy theory through practice
Eden Colin, Ackermann Fran
74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (2014)

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Professional activities

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

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Hot Spots for Knowledge Sharing in Healthcare
Dorfler, Viktor (Principal Investigator) Eden, Colin (Co-investigator) Pyrko, Igor (Post Grad Student)
01-Jan-2011 - 10-Jan-2014
Grandmaster Project 1
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.
01-Jan-2009 - 30-Jan-2015

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