Professor Susan Howick

Management Science

Personal statement

Susan Howick is a Professor of Management Science and Vice-Dean (Academic) for Strathclyde Business School. She gained a BSc in Mathematics from Dundee University and a MSc in Operational Research and a PhD in Management Science from Strathclyde. Her main research interest lies in taking a systems perspective when using models to support decision-makers. She has developed approaches to systemic risk evaluation and modelled highly disrupted projects to understand the causes of project failure. She is also interested in exploring approaches to integrating models that promote client value from the modelling process.

Susan is currently a Vice-President of the Operational Research Society and was President of the Policy Council for the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society in 2007-08.  She won the Operational Research Society Goodeve medal for her joint paper with Colin Eden "The Impact of Disruption and Delay when Compressing Large Projects: Going for Incentives?" 2001.  Susan is also an Associate Editor of the System Dynamics Review.  Her consultancy experience includes projects for Bombardier, Strathclyde Police, Reed Elsevier, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Scottish and Southern Energy.


Has expertise in:

    Susan’s research interests are in system dynamics modelling, the integration of modelling methods, disruption and delay analysis on complex projects, applying systems methods to project risk management

Prizes and awards

Elected to General Council of the Operational Research Society
Best Paper Award at the 17th International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation
Elected to Publications Committee for International System Dynamics Society
Elected member of the Policy Council of the International System Dynamics Society
Elected member of Policy Council of the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society: Elected
President of the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society

more prizes and awards


Challenges of infection prevention and control in Scottish long-term care facilities
Nguyen Le K N, Megiddo Itamar, Howick Susan
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology Vol 41, pp. 943-945 (2020)
Managing complex adaptive systems : a resource/agent qualitative modelling perspective
Kazakov Rossen, Howick Susan, Morton Alec
European Journal of Operational Research (2020)
Simulation models for transmission of healthcare-associated infection : a systematic review
Nguyen Le Khanh Ngan, Megiddo Itamar, Howick Susan
American Journal of Infection Control Vol 48, pp. 810-821 (2020)
Combining system dynamics and agent-based models to study transmission of healthcare-associated infections in long-term care facilities
Nguyen Le Khanh Ngan, Megiddo Itamar, Howick Susan
22nd UK System Dynamics Chapter Annual Conference (2020)
A hybrid simulation modelling framework for combining system dynamics and agent-based models
Nguyen Le Khanh Ngan, Howick Susan, Megiddo Itamar
Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop 2020 (2020)
Issues in establishing blame in disrupted projects
Eden Colin, Howick Susan
Construction Law Journal Vol 36, pp. 97-111 (2019)

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Susan has 20 years of experience in teaching to undergraduate, postgraduate and post experience students. Programmes on which she regularly teaches are MBA, MSc Business Analysis & Consulting and MSc Operational Research. Her teaching includes general Management Science classes in additon to specialised classes in system dynamics and project risk management that reflect her key research interests. Susan has delivered training courses for organisations such as Bombardier Inc., Babcock, Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Government. She has also taught extensively via distance learning and was involved in developing two unique online MSc's.

Research interests

My research interests include how multiple modelling methods can be integrated effectively to create robust, client-orientated decision support tools. I have been involved in creating such tools for clients in healthcare, engineering, construction and the energy sector. In addition, I have an interest in understanding what causes complex projects to overrun and in developing new risk assessment and management tools, which enable risk systemicity to be considered. 

Professional activities

Operational Research Society (External organisation)
Operational Research Society (External organisation)
Vice President
System Dynamics Review (Journal)
Associate Editor
34th International System Dynamics conference
Keynote/plenary speaker
Invited speaker at seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University
Invited speaker
External Examiner for PhD thesis for student at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
External Examiner

more professional activities


TIC LCPE Repowering Hydro Plants - a Decision Support Tool
Walls, Lesley (Principal Investigator) Howick, Susan (Co-investigator) Quigley, John (Co-investigator) Revie, Matthew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) / R160677-104
Morton, Alec (Principal Investigator) Howick, Susan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2017
Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) H2020 (SC7)
Howick, Susan (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2018
Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) Studentship
van der Meer, Robert (Principal Investigator) Howick, Susan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 30-Jan-2019
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant | Morgan, Jennifer
Belton, Valerie (Principal Investigator) Howick, Susan (Co-investigator) Morgan, Jennifer (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2008 - 25-Jan-2013

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