George Wright PhD, DSc.
I previously held academic positions at Leeds University Business School, London Business School, Strathclyde Graduate Business School (where I was Deputy and Acting Director), Durham Business School (where I was Head of the Department of Business and Management) and Warwick Business School (where I was Associate Dean for Executive Education and a member of the Senior Management Team). I was awarded a higher doctorate, Doctor of Science, by Warwick University in 2013.
I teach "Exploring the International Business Environment" on the Full-Time MBA Programme. This course is part of the Strategy spine of the Strathcyde MBA - which was rated as the fifth highest quality in the world in the Financial Times' January 25th 2016 ratings of Global MBA offerings. I was presented with a Teaching Excellence award for my teaching at a Strathclyde Students' Association ceremony in May 2016.
I have undertaken a wide range of consultancy and workshop-based assignments in scenario thinking and decision analysis. I have also designed and delivered management development workshops on decision making, scenario thinking, and strategic analysis, for a variety of public and private sector organizations across the world.
I worked at directorate level within the UK Government Department of Health with scenario thinking and Delphi applications. For a video of this work see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDoFKtW1S5w. Recently, I worked with Bayer CropScience on food supply issues using scenarios. Another of my current scenario projects, funded by the Australian Research Council, utilises a new scenario method - developed with George Cairns - to aid senior members of the regional government, union leaders, business leaders and industrialists develop policy for regeneration priorities within Tasmania. A recent project provided training/advice on use of the Delphi technique to the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.
My books include "Scenario Thinking: Preparing your Organization for the Future in an Unpredictable World" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, co-authored), "Scenario Thinking: Practical Approaches to the Future" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, co-authored), "Decision Analysis for Management Judgment" (5th Edition, Wiley, 2014, co-authored), "Strategic Decision making: A best practice blueprint" (Wiley, 2001), and "The Sixth Sense: Accelerating Organizational Learning with Scenarios" (Wiley, 2002, co-authored).
I am a half-time professor at Strathclyde Business School and a member of the adjunct faculty at Mannheim Business School. I hold an honorary professor post at RMIT University, Australia, and I am an Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School. I am external examiner for the MSc in Management Science/Decision Science/ at the London School of Economics.
I research into the role and quality of management judgment in decision making and in anticipating the future. Are such judgments well-made or are there pitfalls and flaws? In fact, sometimes judgment is flawed and decision aiding techniques - such as scenario thinking and decision analysis can be utilised to improve judgment and decision making. I lead a US National Intelligence Agency project on group-based judgment that starts in January 2017 - and will bring an income of £2.6 million to Strathclyde Business School over a three-phase four-and-a-half year period.
I am the founding Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. Several recent Nobel prizewinners in Economic Sciences have published within the pages of JBDM and the 2017 Nobel prizewinner, Richard Thaler, published his eighth most-cited journal article in JBDM. The journal has a current Impact Factor (Thomson-Reuters) of 2.768 - which ranks it as number twelve of the world's best applied psychology journals. I am also a Senior Editor of the journal Decision Support Systems and an Associate Editor of two forecasting Journals: International Journal of Forecasting and Journal of Forecasting. I am to be Editor-in-Chief of the new-start Wiley journal, Futures & Foresight Science, from 2018.
My publications have appeared in a range of US-based management journals - including Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Management Science, Risk Analysis and the Strategic Management Journal. In Europe, I have published in journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, and European Journal of Operational Research.
I have edited special issues of Futures, International Journal of Forecasting, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change on the topics of Delphi methodology, scenario methodology, and group-based judgmental forecasting.
My publications have accumulated about 12,000 citations in the Google Scholar database and my h-index is 48.