Colin Eden


  • United Kingdom

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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. 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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • Project management (disruption and delay analysis), strategic management, research methodology (Action Research)


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  • Stakeholders in strategy making

    Ackermann, F., Eden, C. & McKiernan, P., 31 Jan 2024, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Strategy and Management. p. 35-48 13 p.

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  • The strategic management of disaster risk mitigation

    Eden, C. & Gonzalez, J. J., 29 May 2023, Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction: 7th IFIP WG 5.15 International Conference, ITDRR 2022, Kristiansand, Norway, October 12–14, 2022, Revised Selected Papers. Gjøsæter, T., Radianti, J. & Murayama, Y. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 3-19 17 p. (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; vol. 672).

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