Colin Eden


  • United Kingdom

1973 …2019
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Personal profile

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.


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

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Projects 2009 2015

Hot Spots for Knowledge Sharing in Healthcare

Dorfler, V., Eden, C. & Pyrko, I.


Project: Research Studentship - Internally Allocated

Research Output 1973 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
11 Downloads (Pure)

Communities of practice in landscapes of practice

Pyrko, I., Dörfler, V. & Eden, C., 1 Sep 2019, In : Management Learning. 50, 4, p. 482-499 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Communities of practice
Situated learning

Issues in establishing blame in disrupted projects

Eden, C. & Howick, S., 28 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Construction Law Journal. p. 1-27 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

construction law


Beale Medal

Colin Eden (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Paper Award at the 17th International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation

Colin Eden (Recipient), Igor Pyrko (Recipient) & Susan Howick (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2009 2009

  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Journal or guest editorship

BAM-ESRC series 'Deriving Research Output from Enterprise Activities'

Colin Eden (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Associate Editor, Omega, GDN

Colin Eden (Editor)
2009 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal or guest editorship


Improved group negotiation, problem solving, and strategy making in private and public sector organisations

Colin Eden (Participant), Fran Ackermann (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalProfessional practice, training and standards