If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Personal Statement

Susan Howick is a Professor of Management Science. 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 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 a member of the Publications Committee of the System Dynamics Society.  Her consultancy experience includes projects for Bombardier, Strathclyde Police, Reed Elsevier, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Scottish and Southern Energy.

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. 

Teaching Interests

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.

Expertise & Capabilities

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

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

  • 13 Similar Profiles
Dynamical systems Engineering & Materials Science
Dynamic models Engineering & Materials Science
Risk management Engineering & Materials Science
Risk assessment Engineering & Materials Science
System dynamics Business & Economics
Managers Engineering & Materials Science
Project management Engineering & Materials Science
Modeling Business & Economics

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2008 2019

Research Output 1999 2018

Managing complex adaptive systems: a resource/agent modelling perspective

Kazakov, R., Howick, S. & Morton, A. D., 8 Jul 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
Complex adaptive systems
Complex systems
Decision making

Measuring organisational performance using a mix of OR methods

Santos, S. P., Belton, V. & Howick, S., 30 Jun 2018, In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 131, p. 18-30 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Research Design
Decision Support Techniques
Decision Making
Data envelopment analysis


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 2008 2016

34th International System Dynamics conference

Howick, S. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
19 Jul 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

Invited speaker at seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University

Howick, S. (Invited speaker)
10 Jan 2013

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk