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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.

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

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Projects 2008 2019

Research Output 1999 2019

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

Knowledge acquisition using group support systems

Pyrko, I., Eden, C. & Howick, S., 14 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Group Decision and Negotiation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Knowledge acquisition
knowledge acquisition
expert knowledge


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 2019

Operational Research Society (External organisation)

Susan Howick (Vice President)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

System Dynamics Review (Journal)

Susan Howick (Associate Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial board member