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John Edwards, FORS, FHEA

Professor

    19952019
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    Research Interests

    My interest has always been in how people use models and systems to help them do things. For many years I have studied the development and uses of various types of system in management and administration.

    My current interests cover three overlapping themes: Knowledge Management, Business Processes and Decision Support.  Major strands within this are:

    • Examining the relationship between "top down" knowledge management strategies and initiatives in organisations, and "bottom up" organisational learning and culture change, with a particular emphasis on the need for trust.  Organisations concerned in this work have included a distribution company, a heavy engineering firm (Corus), and Mortgage Code Compliance Board.  More recently this strand has extended into the relationship between knowledge management and risk management, both qualitative approaches to risk (in an NHS Trust) and more quantitative ones (in banking and financial services).

    • Looking at processes and systems for knowledge creation, transfer, organising, sharing, storage, and use or re-use.  This is the area of my contribution to the NESTA Creative Credits evaluation project.  A further project involved combining simulation with knowledge-based systems to help improve maintenance processes in manufacturing at the Ford Motor Company.

    • The synergy between knowledge management, analytics (especially Artificial Intelligence) and big data. Although the technical side of Artificial Intelligence has advanced considerably, the management issues are still very similar to those I have been investigating since the 1980s.

    Employment

    • 2012 - Emeritus Professor, Operations and Information Management Group, Aston Business School.
    • 2011-2012 Executive Dean, Aston Business School, Aston University.
    • 2002-date Professor of Operational Research and Systems, Aston Business School, Aston University.
    • 2008-2010 Deputy Dean, Aston Business School, Aston University. 
    • 2001-2002 Reader in Operational Research and Systems, Aston Business School, Aston University.
    • 1991-2001 Senior Lecturer in Operational Research and Systems, Aston Business School, Aston University.
    • 1978-1991 Lecturer in Operational Research and Systems, Management Centre (now Aston Business School), Aston University.
    • 1976-1977 Project Officer, Personnel and Training Department, Thomas Cook Group, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough.

    Qualifications

    • PhD Operational Research, Cambridge University, 1980
    • M.A., Cambridge University, 1977
    • B.A., Cambridge University, 1973 

    Contact Details

    Email:j.s.edwards@aston.ac.uk  
    Phone: +44(0)121 204 5033
    Room: ABS278

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, University of Cambridge

    BA, University of Cambridge

    Keywords

    • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
    • Z665 Library Science. Information Science
    • HD61 Risk Management

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    Research Output 1995 2019

    AI in Smart Cities Development: A Perspective of Strategic Risk Management

    Rodriguez, E. & Edwards, J., 31 Oct 2019, Proceedings of the European Conference on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics ECIAIR 2019. Griffiths, P. & Nowshade Kabir, M. (eds.). Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International, p. 277-286

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Risk management
    Artificial intelligence
    Crime
    Websites
    Accidents

    Artificial Intelligence (AI): Multidisciplinary perspectives on emerging challenges, opportunities, and agenda for research, practice and policy

    Dwivedi, Y. K., Hughes, L., Ismagilova, E., Aarts, G., Coombs, C., Crick, T., Duan, Y., Dwivedi, R., Edwards, J., Eirug, A., Galanos, V., Ilavarasan, P. V., Janssen, M., Jones, P., Kar, A. K., Kizgin, H., Kronemann, B., Lal, B., Lucini, B., Medaglia, R. & 15 others, Le Meunier-FitzHugh, K., Le Meunier-FitzHugh, L. C., Misra, S., Mogaji, E., Sharma, S. K., Singh, J. B., Raghavan, V., Raman, R., Rana, N. P., Samothrakis, S., Spencer, J., Tamilmani, K., Tubadji, A., Walton, P. & Williams, M. D., 27 Aug 2019, In : International Journal of Information Management.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    research policy
    artificial intelligence
    research practice
    Artificial intelligence
    Innovation

    Artificial intelligence for decision making in the era of Big Data: evolution, challenges and research agenda

    Duan, Y., Edwards, J. S. & Dwivedi, Y. K., 1 Oct 2019, In : International Journal of Information Management. 48, p. 63-71 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    artificial intelligence
    Artificial intelligence
    Decision making
    decision making
    information system
    Discrete event simulation
    Big data
    Data mining
    Learning systems
    Industry

    Knowledge Management: Theories and Practices

    Edwards, J. S., 26 Nov 2019, Connecting Adult Learning and Knowledge Management. Fedeli, M. & Bierema, L. (eds.). p. 139-156 Chapter 8. (Connecting Adult Learning and Knowledge Management; vol. 8).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Thesis

    Action research at the Sea Fish Industry Authority: improving the quality of our knowing- how do practices achieve organisational learning and renewal and how does this change overtime?

    Author: Garrett, D., 10 Oct 2013

    Supervisor: Edwards, J. S. (Supervisor) & Shaw, D. A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Business Administration

    An interpretive approach to analysing the role and value of information systems in Jordanian financial organisations

    Author: Shannak, R. O., 1999

    Supervisor: Edwards, J. S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    An in vivo bone densitometer for use with a diagnostic x-ray set

    Author: Edwards, J. P., 1973

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    A systems approach to strategic manpower planning for technological development under conditions of manpower scarcity and centralised control

    Author: Al-Khayat, F. H., Oct 1985

    Supervisor: Edwards, J. S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    File

    Business systems purpose, analysis

    Author: Panagiotidis, P., Nov 1998

    Supervisor: Edwards, J. S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    File

    Activities 2001 2015

    Seminar: Analytics, Knowledge and Intelligence (Human and Artificial)

    John Edwards (Speaker)
    19 Feb 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Big Data and Analytics for E&P

    John Edwards (Speaker)
    11 Jul 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Digital oilfields global summit 2013

    John Edwards (Speaker)
    20 Nov 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Knowledge and Information Management conference

    John Edwards (Keynote/plenary speaker)
    4 Jun 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Placement Students. Centro.

    John Edwards (Advisor)
    2009

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy