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John Edwards, FORS, FHEA

Professor

    19952020

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    Personal profile

    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:

    • 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. I am especially interested in the problems that arise when implementing and maintaining real-world systems. These include avoiding/reducing bias in analytics systems and the explainability of recommendations made by AI systems.

    • The relationship between knowledge management and risk management, both quantitative approaches to risk (projects in banking and financial services) and more qualitative ones, often involving a risk register (project in an NHS Trust).
    • 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.

    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: ABS255

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, University of Cambridge

    Award Date: 1 Jan 1980

    BA, University of Cambridge

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1973

    Keywords

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

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    Research Output

    Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Information Management Research and Practice: Transforming Education, Work and Life

    Dwivedi, Y. K., Hughes, L., Coombs, C., Constantiou, I., Duan, Y., Edwards, J., Gupta, B., Lal, B., Misra, S., Prashant, P., Raman, R., Rana, N. P., Sharma, S. K. & Upadhyay, N., 31 Jul 2020, In : International Journal of Information Management.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Understanding the Impact of Business Analytics on Innovation

    Duan, Y., Cao, G. & Edwards, J. S., 16 Mar 2020, In : European Journal of Operational Research. 281, 3, p. 673-686 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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

    Open Access
    File
  • Thesis

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

    Author: Edwards, J. P., 1973

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Activities

    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

    International knowledge management network as a result of KMAC and KMRP (Event)

    John Edwards (Member)

    2009

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network