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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

Remedies Against Bias In Analytics Systems

Edwards, J. S. & Rodriguez, E., 29 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Business Analytics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Decision making
Learning systems
Remedies
Trap

Understanding the Impact of Business Analytics on Innovation

Duan, Y., Cao, G. & Edwards, J. S., 20 Jun 2018, In : European Journal of Operational Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Innovation
Industry
Scanning
Data-driven
Business

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

File

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

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

John Edwards (Member)
2009

Activity: Membership typesMembership of network