Professor John Edwards FORS, FHEA

John Edwards

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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.  Three 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.

  • Applying group facilitation processes and models in decision-making and knowledge management.  Research here has been funded by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and we have now worked with 16 organisations ranging from SMEs to FTSE100 companies, public, private and non-profit making.  The study was extended to include a longitudinal element - investigating how what organisations said they planned to do compared with what actually happened.

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

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Big Data and Analytics for E&P

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. Digital oilfields global summit 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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