New professors at WBS add depth and breadth to faculty expertise

Archived Article • 18 May 2012 • Feature

In recent months, WBS has appointed six new professors and promoted two existing members of faculty to professor level, bringing the total number of professors at WBS to 45. In this feature, we profile four of these professors - Söhnke Bartram, Gerard Hodgkinson, Duncan Shaw and George Wright, all new to WBS. A second article featuring Davide Nicolini, Victor Podinovski, Daniel Read, and Justin Waring will be published shortly.

Professor Söhnke M BartramSöhnke M Bartram, Professor of Finance

An internationally recognised scholar with practical experience in international finance and financial markets

Professor Bartram says, "WBS is a school that truly values high quality research, scholarship and excellence in education, which makes it a great place for ambitious academics to develop their career."

Söhnke has worked in both faculty and practitioner posts around the globe. Prior to joining WBS, he has held faculty positions at Lancaster and Maastricht Universities, and worked for several years in quantitative investment research for State Street Global Advisors as Head of the London Advanced Research Center. He is a Charter Member of Risk Who's Who, a member of an international think tank for policy advice to the German government, and a consultant to various financial institutions and investment companies.

Several institutions in the USA invited Söhnke as a Visiting Scholar, including the Ohio State University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Texas at Austin. He was also a Visiting Researcher at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, and a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.

His current research focuses on international finance, corporate finance and financial markets. He has won financial support for his research from a large and diverse number of organizations and funding bodies. These include the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Competency Centre, the Leverhulme Trust, the Institute for Quantitative Investment Research, Netspar, and the International Centre for Research in Accounting.

His work has been recognized with several awards, including the Joseph de la Vega Prize by the Federation of European Securities Exchanges. His research has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis.

Professor Gerard P HodgkinsonGerard P Hodgkinson, Professor of Strategic Management & Behavioural Science

Leading the way in research on the behavioural micro-foundations of strategic management (behavioural strategy)

Professor Hodgkinson says, "Building on its world-class reputation for excellence in research and teaching, WBS is in the process of assembling a truly innovative group whose work will enrich understanding of the fundamental processes of human behaviour that have a major bearing on the practice of management. I feel privileged to be joining this leading international business school and playing a full role in the life of Warwick, one of the world's top research Universities, at this exciting period in its development."

Gerard joins WBS from Leeds University Business School, and from 2002 to 2006 served as a member of the Research Grants Board of the ESRC. In recognition of his contribution of research to the development of the psychology of strategic management as an emerging field of study, he has been awarded fellowships of both the British Academy of Management and the British Psychological Society. In 2008 he was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

His principal research interests centre on: (1) the behavioural microfoundations of strategic management, cognitive and affective processes in strategic decision making, the social construction of industry and market boundaries, and the development and validation of methodological techniques for eliciting and representing strategic knowledge and intervening in processes of strategizing; (2) the role of cognition, emotion, personality and individual differences in the development of dynamic capabilities; and (3) the production and diffusion of knowledge in the management and organization sciences and its significance for wider publics.

Gerard is author or co-author of three books and over 60 scholarly articles and book chapters. His research has appeared in a number of the world's leading scholarly applied psychology and management journals and other major outlets. He is currently Co-Editor of the International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and serves on the editorial boards of several leading psychology and management journals. Registered with the Health Professions Council as an Occupational Psychologist, he has conducted numerous consultancy assignments across a wide range of organizations.

Professor Duncan ShawDuncan Shaw, Professor of Operational Research & Critical Systems

Works with organisations to support decision making in times of great complexity and paralyzing uncertainty

Professor Shaw says, "I am delighted to be part of WBS and look forward to working with colleagues to realise our ambitions."

Duncan joins WBS from Aston Business School, where he was founder and Director of Aston CRISIS - the Centre for Research Into Safety and Security. He has published in leading journals, including European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, and Information & Management. He has been a visiting researcher at higher education institutions in New Zealand and Malaysia.

He has carried out funded research projects with officials in 14 national governments and (in the UK) advises numerous national and local government departments e.g. DEFRA, Office of Nuclear Regulation, DCLG, the Scottish Government, the Cabinet Office. Additionally, he has worked with a wide range of organisations across many sectors, including AstraZeneca, Scottish Ambulance Service and West Mercia Constabulary. He chairs a Working Group for the International Standards Organisation, writing a standard on mass evacuation based on his latest EU project. He has recently held funding from the EC, ESRC, DoH, NIHR, NESTA and the British Council, among others.

His main research interests are in Operational Research methods to improve decision making in organisations, through developing and evaluating new methods to structure complex, socially constructed problems; researching the application of problem structuring and systems thinking methodologies; devising methodologies for supporting managers in strategic thinking and planning; and building stakeholder commitment to implementing change initiatives.

His main application areas centre on the use of OR in building a safer environment through enhanced decision making practice, including regulation of the nuclear industry and emergency preparedness. His research and industrial collaborations are inseparable as he designs decision making methods in alignment, and while extending, theory for use by managers in business contexts. He is a Fellow of the Operational Research Society.

Professor George WrightGeorge Wright, Professor of Operational Research

A professor who plans for the future with behavioural decision-making

Professor Wright says, "The Dean's explicit aim of making WBS the best, university-based, business school in Europe was a key attraction underpinning my move from Durham to Warwick. Warwick's recent step-change upwards in the Financial Times' full-time MBA ranking has confirmed the optimality of my recent decision."

George previously held academic positions at Strathclyde Graduate Business School, where he was acting director, and Durham Business School, where he was head of the department of business and management. He has undertaken a wide range of consultancy and workshop-based assignments in scenario thinking and decision analysis.

A current client is the Department of Health where he is using scenario thinking to aid anticipation of the country's needs for doctors and dentists over the next thirty years.

Published books include Scenario Thinking: Practical Approaches to the Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, co-authored), and Decision Analysis for Management Judgment (4th edition, Wiley, 2009, co-authored).

George researches into the role and quality of management judgment in decision making and in anticipating the future. Are such judgments well-made or are there pitfalls and flaws? In fact, sometimes judgment is flawed and decision aiding techniques - such as scenario thinking and decision analysis - can be utilised to improve judgment.

He is the Founding Editor of Journal of Behavioral Decision Making and Associate Editor of two forecasting Journals, International Journal of Forecasting and Journal of Forecasting. He is also an Associate Editor of Decision Support Systems. His publications have appeared in a range of US-based management journals, including Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Management Science, and the Strategic Management Journal.

In conclusion, Dean of WBS, Professor Mark Taylor, comments, "I am delighted that WBS has succeeded both in recruiting such talented professors across a wide spectrum of specialties, and also in promoting two members of our own faculty whose performance merited such promotion. As one of the largest business schools in Europe, we not only benefit from the synergy with other departments at Warwick, but our size also gives us greater depth and breadth of expertise across subjects and sectors which we can offer to students who learn here, and to organisations who come to us for the latest research."

"We are a forward-looking and creative business school, evidenced by these appointments of professors working across disciplinary boundaries and in new subject areas such as behavioural science."

See also: http://www.wbs.ac.uk/faculty/members/#A

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