IEDC Faculty

Peter McKiernan

Peter McKiernan

Strathclyde Business School

Peter McKiernan is Professor of Management in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde Business School. Also, he is a distinguished professor of management at the Brussels Institute of Governance, VUB, and Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Notre Dame, Australia, having previously held the named chairs at Murdoch University (Sir Walter Murdoch Chair of Management and Governance) and the University of Malta (APS Bank Chair).

He has authored, edited, or co-authored 10 books, including the bestseller “Sharpbenders” on organisational turnaround, and he has won prizes for his research on organisational leadership, organisational sense-giving, growth strategies in SMEs and top management teams. He has published in the leading academic journals in both Europe and in the USA. Peter’s main research and practice is on how countries, institutions and organisations learn about how their future might unfold and how they might prepare their current policies/strategies to cope. In strategic foresight and strategy, Peter has led scenario projects with countries e.g., Scotland, Singapore; regions e.g., Fife, Grampian, Stirlingshire; cities e.g., Edinburgh, Glasgow; island economies e.g., Shetlands, States of Jersey; and blue-chip organisations around the world e.g., IBM, BP, Philips, Jardine Matheson, Reed-Elsevier, Siemens-GPT, Marks and Spencer. Additionally, he has held many Board positions in the private and public sectors e.g., the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), and chaired those of major public bodies e.g., West Lothian FE College.

In 2015, the British Academy of Management (BAM) has honoured him with their lifetime achievement award and in 2022, with their senior medal (the Cooper Medal) for outstanding leadership and contribution to the profession. In 2013, CEEMAN honoured him with their Institutional Champion of the Year award. He has been Chairman and President of the BAM, and Vice-President and President of the European Academy of Management (EURAM), where he was a co-founder of i) the Academy; ii) its house journal - the European Management Review; and iii) its Research Leadership programme with the EFMD, which he led for a decade. He is the immediate past Dean of the Fellows College of BAM and the current Dean of the Fellows College of EURAM. He holds Fellowships of BAM and EURAM and of five other academic and professional bodies. In 2016, he was co-founder of the social movement ‘Responsible Research in Business and Management’.

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