Dr. Graham Winch is Emeritus Professor in Business Analysis, having recently stepped down as Research Professor in the University of Plymouth Business School, a post he held since 1987. He also served as Associate Dean with responsibility for Postgraduate, Research and Executive Programmes, and as Director for International Relations tasked with developing links with leading international business schools to enhance faculty exchange and collaborative research opportunities. He was previously on the faculty at Durham University Business School for eight years and has has held industry and consulting posts in the UK, Europe and USA.
He remains active in publishing and research, pursuing a portfolio of collaborative research projects and consulting assignments. He is presently participating in a KTP project on the dynamic impacts of the EU working time directive and other changes on junior doctor training and service, a collaborative project between the University and Plymouth Healthcare Trust/Derriford Hospital. Other recent and current activities include specialist support as a visiting professor at Swinburne University in Melbourne for a project on the strategic envisioning of new e-business propositions, with a French business school on research relating to operations strategy, and supporting a project in New Zealand examining the role of design-led management in small furniture manufacturers. He is also part of a consortium which recently won funding from the EU ALFA initiative to undertake a project to develop SME growth simulators lead by the University of Palermo and with other collaborators in South America and Sweden.
He is currently Managing Editor for the Research Problems section of System Dynamics Review, having previously served as Editor-in-Chief for this world-ranked journal. In 2005 he was elected President of the System Dynamics Society, based in Albany NY and serving the international practitioner and academic communities applying and researching system dynamics.
Qualifications & background
B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry and Management Studies, Loughborough University of Technology (1971)
D.I.S. Diploma in Industrial Studies, Loughborough University of Technology (1971)
Ph.D. Business and Administration, Bradford University Management Centre (1981)
Previously lecturing experience includes nine years at the Durham University Business School, and has held visiting posts and contributed at leading schools including MIT, Auburn and Florida State in the US, CUOA and the Universities of Bari and Palermo in Italy, Lodz and Jagiellonska Universities in Poland, and Swinburne and Monash Universities in Australia.
Early industrial experience included working in the chemical and engineering industries and then in market research, based in both Germany and the UK. He has extensive consulting experience internationally, and has served as V-P and board-director with Federal Group Inc. - the Boston-based consulting subsidiary of a New York investment bank.
Roles on external bodies
President (2005) - System Dynamics Society
Research council grant application referee and final award report rapporteur (evaluator) for both ESRC and EPSRC, in the general areas of innovation and knowledge management.
Staff serving as external examiners
Research degree examiner at Loughborough University, Cranfield University, RMIT University (Melbourne), University of Wollongong (South Austalia), and Teesside University.
Undergraduate degree external for Salford, Northumbria, and Sunderland Universities in the UK and for the International School of Business, Budapest. and ESC Rennes, France.
Research centres on strategic visioning and process visualisation across a number of strategic issue areas using system dynamics diagramming and simulation approaches. Recent funded projects included research into the concept of ‘computer-aided visioning’ tools, the development of a simulator to support IT learning support strategies in UK universities, and an investigation into the dynamic processes in SMEs when 'going global'. Currently collaborating with Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne and Warwick Business School in the UK on a project on system visualisation to support the design of wide ranging electronic business processes, and with a consortium of European and Latin American universities on an EU ALFA Programme project developing an SME Growth Simulator.
Grants & contracts
Refereed Journal Articles (selected articles since 2000) "Supporting Value Creation in SMEs through Capacity and Innovation Initiatives: the Danger of Provoking Unsustainable Growth", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2009, pp. 164 - 184, (with C. Bianchi)
"Supporting Value Creation in SMEs through Capacity and Innovation Initiatives: the Danger of Provoking Unsustainable Growth", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2009, pp. 164 - 184, (with C. Bianchi)
"Exploring the Dynamics of Building, and Losing, Consumer Trust in B2C eBusiness", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, 2006, 34:7 pp. 541-555 (with P. Joyce)
"Exploring the Training/Service Balance of Senior House Officer Activities", Medical Education, 2006, 40:4 pp. 355-362 (with S. Derrick, J. Chandler, B. Badger, T. Nokes)
Reports & invited lectures
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