• Position :
  • Distinguished Professor of Management (Adjunct)

  • Department :
  • Business and Economics
  • E-mail :
  • Office hours :
  • TBC
  • Nationality :
  • British
  • Languages :
  • English
  • Education :
  • PhD in Corporate - Strategy Surrey University (1980)

    Masters degree in Business Analysis - Lancaster University (1976)

    Bachelors degree in Economics - Coventry University (1975)


    Post Numerals:


  • Teaching :
    • Scenario Thinking
    • Strategic Management
  • Research area(s) :
    • Scenario Thinking
    • Strategic Management
  • Research Project(s) :
    • Scenario Thinking and Neuroscience
    • Productivity and Innovation in SMEs
    • Responsible Research in Business and Management
    • Management Education
  • Selected Publications :
  • Some of my books:

    McKiernan, P., Grinyer P. and Mayes D., (1988) Sharpbenders: the Secrets of Unleashing Corporate Potential, Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 325 pp.


    McKiernan, P. (1992) Strategies for Growth: Recovery, Maturity and Internationalisation, Routledge, 220 pp.


    McKiernan, P. & Egan, C. (1993) Inside Fortress Europe: Competitive Strategies for the Single Market, Addison-Wesley, Wokingham, 227 pp.


    McKiernan, P. (academic editor), (1996)  Historical Evolution of Strategic Management; the Planning and Learning Schools of Thought, Vol. 1, Gower Press, Aldershot, 445 pp.


    McKiernan, P. (academic editor), (1996) Historical Evolution of Strategic Management: the Positioning and Resource-Based Schools of Thought, Vol. 2, Gower Press, Aldershot, 449 pp.


    McKiernan, P. and Leavy, B. (2009) Strategic Leadership; Governance and Renewal, Palgrave, Basingstoke, 332 pp.


    McKiernan, P. & Purg, D. (2013) Hidden Champions in CEE and Turkey: Carving Out a Global Niche, Springer, London, 437 pp.


    Some of my articles:

    McKiernan, P., and Docherty, I., Strategic Planning in Edinburgh City Region, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol. 26., pp.982-997, 2008


    McKiernan, P., The irrelevance of management research: Nature of the ‘problem‘ and some   European hope’– A reply to ‘Renaissance and renewal in management studies: Relevance regained‘– J Pfeffer, European Management Review, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 149-155, Autumn 2009


    McKiernan, P., and Check Teck, F., Cognitive Mapping of Chief Executive Officer’s Minds: confronting Chinese Global Competitiveness, International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2009


    McKiernan, P. & MacKay, B., Creativity and Dysfunction in Strategic Processes: The case of Scenario Planning, Futures, Vol. 42, Issue 4, pp. 271 – 281, May 2010


    McKiernan, P.,   Evolution of EURAM’s Strategy, European Management Review, Vol. 7, No.2, pp. 77-80, Summer 2010 (ABS 3 star)


    McKiernan, P.  and Masrani, S., Accounting Practice as Mediator of Strategic Practice in Industrial Decline: the Dundee Jute Industry, Scotland, in Critical Perspectives in Accounting  22 (4): 415-433, 2011


    McKiernan, P., Masrani, S., A., Williams, A., Management Education in the UK: the roles of ABS and BAM.  Special Issue, British Journal of Management, Vol. 22: 382-400, September, 2011


    McKiernan, P., & Wilson, D., Global Mimicry: Putting Strategic Choice back on the Business School Agenda. Special Issue, British Journal of Management, 22, September, 2011


    McKiernan, P., Bowman, G., MacKay, R., Masrani, S., Storytelling and the Scenario Process: Understanding success and failure for special issue of Technological Forecasting & Social Change, July, 2012 (ABS 3 star)


    McKiernan, P., Masrani, S., Parks, R., Rhetoric of a Troubled Industry: the case of the Dundee jute industry during the inter-war years, International Journal of Concepts and Philosophy, Vol. 8, Nos 2/3, 2014, pp. 141-156


    McKiernan, P., Bezzina, F., Cassar, V. & Azzopardi, J., The Matching of Motivations to Expectancies among Maltese Elected Local Government Volunteers: Implications for sustaining civil society, Journal of Global Responsibility, Vol. 6/No.2, 2015 pp. 178-194


     McKiernan, P., Prospective thinking: Scenario planning meets neuroscience, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, (ABS 3 star)

  • Honours & Awards :
  • 2016 Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK)

    2015 British Academy of Management ‘Life Time’ Achievement Award

    2014: Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia

    2014: Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators (UK)

    2012: CEEMAN ‘Institutional’ Champion of the Year Award

    2012: Fellow of European Academy of Management

    2007: Companion of the Association of Business Schools (UK)

    2006: Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

    2006 - 2010: President of the European Academy of Management

    2005 – 2007: President of the British Academy of Management

    2001 – 2005: Chair of the British Academy of Management

    1998: Fellow of the British Academy of Management