Biography

Dr Duncan A. Robertson MA DPhil (Oxon.) BSc (Lond.) ARCS CSci CPhys MInstP FHEA FCA

Profile

Dr Duncan Robertson joined the MSOM Group at Loughborough in 2014.  Prior to that, he held posts at Warwick Business School (as Assistant Professor of Strategic Management), Manchester Business School, UEA London, Sun Yat-sen University in China, as well as holding a visiting post at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and teaching at London Business School.  He is a Fellow and Trustee of St Catherine’s College in the University of Oxford.

Before undertaking his DPhil at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG working in the City of London, Australia, and New Zealand, where he specialized in advisory and corporate finance roles within the banking sector.  He originally trained as a physicist at Imperial College London.

Research/Scholarship

Dr Robertson’s research concentrates on the strategic dynamics, modelling the interaction of firms, societies, and individuals.

A principal approach used by Dr Robertson is the use of agent-based models to simulate the behaviours of individual firms, consumers, and the interaction between them.  Dr Robertson’s research uses concepts from complexity science to investigate systems that are difficult to analyse using traditional techniques.  He uses methods and models from other social and natural sciences and applies them to management problems.  He has provided consultancy services for companies such as Unilever.

Another aspect of Dr Robertson’s research is its interdisciplinary nature (linking departments within business schools and between academic departments): he was awarded a £0.25 million grant from EPSRC (with Professor Sandra Chapman of Warwick’s department of Physics (as PI) and Professor Ed Bullmore of Cambridge’s department of Neuroscience).

Esteem

Dr Robertson is a judge at the Management Consultancies Association Awards.  His research has been recognized by the Strategic Management Society, having been shortlisted several times for the research paper of the year at their annual conference.  Dr Robertson is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management.  He is a Member of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist.  He was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2011.

Featured Publications

Dr Robertson’s book The Dynamics of Strategy (co-authored with Adrian Caldart, published by Oxford University Press) sets out his work at the interface of strategic management and management sciences.

Collet, F., Robertson, D. A., and Lup, D. (2014) ‘When Does Brokerage Matter?  Citation Impact of Research Teams in an Emerging Academic Field’, Strategic Organization, 12(3), 157-179

Robertson, D. A. and Caldart, A. A. (2009) The Dynamics of Strategy: Mastering Strategic Landscapes of the Firm, Oxford: Oxford University Press

A Body in St Catherine’s College, Oxford

A rather unusual sight when walking through St Catherine’s College this morning.  I am told it is something to do with Endeavour.  Apparently not a fellow Fellow.  Although you can never be too sure…Body

The filming for the fourth series of Endeavour started this week, and St Catherine’s College was used for the first day of shooting…

Agent-Based Modeling and Behavioral Operational Research

Behavioral Oxbehavioral-operational-research.jpg.pagespeed.ic.mMtEvplVr7perational Research: Theory, Methodology and Practice (Martin Kunc, Jonathan Malpass, Leroy Wright, Eds.) will be published by Palgrave Macmillan on 2 July 2016.  My chapter on Agent-Based Modeling and Behavioral Operational Research shows the great potential of using agent-based simulation within BOR, showing how example models can be applied to the field