Susan Howick

Professor

Personal Statement

Susan Howick is a Professor of Management Science. She gained a BSc in Mathematics from Dundee University and a MSc in Operational Research and a PhD in Management Science from Strathclyde. Her main research interest lies in the use of System Dynamics simulation. A particular focus of her work has been using System Dynamics to explore the behaviour of large complex projects and developing systemic risk analysis tools. Susan’s work often involves the integration of multiple modelling methods where the aim is to provide robust, client-orientated decision support tools.

Susan was President of the Policy Council for the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society in 2007-08.  She won the Operational Research Society Goodeve medal for her joint paper with Colin Eden "The Impact of Disruption and Delay when Compressing Large Projects: Going for Incentives?" 2001.  Susan is a member of the Publications Committee of the System Dynamics Society.  Her consultancy experience includes projects for Bombardier, Strathclyde Police, Reed Elsevier, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Scottish and Southern Energy.

Research Interests

My research interests include how multiple modelling methods can be integrated effectively to create robust, client-orientated decision support tools. I have been involved in creating such tools for clients in healthcare, engineering, construction and the energy sector. In addition, I have an interest in understanding what causes complex projects to overrun and in developing new risk assessment and management tools, which enable risk systemicity to be considered. 

Teaching Interests

Susan has 20 years of experience in teaching to undergraduate, postgraduate and post experience students. Programmes on which she regularly teaches are MBA, MSc Business Analysis & Consulting and MSc Operational Research. Her teaching includes general Management Science classes in additon to specialised classes in system dynamics and project risk management that reflect her key research interests. Susan has delivered training courses for organisations such as Bombardier Inc., Babcock, Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Government. She has also taught extensively via distance learning and was involved in developing two unique online MSc's.

Expertise & Capabilities

Susan’s research interests are in system dynamics modelling, the integration of modelling methods, disruption and delay analysis on complex projects, applying systems methods to project risk management

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  1. A toolkit of designs for mixing Discrete Event Simulation and System Dynamics

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Stalking resilience: cities as vertebrae in society’s resilience backbone

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  3. Learning from mixed OR method practice: the NINES case study

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Activities

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  1. 34th International System Dynamics conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

  2. External Examiner for PhD thesis for student at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - External Examiner

  3. Invited speaker at seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk

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Projects

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  1. Doctoral Training Grant 2006 | Morgan, Jennifer

    Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

  2. STRATHCLYDE - ESRC STANDARD RESEARCH TRANSITION STANDARD QUOTA DTG | Scotland, Alistair

    Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

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