- Adjunct Professor George Cairns
- Adjunct Professor
QUT Business School,
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- Business and Management, Architecture
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Associate of Australian Risk Policy Institute
Scenario Methods - use of scenario methods to inform strategic analysis and decision making, Stakeholder Analysis - assessing the impacts of business decisions on remote / excluded stakeholders, International Business - researching non-mainstream IB activities and impacts on society, Qualitative Research - applying critical management research methods, Architectural Design - research into user needs for and responses to building design
Having trained and worked as an architect, then held academic posts in architecture and business, I have developed research and teaching through trans-disciplinary thinking. I have published articles that link study of the physical and social environments of the workplace in top social science (Human Relations) and built environment (Building Research & Information) journals. For over twenty years, I have developed the field of scenario methods, co-authoring two books, with the second edition of Scenario Thinking: Preparing your organization for the future in an unpredictable world (Palgrave Macmillan) to be published in late 2017. In 2013, I co-edited a special issue of Technological Forecasting & Social Change on scenario methods and theory. I have co-authored multiple journal articles on scenarios, and undertaken research, teaching and consultancy across the UK, Europe, South-East Asia and Australia.
In the field of international business (IB), I co-founded and have co-edited the journal Critical Perspectives on International Business which gained ranking in numerous countries across the world within 10 years. I co-authored A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about International Business (SAGE) which was awarded an ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ award in 2010 and was revised and updated for a second edition in 2017.
I have held academic posts at Strathclyde, Durham and Essex Universities in the UK. I was Head of School of Management at Essex and at RMIT University, Melbourne before moving to a part-time post at QUT Business School in 2015.
- Cairns GM, Goodwin P, Wright G, (2016) A decision-analysis-based framework for analysing stakeholder behaviour in scenario planning, European Journal of Operational Research p1050-1062
- Cairns GM, Wright G, Fairbrother P, (2016) Promoting articulated action from diverse stakeholders in response to public policy scenarios: A case analysis of the use of 'scenario improvisation' method, Technological Forecasting and Social Change p97-108
- Bradfield R, Cairns GM, Wright G, (2015) Teaching scenario analysis - An action learning pedagogy, Technological Forecasting and Social Change p44-52
- Wright G, Cairns GM, Bradfield R, (2013) Scenario methodology: New developments in theory and practice: Introduction to the Special Issue, Technological Forecasting and Social Change p561-565
- Cairns GM, Ahmed I, Mullett J, Wright G, (2013) Scenario method and stakeholder engagement: Critical reflections on a climate change scenarios case study, Technological Forecasting and Social Change p1-10
- Wright G, Cairns GM, (2011) Scenario thinking: Practical approaches to the future p1-192
- Wright G, Cairns GM, Goodwin P, (2009) Teaching scenario planning: Lessons from practice in academe and business, European Journal of Operational Research p323-335
- Cairns GM, Sliwa M, (2008) A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about international business p1-184
- Cairns GM, (2008) Advocating an ambivalent approach to theorizing the built environment, Building Research and Information p280-289
- Cairns GM, Wright G, van der Heijden K, Bradfield R, Burt G, (2006) Enhancing foresight between multiple agencies: Issues in the use of scenario thinking to overcome fragmentation, Futures p1010-1025
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