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BiographyHaving 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.
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
Business and Management, Architecture
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
Professional memberships and associations
- Cairns G, Wright G, (2018) Scenario thinking: Preparing your organization for the future in an unpredictable world (Second edition), Palgrave Macmillan.
- Wright G, Cairns G, O'Brien F, Goodwin P, (2019) Scenario analysis to support decision making in addressing wicked problems: Pitfalls and potential, European Journal of Operational Research, 278 (1), pp. 3-19.
- Cairns G, Goodwin P, Wright G, (2016) A decision-analysis-based framework for analysing stakeholder behaviour in scenario planning, European Journal of Operational Research, 249 (3), pp. 1050-1062.
- Cairns G, 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, 103, pp. 97-108.
- Bradfield R, Cairns G, Wright G, (2015) Teaching scenario analysis - An action learning pedagogy, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 100, pp. 44-52.
- Wright G, Cairns G, Bradfield R, (2013) Scenario methodology: New developments in theory and practice: Introduction to the Special Issue, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 80 (4), pp. 561-565.
- Cairns G, 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, 80 (1), pp. 1-10.
- Wright G, Cairns G, Goodwin P, (2009) Teaching scenario planning: Lessons from practice in academe and business, European Journal of Operational Research, 194 (1), pp. 323-335.
- Cairns G, Sliwa M, (2008) A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about international business.
- Cairns G, (2008) Advocating an ambivalent approach to theorizing the built environment, Building Research and Information, 36 (3), pp. 280-289.