Kent Business School


Research Topic

Supporting strategic decision-making by executives in the UK government: Use of multi-methodology.


Professor John Mingers

Dr Maria Paola Scaparra

1st Supervisor's Research Group

Management Science

Contact Information


Kent Business School

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  • MA (Oxford) Economics and Management, MSc Operational Research (LSE), Extra Mural Diploma Applied Psychology (Birkbeck), BSc (Hons) Psychology (Open) (BPS Accredited)
  • Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, Candidate Associate of The OR Society
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Summary of Research

This project aims to consider executive decision making within a complex and dynamic environment taking case studies from government operational analysis.

The work will consider activities between two extremes: (1) bespoke studies that typically have a longer time window (several months to years) in which data collection and analysis are possible; (2) rapid activities with a time window typically of a few hours to a few weeks that draw on existing data and analysis. The work will consider how a multi-methodology approach could be applied in a holistic system to both activities and how the choice of data, methodology and engagement can achieve impact on the ability to support executive decisions from a strong evidence base.

The outcome of the work should itself inform a positioning decision by considering options for how government operational analysis could be best positioned to support future decisions.

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ESRC CASE Studentship in partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

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Kent Business School - University of Kent

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 764000

Last Updated: 18/09/2017