Dr Eamonn Molloy

Fellow and Tutor in Management
01865 276454


Eamonn has held academic posts at the Universities of Warwick, Bath and Lancaster. He has worked on collaborative research projects with numerous Government bodies including the National Health Service, Department for Education and Skills, Department for International Development, Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council. He has also worked closely with private sector organizations including Cadbury Schweppes, Unilever, United Utilities, BNFL and major mining, oil and gas companies in South Africa and Mozambique.

Detailed Biography

Teaching Activities

1. Introduction to Management (1st Year Undergraduate)
2. Technology and Operations Management (2nd,3rd Year Undergraduate, MBA)
3. Managing the Project Portfolio (MBA)
4. Environment, Organizations and Sustainability (MBA)
5. Management for Engineers (3rd Year Undergraduate)
6. Project Management for Scientists and Engineers (Executive / Professional Development)
7. Designing and Managing Successful Programs (Exec. MSc.)
8. Qualitative Data Analysis (M.Sc.)
9. Designing the Temporary Organization (Custom program for Senior UK Civil Servants)
10. Various D.Phil. and Masters dissertation supervision.


Honorary Fellow of the International Consulting Economists Association (ICEA).

Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School.

Associate Fellow ESRC SKOPE.

Recent Prizes, Grants and Awards:

2011 - John Fell Research Grant awarded by the University of Oxford for a two-year project entitled Exploring the Affective Norms of Political Party Manifestos with Prof. Stephen Whitefield and Prof. Sara Hobolt (London School of Economics and Political Science). The research will explore the emotional content of English language political party manifestos from the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland since 1918.

2011 Won the Diana Forsythe Award sponsored by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) People and Organizational Issues Working Group for Molloy, E and Korica, M (2010) “Making Sense of Professional Identities: Stories of Medical Professionals and New Technologies” Human Relations, 63 (12). The Award honors the peer-reviewed article published during the previous year that best exemplifies the spirit and scholarship of Diana Forsythe's work at the intersection of medical informatics and the social sciences.

2009 - 2011 Economic and Social Research Council's Advanced Institute of Management Fellowship Program (grant number RES-331- 30-000166) to support research into Surgeons as innovators.

Recent Seminars, Talks and Discussions:

2012 Invited presentation to a delegation of Indian Parliamentarians on behalf of The Chevening / UK Foreign Office IBFP Parliamentarians Programme entitled “Making a Parliamentary Impact: A Tryst With Psycholinguistics.”

2011 Address to His Highness Sheik Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Education and Chancellor of Al Ain University, Abu Dhabi entitled “Building Tomorrow's World: The Challenge of Mega-Projects.”

2011 Guest speaker at the Project Management Institute's London Chapter. Presentation entitled “How Optimism Bias Tricks Us Over And Over Again And What we Can Do About It.”

2010 Research presentation, Yale Law School, entitled “Delusion, Deception and Corruption in Major Infrastructure Programs: Causes, Consequences and Cures.”

2010 Keynote speech to the Project Management Institute's UK Annual Conference entitled “Mega-Projects: Dealing With Complexity.”

College & university roles and committees

College Function

Fellow and Tutor in Management Studies

Welfare and Equality Adviser

Staff Adviser

Harrasment Officer

Dean of Graduates (PGT

Member of

  • Governing Body
  • Finance and Planning Committee

Research interests


Research Interests

Interdisciplinary Research, Organizational and Technological Change, Design of Temporary Organizations, Project, Program and Portfolio Management, Psycholinguistics, Computational Corpus Linguistics, Emotion in Political Language, the Sky as Place.


Journal Articles

Molloy, E and Stewart, A (2013) “Succeeding Programmes, Failed Projects: A Lexicographical Analysis of a Disputed Semantic Terrain” forthcoming in the International Journal of Project Management 31 (3) April 2013. Available online 7 July 2012.

Arena, L and Molloy, E (2013) “The Governance Paradox in Megaprojects” forthcoming in Lehman, V (ed.) Communication et Grands Projets: Les Nouveaux Défis. Quebec University Press.

Flyvbjerg, B and Molloy, E (2012) “Delusion, Deception and Corruption in Major Infrastructure Projects: Causes, Consequences and Cures” in Ackerman, S and Soreide, T (eds) The International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption, Volume 2. Edward Elgar.

Molloy, E and Korica, M (2010) “Making Sense of Professional Identities: Stories of Medical Professionals and New Technologies” Human Relations, 63 (12).

Van Donk, D and Molloy, E (2009) “Rationality and Irrationality in Project Management” in Harper-Smith, P and Derry, S (eds.) Fast-track to Success: Project Management, Financial Times, Prentice-Hall.

Molloy, E and Van Donk, D, (2008) 'From Organising as Projects to Projects as
Organisations' International Journal of Project Management, 26(2): 129-137.

Molloy, E (2008) 'Practice Theory and Management Research' in Holt, R and Thorpe R (eds) Sage Dictionary of Management Research. Sage.

Whittington, Molloy, Mayer, Smith (2006) 'Practices of Strategising/Organising: Broadening Strategy Work' Long Range Planning, 39 (6): 615-29.

Molloy, E and Whittington, R (2006) 'Reorganisation Projects and Five Uncertainties' in
Hodgson, D and Cicmil, S, Making Projects Critical. London: Palgrave.

Molloy, E and Whittington, R, (2005) 'The Practice of Organising: Inside and Outside the Processes of Change' Advances in Strategic Management. Vol 22

Molloy, E (2003) “When is a Spade not (only) a Spade? When it's an Environmental
Management Tool” in Winnett, A and Warhurst, A (eds.) Towards an Environment Research
Agenda. London, Palgrave.

Other Publications

Molloy, E (2012) “Design Organizations, Not Just Projects” MundoPM forthcoming August 2012 Issue. (The magazine of the Brazilian Project Management Institute)

Molloy E, Lucic, L and Kachur, D (2007) 'Nuclear energy is not what it used to be' Report commissioned by the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society.

Sako, M, McKenna, C, Molloy, E and Ventresca, M. Grand Challenges in Services: Workshop Proceedings (June 2006) available at: http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/faculty/Sako+Mari/GCS.htm

Whittington, R and Molloy, E (October 2005) 'HR's Role in Organising: Shaping Change' Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Final Report.

Molloy, E and Whittington R, (February 2005) 'HR: Making Change Happen' Chartered
Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Executive Briefing Series.

Mayhew, K, Green, F and Molloy, E (2003) 'Employer Perspectives Survey 2002'.
Department for Education and Skills.