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Dr Eamonn Molloy
Fellow and Tutor in Management
Eamonn is internationally recognised for his research and executive-level teaching in the areas of complex organisation design and technological change, with particular emphasis on the strategic dynamics of temporary project, programme and portfolio-based organisations, and the role of technology in professional and organisational change.
Eamonn has worked on research projects with numerous government bodies, including the National Health Service, the Department for Education and Skills, the Department for International Development and Ministry of Defence. He has also worked closely with many private-sector clients, including Cadbury Schweppes, Unilever, United Utilities, BNFL and major mining, oil and gas companies.
Outside his work, Eamonn is an Honorary Group Captain in 601 (County of London) Squadron RAuxAF, Chair of The RAF Central Fund charity and a part-time flying instructor at the West London Aero Club. He is an honorary fellow of the International Consulting Economists’ Association, and an associate fellow of the ESRC’s Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance.
He is regularly invited to speak to senior policymakers and business leaders on innovation, technological change and major programme management.
Eamonn runs his own Educational Advisory and Facilitation Services company, Dr Eamonn Molloy Ltd.
Eamonn specialises in delivering executive education courses to a wide variety of clients. Currently he is principally involved with the Major Projects Leadership Academy.
Previous clients have come from the finance, infrastructure, aerospace, defence and high-tech start-up sectors.
In addition, Eamonn is an experienced executive coach, senior leadership team mentor, action learning set facilitator, strategy advisor and organisation design consultant.
Current teaching include:
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.
Eamonn obtained his BSc in Environmental Studies at Lancaster University and University of California (Santa Cruz) in 1995. He then completed his PhD in Science and Technology Studies at Lancaster University in 1999. During this period, he worked as an assistant scientific officer at the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and as a research assistant for the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Centre for the Study of Environmental Change (Lancaster).
Since completing his doctorate, Eamonn has held academic posts at the University of Warwick and the University of Bath, before joining Saïd Business School as a senior research fellow in 2002. He took up his current posts at Pembroke College and Saïd Business School in 2008. In addition, Eamonn is also a cohort manager and action learning set facilitator for the UK Cabinet Office’s Major Project Leadership Academy.
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 explores 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
Fellow and Tutor in Management Studies
Welfare and Equality Adviser
Dean of Graduates (PGT
- Governing Body
- Finance and Planning Committee
Eamonn’s current research focuses on bringing interdisciplinary perspectives to the understanding of temporary organisations.
- Exploring optimism bias and the planning fallacy in time estimation for task completion, and how this varies with task complexity, perceived levels of control and individual desire for control (with Dyedra Morrisey).
- Monsters as psychoanalytical tropes for understanding individual, group and organisational responses to perceived threats (with Chantal Baker).
- Exploring and interpreting the domain of the sky as place, rather than space.
Eamonn also focuses on 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.
- Hobolt, S, Kosimidis, S, Molloy, E and Whitefield, S (2019) ‘Party Competition and Emotive Rhetoric’ Comparative Political Studies 52 (6): 811-837. Winner of the John Fell Research Grant (University of Oxford).
- Molloy, E and Chetty, T (2015) ‘The Rocky Road to Legacy: Lessons from the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Stadium Program’ Project Management Journal 46 (3): 88-107.
- Molloy, E and Stewart, A (2013) ‘Succeeding Programmes, Failed Projects: A Lexicographical Analysis of a Disputed Semantic Terrain’ International Journal of Project Management 31 (1): 80-89.
- Arena, L and Molloy, E (2013) ‘The Governance Paradox in Megaprojects’ in Lehman, V (ed.) Communication et Grands Projets: Les Nouveaux Défis, 151-171. Quebec: Presses de l'Université du Québec.
- Flyvbjerg, B and Molloy, E (2011) ‘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, Vol 2, 81-107. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
- Molloy, E and Korica, M (2010) ‘Making Sense of Professional Identities: Stories of Medical Professionals and New Technologies’ Human Relations 63 (12): 1879–1901. Winner of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Diana Forsythe Prize for Best Paper.
- 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, 167-168. 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, 163-165. London: Sage.
- Whittington, R, Molloy, E, Mayer, M and Smith, A (2006) ‘Practices of Strategising/Organising: Broadening Strategy Work and Skills’ Long Range Planning 39 (6): 615-629.
- Molloy, E and Whittington, R (2006) ‘Reorganisation Projects and Five Uncertainties' in Hodgson, D and Cicmil, S (eds.) Making Projects Critical. Management, work and organisations, 171-189. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
- Molloy, E and Whittington, R (2005) ‘The Practice of Organising: Inside and Outside the Processes of Change' in Szulanski, G, Porac, J and Doz, Y (eds.) Strategy Process: Advances in Strategic Management, Vol 22, 491–515. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
- 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, 127-145. London: Palgrave.
- Independent on Sunday ‘Fifa found serious issues with South Africa's 2010 World Cup bid and did nothing’ http://ind.pn/1FlmDjM
- Independent on Sunday Commentary ‘Doing good should be part of any bid to host the world cup’ http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/fifa-corruption-doing-good-should-be... bid-to-host-the-world-cup-10302342.html
- http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/fifa-found-serious-issues... africas-2010-world-cup-bid-and-did-nothing-about-it-says-study-10286999.html)
- BBC World Service Interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02sn07y?ocid=socialflow_twitter
- South African Daily Newspapers:
- Oxford Times, 30 September 2011 “Cleft Palate Idea Diversifies”
- Molloy, 2008 ‘Strategizing Communication’ The Wall Street Journal India, November 16th, 2008
- New Statesman 9 October 2006 IT and Modernization Roundtable Discussion Participant.
- Webcast interview for ESRC Interactive Agenda Setting in the Social Sciences. Available at:
- Whittington, R, Molloy, E, Mayer, M & Smith, A (2004). Corporate Reorganisation. The Times, 28 October
Pembroke Fellow in Management discusses the delivery and legacy of World Cup tournaments and FIFA's influence on the bidding process.
Comment column published in The Independent on 06/06/15.