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Dr Alan Jessop, BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Operational Research in the Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45403
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 45201
Room number: MHL 532

Contact Dr Alan Jessop (email at a.t.jessop@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Alan joined the School in 1987 and has spent two periods as MBA Programme Director and four years as Chairman of the Board of Studies. Prior to this, he taught and acted as consultant in transport planning and management. Alan teaches and consults on a wide range of applications of quantitative and systems approaches to management problems.

Research

Multicriteria modelling: The effects of the uncertainty of the specification of weights on the evaluaton of organisational performance and the selection of alternatives leads to ideas of robustness and clustering rather then strict ranking. The resulting methodology has been applied to the evaluation of airports and airlines and to personnel selection.

Pattern language: A Pattern Language (from architecture and software engineering) is a way of setting down knowledge or practice and of giving advice. It can be applied to organisational learning, knowledge elicitation and the like. Some small scale applications in engineering and strategy have been completed by MBA students and Alan has recently completed a pattern language for teaching statistics to managers.

Blockmodels and Networks: Blockmodelling, a form of clustering on binary networks, is useful for system description. A new method for block construction has been devised and used primarily for the definition of groups of organisations with similar performance characteristics, though wider applications are possible.

Mini Biography

Alan joined the School in 1987 and has spent two periods as MBA Programme Director and four years as Chairman of the Board of Studies. Prior to this, he taught and acted as consultant in transport planning and management. Alan teaches and consults on a wide range of applications of quantitative and systems approaches to management problems.

Research Groups

Business School

Research Interests

  • Blockmodels and networks
  • Multicriteria modelling
  • Pattern language

Publications