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Prof Peter Grinyer

Emeritus Professor

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Emeritus Professor Peter Grinyer has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1957) from Oxford University and a PhD in Applied Economics (1968) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, London University.

Peter has held chairs at City University, London and the University of St Andrews, was a Visiting Professor at the Stern School of Business, New York University and Imperial College, London, and was an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

He founded and chaired what is now the University of St Andrews School of Management, having been chair of the Department of Economics. He served as the University's Vice Principal and Acting Principal.

He was an appointed member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board and the Appeals Tribunal of the Competition Commission where he continued to serve when it was reconstituted and extended into the Competition Appeals Tribunal.

He was joint founder of St Andrews Management Institute, which, with its wholly owned subsidiary company St Andrews Strategic Management Ltd, worked with UK and international businesses and academic organisations on strategy, scenario planning and research.

His practical experience as company director of five companies and as a consultant informed both his research and his teaching.

As an academic, Peter Grinyer made significant contributions to the literature, including five books and more than 60 journal articles and book chapters.

His early work was in operational research and industrial engineering. His later research focussed on strategic planning, organisational renewal and managerial cognition. He was among the first to apply cross sectional statistical analysis in empirical studies in strategic planning and was a pioneer in the use of financial simulation models.

He served on a number of editorial boards, including that of the Strategic Management Journal, of which he was a member for 25 years.

The Peter Grinyer Prize, awarded annually to the best student receiving the MLitt Management, celebrates Peter's unparalleled contribution to the School.

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