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Alexander Finlayson

Alexander Finlayson

About Alexander Finlayson

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Corporate Programmes
BA(Hons) International Management Programme Leader
Operations Management Module Leader

My early career was in the road haulage and public transport industries, where I set up and managed a small transport business for five years.  The adverse economic climate of the early 1980s resulted in closing down the business and I decided to gain additional business education. 

I gained a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematical Sciences from Teesside and this led to a career in Operational Research with Corus (formally British Steel). The work involved supervising a team engaged in a range of research projects including project management, development of PC applications and models including databases, spreadsheets, simulation and analytical models, and report preparation and presentation to plant and senior management up to director level.  My team regularly returned a benefit to cost ratio in excess of 10:1.  During this period I carried out research in conjunction with the Applied Mathematics department at Leeds University.  This work was part of my ongoing interest in chaos theory and involved computer modelling of systems of partial differential equations.  The work resulted in the publication of three mathematical papers dealing with spatio-temporal structures in reaction-diffusion systems. 

From 1990 to 1992, whilst at Corus, I also worked as a part-time Statistics Lecturer with the School of Mathematics at Teesside University.  After leaving Corus in 2001 I undertook a variety of Operational Research consultancy roles before becoming a Lecturer at Teesside University Business School in 2006.  My current position is Senior Lecturer in Corporate Programmes and I am also an External Examiner for University of Worcester.  My main areas of teaching include operations management, project management and management research.  I am a firm believer in the value and necessity of quantitative methods in business and I try to incorporate these methods into my teaching wherever possible.

Research interests and activities

I have been a member of the Operational Research Society (ORS) since 1986.  For a number of years I was a committee member on the North East Operational Research Group (NEORG). 

Recent research includes two Operational Research Society conference papers dealing with my research interests in the use of queuing theory simulation models in investigations into organisational change.  I have also published in the Journal of the Operational Research Society.  I am in my final year of my DBA doctorate programme.