Alan Pilkington

Alan Pilkington (born ca. 1964) is a British engineer, and Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, known for his on the Technology management,[1] Operations management,[2] Manufacturing strategy[3] and Enterprise engineering.[4]


Pilkington received his BA in engineering from De Montfort University in 1987, and his PhD from Aston University in 1992.[5]

After graduation in 1987 Pilkington started his career in industry as project manager in manufacturing engineering at the Rover Group, where from 1989 to 1993 he managed the Manufacturing Policy Unit. In 1996 he returned to the academia as Associate Professor in Operations and Technology Management at the Royal Holloway, University of London, where he stayed until September 2013. Pilkington has been Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Davis between 1997 and 2003; at the University of Western Australia between 2003 and 2005; and at Cesar Ritz Colleges in 2011–12. In 2009 he became Adjunct Professor at the Hult International Business School in London. Since September 2013 he is Professor at the Copenhagen Business School.[5]

At the IEEE Pilkington chairs the IEEE Technology Management Council for the UK and Republic of Ireland joint Chapter on Engineering Management.[5]


Pilkington research interests are in the field of enterprise engineering and innovation, particularly disruptive innovation.


Pilkington's approach to innovation concerned "product of individual, organisational and knowledge trajectories". His idea was that "modelling the relationships between observed typologies within each of these spheres, conditions for successful innovation can be identified and failures explained. This work is leading to tools which will help managers define successful and achievable technology strategies."[6]

Enterprise Engineering

Pilkington has initiated and directed the Pilkington research in Enterprise Engineering at Royal Holloway. According to Pilkington (2008/13):

Enterprise Engineering is the application of engineering principles to the management of enterprises. It encompasses the application of knowledge, principles, and disciplines related to the analysis, design, implementation and operation of all elements associated with an enterprise.
In essence it is an interdisciplinary field which combines systems engineering and strategic management as it seeks to engineer the entire enterprise in terms of the products, processes and business operations. The view is one of continuous improvement and continued adaptation as firms, processes and markets develop along their life cycles. This total systems approach encompasses the traditional areas of research and development, product design, operations and manufacturing as well as information systems and strategic management.

This Enterprise Engineering research had focussed on five types of management specialties:[4]

At Royal Holloway[4] more specific topics of research in this field concerned Alternative fuel Technology, Bibliometrics and Patent analysis.[8]


Pilkington has authored and co-authored numerous publications in the field of Management of technology, Operations management, Manufacturing strategy and Enterprise engineering.[9] A selection:


  1. Ma, Zhenzhong, Yender Lee, and Kuo-Hsun Yu. "Ten years of conflict management studies: themes, concepts and relationships." International Journal of Conflict Management 19.3 (2008): 234–248.
  2. Ramos‐Rodríguez, Antonio‐Rafael, and José Ruíz‐Navarro. "Changes in the intellectual structure of strategic management research: A bibliometric study of the Strategic Management Journal, 1980–2000." Strategic Management Journal 25.10 (2004): 981–1004.
  3. Dangayach, G. S., and S. G. Deshmukh. "Manufacturing strategy: literature review and some issues." International Journal of Operations & Production Management 21.7 (2001): 884–932.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Enterprise Engineering Research at Royal Holloway. Accessed 20 October 2013.
  5. 1 2 3 Alan Pilkington: Professor at Copenhagen Business School. Linked-in profile. Accessed 20 October 2013.
  6. Alan Pilkington, at Royal Holloway, University of London
  8. Pilkington, Alan, Romano Dyerson, and Omid Tissier. "The electric vehicle:: Patent data as indicators of technological development." World Patent Information 24.1 (2002): 5–12.
  9. Alan Pilkington's publications indexed by Google Scholar

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