Professor Simon Collinson is Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (DPVC) at the University of Birmingham and Director of the City-Region Economic Development Institute (City-REDI) at Birmingham Business School, where he was Dean 2012-2016. He is also Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, a Member of the ESRC Council and the Council of the GBS Chamber of Commerce.
In his DPVC role Simon leads the University’s regional economic engagement activities including its contribution in a ‘place-based’ industrial strategy. He has advised on the development of the GBSLEP’s Strategic Economic Plan and is a member of the West Midlands Mayor’s ‘Funding for Growth’ commission.
Simon’s research and consulting focuses on multinational firms, innovation, competitiveness and regional economic growth. He also studies the performance effects of organisational complexity. As well as publishing in leading journals his research has featured in the Financial Times, Sunday Times, BBC Radio 4, the New Statesman and the US News and World Report. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and a Fellow of the British Academy of Management (FBAM).