Zahir Irani

Dean of the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

Contact Details

Room: ESGW 301k
Brunel University London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 265275
Twitter: @ZahirIrani1


Zahir Irani is Dean of Business, Arts and Social Sciences at Brunel University London. Prior to commencing this role, he was seconded to Whitehall, where he was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Office. He is Professor of Operations and Information Management in the Brunel Business School, which he joined in August 2006 as the Head. His has also been the Head of the Department of Information Systems and Computing (now, Department of Computer Science) at Brunel. He completed a BEng (Hons) at Salford University before then accepting a research position where he completed a MPhil. He has a PhD in the area of investment evaluation and undertook his leadership development at the Harvard Business School.

Zahir’s research interests are multidisciplinary in nature, and developed from early work on the area of evaluating investments in Manufacturing Information Systems through to more recent works in Transformational Government. He has received significant levels of funding from across the world as Principal Investigator, including from the UK Research Councils (EPSRC, ESRC), European Commission, Qatar Foundation, Australian Research Council and QinetiQ. He also publishes in leading scholarly journals and has a H-index of almost 60. Zahir manages to find time to write press and thought leadership pieces on higher education and graduate employability that have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times (FT), Thomson Reuters, University Business, Research Foresight and Times Higher Education (THE).

Under his leadership, Brunel Business School received the 2013/14 Times Higher Award – Business School of the Year.
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Teaching and Research


Leadership and Management
Strategic Planning

Research Interests

  • eGovernment
  • Leadership Development
  • Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping (in Manufacturing, Agriculture and eGovernment)
  • Strategy Process, Content, and Context
  • Information Systems Evaluation
  • Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning

Research Centres

Operations and Supply Chain Systems Research Centre (OASIS) Information Systems Evaluation and Integration (ISEing)


Journal Papers

(2014)  Irani, Z.  and Kamal, MM. , Intelligent systems research in the construction industry, Expert Systems with Applications 41 (4 PART 1)  : 934- 950

(2014)  Irani, Z. , Sharif, A. , Kamal, MM.  and Love, PED. , Visualising a knowledge mapping of information systems investment evaluation, Expert Systems with Applications 41 (1)  : 105- 125

(2013)  Zhou, J. , Love, PED. , Wang, X. , Teo, KL.  and Irani, Z. , A review of methods and algorithms for optimizing construction scheduling, Journal of the Operational Research Society 64 (8)  : 1091- 1105

(2012)  Mohamed, AF. , Singh, S. , Irani, Z.  and Darwish, TK. , An Analysis of Recruitment, Training and Retention Practices in Domestic and Multinational Enterprises in the country of Brunei Darussalam, International Journal of Human Resource Management (online 4/10/12:10.1080/09585192.2012.723021) Online first

(2012)  Love, PED. , Edwards, DJ.  and Irani, Z. , Moving beyond optimism bias and strategic misrepresentation: An explanation for social infrastructure project cost overruns, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 59 (4)  : 560- 571

(2012)  Sharif, AM.  and Irani, Z. , Supply chain leadership, International Journal of Production Economics 140 (1)  : 57- 68

(2012)  Sharif, A. , Irani, Z. , Love, PED.  and Kamal, M. , Evaluating reverse third-party logistics operations using a semi-fuzzy approach, International Journal of Production Research 50 (9)  : 2515- 2532

(2011)  Love, PED. , Davis, PR. , Cheung, SO.  and Irani, Z. , Causal discovery and inference of project disputes, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 58 (3)  : 400- 411

(2011)  Alshawi, S. , Missi, F.  and Irani, Z. , Organisational, technical and data quality factors in CRM adoption - SMEs perspective, Industrial Marketing Management 40 (3)  : 376- 383

(2010)  Sharif, AM. , Irani, Z.  and Weerakkody, V. , Evaluating and modelling constructs for e-government decision making, Journal of the Operational Research Society 61 (6)  : 929- 952 Download publication

(2010)  Irani, Z. , Investment evaluation within project management: An information systems perspective, Journal of the Operational Research Society 61 (6)  : 917- 928 Download publication

(2010)  Weerakkody, V.  and Irani, Z. , A value and risk analysis of offshore outsourcing business models: An exploratory study, International Journal of Production Research 48 (2)  : 613- 634 Download publication

(2010)  Irani, Z. , Gunasekaran, A.  and Dwivedi, YK. , Radio frequency identification (RFID): research trends and framework, International Journal of Production Research 48 (9)  : 2485- 2511 Download publication

(2009)  Irani, Z. , Sharif, AM.  and Love, PED. , Mapping knowledge management and organizational learning in support of organizational memory, International Journal of Production Economics 122 (1)  : 200- 215 Download publication

(2009)  Love, PED. , Edwards, DJ. , Irani, Z.  and Walker, DHT. , Project pathogens: The anatomy of omission errors in construction and resource engineering project, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 56 (3)  : 425- 435 Download publication

(2009)  Weerakkody, V. , Dwivedi, YK.  and Irani, Z. , The diffusion and use of institutional theory: A cross-disciplinary longitudinal literature survey, Journal of Information Technology 24 (4)  : 354- 368 Download publication

(2009)  Irani, Z. , Dwivedi, YK.  and Williams, MD. , Understanding consumer adoption of broadband: An extension of the technology acceptance model, Journal of the Operational Research Society 60 (10)  : 1322- 1334 Download publication

(2009)  Dwivedi, Y.  and Irani, Z. , Understanding the adopters and nonadopters of broadband, Communications of the ACM 52 (1)  : 122- 125 Download publication

(2008)  Irani, Z.  and Elliman, T. , Creating social entrepreneurship in local government, European Journal of Information Systems 17 (4)  : 336- 342 Download publication

(2008)  Love, PED. , Edwards, DJ.  and Irani, Z. , Forensic project management: An exploratory examination of the causal behavior of design-induced rework, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 55 (2)  : 234- 247 Download publication

(2008)  Irani, Z. , Love, PED.  and Jones, S. , Learning lessons from evaluating eGovernment: Reflective case experiences that support transformational government, Journal of Strategic Information Systems 17 (2)  : 155- 164 Download publication

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