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Dr Ashley Carreras

Job: Principle Lecturer

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Faculty of Business and Law

Address: Hugh Aston Building 5.88, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 8224

E: acarreras@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/bal

Social Media: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ashley-carreras-ab809b5

 

Personal profile

Ashley Carreras is a Principle Lecturer in Economics and Decision Analysis. He is Programme Leader for the Master programmes in Economics and is an active researcher who specialises in the development of theory through consultancy. He coordinates the Problem Structuring Methods Special Interest Group for the Operations Research Society and is a regular contributor to their conferences and to the European Journal of Operations research.

His main interest is in the decision making behaviour of groups, and the nature of collective action.

He has taught in the UK, USA, Spain, France, Belarus, Botswana, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Key research outputs

Refereed Papers and Books

CARRERAS A. L., DEHSI G. and GOWLAND D. (1997) Debt Management: A Fuzzy Econometric Model  In the proceedings of  the Second International Stockholm Seminar on Risk Behaviour and Risk Management. June 9-12 1997. Refereed

CARRERAS A. L. (1997) Economic Decision Making in a Social Context: The case for rationality being understood in terms of commitment. In the proceedings of the  “Knowledge Learning and Uncertainty” conference at Limburg University. November 1997. Refereed.

CARRERAS, A. L. (1998) Economic Agents and Intentionality: A Case for Rationality to be Understood in Terms of Commitment. Kingston Business School Occasional Paper Series: No 30. Kingston University UK. ISBN No. 1-872058-27-2.

CARRERAS A. L. (1998) Shackle: Coherence Commitment and Rationality. In proceedings of The Third Annual Postgraduate Economics Conference. University of Leeds 13th November 1998. Refereed.

CARRERAS A. L. (1998) Work Organisation, Networks and SME’s:  The Importance of Context. In the proceedings of  the REAP Symposium. International Sakharov Institute of Radioecology. Minsk.12th November 1998. Refereed.

CARRERAS, A. L. (1999) Knowledge Management and the problem of Case Study Writing: Lessons for International Co-operation. In the proceedings to the International Networking Symposium. ‘Buisiness Education: Status, Problems, Prospects.’ International Sakharov Institute of Radioecology. Minsk 11th- 12th November 1999. Refereed

CARRERAS A. L. (2002) Business Education and Distance Learning: Some lessons from strategic thinking. In the proceedings of the International Conference on “Entrepreneurship and Business: Challenges and Problems of Specialists' Training" Belarus State University. Minsk , April 8, 2002. Refereed.

KAUR, P. and CARRERAS A. L. (2009) Blue Sky Thinking; Facilitation of Executive Board Engagement. Dental Lab Journal , June 09, Vol 34, No 6

Carreras, A. & Franco, L.A.  (2010) Facilitated Problem Structuring for e-Democracy. In E-Participation: a group decision and negotiation perspective. Ed. Rios, D. & French, S. Springer, (2010). Chapter 4.

CARRERAS, A. L., & Kaur, P. (2011). Teaching problem structuring methods: Improving understanding through meaningful learning. INFORMS Trans. Ed. 12(1) 20–30. Available online at http://ite.pubs.informs.org/.

CARRERAS, A. L  (2013) Productive Dialogue is the answer, now what is the question? YOR18 Biennial Conference - Keynote Papers and Extended Abstracts, pp.77-80 University of Exeter, 9-11 April 2013 ISBN number: 0 903440 52 0

KAUR, P. and CARRERAS A. L. (2015) Understanding the links between the Determinants of Procedural Justice and Causal Mapping: Outcomes of Focus Group Workshops using Facilitated Group Decision Software., B. Kamiński, G. Kersten,  P. Szufel, M. Jakubczyk (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Group Decision & Negotiation, pp. 21-27,  Warsaw School of Economics Press, Warsaw, 2015. ISBN: 978-83-7378-985-2

CARRERAS, A. L.  FRANCO, L. A. PAPADOPOULOS, T. (2015) Managing the Relationship Between Clients and Consultants.  in  B. Kamiński, G. Kersten,  P. Szufel, M. Jakubczyk (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Group Decision & Negotiation, pp. 17-19,  Warsaw School of Economics Press, Warsaw, 2015. ISBN: 978-83-7378-985-2

Conference Papers and Unrefereed Papers/Reports

CARRERAS A. L. (1993)  Political Entrepreneurs: a Shacklean Perspective. Presented to the Post-Keynesian Study Group at UCL. Feb 1993. Not refereed.

CARRERAS A. L. (1993)  Politics and Economics. Presented to the Business School, De Montfort University. May 1993. Not refereed.

CARRERAS A. L. (1996)  Intentionality and Economics. Presented to School of Social Sciences, De Montfort University. March 1996. Not refereed.

CARRERAS A. L. (1997)  The Notion of Rationality Underlying Strategic and Non-Strategic Behaviour Where Believable Intentions are Required. Presented to Kingston University Business School. May 1997. Not refereed.

CARRERAS  A. L. (1999)  Can Radical Subjectivists make Plans? Scenario Planning in a Political Context. Presented to Kingston Business School May 1997. Not refereed.

CARRERAS  A. L. (2000) ‘I Intend that we J’; We Intend that we J; I intend that you J: The Paradox of Voting and Other Problems of Rationality in Collective Action. Paper for the Post-Keynesian Study Group.  South Bank University, 28th January 2000. Not refereed.

CARRERAS A. L. (2000) It's Just a Matter of Time: Problems for Economic Theory. Paper presented to Seidman School of Business, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 30th November 2000. Not refereed.

CARRERAS A. L. (2001) On the Nature of Reciprocal Arrangements and Obligations. Presented to Kingston Business School 28th November 2001. Not refereed.

CARRERAS A. L. (2002) Problems in Formal Forecasting Methods and the use of Judgemental methods. Presented to Belarus State University, April 6th.

CARRERAS, A. L  (2004) On the Nature of Rational Commitment in Robustness Analysis. Problem Structuring Methods stream at the OR46 Conference (York, 7th-9th September 2004)

BRODERICK A. CARRERAS A. WANG S. (2004) Brand Perception in the case of Dual Country of Origin.  Academy of Marketing Annual Conference 2004. Cheltenham.

CARRERAS, A. L. (2005) On the nature of Potential Surprise and the facility of imagination in constructing future scenarios: Some lessons from reading Shackle. Problem Structuring Methods stream at the OR47 Conference (Chester, 13th-15th September 2005)

CARRERAS, A. L. (2006) Collective Intentionality and Group Decision Making. Problem Structuring Methods Stream. Euro XXI  Iceland, European Conference on Operational Research. 2nd-6th July 2006.

CARRERAS, A. L. (2007 )CommunityCohesion and the Use of PSM’s: Braunstone, Leiceseter. Euro XXII  Prague, Czech Republic, European Conference on Operational Research. 8th-11th July 2007.

CARRERAS, A. L. and KAUR, P. (2007) Community Cohesion, the Use of PSM’s and Reflexive Sociology.  Problem Structuring Methods stream at the OR49 Conference (Edinburgh, 4th-6th September 2007)

KAUR, P. and CARRERAS, A. L. (2007) Europe and it’s Established and Emerging Immigrant Communities; Building Community Cohesion – a Facilitated workshop using Group Decision software.   (De Montfort University, 10th-11th November, 2007)

CARRERAS, A. L. and KAUR, P. (2008) Allowing the facilitation process to work in a multi- group event: A Bourdieusian Perspective – Exploring the contribution of soft OR to group Decision and negotiation ( 1 and 11).  Group Decision and Negotiation (GDN) Conference (Coimbra Portugal, 16th -19th June 2008)

KAUR, P. and CARRERAS, A. L. (2008) An exploratory study into student attainment and ethnicity using group decision software.  Higher Education  Academy Conference – Transforming the Student Experience (Harrogate, 1st- 3rd July 2008)

CARRERAS, A. L. and KAUR, P. (2008) Using PSM’s to develop market  research instruments: membership retention in the OR Society. Problem Structuring Methods stream at the OR50 Conference (York, 8th-10th September 2008.)

KAUR, P. and CARRERAS A. L. (2009) ‘Using Group Decision Software to Facilitate Stakeholder Workshops: Investigating the impact of ethnicity on degree attainment, at De Montfort University. (HEEON, London, 23/01/09)

CARRERAS, A. L. and KAUR, P. (2009) Improving Team Effectiveness in Strategic Workshops: Developing question sets to enhance the facilitators understanding of group dynamics in live workshop environment. (Euro XXIV  Bonn, Germany, European Conference on Operational Research. 5th-8th July 2009.

L. A. Franco and CARRERAS, A. L.. (2009) Understanding Problem Structuring Interventions: A frame analytical perspective. . (Euro XXIII  Bonn, Germany, European Conference on Operational Research. 5th-8th July 2009.

CARRERAS, A. L. and Kaur, P. (2009) Slicing Potatoes Whilst Saving Energy: A facilitated MCDA process. INFORMS Annual Meeting. San Diego. October 11th-14th 2009.

CARRERAS, A. L. and Kaur, P. (2010) Can Problem Structuring Methods be taught? Euro XXIV  Lisbon, Portugal , European Conference on Operational Research. 11th-14th  July 2010.

CARRERAS, A. L., & Kaur, P. (2011). Using facilitated group decision software to enhance Procedural Justice to improve knowledge sharing International Conference on Management University of San Pablo CED, Madrid. 15th-17thJune 2011.

CARRERAS, A. L  (2012) Mapping Collective Intentions Euro XXV  Vilnius Lithuania , European Conference on Operational Research. 8th-1th  July 2012.

KAUR, P. & CARRERAS, A. L  (2012) Enhancing the Dimensions of Procedural Justice in Facilitated  Group Workshops using Group Decision SoftwareEuro XXV  Vilnius Lithuania , European Conference on Operational Research. 8th-1th  July 2012

CARRERAS, A. L (2013) Which PSM? Young Operations Research  Conference (Exeter 9th -11th April 2013

Harwood, T., Jones, M. & Carreras A. L. (2013) Shedding Light on Retail Environments  Building on Research Excellence event 30th April, 2013. De Montfort University

Research interests/expertise

Decision Analysis, Problem Structuring Methods, Philosophy of Economics, Political Entrepreneurship.

Areas of teaching

Current modules

ECON 3533 Decision Analysis — Module Leader

ECON3534 Developments in Advanced Microeconomics — Module Leader

ECON 5000 Economics Dissertation — Module Leader

ECON 5003 Economics and Strategic Analysis — Module Leader

ECON 5004 Managing Complexity — Module Leader

Previous Teaching Experience

Research Methods: MSc. International Business Management, MBA, MSc. Housing, MSC. Management. (De Montfort University)

Business Forecasting: MBA (Kingston University) and  (University of Warwick)

Mathematics For Finance: Level 4 module (De Montfort University)

Quantitative Perspectives: MSc. Marketing

Business Forecasting: Level 6 module (Kingston University)

Applied Economic Theory: Level 6 module (De Montfort University)

Economics and Strategy: MSc. Economics (University of Leicester)

Business Statistics: Level 5 module (Kingston University)

Quantitative Methods for Finance: Level 4 module (Kingston University)

Management Science: Level 5 module (Kingston University)

Quantitative Methods for Economists Level 4 Module (De Montfort University)

Strategic Financial Decision Making: Distance Learning MBA (University of Leicester)

Decision and Information Systems: Distance Learning MBA (University of Leicester)

European Business Issues: Level 5 module (De Montfort University)

British Economic History Level 5 module (De Montfort University)

Public Economics Level 6 module (De Montfort University)

History of Economic Thought Level 5 module (De Montfort University)

Managerial Economics Level 6 module (Kingston)

Courses taught

Current Program Leaderships and professional responsibilities:

MSC Business Economics and Business Finance

MSC Business Economics and Risk Management

MSC Business Economics and International Relations

MSC Business Economics and Marketing

MSC Business Economics Business Analytics (new for 2016)

External Examiner: London South Bank University: Economics 2015-

Past responsibilities:

Executive MBA and Consortia MBA (De Montfort University) (2004-2010)

Examiner for CIMA Quantitative and Modelling Techniques 1997-2000

External Examiner: London South Bank University: Quantitative and Information Studies (2005-2009)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Operations Research Society

Consultancy work

Techniques:

Facilitated Decision Making, Multi Criteria Decision Analysis, Risk Analysis, Soft Systems Methods, Strategic Choice Analysis.

Past Clients include:

PepsiCo International, Tata Steel, Oasis Health Care, Dental Laboratory Association, DSTL, Insights, Food Standards Agency, Birmingham  Eastern North Primary Care Trust, , Flexpress, Norfolk  Constabulary, Leicester Probation Service, Braunstone Community Association, LeicestHerDay Trust, SOFA Reuse, De Montfort University. Black Country Business Association, and a range of Small to Medium Enterprises.

Creating Strategic Solutions 

Externally funded research grants information

Seedcorn Funding £1200 (2008) Use of facilitated workshops to enhance focus group activity.

HEIF 4 0.2 FTE (2007-2011) Using facilitated workshops to help local businesses. 

Professional esteem indicators

Referee: European Journal of Operations Research

Referee: Journal or Operations Research Society

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