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ERIE 2014 Keynote Lecture I

Kim Warren

Director: Strategy Dynamics Ltd
President (2013): International System Dynamics Society

Kim’s is an experienced strategy professional, teacher and writer. His work now focuses entirely on the practical, rigorous method known as Strategy Dynamics which he developed to help businesses and other organisations of any kind or size radically improve their planning and implementation of strategy.

After 15 years in senior strategy roles in business, Kim joined the Strategy faculty at London Business School, teaching on MBA and Executive programs. Realising serious limitations with the strategy methods available – see The Trouble with strategy … (Kindle, 2012) – he developed the powerful strategy dynamics frameworks.

He is author of the prize-winning Competitive Strategy Dynamics (Wiley, 2002), a major strategy textbook Strategic Management Dynamics (Wiley, 2008), and e-book summary of the method – Strategy Dynamics Essentials (Kindle, 2011). Although widely used in business schools, this latest book is invaluable to consultants and executives engaged in strategy.

With colleagues, he has developed many simulation-based business games that provide a clear understanding of his rigorous, fact-based approach to developing and managing Strategy and performance. To these learning materials has now been added the powerful, easy to use Sysdea online modelling software. He offers a fully-featured online course in Strategy Dynamics, also available as part of a Masters degree programme - see

Collaborations with leading consulting firms have extended the scope of Strategy Dynamics’ impact to corporate strategy, equity analysis, technological disruption and due-diligence for M&A and private equity deals. Consulting relationships also enhance and develop the approach, recent examples including the UK Government’s Dept for International Development, Microsoft Inc, Visa International, BT plc, Barclays Bank, Schneider Electric and PWC, and other public sector and voluntary organisations.

Most recently, his work has proved directly applicable to issues in international development, such as Aid for Trade, and supporting Private Sector Development in emerging countries, through the UK Dept for International Development.

Kim has an engineering background, an MBA and PhD from the London Business School. His early career was spent in the oil and petrochemicals industry. He was later retail strategy director for Whitbread PLC during the group's transformation to become the dominant operator in many leisure sectors.

His work, publications, software and extensive learning materials are available at

Kim's conference keynote speach is recorded here: see also Kim's handouts here. (PDF)

ERIE 2014 Keynote Lecture II

Miroslav Plevný

Assoc. Prof. Miroslav Plevný holds since 2010 the office of dean of the Faculty of Economics at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. He graduated in Technical Cybernetics at the University of Transport and Communication in Zilina, in 1996 completed three years of postgraduate study at the Technical University in Dresden (Germany) and in 2005 habilitated in the field Information and Control Systems. Since 1995 he is academics at the University of West Bohemia where he teaches courses in Management Science and Logistics at the Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods.

His research interests lies in solving logistics problems in transportation and/or production lines using mathematical methods, research of applicability of simpler optimization methods in practice, and modelling of logistics processes. He is author or co-author of five monographs and textbooks, and several tents of papers in scientific journals or in international conference proceedings. He was a project leader or associate of several scientific projects, and at present he is member of editorial boards of two impacted scientific journals ‘E+M Ekonomie a management‘ and ‘Technological and Economic Development of Economy‘.

Selected publications:
  • FOTR, J., PLEVNÝ, M., ŠVECOVÁ, L., VACÍK, E. (2013). Multi-criteria project portfolio optimization under risk and specific limitations. E+M Ekonomie a Management. 16 (4), pp. 71-88.
  • PLEVNÝ, M. (2013). Vehicle routing problem with a private fleet and common carriers - the variety with a possibility of sharing the satisfaction of demand. In Mathematical Methods in Economics 2013. Jihlava: College of Polytechnics, pp.730-736.
  • PLEVNÝ, M., KUBIŠOVÁ, T. (2011). The optimization process of the stock control management by means of the random method of storing. In Mathematical Methods in Economics 2011. Praha: Professional Publishing, pp. 562-568.
  • PLEVNÝ, Miroslav, ŽIŽKA, Miroslav (2010). Modelling and optimization in managerial decision making (in Czech language). 2nd ed. Pilsen: University of West Bohemia, p. 296.
  • LUKÁŠ, M., GANGUR, M., PLEVNÝ, M. (2006). An e-communication system for solving citizens' problems based on the defined life situations, the Czech Republic. In ICEG 2006. Reading: Academic Conferences Limited, pp.142-149.
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