Eamonn Molloy

Eamonn Molloy

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Dr Eamonn Molloy is the Tutorial Fellow in Management Studies at Pembroke College and an associate fellow of Saïd Business School.

He is internationally recognised for his research and executive-level teaching in the areas of complex organisation design and technological change, with particular emphasis on the strategic dynamics of temporary project, programme and portfolio-based organisations, and the role of technology in professional and organisational change.

Eamonn obtained his BSc in Environmental Studies at Lancaster University and the University of California (Santa Cruz) in 1995. He then completed his PhD in Science and Technology Studies at Lancaster University in 1999. During this period, he worked as an assistant scientific officer at the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and as a research assistant for the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC's) Centre for the Study of Environmental Change (Lancaster). 

Since completing his doctorate, Eamonn has held academic posts at the University of Warwick and the University of Bath, before joining Saïd Business School as a senior research fellow in 2002. He took up his current posts at Pembroke College and Saïd Business School in 2008. In addition, Eamonn is also a cohort manager and action learning set facilitator for the UK Cabinet Office’s Major Project Leadership Academy





Eamonn’s current research focuses on bringing interdisciplinary perspectives to the understanding of temporary organisations.

Projects include:

  • Exploring optimism bias and the planning fallacy in time estimation for task completion, and how this varies with task complexity, perceived levels of control and individual desire for control (with Dyedra Morrisey).
  • Monsters as psychoanalytical tropes for understanding individual, group and organisational responses to perceived threats (with Chantal Baker).
  • Exploring and interpreting the domain of the sky as place, rather than space.

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Eamonn has worked on research projects with numerous government bodies.

These include the National Health Service, the Department for Education and Skills, the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defence. He has also worked closely with many private sector clients, including Cadbury Schweppes, Unilever, United Utilities, BNFL and major mining, oil and gas companies.

Outside this work, Eamonn is an Honorary Group Captain in 601 (County of London) Squadron RAuxAF, Chair of The RAF Central Fund charity and a part-time flying instructor at the West London Aero Club. He is an honorary fellow of the International Consulting Economists’ Association, and an associate fellow of the ESRC’s Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance.

He is regularly invited to speak to senior policymakers and business leaders on innovation, technological change and major programme management.

Eamonn runs his own educational advisory and facilitation company, Dr Eamonn Molloy Ltd.


Eamonn specialises in delivering executive education courses to a wide variety of clients.

Currently he is principally involved with the Major Projects Leadership Academy.

Previous clients have come from the finance, infrastructure, aerospace, defence and high-tech start-up sectors.

In addition, Eamonn is an experienced executive coach, senior leadership team mentor, action learning set facilitator, strategy advisor and organisation design consultant.

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