University of Leicester eBulletin

Change of Role for Management Centre Head

February 2003
No 52

Director of the University of Leicester Management Centre, Professor Peter M Jackson, BA, PhD, FRSA, has recently taken up the post of Dean of the Faculty of the Social Sciences at the University.

Professor Jackson has been at the University of Leicester for 23 years, since coming as Professor of Economics in 1979. He was Head of the Economics Department between 1979-86, and was the Director of the Public Sector Economics Research Centre (PSERC) from 1977-2000.

Formerly an Economist with HM Treasury (1969-71) he worked on public expenditure planning and control before becoming a Lecturer at the University of Stirling (1971-77), where he specialised in monetary economics and public sector economics. He has advised House of Commons Select Committees, the Department of the Environment, the EEC and OEDC.

Peter Jackson is the Political Economy Series Editor for Harvester Press and Editorial Board Member for the journal Management & Decision. Other posts he has held include: Research Director of the Public Finance Foundation; Chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the former Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) (1988-92); and Member of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) (1986-89).

Professor Jackson is the author of books on public sector economics, fiscal policy and numerous articles on Management and Business. He  is a member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA), and a recent specialist adviser to the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

Peter Jackson has never seen himself as a “pure breed economist”, preferring to call himself “more of a polymath social scientist”. His vision for students at the Leicester Management Centre has always been that they will appreciate the important role that the social sciences have to play in defining management problems and proposing options.

He said: “We live in a complex, dynamic and uncertain world and our knowledge about it is extremely imperfect. We fool ourselves if we search for deterministic management solutions.

“Also, our students need to explore and be critical of the social values that underpin our social institutions and the managerial solutions that are advocated. This requires students to be exposed to ethical discourses within their degrees.”

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