Colin Edward Egan

Colin Edward Egan is Principal Consultant of Nexus Knowledge, an organizational and executive development practice engaged in the design and delivery of organizational transformation programmes and business education initiatives more generally. Please click/tap the ‘Nexus Knowledge’ tab on the Main Menu for details.

Colin is also Academic Director of Strategic Management Think Tank, a publishing imprint exploring global business and marketing strategies in developed and emerging markets. Please click/tap the ‘Strategic Management Think Tank’ tab on the Main Menu for details and publications.


Between 2007-2015 Colin was Visiting Academic at Warwick Business School (WBS), UK, where he taught Core and Elective MBA international business and marketing courses and supervised Masters’ theses. From 2008-2013 he was Coca-Cola Professor of Marketing and General Management Program Director at IEDC – Bled School of Management, Slovenia, and prior to this Professor of Strategic Management at Leicester Business School, De Montfort University, UK, between 1995 and 2007. He was Joint Academic Director of the IBM Marketing University between 1994-2002 and Principal Consultant, Academic Director and Faculty Manager of the BP Sales and Marketing Academy between 2002-2006.

In the last five years Colin has been Visiting Faculty at a number of leading academic institutions, delivering Executive MBA Marketing and Global Strategic Management courses at:

  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong.
  • SKOLKOVO (Moscow School of Management), Russian Federation.
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands.
  • International University of Monaco (IUM), Monaco.
  • Danube Business School, University of Krems, Austria.

He has received the Warwick Business School ‘Outstanding MBA/MSc Teacher Award’ on six occasions since 2008 and was nominated for the coveted BP Helios award for his work on management development in the company. He has worked as a consultant to large corporations, designing and delivering in-house executive development programmes for companies including Philips, Reed Elsevier, IBM, Castrol, YKK and BP.


University Experience and Expertise
Please click/tap the ‘Graduation Day’ icon to the left to see details of Colin’s academic activities to date, including editorial positions and external university examination duties and responsibilities.


Business Sector Experience and Expertise
Please click/tap the ‘Business Communications’ icon to the left to view details of the industrial and business sectors which Colin has worked in, either as a consultant facilitating strategy and innovation workshops or in the design and delivery of executive development programs in the academic and corporate arenas.


International Experience and Expertise
Please click/tap the ‘All-Around-the-World’ icon to the left to see the countries where executive development programmes, MBA courses, strategy workshops and speaking engagements have been delivered by Colin.


Research and Publications
Twenty-five years ago, along with his colleague Professor Peter McKiernan at Warwick Business School in the UK, he published a book in association with the Economist Intelligence Unit and AddisonWesley tilted Inside Fortress Europe: Strategies for the Single Market. The text examined principles of global business strategy alongside a discussion of the political and economic processes involved in the creation of the European Single Market on 1st January 1993. It also presented case studies demonstrating how American and Japanese companies were proactively preparing for the new market environments they were facing.

With few exceptions, notably German companies (and especially smaller Mittelstand firms), European companies were cumbersome, excessively parochial and wasted way too much organizational energy on seeking market protection (hence the ‘fortress’ title) rather than competing aggressively. His new work, Outside Fortress Europe: Strategies for the Global Market and the five BiteSized Fortress Europe Volumes derived from it are published by Strategic Management Think Tank and have broader ambitions. Please click/tap the ‘Strategic Management Think Tank’ tab on the Main Menu for further details of these publications along with current books scheduled for 2020.

In 1995 Colin was awarded the prestigious MCA Best Management Book of the Year Award for Creating Organizational Advantage. The book received the following acclaim from Professor Bob Galliers, Dean of Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK,  and Chairperson of the MCA Judging Panel:

“While covering considerable territory from a range of angles, this book does not suffer from the kind of terminological opacity all too often found in academic tomes. If you are looking to be challenged and are interested in delving more deeply into the range of topics that make up the management discipline, you should derive a great deal of benefit from it”.

In 2002, along with Professor Sue Bridgewater, he co-authored International Marketing Relationships, a book which achieved critical acclaim and commercial success on its publication in 2002. In his Forward to the book Professor Peter Turnbull, Dean of Birmingham Business School, made the following observation:

“The evolution of a new paradigm in management is always both exciting and challenging; this book is both; intellectually challenging, exciting, comprehensive and very readable. I commend it wholeheartedly; it will, I believe, prove to be one of the ‘classics’ of international marketing”.

Colin is the author of the Global Business Strategy (GBS) Blog, a limited-series weekly updated commentary which combined extracts from Outside Fortress Europe: Strategies for the Global Market with analysis of current international business issues and the challenges which these present to companies designing and/or managing global business strategies during an extraordinary period in the history of globalization. The first posts of the GBS Blog were entered on 1st March 2019. The final entries in this series were posted on  3rd May 2019.

To view the inaugural post which outlines the objectives, philosophy and scope of the GBS Blog and which presents the final peer-reviewed curated compilation of posts in the GBS Blog Album, please click/tap ‘The Global Business Strategy Blog’ tab on the Main Menu.


To access Colin’s Amazon Author Page and view details of his book publications please click/tap the ‘Available at Amazon’ logo to the left (opens in a new window).