Prof Simon Philbin

Simon Philbin, LSBU

Director of Engineering and Enterprise


Professor Simon P Philbin is Director of the Nathu Puri Institute for Engineering and Enterprise at London South Bank University. The Institute is focused on driving enterprise into engineering education and industrial practice. Simon joined LSBU in 2018 and previously worked as Director of Programme Management at Imperial College London and Executive Chairman of Imperial College Projects Limited. While at Imperial and over 15 years he held a number of senior roles associated with both pre-award and post-award management of a range of multidisciplinary research areas and programmes.

Prior to joining Imperial in 2003, he was at the UK Ministry of Defence (DERA) and originally worked in the field of energetic materials. Simon is published across several areas including project management, research & technology management, and chemistry. He has presented at conferences across North America and Asia, and given lectures and seminars at several different universities. Simon holds a BSc (University of Birmingham) and PhD (Brunel University) in chemistry as well as an MBA (Open University Business School). He has experience of working with different industrial sectors, especially defence but also oil and gas, nuclear power, healthcare and pharmaceutical. Plus, he has worked as a commercial consultant for major oil and gas companies.

Simon currently serves as a Board Member of the American Society for Engineering Management and has been elected as the President of ASEM for 2019/20. Previous academic roles include Visiting Fellow at Imperial College Business School and Visiting Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. He has won several academic and best paper awards, served on journal editorial boards and as an external examiner as well as other academic and professional assignments.

Simon is currently developing educational activities related to Engineering and Enterprise.

Simon’s current research includes supervision of PhD projects in areas related to developing an improved understanding of how enterprise can be embedded in technology-driven organisations and applications. The purpose of this research is to generate deeper insights and knowledge on how enterprise capabilities can be integrated in organisations concerned with the development of science and technology as well as engineering systems in order to create economic and societal value.

Simon has previously undertaken research across a range of areas associated with engineering management. This includes investigating the management processes and structures to support effective university-industry research collaboration, such as the development of process methodologies, management frameworks and performance measurement systems. Design and structuring of research institutes, research partnership development and academic strategy development.

Simon has also carried out research on the project management of research, technology and engineering projects. This includes the application of systems engineering principles to project management through employing systems techniques, such as requirements management and systems diagramming. Research studies of infrastructure development, safety engineering and bid management applications. Other work included research on agile project management, PMO (project management office) and engineering projects.

Most recent publications

Kennedy, D and Philbin, SP The imperative need to develop guidelines to manage human versus machine intelligence. Frontiers of Engineering Management, 5. 182-194. DOI 10.15302/J-FEM-2018085

Wedekind, GK and Philbin, SP Research and Grant Management: The Role of the Project Management Office (PMO) in a European Research Consortium Context.. Journal of Research Administration, 49. 43-62.

Philbin, SP Investigating the Application of Project Management Principles to Research Projects – An Exploratory Study. In: Proceedings of the 38th American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) International Annual Conference, 18 October 2017 - 21 October 2017, Huntsville (AL), USA.

Philbin, SP Exploring the Project Management Office (PMO)–Role, Structure and Processes. In: Proceedings of the 37th American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) International Annual Conference, 26 October 2016 - 29 October 2016, Charlotte (NC), USA..

Philbin, SP and Mallo, CA Business Planning Methodology to Support the Development of Strategic Academic Programs.. Journal of Research Administration, 47. 23-39.

Philbin, SP Exploring the application of agile management practices to higher education institutions. In: Proceedings of the 36th American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) International Annual Conference, 7 October 2015 - 10 October 2015, Indianapolis (IN), USA.

Philbin, SP Applying an Integrated Systems Perspective to the Management of Engineering Projects. Frontiers of Engineering Management, 2. 19-30. DOI 10.15302/J-FEM-2015004

Philbin, SP Exploring the challenges and opportunities for higher education institutions: Work domain analysis and development of strategic options. In: PICMET '15 Conference: Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology; Management of the Technology Age, 2nd August - 6th August 2015, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Philbin, SP and Kennedy, DA Diagnostic framework and health check tool for engineering and technology projects. Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, 7. 1145-1166. DOI 10.3926/jiem.1150

Philbin, SP In Search of New Organisational Forms – The Case for Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing. In: Proceedings of the 35th American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) International Annual Conference, 15 October 2014 - 18 October 2014, Virginia Beach (VA), USA.

More publications at LSBU Research Open
  • Fellow and Chartered Chemist, Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC CChem)
  • Certified Professional Engineering Manager (CPEM), American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM)
  • Member, Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International
  • Certified Practitioner, PRINCE2 Project Management Standard
  • Certified Practitioner, MSP Programme Management Standard
  • Board Member, American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) – elected President for 2019/20
  • Associate Editor, Engineering Management Journal (EMJ)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Research Administration (JRA)
  • Governor, St. Columba’s Catholic Boys’ School, Bexleyheath
Top of page
Top of page