Brian G. M. Main, FRSE, Academic FCIPD
Professor of Business Economics
Edinburgh University Business School
29 Buccleuch Street [Room 2.04],
Edinburgh EH8 9JS
BSc (St Andrews); MBA (California, Berkeley); MA (California,
Berkeley); PhD (California, Berkeley).
Worked as a physicist for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
before attending the University of California, Berkeley, for his MBA.
Subsequently worked as Production Planning Manager in the pharmaceutical
industry for the Eli Lilly Corporation, before returning
to Berkeley to complete a PhD with George Akerlof.
Has been an academic at the University of Edinburgh since 1976, save
for a four year period (1987-91) when he was Chairman of
the Department of Economics at the University of St Andrews.
Has also served as Head
of Department of Economics at Edinburgh in 1991-93 and
again in 1995-97. Was Head of the Economics, Business Studies
Method "Planning Unit" in 1995-96, and Director of Post-Graduate
Studies in the Business School (2005-2007). Between 1995
and 2008 he was Director and then Academic Director of
The David Hume Institute.
Current research centres mainly around two themes: negotiation; and
top executive pay. Recent work has dealt with pre-trial negotiation
and the influence of various types of cost-shifting rules and related
settlement devices. Studies in top executive pay have investigated
the use of executive share options, tournament-like incentive structures;
the impact of boardroom committees; and, most recently "Career
Shares". Research projects have been supported by the ESRC, the
Nuffield Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust. The current ESRC funded
project on which he is working is: Paying for performance: Realized
pay and performance in CEO careers, an examination of outcomes [RES-062-23-0904]
Has research links with:
- Department of Economics at the University of Sheffield;
School of Business at Stanford University, California;
- Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley;
- Willis Towers Watson, London.