Brian G. M. Main




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 and Accounting and Business 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 Newcastle;
  • Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, California;
  • University of Murcia, Spain.

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Brian back at Berkeley

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