Born in Scotland. Education: University of Glasgow, B.A.; Strathclyde University, M.B.A.
Office—Global Business Network, 5900-X Hollis St., Emeryville, CA 94662.
Global Business Network, Emeryville, CA, chief executive officer and president. Scottish Enterprise, former head of strategy; senior-level consultant to business and industry.
The Future of the Knowledge Economy, OECD, 1999.
(With Peter Leyden) What's Next?: Exploring the New Terrain for Business, Perseus (Cambridge, MA), 2002.
Through the aegis of the Global Business Network, Eamonn Kelly is a senior-level consultant to international corporations in fields such as telecommunications, energy, health care, manufacturing, and banking. Kelly is particularly interested in the future of global enterprise and has studied the ways in which businesses can compete successfully in an era of rapidly expanding technology. His book What's Next?: Exploring the New Terrain for Business, coauthored with Peter Leyden, collects the thoughts of fifty individuals from all walks of life on the business climate of the future. Miami Herald correspondent Richard Pachter described the book as "a panoply of viewpoints from executives, academics, scientists, historians, artists and other wool gatherers. Sure, the emphasis is on business, but their global outlook seems just right for this type of exploration."
In her Library Journal review of What's Next?, Susan C. Awe observed: "Read this book to understand the current chaotic corporate world." A reviewer for Publishers Weekly noted that, with so many commentators ranging outside their fields of expertise, "the reflections swerve from insightful to inane." Pachter felt that the work's value lies in its "ability to stimulate and provoke. After all, the future …is still largely ours to invent."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Library Journal, November 1, 2002, Susan C. Awe, review of What's Next?: Exploring the New Terrain for Business, p. 102.
Miami Herald, November 11, 2002, Richard Pachter, review of What's Next?
Publishers Weekly, September 16, 2002, review of What's Next?, p. 62.
Economist online,http://www.economist.com/ (May 20, 2003), executive dialogue, "What's Next?"
Global Business Network,http://gbn.org/ (May 20, 2003), profile of Kelly.*