Professor Peter Grinyer, who had previously served as Vice-Principal and Acting Principal of The University of St Andrews, has passed away.
Students and staff were informed today that Professor Peter Grinyer, Emeritus Professor in the School of Management, has died at the age of 85.
Professor Grinyer had been the Vice-Principal of The University of St Andrews from 1984-85 and the Acting Principal in 1985.
In her email, Professor Mapstone noted his contribution to the School of Management throughout his career at St Andrews. This included serving as Esmée Fairbairn Professor of Economics until his retirement in 1993 and becoming Chair of both the Department of Economics and the Department of Management.
Further, Professor Mapstone paid tribute to Professor Grinyer’s academic reputation and his work on strategic planning, organisational change and managerial cognition. In his academic career, he published five books and more than sixty journal articles and book chapters.
Professor Grinyer also committed to voluntary work within the Department of Trade and Industry and was a member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board.
Professor Mapstone remembered Professor Grinyer as ‘an optimistic, warm-hearted, open-minded, and ever-dapper friend and colleague, who inspired many, was not afraid to challenge loose thinking, and shaped academic understanding of strategic management.’
In fact, in 2017, a prize was set up by the School of Management in Professor Grinyer’s honour. Each year, this is awarded to the best student on the MLitt in Management.
Professor Mapstone concluded by paying her respects to Professor Grinyer’s immediate family.
Finally, Professor Mapstone spoke of Professor Grinyer’s legacy:
She said, ‘I doubt there can be many St Andreans prouder than the prize recipients whose academic achievements are lit by the legacy of Peter’s commitment to teaching, mentoring, and organisational renewal.’