Faculty – Fred Collopy

Fred Collopy - Professor, Design & Innovation
Vice Dean
Professor, Design & Innovation

Peter B. Lewis Building 350
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

Fred Collopy received his PhD in decision sciences from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has done extensive research in forecasting, objective setting in organizations, time perception and visual programming. His research has been published in leading academic and practitioner journals including Management Science, the Journal of Marketing Research, the International Journal of Forecasting, the Journal of Forecasting, Chief Executive, and Interfaces.

Collopy studies the design process and uses these insights to design information tools for managers. For example, he developed a system to help forecasters logically choose the best forecasting method for a given situation and to add qualitative data to the process. Collopy is currently designing methods to convert data into images to help analysts visualize financial information. He also conducts research in the application of design to organizational innovation.

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PhD, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 1990
BA, Thomas More College, 1971

Initially Appointed: 1989

Interests and Courses


Collopy's research is a blend of thinking and doing, of the empirical and the constructive. It is in four principal areas. For almost two decades, he has been working on a basic problem in business forecasting — no single forecasting method performs well across all kinds of data and situations. That has produced an extensive program of research related to forecasting that has included work on expert systems development, assessment methodologies, statistical pattern recognition and applications of neural networks. More recently, he has been involved in an efforts to conceptualize how to manage by designing, an approach to management that complements the decision-oriented approach in wide use. His interest in design extends to the design of visualization instruments. Finally, Collopy has done work related to how people use information in setting objectives and on how they perceive time when using information systems.


Collopy teaches courses in technology, systems thinking and how to manage by designing.

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

  • Collopy, F. (2010).
    Management Meets Design (Sept./Oct. 2010 ed., pp. pgs. 36-45). Biz Ed Magazine.
  • Zhao, L., Grant, J. E., Collopy, F., Boland, Jr., R. J. (2010).
    Dynamic Graphical Representation of Financial Statements: A Design Inquiry and Empirical Results
  • Boland, Jr., R. J., Collopy, F., Lyytinen, K. J., Yoo, Y. (2008).
    Managing as Designing: Lessons for Organization Leaders from the Design Practice of Frank O. Gehry (vol. 24, pp. 10-25). Cambridge, MA: Design Issues.


  • Collopy, F. Design Management Institute Webinar, "Why Design is Changing Management", Design Management Institute, Internet. (2010).
  • Collopy, F. The Future of Packaging Conference, "Managing by Designing", The Future of Packaging Conference, Cleveland, OH. (2010).
  • Collopy, F. APCI Design Innovation Conference, "Managing Creativity or Managing Creatively", Agence pour la Promotion de la Creation Industrielle, Paris, France. (2009).
  • Collopy, F. APCI Design Innovation Conference, "Managing Creativity or Managing Creatively", APCI, Paris, France. (2009).

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Committee Chair, EMBA Design Committee, 2009 - Present
  • Editor, Journal Editor, International Journal of Forecasting, 2005 - Present


  • Teaching Excellence Award, Weatherhead School of Management. (2008).