Colin Boyd was born and educated in Britain. He studied Engineering at the University of Sussex and then did his MBA and Ph.D. studies at Cranfield School of Management before emigrating to Canada in 1978.
He has taught courses in Business Strategy, Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship, and Logistics at the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan. He previously served as the Head of the Department of Management and Marketing in the Edwards School of Business for 5 years and as a member of University Council for 7 years. He is an Associate Member of the Faculty of the College of Engineering.
He has also taught at the University of Auckland, the University of British Columbia, the London School of Business, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Toronto.
He has published and spoken widely on the topic of Applied Ethics. His case study on the Zeebrugge Car Ferry Disaster has been one of the most widely taught cases in Business Ethics. He was interviewed by Lloyd Robertson for an hour on September 11th, 2001 during CTV’s live coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre, speaking as an expert in aviation disasters.
His most recent research is published in the Journal of Business Ethics in a paper entitled "The Debate over the Prohibition of Romance in the Workplace."
Previously he had studied the evolution of the accounting profession, and wrote about the underlying causes of the Enron scandal and the subsequent collapse of the accounting firm of Arthur Anderson. His paper in the journal Business Ethics Quarterly entitled "The Structural Origins of Conflicts of Interest in the Accounting Profession" was named by the UK-based organization Emerald Management Reviews as one of the top 50 management journal articles published in 2004.