The OR Society: OR60 Annual Conference

OR60 ‘Anniversary’ Conference

Organisational research society

11 – 13 SEPTEMBER 2018

Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster. LA1 4YW UK

Planning for OR60, our next OR Society Annual Conference, taking place at Lancaster University, is underway.

Lancaster University was established by Royal Charter in 1964, one of seven new universities created in the 1960s.  Operational Research was one of the founding departments, the first in the country. The first professor was Pat Rivett, President of the OR Society at the time of his appointment.  So, it is particularly significant that the conference returns to Lancaster to celebrate the Diamond anniversary.

The campus buildings are arranged around a central walkway known as the Spine, which is connected to a central plaza, named Alexandra Square in honour of its first chancellor, Princess Alexandra. The accommodation and conference venues are all within 100 yards of each other.

The University is set in 560 acres of stunning woodland which includes, we are told, 290 species of plants!  Less than three miles away lies the historic city of Lancaster, with a medieval castle, Georgian architecture and much more to marvel at.  Williamson Park, one of the city’s best kept secrets, contains a stunning ornate butterfly house. For those who fancy travelling a little further, England’s largest National Park, the Lake District is less than one hour away by car.

Location – http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/contact-and-getting-here/maps-and-travel/

 

 

I post this specifically because there’s a systems thinking stream:

OR60 Stream – Systems Thinking

Stream Organisers

Gerald Midgley
(more information)

Email: G.R.Midgley@hull.ac.uk

Giles Hindle
(more information)

Email: giles.hindle@hull.ac.uk

Angela Espinosa
(more information)

Email: A.Espinosa@hull.ac.uk

Stream Definition

Many OR and Systems practitioners share a common interest in systemic intervention to address highly complex organizational, social and environmental problems. This stream provides a fantastic opportunity to bring people from both the OR and Systems communities together to learn from one another, so both can be enriched. We welcome the widest possible diversity of practitioners and academics, whichever tradition of systems thinking or systemic OR you come from. We encourage the submission of abstracts discussing applications of systems thinking; methodological innovations; theoretical contributions; thoughts on the diversity, impacts and ethics of systemic OR practice; and reflections on the past, present and future of the relationship between Systems Thinking and OR. In addition to the usual paper presentations, the stream will start with a workshop where everyone can participate in learning from one another and collectively defining Systems Thinking for OR practice. The stream will also end with a second workshop to discuss future directions, and we will facilitate small, collaborative groups in defining new research agendas that matter for both Systems/OR as a field of practice, and for systemic improvement in our wider society.

Bios

Gerald Midgley

Gerald Midgley is Professor of Systems Thinking in the Business School, University of Hull, UK. He also holds Adjunct Professorships at the University of Queensland, Australia; Mälardalen University, Sweden; the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has held research leadership roles in both academia and government OR, having spent ten years as Director of the Centre for Systems Studies at Hull, and seven years as a Senior Science Leader in the Institute for Environmental Science and Research (ESR), New Zealand. Gerald has written over 300 papers for academics and practitioners on systems thinking, problem structuring methods, community operational research and conflict management, and has been involved in a wide variety of public sector, community development, technology foresight and resource management projects. He was the 2013/14 President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, and has written or edited 11 books. These include Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice (Kluwer, 2000); Operational Research and Environmental Management: A New Agenda (Operational Research Society, 2001); Systems Thinking, Volumes I-IV (Sage, 2003); Community Operational Research: OR and Systems Thinking for Community Development (Kluwer, 2004); and Forensic DNA Evidence on Trial: Science and Uncertainty in the Courtroom (Emergent, 2011). In 2017, he contracted with Routledge for a book series on systems thinking for practitioners.

Giles Hindle 

Dr Giles Hindle is a Senior Lecturer at Hull University Business School and an Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School. Prior posts include Assistant Professor at Warwick Business School, Senior Consultant for Tribal Consulting PLC and Business Consultant for Lancaster University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development. Giles has conducted consultancy and research projects for a wide range of organisations including Research Councils UK, the Food Standards Authority, National Public Health Service of Wales, NHS Scottish Executive, County Councils Network, Secta Health Group, Countryside Agency, Department for Transport, DHSSPS in Northern Ireland, Business Link, Network Rail, Tornado Wire Ltd, and many others. He is a member of the OR Society’s Analytics Network. His current research is focussed on strategic thinking, business analytics, business modelling, spatial modelling and service innovation.

Angela Espinosa 

Angela was born in Bogota, Colombia and graduated as a computer and systems engineer in 1981, and got a PhD on Organisational Cybernetics from Aston Business School, UK in 1995. She worked as an Information Systems Manager, in private and public enterprises, and as the Director of the Secretariat of Information and Systems of the Colombian President’s Office (1990 – 1992). From 1993 to 2002, she taught systems and cybernetics in the Engineering Faculty in Los Andes University; and provided consultancy for both private and public organisations. Since 2002 she has been researching and teaching at the Centre of Systems Studies from Hull University Business School, where she is now a Reader in Cybernetics. Since 2009 she has been an invited fellow at Los Andes Business School, El Rosario Business School and La Sabana Business School in Colombia, as well as an invited fellow in Australia, Cuba, Oman, and Mexico. She has focused her post doctoral research on the application of organizational cybernetics to support organisational and societal self -transformations towards improved viability and sustainability on businesses, communities and networks. She has published extensively the results of this research, mostly in research monographs, and in systems, cybernetics, complexity and operational research journals.

OR60 Stream – Systems Thinking

Stream Organisers

Gerald Midgley
(more information)

Email: G.R.Midgley@hull.ac.uk

Giles Hindle
(more information)

Email: giles.hindle@hull.ac.uk

Angela Espinosa
(more information)

Email: A.Espinosa@hull.ac.uk

Stream Definition

Many OR and Systems practitioners share a common interest in systemic intervention to address highly complex organizational, social and environmental problems. This stream provides a fantastic opportunity to bring people from both the OR and Systems communities together to learn from one another, so both can be enriched. We welcome the widest possible diversity of practitioners and academics, whichever tradition of systems thinking or systemic OR you come from. We encourage the submission of abstracts discussing applications of systems thinking; methodological innovations; theoretical contributions; thoughts on the diversity, impacts and ethics of systemic OR practice; and reflections on the past, present and future of the relationship between Systems Thinking and OR. In addition to the usual paper presentations, the stream will start with a workshop where everyone can participate in learning from one another and collectively defining Systems Thinking for OR practice. The stream will also end with a second workshop to discuss future directions, and we will facilitate small, collaborative groups in defining new research agendas that matter for both Systems/OR as a field of practice, and for systemic improvement in our wider society.

Bios

Gerald Midgley

Gerald Midgley is Professor of Systems Thinking in the Business School, University of Hull, UK. He also holds Adjunct Professorships at the University of Queensland, Australia; Mälardalen University, Sweden; the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has held research leadership roles in both academia and government OR, having spent ten years as Director of the Centre for Systems Studies at Hull, and seven years as a Senior Science Leader in the Institute for Environmental Science and Research (ESR), New Zealand. Gerald has written over 300 papers for academics and practitioners on systems thinking, problem structuring methods, community operational research and conflict management, and has been involved in a wide variety of public sector, community development, technology foresight and resource management projects. He was the 2013/14 President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, and has written or edited 11 books. These include Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice (Kluwer, 2000); Operational Research and Environmental Management: A New Agenda (Operational Research Society, 2001); Systems Thinking, Volumes I-IV (Sage, 2003); Community Operational Research: OR and Systems Thinking for Community Development (Kluwer, 2004); and Forensic DNA Evidence on Trial: Science and Uncertainty in the Courtroom (Emergent, 2011). In 2017, he contracted with Routledge for a book series on systems thinking for practitioners.

Giles Hindle 

Dr Giles Hindle is a Senior Lecturer at Hull University Business School and an Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School. Prior posts include Assistant Professor at Warwick Business School, Senior Consultant for Tribal Consulting PLC and Business Consultant for Lancaster University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development. Giles has conducted consultancy and research projects for a wide range of organisations including Research Councils UK, the Food Standards Authority, National Public Health Service of Wales, NHS Scottish Executive, County Councils Network, Secta Health Group, Countryside Agency, Department for Transport, DHSSPS in Northern Ireland, Business Link, Network Rail, Tornado Wire Ltd, and many others. He is a member of the OR Society’s Analytics Network. His current research is focussed on strategic thinking, business analytics, business modelling, spatial modelling and service innovation.

Angela Espinosa 

Angela was born in Bogota, Colombia and graduated as a computer and systems engineer in 1981, and got a PhD on Organisational Cybernetics from Aston Business School, UK in 1995. She worked as an Information Systems Manager, in private and public enterprises, and as the Director of the Secretariat of Information and Systems of the Colombian President’s Office (1990 – 1992). From 1993 to 2002, she taught systems and cybernetics in the Engineering Faculty in Los Andes University; and provided consultancy for both private and public organisations. Since 2002 she has been researching and teaching at the Centre of Systems Studies from Hull University Business School, where she is now a Reader in Cybernetics. Since 2009 she has been an invited fellow at Los Andes Business School, El Rosario Business School and La Sabana Business School in Colombia, as well as an invited fellow in Australia, Cuba, Oman, and Mexico. She has focused her post doctoral research on the application of organizational cybernetics to support organisational and societal self -transformations towards improved viability and sustainability on businesses, communities and networks. She has published extensively the results of this research, mostly in research monographs, and in systems, cybernetics, complexity and operational research journals.