Centre for Systems Studies Seminar: Re-appraising Alexander Bogdanov’s Contribution to Systems Thinking – Prof Michael Jackson – Nov 18, 2020 4:30-6:30PM GMT



Centre for Systems Studies Seminar: Re-appraising Alexander Bogdanov’s Contribution to Systems Thinking

  • Wed, Nov 18, 2020 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM GMT

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Alexander Bogdanov is usually referred to, in the systems community, as someone who anticipated von Bertalanffy’s development of general system theory. With his rehabilitation in Russia, the opening of the Soviet archives, and the translation of more of his writings into English, the time is right for a fuller appraisal of the range of his contributions. This preliminary review outlines some avenues that such a reappraisal might explore. In particular: – The impact of his work at the time of the Russian revolution – The philosophy behind and the systems ideas expressed in his greatest work, Tektology – His science fiction writings describing the functioning of a fully fledged communist society situated on Mars – The similarities between his ideas and those of later systems thinkers, particularly Stafford Beer and his work in Chile Michael C. Jackson is Emeritus Professor at the University of Hull, editor-in-chief of Systems Research and Behavioral Science, and MD of Systems Research Ltd. He graduated from Oxford University, gained an MA from Lancaster University and a PhD from Hull, and has worked in the civil service, in academia and as a consultant. Between 1999 and 2011, Mike was Dean of Hull University Business School, leading it to triple-crown accreditation. Mike has been President of the International Federation for Systems Research and the International Society for the Systems Sciences. He is a Companion of the Association of Business Schools, a Chartered IT Professional, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Cybernetics Society, the Chartered Management Institute, the Operational Research Society and the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences. Mike has received many awards, two honorary degrees, and has been a visiting professor at numerous international universities. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for services to higher education and business.

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