Hull University Business School

Professor Gerald Midgley

GERALD MIDGLEY

 

Management Systems

  • Biography
  • Qualifications
  • Teaching
  • Key Publications

Biography

Gerald Midgley is Professor of Systems Thinking and Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise in the Business School at the University of Hull, UK. He also holds Adjunct Professorships at the University of Queensland, Australia; the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Mälardalen University, Sweden; and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

He was Director of the Centre for Systems Studies at Hull from 1997 to 2003 and from 2010 to 2014. From 2003 to 2010, he was a Senior Science Leader in the Social Systems Group at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), New Zealand. Gerald has had over 300 papers on systems thinking, action research and stakeholder engagement published in international journals, edited books and practitioner magazines, 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 including:

  • 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)
  •  A Forensic DNA Evidence on Trial: Science and Uncertainty in the Courtroom (Emergent, 2011)

Qualifications

PhD (City University), MPhil (City University), BA (Hons) (London University)

Teaching

MSc Dissertation, MRes Dissertation and Research Methods (MBA)

Research

Publications

Books

Grace V, Midgley G, Veth J, Ahuriri-Driscoll A (2011) Forensic DNA Evidence on Trial: Science and Uncertainty in the Courtroom, Litchfield Park AZ: Emergent Publications

Midgley G, Richardson K, Gregory W (ed) (2006) Systems Thinking and Complexity Science: Insights for Action, Boston: ISCE Press

Midgley G and Ochoa-Arias AE (2004). Community Operational Research: OR and Systems Thinking for Community Development. Kluwer, New York (2004).

Midgley G (2003). Systems Thinking, Volume I: Systems Science, Cybernetics and Complexity. Sage, London.

Midgley G (2003). Systems Thinking, Volume II: Systems Theories and Modelling. Sage, London.

Midgley G (2003). Systems Thinking, Volume III: Second Order Cybernetics, Systemic Therapy and Soft Systems Thinking. Sage, London.

Midgley G (2003). Systems Thinking, Volume IV: Critical Systems Thinking and Systemic Perspectives on Ethics, Power and Pluralism. Sage, London.

Midgley G and Reynolds M (2001). Operational Research and Environmental Management: A New Agenda. Operational Research Society, Birmingham.

Midgley G (2000). Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice. Kluwer/Plenum, New York.

Midgley G, Munlo I and Brown M (1997). Sharing Power: Integrating User Involvement and Multi-Agency Working to Improve Housing for Older People. Policy Press, Bristol.

Journal articles

Scott HM, Midgley G and Loneragan GH (2015). Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture: Parables and Policy. Zoonoses and Public Health62(supplement 1), 3-9.

Shen CY and Midgley G (2015). Action Research in a Problem Avoiding Culture using a Buddhist Systems Methodology. Action Research13,doi:10.1177/1476750314558428.

Nicholson J, Brennan D and Midgley G (2014). Gaining Access to Agency and Structure in Industrial Marketing Theory: a Critical Pluralist Approach. Marketing Theory13, DOI: 10.1177/1470593114538994.

Cronin K, Midgley G and Skuba Jackson L (2014). Issues Mapping: A Problem Structuring Method for AddressingScience and Technology Conflicts. European Journal of Operational Research233, 145-158.

Barros R, Midgley G and Pinzón L (2014). A Systemic Intervention Approach to Research on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning for Mathematical Problem-Solving: A Colombian Case. Systems Research and Behavioral Science30, DOI: 10.1002/sres.2220

Midgley G and Pinzón L (2013). Systemic Mediation: Moral Reasoning and Boundaries of Concern. Systems Research and Behavioral Science30, 607–632.

Midgley G, Cavana RY, Brocklesby J, Foote J, Ahuriri-Driscoll, A and Wood D (2013). Towards a New Framework for Evaluating Systemic Problem Structuring Methods. European Journal of Operational Research229, 143-154.

Midgley G, Pinzon, L (2011) The implications of boundary critique for conflict prevention (vol 62, pp 1543-1554) Journal of the Operational Research Society

Midgley G (2011) Theoretical pluralism in systemic action research (vol 24, pp 1-15) Systemic Practice and Action Research

Cordoba JR, Midgley G (2008) Beyond organisational agendas: using boundary critique to facilitate the inclusion of societal concerns in information systems planning (vol 17, pp 125-142) European Journal of Information Systems

Midgley G (2008) Systems thinking, complexity and the philosophy of science (vol 10, pp 55-73) Emergence: Complexity and Organization

Midgley G, Ahuriri-Driscoll A, Baker V, Foote J, Hepi M, Taimona H, Rogers-Koroheke M, Gregor J, Gregory W, Lange M, Veth J, Winstanley A, Wood D (2007) Practitioner identity in systemic intervention: reflections on the promotion of environmental health through Maori community development (vol 24, pp 233-247) Systems Research and Behavioural Science

Boyd A, Geerling T, Gregory W, Kagan C, Midgley G, Murray P, Walsh M (2007) Systemic evaluation: a participative, multi-method approach (vol 58, pp 1306-1320) Journal of the Operational Research Society

Midgley G, Richardson K (2007) Systems thinking for community involvement in policy analysis (vol 9, pp 167-183) Emergence: Complexity and Organization

Foote J, Baker V, Gregor J, Hepi M, Houston D, Midgley G (2007) Systems thinking for community involvement in water conservation (vol 58, pp 645-654) Journal of the Operational Research Society

Shen CY, Midgley G (2007) Toward a Buddhist systems methodology 1: comparisons between Buddhism and systems theory (vol 20, pp 167-194) Systemic Practice and Action Research

Midgley G, Shen CY (2007) Toward a Buddhist systems methodology 2: an exploratory, questioning approach (vol 20, pp 195-210) Systemic Practice and Action Research

Shen CY, Midgley G (2007) Toward a Buddhist systems methodology 3: an application in a Taiwanese non-governmental organization (vol 20, pp 211-244) Systemic Practice and Action Research

Cordoba JR, Midgley G (2006) Broadening the boundaries: an application of critical systems thinking to IS planning in Colombia (vol 57, pp 1064-1080) Journal of the Operational Research Society

Midgley G (2006) Systemic intervention for public health (vol 96, pp 466-472) American Journal of Public Health

Midgley G (2004). Systems Thinking for the 21st Century. International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Sciences1, 63-69.

Midgley G and Reynolds M (2004). Systems/Operational Research and Sustainable Development: Towards a New Agenda. Sustainable Development12, 56-64.

Midgley G (2004). Five Sketches of Post-Modernism: Implications for Systems Thinking and Operational Research. Organizational Transformation and Social Change,1, 47-62.

Midgley G (2003). Science as Systemic Intervention: Some Implications of Systems Thinking and Complexity for the Philosophy of Science. Systemic Practice and Action Research16, 77-97.

Midgley G (2002). Jeszcze Raz o Jedności Nauki (Rethinking the Unity of Science). Zagadnienia Naukoznawstwa (Journal of the Polish Academy of Science)3(153), 373-397.

Midgley G, Boyd A, Geerling T, Gregory W, Kagan C, Murray P and Walsh M. (2002). Systemic Evaluation: Three Flexible and Inclusive Approaches. Revista Gerencia y Políticas de Salud1(2), 5-17.

Midgley G and Ochoa-Arias AE (2001). Unfolding a Theory of Systemic Intervention. Systemic Practice and Action Research14, 615-650.

Midgley G (2001). Rethinking the Unity of Science. International Journal of General Systems30, 379-409.

Pinzon L and Midgley G (2000). Developing a Systemic Model for the Evaluation of Conflicts. Systems Research & Behavioral Science17, 493-512.

Gregory W and Midgley G (2000). Planning for Disaster: Developing a Multi-Agency Counselling Service. Journal of the Operational Research Society51, 278-290.

Midgley G, Gu J and Campbell D (2000). Dealing with Human Relations in Chinese Systems Practice. Systemic Practice and Action Research13, 71-96.

Midgley G and Ochoa-Arias AE (1999). Visions of Community for Community OR. Omega, the International Journal of Management Science27, 259-274.

Midgley G, Munlo I and Brown M (1998). The Theory and Practice of Boundary Critique: Developing Housing Services for Older People. Journal of the Operational Research Society49, 467-478.

Midgley G (1997). Developing the Methodology of TSI: From the Oblique Use of Methods to Creative Design. Systems Practice10, 305-319.

Midgley G (1997). Dealing with Coercion: Critical Systems Heuristics and Beyond. Systems Practice10, 37-57.

Midgley G, Kadiri Y and Vahl M (1996). Managing Stories about Quality. International Journal of Technology Management11, 140-150.

Midgley G (1996). Evaluation and Change in Service Systems for People with Disabilities: A Critical Systems Perspective. Evaluation2, 67-84.

Midgley G and Milne A (1995). Creating Employment Opportunities for People with Mental Health Problems: A Feasibility Study for New Initiatives. Journal of the Operational Research Society46, 35-42.

Midgley G (1994). Ecology and the Poverty of Humanism: A Critical Systems Perspective. Systems Research11, 67-76.

Midgley G (1993). A Contextual Theory of Ethics. The Psychologist6, 175-178.

Midgley G (1992). The Sacred and Profane in Critical Systems Thinking. Systems Practice5, 5-16.

Midgley G (1992). Pluralism and the Legitimation of Systems Science. Systems Practice5, 147-172.

Midgley G (1990). The Social Context of Vocational Rehabilitation for Ex-Psychiatric Patients. British Journal of Psychiatry156, 272-277.

Midgley G (1990). Developments in IT Training for People with Disabilities. Behaviour and Information Technology9, 397-407.

Midgley G and Floyd M (1990). Vocational Training in the Use of New Technologies for People with Disabilities. Behaviour and Information Technology9, 409-424.

Midgley G (1989). Critical Systems and the Problem of Pluralism. Cybernetics and Systems20, 119-131.

Córdoba J-R, Midgley, G and Torres D (2000). Rethinking Stakeholder Involvement: An Application of the Theories of Autopoiesis and Boundary Critique in IS Planning. In, Human-Centered Methods in Information Systems: Current Research and Practice. Clarke, S. and Lehaney, B. (eds.). Idea Group, Hershey.

Midgley G (1997). Mixing Methods: A Critical Systems Perspective. In, Multimethodology: Towards Theory and Practice for Mixing Management Science Methodologies. Mingers, J. and Gill, A. (Eds.). Wiley, Chichester.

Midgley G (1997). Critical Systems Criteria for Evaluating Interventions. In, Systems for Sustainability: People, Organizations, and Environments. Stowell, F.A., Ison, R.L., Armson, R., Holloway, J., Jackson, S. and McRobb, S. (Eds.). Plenum, New York.

Midgley G (1996). What is this Thing called Critical Systems Thinking? In, Critical Systems Thinking: Current Research and Practice. Flood, R.L. and Romm, N.R.A. (Eds.). Plenum, New York.

Midgley G (1996). The Ideal of Unity and the Practice of Pluralism in Systems Science. In, Critical Systems Thinking: Current Research and Practice. Flood, R.L. and Romm, N.R.A. (Eds.). Plenum, New York.

Midgley G (1995). Evaluation and Change in Service Systems for People with Disabilities. In, Evaluating Quality in Services for Disabled and Older People. Pilling, D. and Watson, G. (Eds.). Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.

Book chapters

Midgley G (2015). Systemic Intervention. In, The Handbook of Action Research. 2nd Edition. Bradbury-Huang, H. (ed.). Sage, London.

Midgley G (2011) Systemic Intervention for Public Health in Ison RL (ed) How to Act in a Climate Change World, London: Springer-Verlag

Veth J, Midgley G (2011) Finding the balance: forensic DNA profiling in New Zealand in Hindmarsh R, Prainsack B (eds) Genetic Suspects: Global Governance of Forensic DNA Profiling and Databasing, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Midgley G, Pinzon L (2010) The implications of boundary critique for conflict prevention in Basden A, Haftor D, Grobler LMJ (ed) Systems Thinking and Philosophy as Interdisciplinarity, Maarssen: CPTS

Foote JL, Gregor JE, Hepi MC, Baker VE, Houston DJ, Midgley G (2009) The theory and practice of boundary critique: an application to community involvement in water conservation in Sheffield J (ed) (pp 405-422) Systemic Development: Local Solutions in a Global Environment, Litchfield Park: ISCE Publishing

Midgley G (2007) Systems thinking for evaluation in Williams R, Imam I (ed) (pp 11-34) Systems Concepts in Evaluation: An Expert Anthology, Point Reyes: EdgePress

Midgley G (2006) Reflections on the CPTS model of interdisciplinarity in Strijbos S, Basden A (ed) (pp 259-268) In Search of an Integrative Vision of Technology: Interdisciplinary Studies in Information Systems, New York: Springer

Midgley G (2006) Systems thinking, complexity and the philosophy of science in Basden A, Mirijamdotter A, Strijbos S (ed) Integrating Visions of Technology, Maarssen: CPTS

Foote J, Baker V, Gregor J, Houston D and Midgley G (2004). Boundary Critique and Community Involvement in Watershed Management. In, Challenging Science: Science and Society Issues in New Zealand. Dew, K. and Fitzgerald, R (eds.). Dunmore Press, Palmerston North.

Boyd A, Brown M and Midgley G (2004). Systemic Intervention for Community OR: Developing Services with Young People (Under 16) Living on the Streets. In,Community Operational Research: OR and Systems Thinking for Community Development. Midgley, G. and Ochoa-Arias, A.E. (eds.). Kluwer, New York.

Midgley G and Reynolds M (2004). Community Operational Research and Environmental Management: A New Agenda. In, Community Operational Research: OR and Systems Thinking for Community Development. Midgley, G. and Ochoa-Arias, A.E. (eds.). Kluwer, New York.

Midgley G and Ochoa-Arias AE (2004). Introduction to Community Operational Research. In, Community Operational Research: OR and Systems Thinking for Community Development. Midgley, G. and Ochoa-Arias, A.E. (eds.). Kluwer, New York.

Midgley G and Ochoa-Arias AE (2004). Visions of Community for Community OR. In, Community Operational Research: OR and Systems Thinking for Community Development. Midgley, G. and Ochoa-Arias, A.E. (eds.). Kluwer, New York.

Midgley G (2004). Reflections on the CPTS Model of Interdisciplinarity.  In, Interdisciplinarity and the Integration of Knowledge. De Vries, M.J., Bergvall-Kareborn, B., and Strijbos, S. (eds.). CPTS, Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

Midgley G (2003). Systems Thinking: An Introduction and Overview. In, Systems Thinking, Volume I: General Systems Theory, Cybernetics and Complexity. Midgley, G. (ed.). Sage, London.

Midgley G (2003). What is this Thing called CST? In, Systems Thinking, Volume IV: Critical Systems Thinking and Systemic Perspectives on Ethics, Power and Pluralism. Midgley, G. (ed.). Sage, London.

Midgley G, Munlo I and Brown M (2003). The Theory and Practice of Boundary Critique: Developing Housing Services for Older People. Systems Thinking, Volume IV: Critical Systems Thinking and Systemic Perspectives on Ethics, Power and Pluralism. Midgley, G. (ed.). Sage, London.

Córdoba J-R and Midgley, G (2003). Addressing Organisational and Societal Concerns: An Application of Critical Systems Thinking to Information Systems Planning in Colombia. In, Critical Reflections on Information Systems: A Systemic Approach. Cano, J. (ed.). Idea Group, Hershey.

Midgley G and Reynolds M (2002). Operational Research and Environmental Management: A New Agenda. In, Systems Thinking and Practice in the Knowledge Age. Ragsdell, G., West, D. and Wilby, J. (eds.). Kluwer/Plenum, New York.

Midgley G (2002). Critical Systems Thinking. In, The Informed Student Guide to Management Science. Daellenbach, H. and Flood, R.L. (eds.). Thompson Learning, London.

Midgley G (2002). Boundary. In, The Informed Student Guide to Management Science. Daellenbach, H. and Flood, R.L. (eds.). Thompson Learning, London.

Midgley G (2002). Community Operational Research. In, The Informed Student Guide to Management Science. Daellenbach, H. and Flood, R.L. (eds.). Thompson Learning, London.

Midgley G and Daellenbach H (2002). Problem Structuring Methods. In, The Informed Student Guide to Management Science. Daellenbach, H. and Flood, R.L. (eds.). Thompson Learning, London.

Midgley G (2001). Systems Thinking for the 21st Century. In, Understanding Complexity. Ragsdell, G. and Wilby, J. (eds.). Kluwer/Plenum, New York.

 

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