Centre for Systems Studies

Systems Thinking


The Centre for Systems Studies is an international centre of excellence for ground breaking applied research on systems thinking and practice.

CSS continues the distinctive research into systems theory and practice which has been undertaken at Hull for over twenty-five years, and is unique in its interdisciplinary research agenda of critical systems thinking.

Members of the centre hold expertise in most of the major strands of systems thinking, including general system theory, operational research, cybernetics, soft systems thinking and complexity theory. Theoretical work is complemented by applied research in the areas of

  • project management
  • innovation and strategic development
  • operations management and logistics
  • service science
  • CSR and citizenship

The centre has developed extensive networks in systems thinking and knowledge management and has close partnerships with top-ranking universities and research institutions across the world, including strong links with the International Society for the Systems Sciences and the United Kingdom Systems Society. Systems Research and Behavioural Science, the official journal of the International Federation for Systems Research and the leading systems journal, is also edited by members of the CSS.


Members of the centre

Associate members

Visiting Professors

Visiting Fellows

Research Students

The following students are currently undertaking research projects within the centre

Student Topic
JOSHI, Richa Employee change adaptation and role of communication in mergers and acquisitions
JIMENEZ TORRES, Brenda Veronica Identifying best practices for self-efficacy & organizational commitment development as outcomes of a training process... Why do some individuals make the leap and others don't? 
MAHMOUD, Hebaallah Abdel-Aziz The Impact of the Institutional Factors and Partner Selection Criteria on the Adoption of International Equity Alliance within the Egyptian Banking System.
DE LA PENA DE TORRES, Oralia Systemic Leadership and Innovation in Private Higher Education: Mexican Style
BAE, Hee Sung Inter-organizational collaboration as value systems in supply chain context: A study on Korean FDI firms in China
ABU HASSAN ASAARI, Muhammad Academic leadership and work-related attitude: an exploratory on faculty members in public universities of Malaysia.


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