John Mingers is Professor of Operational Research and Information Systems at Kent Business School, University of Kent, and is Director of Research. Prior to that he was Head of the OR and Systems group at Warwick Business School. John studied Management Sciences for his first degree at Warwick University and later completed an MA in Systems in Management at Lancaster University and a PhD at Warwick.
His research includes the use of systems methodologies in problem situations – particularly the mixing of different methodologies within an intervention (multimethodology); critical realism as an underpinning philosophy for information systems and operational research; the development of the critical systems approach; autopoiesis (self-producing systems) and its applications; and, since becoming Director of Research, an unhealthy interest in journal rankings and citations. He published the first comprehensive study of autopoiesis – Self-Producing Systems: Implications and Applications of Autopoiesis (Wiley), and his recent book, “Realising Systems thinking: Knowledge and Action in Management Science” (Springer) includes chapters on the nature of information and its relations to meaning and knowledge.
Professor of Operational Research and Information Systems at Kent Business School, University of Kent
Membership at the boards of scientific organisations in the field
Member of the New York Academy of Sciences | Academy of Information Sciences
Some relevant publications
with Leslie Willcocks (2004). Social Theory and Philosophy for Information Systems. Wiley.
(2006). Realizing Systems Thinking: Knowledge and Action in Management Science. Springer.
with Jonathan Rosenhead (2001). Rational Analysis for a Problematic World Revisited. Wiley.
with Tony Gill (1997). Multimethodology: Theory and Practice of Combining Management Science Methodologies. Wiley.
with Frank Stowell (1997). Information Systems: an Emerging Discipline? McGraw Hill.
(1995). Self-Producing Systems: The Implications and Applications of Autopoiesis. Plenum.
Areas of interest
Business-Information Systems, Complex Systems Science, Computer Science, Information Science, Knowledge Management, Critical Theory and Frankfurt School
In academia.edu: http://kent.academia.edu/JohnMingers