The Conference is extremely pleased to feature two keynote addresses during the event: Emeritus Professor Michael C. Jackson, the second keynote is still to be confirmed.

Emeritus Professor Michael C. Jackson

‘Reinvigorating Management Research – the role of critical systems thinking’

Contemporary systems thinking can take the leading role in reinvigorating management research. Critical systems thinking champions a pragmatist orientation and is committed both to theoretical advancement and practical relevance. It has developed a range of methodologies to translate different theoretical perspectives into practice. This is illustrated with examples. Increasingly, systems thinking is seen by international agencies, governments, businesses, and third-sector organisations as the most appropriate means of responding to the challenges of the polycrisis.


At the upcoming conference, Emeritus Professor Jackson OBE will also launch his new book, Critical Systems Thinking: A Practitioner’s Guide. This book provides an overview of the full range of systems approaches and their applications, offering academia, leaders and managers the tools they need to navigate complex, interconnected issues.


Michael C. Jackson is Emeritus Professor at the University of Hull 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 currently Co-Chair of the UK Government Office for Science ‘Systems Thinking Working Group’.  He was editor-in-chief of Systems Research and Behavioral Science for 26 years. In 2011 Mike was awarded an OBE for services to higher education and business. In 2017 he received the Beale Medal of the UK Operational Research Society for ‘a sustained contribution over many years to the theory, practice, and philosophy of Operational Research’. In 2022 he received the Pioneer Award of the International Council on Systems Engineering for ‘the development of the foundations of systems engineering as author, educator and intellectual leader in systems thinking’. Mike is known as the leading figure in the development of ‘Critical Systems Thinking’ – a topic on which he has published ten books and over 150 articles. His last book Critical Systems Thinking and the Management of Complexity was published by Wiley in 2019. His new book Critical Systems Thinking: A Practitioner’s Guide will be published by Wiley in September 2024.