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Professor, Department of Management, School of Business
The George Washington University, Washington, DC  20052
and Director, Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning
The George Washington University, Washington, DC  20052

Citizenship:   U.S.A.


1962-67           A.B., Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
1962-67           B.S., Mechanical Engineering, UIUC
1967-69           A.M., Political Science, UIUC
1969-75           Ph.D., Communications, UIUC

Research and Teaching Experience:

2014 to present Professor Emeritus in the Department of Management, The George Washington University
2011 Visiting Professor, University of International Business, Almaty Kazakhstan
(instructor and adviser for a new PhD program)
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Visiting Professor, Department of Economics and Business, Al Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan (instructor and adviser for the creation of a PhD program)
Jan 2005 Visiting professor, University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland (instructor for a PhD course in cybernetics)
Fall 2004 Visiting Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, National University of Uzbekistan,
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, (adviser for the creation of a course on the concept of civil society, supported by a grant from the Central Asia Research Initiative)
Spring 2004 Fulbright Scholar, Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo,
Bosnia and Herzegovina
1975-2014 Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor in the Department of
Management, The George Washington University
1994-2014 Host of visiting professors from the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union, funded by the US Department of State under the Junior Faculty Development Program
July 2002 Instructor in a Business Ethics Training Program for ethics managers from the former Soviet Union  and Romania, funded by the US Department of Commerce
June 2002 Consultant on management curriculum improvement under a World Bank grant to Baikal State University of Economics and Law, Irkutsk, Russia
April 2002 Participant in a Salzburg Seminar on Global Economic Institutions
Jan. 2001 Visiting professor, University of St. Gallen, St.Gallen, Switzerland (instructor for a PhD course on cybernetics)
2000 Consultant to the World Bank for a report on Lessons Learned from the Year 2000 Computer Crisis
Guest Scholar, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria
1998-2000 Co-principal Investigator of a research and public education program on the year 2000 computer crisis, supported by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and The Washington Post Company
1994-1997 Faculty Facilitator of a quality improvement program in the School of Business and Public Management, GWU
Feb. 1996 Principal Investigator, a conference on US Aid to Russia, funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
1992-1993 Faculty Facilitator of a quality improvement program in the Department of Management Science, GWU
Guest Professor, University of Vienna, Institute of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence
Guest Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg,Austria
Instructor for a course on the Fundamentals of Cybernetics taught via the computer teleconferencing system based at New Jersey Institute of Technology
Research Associate in the Department of Social Systems Sciences in the WhartonSchool at the University of Pennsylvania (one semester sabbatical)
Principal Investigator on a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to construct a system dynamics model of national development
1978-1979 Part-time Instructor, Development Studies Program, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, DC
1977-1980 Principal Investigator and Moderator of a Computer Conference on “General Systems Theory:  An Example of the Integration of Scientific Disciplines,” sponsored by the National Science Foundation
Consultant, National Science Foundation grant, “Computer-based Communications Utilities”
1973-1974 Research Assistant, Department of Electrical Engineering, under a grant from the Point Foundation
Project Co-director for a grant from the Charles F. Kettering Foundation’s Citizen Involvement Program
Consultant, National Science Foundation grant, “Computer-based Community Communications”
1972-1973 Project Director, National Science Foundation grant, “Social Cybernetics and Computer-based Communications Media”
Research Associate, Institute for the Future, Middletown, Connecticut
1968-1970 Instructor, Department of Political Science, UIUC
1966-1970 Research Assistant, Institute of Communications Research and Computer-based Education Research Laboratory, NSF-supported Program on the Social Implications of Science and Technology
Engineer, Maschinenfabrick Froriep, W. Germany
Engineer, Westinghouse Electric Corp., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Courses taught previously:

BADM 130 Human Resources Management
MGT 216   Cross-Cultural Management
MGT 201   Management and Organization
MGT 220   Analytical Models for Decision Making
MGT 261   Introduction to Systems Theory and Cybernetics
MGT 262   Interactive Planning and the Viable System Model
MGT 264   System Dynamics Modeling
MGT 265   Artificial Intelligence and Cybernetics
MGT 270   Mathematics and Statistics for Management
MGT 290   Total Quality Management and Systems Thinking
MGT 390   Philosophical Foundations of Administrative Research
MGT 391   Methodological Foundations of Administrative Research

Some Consulting Activities:
Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo, Japan (April 1970)

Department of Regional Economic Expansion, Canadian Government, Ottawa (March 1971)

State Legislature, Honolulu, Hawaii (April 1971)

Urban Systems Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle (August 1974)

Human Development Projects, Institute for Cultural Affairs, Ivy City, Washington, D.C. (November 1976);

Shantumbu, Zambia, Africa (December 1976);

Woburn Lawn, Jamaica (June 1978);

Conacaste, Guatemala (July 1978)

Academy for Educational Development, Washington,D.C. (1980)

Volunteers in Technical Assistance, Washington, D.C. (1982)

Institute for Applied Artificial Intelligence, Washington, D.C. (1983)

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Vienna, Austria (1984)

IBM-Intertrade, Radovljica, Slovenia (1990)

IBM-ROECE, Vienna, Austria (1990)

World Bank, Washington, DC (2000)

World Bank, Irkutsk, Russia (2002)

Department of Economics and Business, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Almaty, Kazakhstan (2005-2008 )

Professional Activities:

President of the American Society for Cybernetics, January 1980 to December 1982.

Program coordinator for the first Gordon Research Conference on Cybernetics, August 1984.

American coordinator of a series of panels and small conferences on the subject of cybernetics and systems theory involving scientists from the United States and the Soviet Union, 1981 to 1988.  These meetings were funded by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Soviet Academy of Sciences.

Local arrangements chairman of the first public conference of the Electronic Networking Association, Washington, DC, November, 1985.

Reviewer of proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation, the Division of Information Science and Technology and the Division of Science Education, Development and Research, 1980s.

Associate Editor of Cybernetics and Systems.  Member of the editorial board of Systems Research and Behavioral Science.  Reviewer of papers submitted to the journals Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Systemic Practice and Action Research.

Reviewer of manuscripts for Taylor and Francis Publishing Co. and Plenum Publishing Co.

Chairman of a conference on “Theories to Guide the Reform of Socialist Societies,”  February 2-3, 1990, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Co-chair of symposia on the Cybernetics of Country Development held during the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna, Austria, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998.

Chair of symposia on Management and Organizational Change held during the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna, Austria, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010.

Organizer and Moderator of a University Seminar on Reflexive Systems, 2006 to present.  The seminar meets once a month during the academic year and is attended by students and faculty members and people from the Washington area.

Special Conferences:

NASA Forum for Speculative Technology:  Information Interactions in the Next Generation.  Saint Simons Island, Georgia, May 5-8, 1972.

Conference on Anticipatory Democracy, Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, New York City, November 1972.

Rome Special Conference on Futures Research, Frascati,   Italy, September 1973.

20th Annual National Security Seminar, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, June 4-7, 1974; participated in two workshops – Graduate Education for the Military and The U.S. World-Wide Military Command and Control System.

Examples of Presentations:

European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna, Austria.  A one day tutorial on the Fundamentals of Cybernetics 1986 and 1990; a half day tutorial on Management Cybernetics 1988; and a half day workshop on the Cybernetics of Science, 1992; a plenary address on “Twenty Years of Second Order Cybernetics,” 1994.

Institute for Systems Studies, Soviet Academy of Sciences, Moscow, lectures on computer conferencing, cybernetics and systems theory, and theories to guide the reform of socialist societies in 1983, 1988, and 1991.

Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Polish Academy of Sciences, presentations on cybernetics and systems theory, 1984.

Institute for Social Management and Union of Scientists, three days of lectures on systems theory, cybernetics, and management, Sofia, Bulgaria, June, 1988.

Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria, four lectures on the Cybernetics of Conceptual Systems, July 8 and 9, 1991.  A lecture on “Knowledge of the Use of Knowledge:  The Case of Theories to Guide the Transitions,” June 1992.

Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, “Process Improvement Methods and their Impact on the Industrial Competitiveness of Japanand the US,” Moscow, 1996.

Civic Activities:

Common Cause Steering Committee for the 21st Illinois Congressional District, Publicity Director from February 1971 to September 1971, Chairman from September 1971 to June 1974.

Member of the Steering Committee of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the World Future Society, 1976 to 1979.

Volunteer with the Institute of Cultural Affairs, a local and international community development organization, 1976 to 1990.


2003 Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars
2004 Fulbright Scholarship, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
2007 Norbert Wiener Award of the American Society for Cybernetics
2009 Outstanding Faculty Service Award, GWU Office of Community Service
2010 Academician in the International Academy of Systems and Cybernetic Sciences, an honor society created by the International Federation for Systems Research

Biographies appear in:

Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 1992
Who’s Who in the World, 1993
Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, 1995
Who’s Who in the East, 1999-2000, 27th edition
Who’s Who in America, 2003, 57th edition

Personal Data:

Date of Birth: March 5, 1944
Place of Birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Divorced, two children