The George Washington University
School of Business: Management

Stuart A. Umpleby, Ph.D.

Professor of Management

Email: umpleby@gwu.edu
Phone: (202) 994-1642
Office: 2033 K St NW Ste 230 C

Bio

Stuart Umpleby is a professor in the Department of Management and Director of the Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning in the School of Business at The George Washington University. He received degrees in engineering, political science, and communications from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. From 1975 to the present he has been a professor at The George Washington University. From 1994 to 1997 he was the faculty facilitator of the Quality and Innovation Initiative in the GW School of Business and Public Management. From 1997 to 2000 he worked on the Year 2000 Computer Crisis, viewing it as an opportunity to test social science theories using a before and after research design.

Umpleby has published articles in Science, Policy Sciences, Population and Environment, Science Communication, The Futurist, Futures, World Futures, The Journal of Aesthetic Education, Simulation and Games, Business and Society Review, Journal of International Business and Economics, Review of Business Research, Telecommunications Policy,  Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences,  Reflexive Control, Systems Practice, Kybernetes, Cybernetics and Human Knowing, Cybernetics and Systems and other journals. He is a past president of the American Society for Cybernetics. He is Associate Editor of the journal Cybernetics and Systems

He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, the Open Society Fund, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Central Asia Research Initiative. He has consulted with the World Bank, with government agencies in the U.S. and Canada and with corporations in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China. He has advised on the creation of a PhD program in management and business in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
 
In connection with his work in systems theory and management, he has been a guest scholar at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria, the University of Vienna, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, Austria, and the University of St. Gallen in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is a member of the Principia Cybernetica Project at the Free University of Brussels. In spring 2004 he was a Fulbright Scholar in the Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Between 1981 and 1988 Umpleby was the American coordinator of a series of meetings between American and Russian scientists to discuss the foundations of cybernetics and systems theory. These meetings were supported by the Russian Academy of Sciences and the International Research and Exchanges Board of the American Council of Learned Societies. His interest in the transitions in the post-communist countries has resulted in his presenting lectures at various institutes of the Academies of Science of Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, and Bulgaria. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Cybernetics, the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies, and the International Society for the Systems Sciences.

Selected Publications

Books:

With Vadim N. Sadovsky (eds.). A Science of Goal Formulation: American and Soviet Discussions of Cybernetics and Systems Theory. New York: Hemisphere Publishing Co., 1991.

Articles:

A Global University for a Global Village,"  in the journal Cultural Studies / Critical Methodologies with co-authors Konstantin Mekhonoshin and Zhelyu Vladimirov.

Ross Ashby's General Theory of Adaptive Systems," in the International Journal of General Systems.

Buck, John A., Eric B. Dent, and Stuart A. Umpleby. “Communicating Science:  The Difficulty Introduced by the Historical Politics of the English Language,” Science Communication, Vol. 22, No. 1, September 2000, 73-87.

Umpleby, Stuart A. “What Comes after Second Order Cybernetics?”  Cybernetics and Human Knowing, Volume 8, No. 3, 2001, pp. 87-89.  Translated into Russian by Madina Ibadova and published in Losevsky Chtenija,  Proceedings of the Annual Science and Theory Conference dedicated to A.F. Losev, South Russia State Technical University, Pegas Publishing House, Rostov on Don, 2001, pp. 124-127.

Umpleby, Stuart and Tatyana Medvedeva, “Psychological Adjustment to Economic and Social Change,”  Reflexive Control. Vol. 1, No. 1, 2001, pp. 102-112, in English and in Russian.

Umpleby, Stuart, “Should Knowledge of Management be Organized as Theories or as Methods?”  Janus Head, Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts, 5/1, Spring 2002, pp. 181-195.

Umpleby, Stuart A. “Organization of Regulation of the Global Economy,”  Nase Gospodarstvo (Our Economy). Vol. 49, No. 1-2, 2003, pp. 45-52 (published in English in a Slovenian journal).

Umpleby, Stuart A. “Kybernetik zweiter Ordnung – Die Veraenderung der Wissenschaft,”  (Second Order Cybernetics:  The Transformation of Science)  Lernende Organisation, Nr. 11, Jaenner / Februar 2003, pp. 12-16, in German.

Umpleby, Stuart, Tatyana Medvedeva and Alisa Oyler, “The Technology of Participation as a Means of Improving Universities in Transitional Economies,” World Futures, Vol. 60, Nos. 1-2, 2004, pp. 129-136.

Umpleby, Stuart A. “Heinz von Foerster and the Mansfield Amendment,” Cybernetics and Human Knowing, Vol. 10, No. 3-4, 2003, pp. 161-163.

Umpleby, Stuart A. and Gabriel Ramirez M.  “Como Pueden las Universidades Aprender Unas de Otras Mientras Construyen la Sociedad del Conocimiento,”  (How Universities can Learn from each other while Building a Knowledge Society), Sociedad & Conocimiento (magazine of the Central University of Chile), No. 1, Diciembre 2003, pp. 14-20, in Spanish and in English.

Anbari, F. T., Khilkhanova, E., Romanova, M., and Umpleby, S. “Managing Cultural Differences in International Projects,” Journal of International Business and Economics, 2004, Vol. II, No. 1, pp. 267-274.

Umpleby, S.A. and Anbari, F.T. (2004). "Strengthening the Global University System and Enhancing Projects Management Education," Review of Business Research, Vol. IV, No. 1, pp. 237 - 243.

Umpleby, Stuart A. “What I Learned from Heinz von Foerster about the Construction of Science,”  Kybernetes, Vol. 34, No. 1 and 2, 2005, pp. 278-294.
Umpleby, Stuart A.  “A History of the Cybernetics Movement in the United States.  Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, Vol. 91, No. 2, Summer 2005, pp. 54-66.

Umpleby, Stuart. "Intellektuelle Bewegungen schaffen und foerdern," (Creating and Promoting Intellectual Movements) in Lernende Organization (Learning Organization), Nr. 30, March/April 2006, pp. 26-33, in German.
Tevdovski, Dragon, Irina Naoumova, and Stuart Umpleby.  “A Method for Designing Improvements in Organizations, Products, and Services.” Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, May 2006.

Book Chapters:

Umpleby, Stuart. “Some Implications of the Year 2000 Computer Crisis for Academic Disciplines,” in Robert Trappl (ed.) Cybernetics and Systems 2000.  Vienna: Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies, 2000, pp. 471-475.

Umpleby, Stuart. “Coping with an Error in a Knowledge Society:  The Case of the Year 2000 Computer Crisis,”  in George E. Lasker, et al. Advances in Sociocybernetics and Human Development.  Volume VIII.Windsor, Canada:  International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, 2000, pp. 95-100.

Umpleby, Stuart. “Why the Century Date Change Occurred so Smoothly,” in Gillian Ragsdell and Jennifer Wilby (eds.).  Understanding Complexity, New York:  Plenum Publishing, 2001, pp. 183-189.

Umpleby, Stuart. “Systems Approaches to Management,” in Boris Milner and Francis Lees (ed.)  Management of the Modern Company.  (Textbook in Russian), Moscow:  INFRA-M, 2001, pp. 298-305.

Umpleby, Stuart. “Creating and Sustaining a Quality Improvement Effort in a University,” in Russell J. Meyer and David Keplinger (eds.), Perspectives in Higher Education Reform, Volume 11, Alliance of Universities for Democracy, Texas Review Press, 2002, pp. 31-36. 

Umpleby, Stuart and Irina Naoumova. “Two Methods Useful for Starting a Quality Improvement Program,” in Russell J. Meyer and David Keplinger (eds.), Perspectives in Higher Education Reform, Volume 11, Alliance of Universities for Democracy, Texas Review Press, 2002, pp. 185-193.

Medvedeva, Tatyana and Stuart Umpleby. “Social Learning Through Process Improvement in Russia.”  in Robert Trappl (ed.). Cybernetics and Systems ’02, Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies, Vienna, Austria, April 2002.

Umpleby, Stuart. “The Design of Intellectual Movements.”  Proceedings of the annual meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Shanghai, China, August 2-6, 2002.

Umpleby, Stuart and Alisa Oyler. “A Global Strategy for Human Development:  The Work of the Institute of Cultural Affairs,”  Proceedings of the annual meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Crete, Greece, July 7-11, 2003.

Umpleby, Stuart. “Strengthening the Global University System,” in Russell J. Meyer (ed.) Perspectives in Higher Education Reform, Volume 12.  Alliance of Universities for Democracy, American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, October 2003, pp. 107-114.

Umpleby, Stuart and Svitlana Shandruk. “Transforming the Global University System into a Resource for Social Improvement,” A. Moscardini, Y.V. Makogon, M. Loutfi (eds.). Global Integration of Graduate Programs, Donetsk Scientific Centre of National Academy of Science in Ukraine, Kiev, 2003, pp. 192-197. 

Umpleby, Stuart and Irina Naoumova. “Comparing Priorities in an American Academic Department and a Russian Academic Department.”   in Russell J. Meyer (ed.) Perspectives in Higher Education Reform, Volume 13.  Alliance of Universities for Democracy, American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, 2004.  Also published in Russian in the proceedings of a conference at Mari State University, Yarshkar-Ola, Russia, 2002.

Umpleby, Stuart. “Physical Relationships Among Matter, Energy and Information.” Published in Robert Trappl (ed.) Cybernetics and Systems ’04, Vienna:  Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies, 2004.

Medvedeva, Tatiana and Stuart Umpleby.  “Four Methods for Describing Systems with Examples of How Management is Changing in the U.S. and Russia.” Published in Robert Trappl (ed.) Cybernetics and Systems '04, Vienna:  Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies, 2004.

Prytula, Yaroslav and Stuart Umpleby (2004). “Improving the Performance of Universities in Transitional Economies,” Prepared for the annual meeting of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy, Pecs, Hungary, November 2004.

Anbari, F. T. and Umpleby, S. A., (2006). "Productive Research Teams and Knowledge Generation," in Elias G. Carayannis and David F.J. Campbell (eds).  Knowledge Creation, Diffusion and Use in Innovation Networks and Clusters: A Comparative Systems Approach Across the United States, Europe and Asia, pp. 26 – 39, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger.

Dubina, Igor and Stuart Umpleby. "Agenda Setting and Improvement Monitoring in a University Department," Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Deming Research Seminar, New York, NY:  Fordham University, February 13-14, 2006.  

Umpleby, Stuart A. "Management of the Global Economy."  Globalistica: International Encyclopedic Dictionary. Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York, 2006, p. 769. Translated into Russian by Olga Chistyakova.  An excerpt from “Organization of Regulation of the Global Economy,” Our Economy, 2003. 

Interests

Primary Topics of Interest:  Organizational Learning, Process Improvement, Self-Organizing Systems, Strategic Planning, Cross-Cultural Management

Additional Topics: Knowledge Management, Economics, Economic Development, Behavioral Finance, Organizational Structure

Industries of Interest: Asset Management, Computer, Software, Management Consulting, Education, and E-commerce,

Geographical Areas: former Soviet Union, former Yugoslavia, Europe

Current Research: Cybernetics, Systems Science, Philosophy of Science, Process Improvement Methods