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Peter M. Allen is head of the Complex Systems Management Centre in the School
of Management at Cranfield University, UK. He is also coordinator of NEXSUS,
the ESRC Priority Network in Complex and Dynamic Processes. His research is
directed toward the application of new ideas concerning evolutionary complex sys-
tems to real-world problems. He has a PhD in Theoretical Physics, was a Royal
Society European Research Fellow 1970–71, and a Senior Research Fellow at the
Université Libre de Bruxelles from 1972–87, where he worked on the theory of
complex systems with the Nobel Laureate Ilya Prigogine. Professor Allen has
worked for 25 years on the mathematical modeling of change and innovation in
urban, social, economic, financial, and ecological systems, and the development of
integrated systems models. He has written and edited several books and published
well over 150 articles in a range of fields, including ecology, social science, urban
and regional science, economics, systems theory, and physics. He has been a con-
sultant to the Canadian Fishing Industry, Elf Aquitaine, the United Nations
University, the European Commission, and the Asian Development Bank. He has
managed a number of large European and UK research contracts.

Chiang Hong-quei is a doctoral candidate of the Department of Business
Management in National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan. He is also the vice-
director of a state-owned business. With practical experience in production and
project management, his current research focuses on the application of complexity
theory in modern Chinese and Taiwanese industries to understand the various
aspects in practical management. He has published a paper in International
Journal of Industrial Ergonomics and delivered many case studies at domestic and
international conferences.

Eric B. Dent is presently dean, School of Business, University of North Carolina,
Pembroke. His research interests include leadership in turbulent environments,
mental models that underlie organizational behavior, and complexity theory appli-
cations in organizations. Dr. Dent is committed to an interdisciplinary research
agenda and has published scholarship in many fields, including behavioral science,
complexity theory, systems science, education, consulting, history, communica-
tions, organization development, and philosophy.

James K. Hazy is a principal in a private capital advisory firm in New Jersey and
was formerly a financial vice-president at AT&T and executive VP of an Ernst and
Young, LLP business. Jim is a doctoral candidate in the Executive Leadership
Program at The George Washington University. He earned an MBA with


distinction from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and a BS degree
in mathematics from Haverford College. Jim’s research interest is in the nature of
emergent leadership activities in complex social systems.

Until his sudden death in November 2003, Geoffrey MacKechnie was senior lec-
turer in Business Studies, Trinity College Dublin. He joined the School of Business,
Trinity College in 1963. He was the joint Director of the MSc in Management pro-
gram and a former head of the School of Business. His academic area of interest
was organization design at organizational and interorganizational levels. In addi-
tion to the study of postentrepreneurial organizations, his research interests were
changing patterns of supply chain management and applications of complexity
theory to the functioning of organizations. He is greatly missed by his colleagues
at Trinity College Dublin.

Mary Lee Rhodes is lecturer in Business Studies, Trinity College Dublin. She
joined the School of Business, Trinity College in 1998 after 13 years at JP Morgan.
Positions at Morgan included Controller for Global Technology, Vice-President of
Operations and Technology in Mexico, Systems Analyst and Project Manager in
Information Systems. Public-sector work experience includes economic analysis
for the Department of Agriculture in the USA and various consulting contracts
with government departments and agencies in Ireland. Current research is in com-
plex adaptive systems modeling of the housing and healthcare systems in Dublin,

David R. Schwandt is professor and director of the Center for the Study of
Learning at The George Washington University. Prior to joining the university,
Dave served as the director of organizational and human development for the US
General Accounting Office. His current research centers on sensemaking and cog-
nition in organizational settings.

Mark Strathern is a research fellow in the Complex Systems Management Centre,
Cranfield School of Management, UK. He is a mathematician with a long-term
interest in the theory and application of complex systems science. For more than
ten years he has been involved in the development of a diverse range of complex
systems models of sociotechnical systems, including global climate change, the
fishing industry, and banking. He has published a number of papers on complex
systems science and the modeling of complex systems.

Brian F. Tivnan is a modeling and simulation engineer at the MITRE Corporation.
He is also a doctoral candidate in the Executive Leadership Program at The
George Washington University. He has a BS in mechanical engineering from the
University of Vermont and an MS in operations research from the Naval
Postgraduate School. Prior to attending The George Washington University, Brian

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served on active duty for ten years in the United States Marine Corps. His primary
research interest lies in the applications of complexity theory to organization

Stephen D. Tsai is professor and former dean of the College of Management of
National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan. He specializes in strategic management
and development management in emerging industries. His research interests cover
technology innovation, technology management, and knowledge management. He
has published extensively in major journals in the field of management. His current
research focuses on the implications of complexity theory on emerging industries.
He was also the recipient of the National Science Council Award in both 1994 and

Scott Valentine is managing director of Asia Pacific Development International, a
Taiwan-based firm that specializes in consulting, corporate training, and assisting
foreign firms in market development efforts in Taiwan. He also serves as a part-
time assistant professor in the MBA program at National Sun-Yat Sen University.
Dr. Valentine holds a doctorate in Business Administration, an MBA, and a
Master’s degree in Advanced Japanese Studies. He is author of the personal excel-
lence book Life in the Balance and has published a number of articles in online
magazines and professional trade magazines. Aside from his interest in complex
adaptive systems, Dr. Valentine focuses much of his research on personal excel-
lence and leadership as viewed through an organizational behavioral perspective.


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