Kent Business School

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Professor John Mingers, BSc (Warwick), MA (Lancaster), PhD (Warwick), AcSS

Originally an operational researcher at British Leyland and Unilever. Joined Warwick Business School in 1987 and became a Professor in 1998. Head of the OR and Systems Group (1998-2003), member of the Dean’s Board (2000-2003). Joined Kent Business School in 2003 as Director of Research. Elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2009. Visiting Erskine Professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2003). Visiting Professor at Edith Cowan University, Perth (2014). Member of the Council of the OR Society (1991-1994); Chair of the UK Systems Society (1996-1998); member of the Committee of Professors of OR (COPIOR) since 1998 (Secretary since 2009); member of the Committee of IS Professors (CISP) since 2004; member of the Editorial Board of MIS Quarterly since 2009; Senior Editor of the International Journal of Information Technology and the Systems Approach since 2006; member of the Editorial Board of European Journal of Information Systems, Systems Research and the Behavioural Sciences, Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

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Article
Mingers, J., & Yang, L. (2016). Evaluating Journal Quality: A Review of Journal Citation Indicators and Ranking in Business and Management. European Journal Of Operational Research (Abs 4), Online. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2016.07.058
Wang, W., Liu, W., & Mingers, J. (2015). A Systemic Method for Organisational Stakeholder Identification and Analysis Using Soft Systems Methodology (SSM). European Journal Of Operational Research, 246, 562-574. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2015.05.014
Mingers, J., & White, L. (2015). Throwing Out the Baby with the Bathwater: The Undesirable Effects of National Research Assessment Exercises on Research. Arxiv.org. doi:arxiv.org/abs/1502.00658
Mingers, J. (2015). Helping Business Schools Engage with Real Problems: The Contribution of Critical Realism and Systems Thinking. European Journal Of Operational Research, 242, 316-331. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2014.10.058
Liu, W., Xu, F., & Mingers, J. (2015). New Journal Classification Methods Based on the Global h-Index. Information Processing And Management, 51, 50-61. doi:10.1016/j.ipm.2014.10.011
Mingers, J., & Leydesdorff, L. (2015). A Review of Theory and Practice in Scientometrics. European Journal Of Operational Research, 246, 1-19. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2015.04.002
Mingers, J. (2014). Can the Laws of Form Represent Syllogisms? Cybernetics And Human Knowing, 21, 9-30.
Mingers, J., & Willcocks, L. (2014). An integrative semiotic framework for information systems: The social, personal and material worlds. Information And Organization, 24, 48-70. doi:10.1016/j.infoandorg.2014.01.002
Mingers, J., & Leydesdorff, L. (2014). Identifying Research Fields within Business and Management: A Journal Cross-Citation Analysis. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 66, 1370-1384. doi:10.1057/jors.2014.113
Mingers, J. (2014). Problems with SNIP. Journal Of Informetrics, 8, 890-894. doi:10.1016/j.joi.2014.09.004
Mingers, J., Mutch, A., & Willcocks, L. (2013). Critical Realism in Information Systems Research. Mis Quarterly, 37, 795-802.
Mingers, J., & Lipitakis, E. (2013). Evaluating a Department’s Research: Testing the Leiden Methodology in Business and Management. Information Processing And Management, 49, 587-595. doi:10.1016/j.ipm.2012.11.002
Mingers, J., & Willmott, H. (2013). Taylorizing Business School Research: On the 'One Best Way' Performative Effects of Journal Ranking Lists. Human Relations, 66, 1051-1073. doi:10.1177/0018726712467048
Mingers, J. (2013). Prefiguring Floridi’s Theory of Semantic Information. Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 11. Retrieved from http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/436
Mingers, J., Watson, K., & Scaparra, M. (2012). Estimating Business And Management Journal Quality From The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise In The UK. Information Processing And Management, 48, 1078-1093. doi:10.1016/j.ipm.2012.01.008
Mingers, J., Macri, F., & Petrovici, D. (2012). Using The H-index To Measure The Quality Of Journals In The Field Of Business And Management. Information Processing And Management, 48, 234-241. doi:10.1016/j.ipm.2011.03.009
Mingers, J. (2012). Russell Ackoff's 'The Future of Operational Research is Past'. International Journal Of Information Technologies And Systems Approach, 5, xvi-xviii.
Liu, W., Meng, W., Mingers, J., Tang, N., & Wang, W. (2012). Developing a Performance Management System Using Soft Systems Methodology: A Chinese Case Study. European Journal Of Operational Research, 223, 529-540. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2012.06.029
Mingers, J. (2012). Abduction: The Missing Link Between Deduction and Induction. A Comment on Ormerod’s ‘Rational Inference: Deductive, Inductive and Probabilistic Thinking’. Journal Of The Operational Research Society , 63, 860-861. doi:10.1057/jors.2011.85
Mingers, J. (2011). Ethics and OR: Operationalising Discourse Ethics. European Journal Of Operational Research, 210, 114-124. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2010.11.003
Mingers, J. (2011). The Contribution of Systemic Thought to Critical Realism . Journal Of Critical Realism, 10, 303-330. doi:10.1558/jcr.v10i3.303
Mingers, J., & Rosenhead, J. (2011). Introduction To The Special Issue: Teaching Soft O.R., Problem Structuring Methods and Multimethodology. Informs Transactions On Education, 12, 1-3. doi:1532-0545/11/1201/0001
Mingers, J. (2011). Soft OR Comes of Age - But Not Everywhere! Omega, 39, 729-741. doi:10.1016/j.omega.2011.01.005
Mingers, J., & Xu, F. (2010). The Drivers of Citations in Management Science Journals . European Journal Of Operational Research, 205, 422-430. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2009.12.008
Mingers, J., & White, L. (2010). A Review of the Recent Contribution of Systems Thinking to Operational Research and Management Science. European Journal Of Operational Research, 207, 1147-1161. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2009.12.019
Syed, J., Mingers, J., & Murray, P. (2010). Beyond Rigour and Relevance: A Critical Realist Approach to Business Education. Management Learning, 41, 71-85. doi:10.1177/1350507609350839
Mingers, J., & Parker, K. (2010). Should you carry on investing in a sinking fund that is sinking? European Journal Of Operational Research, 207, 508-513. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2010.04.014
Liu, W., Cheng, Z., Mingers, J., Qi, L., & Meng, W. (2010). The 3E Methodology for Developing Performance Indicators for Public Sector Organizations. Public Money & Management, 30 , 305-312. doi:10.1080/09540962.2010.509180
Mingers, J., & Walsham, G. (2010). Towards Ethical Information Systems: The Contribution of Discourse Ethics. Mis Quarterly, 34, 833-854. Retrieved from http://misq.org/toward-ethical-information-systems-the-contribution-of-discourse-ethics.html?SID=c8t7qb8nqfvs0h9tnsodo9t4h4
Mingers, J., & Lipitakis, E. (2010). Counting the Citations: A Comparison of Web of Science and Google Scholar in the Field of Management. Scientometrics, 85, 613-625. doi:10.1007/s11192-010-0270-0
Xu, F., Liu, S., & Mingers, J. (2010). Modifications of the g-index to improve its discriminatory power. Geomatics And Information Science Of Wuhan University, 35, 23-28.
Mingers, J. (2009). Measuring the Research Contribution of Management Academics using the Hirsch-Index. Journal Of The Operational Research Society , 60, 1143-1153. doi:10.1057/jors.2008.94
Mingers, J. (2009). Discourse Ethics and Critical Realist Ethics: An Evaluation in the Context of Business . Journal Of Critical Realism, 8, 172-202. doi:10.1558/jocr.v8i2.172
Mingers, J., Liu, S., & Meng, W. (2009). Using SSM to Structure the Identification of Inputs and Outputs in DEA. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 60, 168-179. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602542
Mingers, J. (2008). Management Knowledge and Knowledge Management: Realism and Forms of Truth. Knowledge Management Research And Practice, 6, 62-76. doi:10.1057/palgrave.kmrp.8500161
Mingers, J. (2008). Exploring the dynamics of journal citations: Modelling with s-curves. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 59, 1013-1025. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602428
Mingers, J. (2007). Pluralism, realism and truth: the keys to knowledge in information systems research. International Journal Of Information Technologies And Systems Approach, 1, 81-92. Retrieved from http://www.igi-global.com/articles/details.asp?ID=7635
Mingers, J., Liu, W., & Meng, W. (2007). Studies on a framework for science-technology evaluation using soft system methodology. Journal Of Science Research Management, 28, 1-8.
Mingers, J., & Harzing, A. (2007). Ranking journals in business and management: a statistical analysis of the Harzing data set. European Journal Of Information Systems, 16, 303-316. doi:10.1057/palgrave.ejis.3000696
Mar Molinero, C., & Mingers, J. (2007). An evaluation of the limitations of, and alternatives to, the Co-Plot methodology. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 58, 874-886. doi:doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602228
Liu, S., Meng, W., & Mingers, J. (2007). On framework of research evaluation. Scientific Research Management, 28, 1-8.
Mingers, J. (2007). Operational research: the science of better? Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 58, 683-686. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602333
Mingers, J. (2006). Intelligent thinking instead of critical realism? Response from the author: Intelligence and realism in OR. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 57, 1375-1379. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602238
Mingers, J. (2006). A Critique of Statistical Modelling in Management Science from a Critical Realist Perspective: Its Role Within Multimethodology. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 57, 202-219. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2601980
Mingers, J., & Burrell, Q. (2006). Modeling Citation Behavior in Management Science Journals. Information Processing And Management, 42, 1451-1464. doi:10.1016/j.ipm.2006.03.012
Kotiadis, K., & Mingers, J. (2006). Combining PSMs with hard OR methods: the philosophical and practical challenges. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 57, 856-867. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602147
Mingers, J. (2005). Classifying philosophical assumptions: a reply to Ormerod. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 56, 465-467. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2601890
Mingers, J. (2005). 'More dangerous than an unanswered question is an unquestioned answer': a contribution to the Ulrich debate. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 56, 468-474. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2601945
Brocklesby, J., & Mingers, J. (2005). The use of the concept autopoiesis in the theory of viable systems. Systems Research And Behavioural Science, 22, 3-9. doi:10.1002/sres.603
Mingers, J. (2004). Critical Realism and Information Systems: Brief Responses to Monod and Klein. Information And Organization, 14, 145-153.
Mingers, J. (2004). Real-izing Information Systems: Critical Realism as an Underpinning Philosophy for Information Systems. Information And Organization, 14, 87-103.
Mingers, J. (2004). Paradigm Wars: Ceasefire Announced. Who Will Set up the New Administration? Journal Of Information Technology, 19, 165-171.
Mingers, J. (2004). Can Social Systems be Autopoietic? Bhaskar's and Giddens' Social Theories. Journal For The Theory Of Social Behaviour, 34, 403-428. doi:10.1111/j.1468-5914.2004.00256.x
Mingers, J., & Rosenhead, J. (2004). Problem Structuring Methods in Action. European Journal Of Operational Research, 152, 530-554. doi:10.1016/S0377-2217(03)00056-0
Mingers, J. (2003). The Paucity of Multimethod Research: A Review of the Information Systems Literature. Information Systems Journal, 13, 233-249. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2575.2003.00143.x
Mingers, J. (2003). A Classification of the Philosophical Assumptions of Management Science Methods. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 54, 559-570. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2601436
Robinson, S., Meadows, M., Mingers, J., O'Brien, F., Shale, E., & Stray, S. (2003). Teaching OR/MS to MBA's at Warwick Business School: A Turnaround Story. Interfaces, 33, 67-76. doi:10.1287/inte.33.2.67.14467
Mingers, J. (2002). Reply to Ormerod - The Importance of Being Real. Journal Of Operational Research Society, 53, 351-354.
Mingers, J., & Munro, I. (2002). The Use of Multimethodology in Practice - Results of a Survey of Practitioners. Journal Of Operational Research Society, 53, 369-378. doi:10.1057 = palgrave = jors = 2601331
Mingers, J. (2002). The Long and Winding Road: Publishing Papers in Top Journals. Communications Of The Association For Information Systems, 8, 330-339. Retrieved from http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol8/iss1/22/
Mingers, J. (2002). Can Social Systems be Autopoietic? Assessing Luhmann's Social Theory. Sociological Review, 50, 278-299. doi:10.1111/1467-954X.00367
Mingers, J. (2001). Combining IS Research Methods: Towards a Pluralist Methodology. Information Systems Research, 12, 240-259. doi:10.1287/isre.12.3.240.9709
Mingers, J. (2001). Embodying Information Systems: the Contribution of Phenomenology. Information And Organization, 11, 103-128. doi:10.1016/S1471-7727(00)00005-1
Mingers, J. (2000). What is it to be Critical? Teaching a Critical Approach to Management Undergraduates. Management Learning, 31, 219-237. Retrieved from http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=KFLWQYT4LKD5DNXNG1B4
Mingers, J. (2000). The Contribution of Critical Realism as an Underpinning Philosophy for OR/MS and Systems. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 51, 1256-1270. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2601033
Mingers, J. (2000). An Idea Ahead of its Time: The History and Development of Soft Systems Methodology. Systemic Practice And Action Research, 13, 733-756. doi:10.1023/A:1026475428221
Mingers, J. (2000). Variety is the Spice of Life: Combining Soft and Hard OR/MS Methods. International Transactions In Operational Research, 7, 673-691. doi:10.1111/j.1475-3995.2000.tb00224.x
Mingers, J. (1999). Information, Meaning and Communication: An Autopoietic Approach to Linking the Social and Individual. Cybernetics And Human Knowing, 6, 25-42.
Mingers, J., & Brocklesby, J. (1997). Multimethodology: Towards a Framework for Mixing Methodologies. Omega, 25, 489-509. doi:10.1016/S0305-0483(97)00018-2
Mingers, J. (1997). A Critical Evaluation of Maturana's Constructivist Family Therapy. Systemic Practice, 10, 137-151. doi:10.1007/BF02557913
Mingers, J. (1997). Systems Typologies in the Light of Autopoiesis: A Reconceptualization of Boulding's Hierarchy, and a Typology of Self-referential Systems. Systems Research And Behavioural Science, 14, 303-313.
Mingers, J. (1996). A Comparison of Maturana's Autopoietic Social Theory and Giddens' Theory of Structuration. Systems Research, 13, 469-482. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1099-1735(199612)13:4<469::AID-SRES81>3.0.CO;2-I
Mingers, J. (1996). An Evaluation of Theories of Information with Regard to the Semantic and Pragmatic Aspects of Information Systems. Systemic Practice, 9, 187-209. doi:10.1007/BF02169014
Mingers, J. (1995). Information and Meaning: Foundations for an Intersubjective Account. Information Systems Journal, 5, 285-306. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2575.1995.tb00100.x
Mingers, J., & O'Brien, F. (1995). Creating student groups with similar characteristics: A heuristic approach. Omega, 23, 313-321. doi:10.1016/0305-0483(95)00014-F
Mingers, J. (1993). The System of Systems Methodologies - A Reply. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 44, 206-208.
Mingers, J. (1992). The Problems of Social Autopoiesis. International Journal Of General Systems, 21, 229-236.
Mingers, J., & Taylor, S. (1992). The Use of Soft Systems Methodology in Practice. Journal Of The Operational Research Society , 43, 321-331.
Mingers, J. (1992). Criticizing the Phenomenological Critique - Autopoiesis and Critical Realism. Systemic Practice, 5, 173-180. doi:10.1007/BF01059939
Mingers, J. (1992). Recent Developments in Critical Management Science. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 43, 1-10.
Mingers, J. (1991). The Content of MSc Operational Research Courses: Results of a Questionnaire to OR Groups. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 42, 375-382.
Mingers, J. (1991). The Cognitive Theories of Maturana and Varela. Systemic Practice, 4, 319-338. doi:10.1007/BF01062008
Mingers, J. (1990). The What/How Distinction and Conceptual Models: A Reappraisal. Journal Of Applied Systems Analysis, 17, 21-28.
Mingers, J. (1990). The Philosophical Implications of Maturana's Cognitive Theories. Systemic Practice, 3, 569-584. doi:10.1007/BF01059640
Mingers, J. (1989). An Empirical Comparison of Pruning Methods for Decision Tree Induction. Machine Learning, 4, 227-243. doi:10.1023/A:1022604100933
Mingers, J. (1989). An Introduction to Autopoiesis - Implications and Applications. Systemic Practice, 2, 159-180. doi:10.1007/BF01059497
Mingers, J. (1989). An Empirical Comparison of Selection Measures for Decision-Tree Induction. Machine Learning, 3, 319-342. doi:10.1007/BF00116837
Mingers, J. (1988). Comparing Conceptual Models and Data Flow Diagrams . Computer Journal, 31, 376-379. doi:10.1093/comjnl/31.4.376
Mingers, J. (1987). Expert Systems - Rule Induction with Statistical Data. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 38, 39-47.
Mingers, J. (1987). Rule Induction with Statistical Data - A Comparison with Multiple Regression. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 38, 347-351.
Mingers, J. (1986). Expert systems - Experiments with Rule Induction. Journal Of The Operational Research Society, 37, 1031-1037.
Mingers, J. (1986). Inducing Rules for Expert Systems - Statistical Aspects. Professional Statistician, 5, 19-24.
Mingers, J. (1984). Subjectivism and Soft Systems Methodology - A Critique. Journal Of Applied Systems Analysis, 11, 85-104.
Mingers, J. (1980). Towards an Appropriate Social Theory for Applied Systems Thinking: Critical Theory and Soft Systems Methodology. Journal Of Applied Systems Analysis, 7, 41-50.
Book
Mingers, J. (2014). Systems Thinking, Critical Realism and Philosophy: A Confluence of Ideas. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415519533/
Mingers, J. (2006). Realising Systems Thinking: Knowledge and Action in Management Science. New York: Springer.
Mingers, J. (1995). Self-Producing Systems: Implications and Applications of Autopoiesis. Dordrecht: Springer.
Book section
Mingers, J. (2011). The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: High Quality Research in Information Systems. In R. D. Galliers & Currie, W. L. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Management Information Systems: Critical Perspectives and New Directions (pp. 67-86). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Mingers, J. (2004). Future directions in management science modelling: critical realism and multimethodology. In S. Ackroyd & Fleetwood, S. (Eds.), Critical Realist Applications in Organization and Management Studies (pp. 164-193). London: Routledge.
Mingers, J. (2004). Re-Establishing the Real: Critical Realism and Information Systems. In J. Mingers & Willcocks, L. (Eds.), Social Theory and Philosophy for Information Systems (pp. 372-406). United Kingdom: John Wiley and Sons. Retrieved from http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470851171.html
Mingers, J. (2003). Observing organizations: An evaluation of Luhmann's organization theory. In T. Hernes & Bakken, T. (Eds.), Autopoietic Organization Theory: Drawing on Niklas Luhmann's Social System Perspective (pp. 103-122). Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press.
Mingers, J. (2001). Information, Meaning and Communication: An Autopoietic Approach. In H. De Zeuw & Geyer, F. (Eds.), Sociocybernetics: Complexity, Autopoiesis, and Observation of Social Systems (Vol. 1, pp. 109-124). Westport CT: Greenwood Press.
Mingers, J., & Rosenhead, J. (2001). An Overview of Related Methods: VSM, System Dynamics and Decision Analysis. In J. Mingers & Rosenhead, J. (Eds.), Rational Analysis for a Problematic World Revisited (Vol. 1, pp. 267-288). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Mingers, J., & Rosenhead, J. (2001). Diverse Unity: Looking Inward and Outward. In J. Rosenhead & Mingers, J. (Eds.), Rational Analysis for a Problematic World Revisited (Vol. 1, pp. 337-356). Chichester: John Wiley and Sons Ltd. Retrieved from http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0471495239.html
Mingers, J. (2001). Multimethodology: Mixing and Matching Methods. In J. Mingers & Rosenhead, J. (Eds.), Rational Analysis for a Problematic World Revisited (Vol. 1, pp. 289-310). Chichester: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Mingers, J., & Rosenhead, J. (2001). A New Paradigm of Analysis. In J. Mingers & Rosenhead, J. (Eds.), Rational Analysis for a Problematic World Revisited (Vol. 1, pp. 1-20). Chichester: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Mingers, J. (1999). Synthesising Constructivism and Critical Realism: Towards Critical Pluralism. In D. Aerts & Van der Veken, J. (Eds.), World Views and the Problem of Synthesis (Vol. 4, pp. 187-204). Amsterdam: Kluwer Academic.
Mingers, J. (1997). Towards Critical Pluralism. In J. Mingers & Gill, A. (Eds.), Multimethodology: Towards Theory and Practice for Mixing and Matching Methodologies (pp. 407-440). Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.
Mingers, J. (1997). Combining Research Methods in IS: Multi-Paradigm Methodology. In B. Galliers & Murphy, C. (Eds.), Proceedings of 5th European Conference on Information Systems (Vol. II, pp. 760-776). Cork: Cork Publishing.
Mingers, J. (1997). Multi-Paradigm Multimethodology. In J. Mingers & Gill, A. (Eds.), Multimethodology: Theory and Practice of Combining Management Science Methodologies (pp. 1-20). Chichester: Wiley.
Mingers, J. (1995). Using Soft Systems Methodology in the Design of Information Systems. In F. A. Stowell & West, D. (Eds.), Information Systems Provision: The Contribution of Soft Systems Methodology (pp. 18-50). London: McGraw-Hill.
Mingers, J. (1992). Technical, Practical and Critical OR: Past, Present and Future? In M. Alvesson & Willmott, H. (Eds.), Critical Management Studies (pp. 90-112). London: Sage.
Edited book
Mingers, J., & Willcocks, L. (Eds.). (2004). Social Theory and Philosophy for Information Systems (Vol. 1). Chichester: John Wiley and Sons. Retrieved from http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470851171.html
Mingers, J., & Rosenhead, J. (Eds.). (2001). Rational Analysis for a Problematic World Revisited (Vol. 1). Chichester: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Mingers, J., & Stowell, F. (Eds.). (1997). Information Systems: an Emerging Discipline?. London: McGraw-Hill.
Mingers, J., & Gill, A. (Eds.). (1997). Multimethodology: Theory and Practice of Combining Management Science Methodologies. Wiley. Retrieved from http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0471974900.html
Conference or workshop item
Mingers, J. (2008). Ethics for Business: The Contribution of Discourse Ethics and Critical Realism. In International Association for Critical Realism. King's College, London.
Mingers, J. (2007). Shooting Stars and Sleeping Beauties: the Secret Life of Citations. In EURO XXII,. Prague.
Mingers, J. (2002). Real-izing Information Systems: Critical Realism as an Underpinning Philosophy for Information Systems. In J. DeGross (Ed.), International Conference on Information Systems (Vol. 14, pp. 87-103). Barcelona. doi:10.1016/j.infoandorg.2003.06.001
Monograph
Mingers, J. (2011). Explanatory Mechanisms: The Contribution of Critical Realism and Systems Thinking/Cybernetics. University of Kent, Canterbury, Canterbury.
Mingers, J. (2010). The Contribution of Systemic Thought to Critical Realism. University of Kent, Canterbury , Canterbury .
Mingers, J., & Willmott, H. (2010). Moulding the One-Dimensional Academic: The Performative Effects of Journal Ranking Lists. University of Kent, Canterbury , Canterbury .
Mingers, J., Syed, J., & Murray, P. (2009). Beyond Rigour and Relevance: A Critical Realist Approach to Business Education. University of Kent Canterbury, Canterbury. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350507609350839
Mingers, J., Watson, K., & Scaparra, M. (2009). Estimating Business and Management Journal Quality from the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise in the UK. University of Kent Canterbury, Canterbury. Retrieved from http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/documents/research/working-papers/2009/205-rae-papers.pdf
Mingers, J. (2009). Discourse Ethics and Critical Realist Ethics: An Evaluation in the Context of Business. University of Kent Canterbury, Canterbury. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/jocr.v8i2.172
Mingers, J., Liu, S., Chen, Z., Li, Q., & Meng, W. (2009). The 3E Methodology for Developing Performance Indicators for Public Sector Organisations. University of Kent Canterbury, Canterbury. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2010.509180
Mingers, J., & White, L. (2009). A Review of the Recent Contribution of Systems Thinking to Operational Research and Management Science. Kent Business School, Canterbury. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2009.12.019
Liu, W., Mingers, J., & Xu, F. (2009). Modifications to the g-index to Improve its Discriminatory Power. University of Kent Canterbury, Canterbury.
Mingers, J., & Xu, F. (2009). The Drivers of Citations in Management Science Journals. University of Kent Canterbury, Canterbury. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2009.12.008
Mingers, J., & Walsham, G. (2008). Towards ethical information systems: The contribution of discourse ethics. Kent Business School, Canterbury.
Mingers, J., & Parker, K. (2008). Should You Stop Investing in a Sinking Fund When it’s Sinking?. University of Kent Canterbury, Canterbury. Retrieved from http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/research/working-papers.html
Mingers, J. (2008). Measuring the Research Contribution of Management Academics using the Hirsch-Index. University of Kent Canterbury, Canterbury. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/jors.2008.94
Mingers, J. (2008). Reaching the Problems that Traditional OR/MS Methods Cannot Reach. University of Kent Canterbury, Canterbury. Retrieved from http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/research/working-papers.html
Liu, S., Mingers, J., & Meng, W. (2006). Combining SSM and DEA: Evaluating the Basic Research Performance for the Chinese Academy of Sciences. University of Kent, Canterbury, Canterbury.
Mingers, J., & Burrell, Q. (2005). Mapping MBA Programme: An Alternative Analysis. University of Kent Canterbury, Canterbury.
Mingers, J. (2005). Exploring the Dynamics of Journal Citations: Modelling with S-Curves. University of Kent Canterbury, Canterbury. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602428
Mingers, J. (2005). Information, Knowledge and Truth: A Polyvalent View. University of Kent Canterbury, Canterbury.
Mingers, J., & Mar Molinero, C. (2005). Modeling Citation Behaviour in Management Science Journals. University of Kent Canterbury, Canterbury.
Total publications in KAR: 138 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

  • Many of my research themes have been explored in two books;
  • Multimethodology: The process of linking together or combining a number of different management science methodologies (such as SSM, VSM, cognitive mapping etc), possibly from different underlying paradigms, within a single intervention or piece of research. I have edited a book on this subject (with Anthony Gill) published by Wiley in 1997 - Multimethodology: Towards Theory and Practice for Mixing and Matching Methodologies and another on problem structuring methods with Jonathan Rosenhead published in 2001 - Rational Analysis for a Problematic World Revisited: Problem Structuring Methods for Complexity, Uncertainty and Conflict
  • Critical Realism as an underlying philosophy for management science and information systems. Information about this can be found in a book that I edited with Leslie Willcocks - Social Theory and Philosophy for Information Systems
  • Evaluating research performance particularly in areas such as journal rankings and citations. I have analysed the 2008 RAE results for Business and Management using a mathematical model to try and reconstruct the grades that were awarded by the Panel. This enabled me to produce a journal ranking based on the RAE results. I also carried out a statistical analysis of the peer reviewed journal rankings in the Harzing database (See EJIS 2007 paper). Tables of the ranking produced, sorted by subject and journal title are available. I have also produced papers on the h-index, and on stochastic modelling of the dynamic behaviour of citations.
  • In the light of the credit crunch I have investigated whether one should invest in tracker funds when the stock market is falling (See Kent Business School working paper 183)
  • Information and meaning: The development of a more adequate conceptualisation of the nature of '(within information systems) and its relationship to 'meaning'. Following on from this, the importance of embodiment in human cognition, and our relationship with technology
  • Autopoiesis: The application of the ideas of autopoiesis in different domains such as problem solving interventions and information systems. I have written a key text on autopoiesis published by Plenum in 1995 - Self-producing Systems: Implications and Applications of Autopoiesis
  • More technique-oriented OR work such as developing algorithms for the equitable partitioning problem and applying DEA to marketing.
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Teaching

  • CB9032 Philosophical Issues and Paradigms in Management Research (PhD Training module)
  • CB990 Managing Complexity: the Systems Approach (MBA module)
  • CB939 Complexity and the Systems Approach (Postgraduate module)

Previously, John has also taught on Multivariate Statistics (Undergraduate module) and Business Modelling (MBA)

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Supervision

Current supervisees
  • Jane Christie: Consulting with executives in the UK government: Use of multimethodology to support strategic decision-making
  • Jacqueline Aldridge: The continuing crisis in business school education
Past supervisees
  • Wei Wang: Performance Management in Public Hospitals in China
  • Wasfi A A Al-Rawabdeh: The emergence of E-Commerce in the Arab world: A comparison study
  • Evangelia Lipitakis: The Use of Bibliometric Methods in Evaluating Research Performance In Business and Management: A Study of Three UK Business Schools
  • Aijie Xie: Changes in Housing Structure in Canterbury as Reflected Through the 1981, 1991 and 2001 Censuses
  • Fang Xu: Measuring Research Quality by using Bibliometric Methods

 

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