Gary S. Metcalf, Ph.D., is the president of InterConnections, LLC, an organizational consulting firm.
He has taught in the Department of Leadership and Management at Saybrook University in the U.S.A.; at the Open University; at a joint MBA program in Bangalore, India; in the Creative Sustainability program at Aalto University in Finland; and for the Federal Executive Institute within the U.S. government. His background includes work as a family therapist, in management at major U.S. corporations, in research, and in organizational consulting.
Metcalf served as president (6 years) and vice president (10 years) for the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR) between 2002 and 2018. He was president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) in 2008. He currently serves on the editorial boards of two Springer book series: the Translational Systems Sciences series and the IFSR International Series in Systems Science and Systems Engineering.
Metcalf's research interests span theoretical questions about the nature of systems, including economics and climate change, as well as leadership and organizational well-being (done in collaboration with Teresa Daniel).
Kyoichi Kijima is professor emeritus, the Tokyo Institute of Technology; Specially Appointed Professor of Daito Bunka University; and visiting professor at the School of Business Management, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. He also holds an appointment at The Open University of Japan.
He worked as president of the Japan Society for Management Information (JASMIN) from 2016 to 2019. He has been a member of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) since 1980, where he served as president of the Society in 2007. He also served as vice president of the International Society for Knowledge and Systems Sciences (ISKSS) and the International Federation of Systems Research (IFSR). He is a member of the International Academy of Systems and Cybernetic Science (IASCS) and of the World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC).
His main research interest is in systems science and systems modeling, especially decision systems science and service systems science.
He not only has published more than 100 refereed publications in high-quality international journals but is also is a member of the International Committee for Journals including Systems Research and Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Service Technology and Management, Risk Management, Journal of Systems Science and Complexity, Asian Journal of Management Science and Applications, and International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Sciences. Since 2013 he has worked as editor-in-chief of the Translational Systems Sciences book series published by Springer.
He was in charge of conducting the Service Science, Solutions and Foundation Integrated Research Program funded by the Japan Society of Science and Technology (JST) from 2010 until 2012. He also worked as director of the Service Innovation Human Resource Promotion Program founded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan, from 2008 to 2010.
Hiroshi Deguchi was born in 1955 in Tokyo, Japan. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in systems sciences from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in 1983, and 1986, respectively, and a Ph.D. in economics from Kyoto University.
His academic positions have included: assistant professor, Fukushima University,1987-1989; associate professor, International University of Japan, 1989-1995; associate professor, Chuo University, 1995-1996; associate professor, Kyoto University, 1996-2001; professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2001-present.
Since 2017 he has been the president of the Japan Association for Social and Economic Systems Studies (JASESS). He is a board member of the Japan Association for Philosophy of Science (JAPS), the International Association of Project and Program Management (IAP2M), the Japan Society for Evolutionary Economics, and the Japan Association of Simulation and Gaming (JASAG), the last of which he was the president from 2013 to 2017. He serves as the co-editor-in-chief of the Springer series Translational Systems Sciences.
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