Frank Stowell

Frank Stowell is Emeritus Professor of Systems and Information Systems at the University of Portsmouth. He has a PhD in Organisational Change and his research centers around methods of participative design. He has supervised a number of research projects from modeling complex decision-making in mental health care, knowledge management, through to methods for client-led information systems development. He has been co-chair of a number of research council funded projects notably the Systems Practice for Managing Complexity project, designed to help managers address complex issues, which has developed into a self sustaining network. His latest publication The Managers Guide to Systems Practice (2012, Wiley Chichester) is a text written expressly with the kind of managers in mind who have attended the workshops over the past decade. The text deals with Systems ideas and models that are discussed as potential methods of addressing the complex issues encountered in the workplace. He is past President of the UK Academy of Information Systems and the UK Systems Society (http://www.ukss.org.uk/). He presently occupies the chair of the Council of Information Systems Professors and has recently joined the Board of the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics. He has published papers and texts in the field and presented papers at a number of international conferences in Europe and the United States. Prior to his academic career he was employed by central government as a consultant within the Management Systems Development Group and has experience of defining and developing IT supported management information systems.

Publications

Using Soft Systems Ideas within Virtual Teams
Frank Stowell, Shavindrie Cooray. © 2017. 23 pages.
Recent research adds support to the view that the way that individuals act as part of a virtual group is different from behavior in face-to-face meetings....
The Systems Forum: What Value Have Systems Ideas in Making Sense of The Complexity of Issues Like Migration?
Ian Roderick, Frank Stowell. © 2017. 27 pages.
This is a report on the first session of a new venture for the UK Systems Society, called 'The Systems Forum'. We seek to discover how the idea for a...
Using Soft Systems Ideas within Virtual Teams
Frank Stowell, Shavindrie Cooray. © 2016. 22 pages.
Recent research adds support to the view that the way that individuals act as part of a virtual group is different from behavior in face-to-face meetings....
Addressing Team Dynamics in Virtual Teams: The Role of Soft Systems
Frank Stowell, Shavindrie Cooray. © 2016. 22 pages.
Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) is providing businesses with the means of assembling virtual teams comprising of members in diverse locations. However...
The Systems Forum: What Value Have Systems Ideas in Making Sense of The Complexity of Issues Like Migration?
Ian Roderick, Frank Stowell. © 2016. 24 pages.
This is a report on the first session of a new venture for the UK Systems Society, called 'The Systems Forum'. We seek to discover how the idea for a...
International Journal of Systems and Society (IJSS)
Frank Stowell. Est. 2014.
The International Journal of Systems and Society (IJSS) is dedicated to support and encourage the publication of high quality articles that promote the way in...
Organisational Power and the Metaphor Commodity
Frank Stowell. © 2014. 9 pages.
Organisational intervention is problematic as each inquirer has a different notion of what an organisation is and in order to make sense of it the inquirer adopts...
Peter Checkland Interview
Frank Stowell. © 2013. 8 pages.
Systems Approach Applications for Developments in Information Technology
Frank Stowell. © 2012. 391 pages.
The intricate fields of information systems and information technology consist of innumerable interrelated facets from hardware to software and creators to end...
International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence (IJOCI)
Victor Chang, Dickson K.W. Chiu. Est. 2010.
The International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence (IJOCI) focuses on computing theories and empirical analyses of shared knowledge relevant...
A Question for Research: Do We mean Information Systems or Systems of Information?
Frank Stowell. © 2010. 14 pages.
In this chapter I raise questions about the nature of Information systems, the way that they are designed and developed and suggest areas that IS researchers may...
From Synergy to Symbiosis: New Directions in Security and Privacy?
Vasilios Katos, Frank Stowell, Peter Bednar. © 2009. 14 pages.
The objective of this article reflects upon the isomorphic relationship between ideas across disciplines. In this instance we are considering the value of a well...
Do We Mean Information Systems or Systems of Information?
Frank Stowell. © 2008. 12 pages.
This article raises questions about the nature of information systems and the way they are designed and developed, and suggests areas where IS researchers may wish...