Leading with Systems and Design Thinking

John Pourdehnad, University of Pennsylvania

  • Date Apr 20, 2015
  • Venue The Agora Institute
    Fowler Hall
    Eastern University
    1300 Eagle Road
    Saint Davids, PA 19087

John Pourdehnad is an educator/consultant in the field of strategic management and change, using systems thinking as a worldview and design thinking as a methodology to solve complex interactive problems. He is Principal Consultant with Systems Wisdom LLC, a Philadelphia-based global consulting practice and holds a faculty appointment in the graduate studies program of Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania.

As a scholar-practitioner he has consulted with large and small for-profit and not-for-profit organizations across many industries, and with government agencies helping management and leadership teams develop strategic plans and transformational roadmaps.

He is a thought leader in systems and design thinking with primary areas of interest in the implications of systems thinking in complex interactive problem formulation, systems redesign and complex project management. 

He has published dozens of papers in a variety of academic and trade journals, was a featured contributor to the BusinessWeek weblog, and is a member of several editorial boards including the journal, Systems Research and Behavioral Science (Wiley).

He is a member of the Council on International Competitiveness Development Program at the National Research Tomsk State University in the Russian Federation, and a Fellow of the Da Vinci Institute for Technology and Management in South Africa.  He is an honorary member of the Society for Organizational Excellence in Bulgaria, and in 2008 was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to engage in a project at the New Bulgarian University in Sophia.

Dr. Pourdehnad, who earned his PhD in Management Sciences from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, has presented keynote speaker lectures, mostly on systems thinking and design thinking, for many global educational, corporate and government institutions.