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Rod Thomas

Infoset Member

Name: Rod Thomas
E-mail: rod.thomas@unn.ac.uk

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I was born in Wales in 1965. I studied at the University of York before working within the National Health Service for several years. In 1992, I returned to University to study as a post graduate before joining the Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, as a lecturer. In the late 1990s, the then Dean of Newcastle Business School, Professor David Weir asked his former colleague Stafford Beer to join his faculty as a Visiting Professor.

It was as a result of this invitation that I came to know Stafford. He made many visits to the University to teach in his Socratic mode. It was as a result of these sessions that I came to study some of Stafford’s many books on the managerial cybernetics of organisation.

As a man, I found him to be an inspiration – even at an advanced age he sometimes resembled a steam engine in trousers – always keen to engage with people of all ages and all backgrounds, generous with both his time and his knowledge. He was also the only pensioner that I knew who could comfortably out pace me – later in the bar.

In 1999, he was kind enough to help me write a module based upon his work – and it continues to be taught to post graduate students of management studies at my University.

I am very happy to be able to contribute to this event held in his memory.


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