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Dr Amanda Gregory

Senior Lecturer in Management Systems

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

+44 (0) 1482 463204

Amanda started her research career by working on a national project funded by the Leverhulme Trust to design evaluation procedures for Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS).

This work provided the basis for her doctorate, awarded in 1995. Since achieving her PhD, Amanda has held several prestigious academic positions.

They included roles as Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, and Head of the Management Systems Subject Group at Hull University Business School, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Systems Research, and the Director of the Community Operational Research Unit at Lincoln School of Management.


Research Interests

  • Systems thinking and practice
  • Strategic management
  • Management decision-making and problem-solving
  • Evaluation theory and practice
  • Organisational learning and action learning
  • Research methods (particularly qualitative and participatory approaches)
  • Community operational research

Research groups

  • Centre for Systems Studies
  • Member of the UK Operational Research Society


Gregory A J and Atkins J P, 'Community Operational Research and Citizen Science: Two Icons in Need of Each Other?', European Journal of Operational Research (2017)

Gregory A J and Ronan M, 'Insights into the Development of Strategy from a Complexity Perspective', Journal of the Operational Research Society, 66:4, pp 627-636 (2014)

Gregory A J and Miller S, 'Using Systems Thinking to Educate for Sustainability in a Business School', Systems, 2:3, pp 313-327 (2014)

Gregory A J, Atkins J, Burdon D and Elliott M, 'A Problem Structuring Method for Eco-System Based Management: The DPSIR Framework', European Journal of Operational Research, 227:3 (2013)

Gregory A J, Atkins J, Elliott M and Burdon D, 'Management of the Marine Environment: Integrating Ecosystem Services and Societal Benefits with the DPSIR Framework in a Systems Approach', Marine Pollution Bulletin, second edition, vol 62, pp 215-226 (2011)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Strategic Management
  • Systemic Management

Research PhDs

Amanda welcomes applications in

  • Strategic management
  • Systems practice
  • Community operational research

Completed PhDs and DBAs

  • Roberto Palacios, A Systemic Approach to Understanding SME Development: Applying TSI in the Mexican Context, University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, PhD (1999)
  • Hilal Al Hinai, An Examination of Organisational Learning in For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Organisations in the Sultanate of Oman, University of Hull, DBA (2002)
  • Ismael Satti, Organisational Learning in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, University of Hull, DBA (2004)
  • John Martin, Dirty Tricks in Business and Management, University of Hull, DBA (2004)
  • Roberto Roldan-Villasenor, Management Learning in the Context of MSMEs, University of Hull, PhD (2004)
  • Shaowei Wu, Management Identity and Development: an Action Research Project, University of Hull, PhD (2012)
  • Ian Newsome, Developing the Application of Systems Thinking within the Policing and Community Safety Sector: an Action Research Study to Address Prevailing Multi-Agency Business Issues Using Critical Systems Practice, University of Hull, PhD (2012)
  • Marwa Abdal-Fadeel, Destination Management Systems: Comprehensive Effectiveness Evaluation, University of Hull, PhD (2012)
  • Richa Joshi, A Complexity Perspective on Mergers, Acquisitions, and International Joint Ventures, University of Hull, PhD (2016)
  • Catherine Hobbs, Tapping the Resource Within: Exploring a Learning Pathway for Systemic Leadership within Local Governance Networks, PhD (2016)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Senior Fellow

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (CNAA)
  • MA (Hull)
  • PhD (Hull)

External roles

  • Deputy Editor of the journal Systems Research and Behavioural Science

Awards and accolades

  • Hodgson Impey Prize (1987)
  • White Fish Authority Prize (1989)
  • F de P Hanika Memorial Award for the paper ‘Against Evaluation’ presented at the 13th European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research (1996)
  • Best Paper in Stream Award for the paper ‘Critical reflections on participation in design and decision-making’ (with A M Castell) presented at the European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research (1998)

Professional highlights


Previously held roles include

  • Co-chair of the Problem Structuring Stream at OR56 and OR58
  • Chair of the Organising Committee for the UK Systems Society Conference 1999
  • Project Manager of the Programme Committee for the UK Systems Society Conference 1995
  • Vice-President of the International Federation for Systems Research
  • Director and Research Champion, Institute for Continuous Improvement in the Public Sector
  • Board member of the Community Council of Lincolnshire
  • Board member of the Lincolnshire Employment and Accommodation Project
  • Executive Committee Member of the UK Systems Society
  • Member of Senate, Hull University