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Gary Metcalf

Gary Metcalf, 2007.

Gary S. Metcalf (born 1957) is an American management consultant, and university professor. He has served as president of the International Federation for Systems Research since 2010.


Raised in Oviedo, Florida Metcalf received a B.S. in Education in 1981 from the North Texas State University, an M.S.S.W. in Social Work in 1985 from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in Human Science in 2000 at the Saybrook Graduate School.[1] This doctoral research was conducted under the mentorship of Béla H. Bánáthy, focused on Social Systems Design and Organizational Development.

Metcalf began his professional career as a systems-oriented Ashland, Kentucky.

Since 2003, Gary Metcalf has been on the teaching faculty of [2] Between 2004 and 2009, he was an instructor in the Federal Executive Institute, Office of Personnel Management, US Federal Government. From 2005 to 2009, he taught in the Bhavan Marshall MBA Program in Bangalore, India.[3] And since 2011, Metcalf has been a Distinguished Lecturer at Sullivan University, in the PhD in Management program.[4] And since 2011, he has been visiting faculty at Aalto University, teaching courses in systems thinking in the Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability.[5]

Gary Metcalf is a past president for the International Society for the Systems Sciences (2007–2008).[6] In this role, he led the ISSS 2008 meeting at University of Wisconsin-Madison. From this meeting, he edited the General Systems Research, published as Systems Research and Behavioral Science volume 26, issue 5. since 2010 Metcalf has been president of the International Federation for Systems Research .[7] Previously, he served in the role of Vice President on the Executive Committee of the IFSR from 2002. He resides in Ashland, Kentucky.


Gary Metcalf is author and coauthor of several books and articles. A selection:

  • 1985. An Evaluation of Family Therapy at a Runaway Shelter. University of Texas at Arlington, 1985.
  • 2001. The management of people in mergers and acquisitions. With Teresa A. Daniel. Westport, Conn. : Quorum Books. ISBN 1-56720-369-8
Articles and papers
  • 1999. "A Critique of Social Systems Theory". In M. L. W. Hall & J. Wilby (Eds.), Humanity, Science, Technology: The Systemic Foundations of the Information Age. From the 43rd Annual Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Presented at the ISSS conference in Asilomar, CA, June 1999
  • 2002. "Rigor and relevance in systems work" Isss journal 2002.
  • 2003. "Learning to Design Systems". In: World Futures: Journal of General Evolution, Vol 59(1), 21-36
  • 2003. "Dialogue and Ecological Engineering in Social Systems Design". In: Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the ISSS, Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the ISSS.
  • 2003. "Right choices in a complex world" paper LLC InterConnections at
  • 2005. " The Science of Motivation". With Dr. Teresa A. Daniel.
  • 2004. "Implements and images: The making of social systems" paper LLC InterConnections at
  • 2005. "The Fundamentals of Employee Recognition", With T.A. Daniel. Society for Human Resource Management white paper.
  • 2010. "John Bowlby - Rediscovering a systems scientist". International Society for the Systems Sciences.


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  3. ^ Bhavan Marshall MBA Program. Retrieved 3 June 2008.
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External links

  • Gary Metcalf homepage and blog.
  • "Rigor and Relevance in Systems Work" ISSS presentation Tokyo 2007 by Gary Metcalf.
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