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Laurence D. Richards

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Whitewater Hall 101
(765) 973-8230


  • Ph.D., Operations Research, University of Pennsylvania, 1980
  • M.B.A., Management, Mississippi State University, 1974
  • M.S., Aeronautical Systems, University of West Florida, 1971
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Maine, 1968

Current Research Interests

Cybernetics/systems theory, policy-level decision making, social design/change

Selected Publications

  • Richards, L.D. (2010) "The Anticommunication Imperative," Cybernetics & Human Knowing, Vol 17, No. 1-2, pp. 11-24.
  • Richards, L.D. (2007) “Connecting Radical Constructivism to Social Transformation and Design,” Constructivist Foundations, Vol. 2, Nos. 2-3, pp. 129-135.
  • Richards, L.D. (1996) “Analysis of Robustness in the Formulation of Technology Strategy,” Engineering Management Journal, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 21-32.
  • Richards, L.D. and Young, R.K. (1996) “Propositions on Cybernetics and Social Transformation: Implications of von Foerster's Non-Trivial Machine for Knowledge Processes,” Systems Research, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 363-369.

Selected Previous Employment Positions

  • Founding Dean and Professor, School of Management and Aviation Science, Bridgewater State University, 1997-2004; Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2000-02
  • Founding Chair and Professor, Department of Engineering Management, Old Dominion University, 1984-97

Selected Offices Held in National/International Professional Organizations

  • President, American Society for Engineering Management, 1998-99
  • President, American Society for Cybernetics, 1984-86

Selected Academic Awards/Recognitions

  • Norbert Wiener Medal, American Society for Cybernetics, 2007
  • Fellow, American Society for Engineering Management, 2002