Laurence D. Richards
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Management & Informatics
Whitewater Hall 101
- 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 Teaching Interests
Strategic decision making, systems thinking, technology and society
Current Scholarly/Research Interests
Cybernetics/systems theory, policy-level decision making, social design/change
Selected Recent Publications
- Richards, L. (2014) "Education as a Subversive Activity: A Proposal," Kybernetes, forthcoming.
- Fischer, T. and L.D. Richards (2014) "From Goal-oriented to Constraint-oriented Design: The Cybernetic Intersection of Design Theory and Systems Theory", Leonardo, forthcoming.
- Richards, L. (2013) "Idea Avoidance: Reflections on a Conference and its Language," Kybernetes, Vol. 42, Nos. 9-10, pp. 1464-1469.
- Richards, L. (2013) "Difference-making from a Cybernetic Perspective: The Role of Listening and Its Circularities," Cybernetics and Human Knowing, Vol. 20, Nos. 1-2, pp. 59-68.
- Richards, L.D. (2010) "The Anticommunication Imperative," Cybernetics and 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.
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, 1986-88
Selected Academic Awards/Recognitions
- Norbert Wiener Medal, American Society for Cybernetics, 2007
- Fellow, American Society for Engineering Management, 2002