Network of People
Director of Syncho Research and Director-General of the World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics.
From 1971 to 1973 he was, under the scientific direction of Professor Stafford Beer, operations director of the CYBERSYN project - the Chilean Government’s project for the management of the social economy. During the mid 70s he worked as research scholar at the Manchester Business School and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Luxenburg, Austria. From 1977 to 1994 he was associate professor at the University of Aston UK, and from 1995 to 2002 full professor at the University of Lincoln UK. He has been visiting professor at several universities worldwide. The main focus of his research has been on organisational diagnosis and design, and has published extensively in books and journals; is the author of over 100 academic papers, co-author of three books and co-editor of another three.
In 1985 he created Syncho at the Aston Science Park, Birmingham, UK. Its work is in the field of organisational cybernetics. Over the years Professor Espejo has worked with a wide range of organisations worldwide, including national and local governments and small and large enterprises, mainly in aspects of organisational transformation and learning, information management and communications and democratic processes for decision making. He has been consultant of organisations like Hoechst AG in Germany, Hydro Aluminium in Norway, 3M in Europe, EdF in France and the Nuclear Inspectorate in Sweden and the National Audit Office and the Ministry of Education in Colombia.
He has directed several research and development projects and is responsible for the implementation of Cyberfilter, a management support software package focused on performance measurement and the development of Viplan Learning System, a training tool for the diagnosis and design of organisation structures.
Alfonso's original background is in physics, mathematics and computer science. After working with the Colombian government for two years (from 1984 to 1985) in a project seeking to define a strategy to use IT in the Judicial Courts he went to USA to do an MSc in Computer Science. From 1988 to 1992 he worked as a researcher in the Instituto SER de Investigacion, a not-for profit private institution in Bogota. Here he helped develop an applied research programme to discover feasible ways to improve the effectiveness of the Colombian Justice System. The scope of the research program included the use of IT, in particular Information Systems, in the Justice System and its relationship to organisational change. He did his PhD in Management Cybernetics at the University of Humberside. The aim of the thesis was to develop the concept of social accounting in terms of a language of complexity and to show a practical application to the Colombian Criminal Justice System. His current areas of interest are second order cybernetics, Giddens' Structuration Theory and their relationship to Beer's Management Cybernetics. A problem that keeps him going all the time: What does social justice mean from the point of view of cybernetics and how we may achieve it?
is a director of Phrontis Limited (www.phrontis.com). Over the last twenty years, he has applied systems thinking techniques within a range of multinational organizations to help them structure themselves and manage their information flows to support a more dynamic and empowering way of operating. Recent assignments have spanned the distribution, manufacturing, telecommunications and nuclear industries. He has held a number of industrial marketing, operations and supply chain management positions in the building services industry where he worked for some 17 years. As export manager for one of the operating companies of Carrier Corporation, he had autonomous international area responsibility for a $ multi-million budget covering sales, after-sales service and licensee manufacturing. Tony has an M B A (Aston University). He has worked extensively with Raul Espejo and was a Director of SYNCHO Limited between 1990 and 1996. He is co-editor with John Mingers of a book entitled ‘MultiMethodology: The Theory and Practice of Combining Management Science Methodologies’ (John Wiley & Sons, 1997).
A Chartered Accountant, Piers has had an extensive and varied career working in both manufacturing and services industries as both an accountant and an internal consultant, with projects in setting up management, administrative, and information systems. He has held a number of positions, including as Financial Director of a manufacturing group. Piers joined Syncho in 1997, and acts as Syncho’s Administration Co-ordinator.
Losscher Associates is a partnership and associates based in Katwijk aan Zee (The Netherlands). It is a consultancy, and authorised licensee of Team Syntegrity and specialises in Viplan.
Team Syntegrity Associates include Oscar Gennissen (law/consultant), Henriëtte Karsten (speech therapy/communication) Dirk Lansaat (law/manager) and Harrie Regtering (philosopher/sociologist/consultant). Team Syntegrity is a powerful intervention, creative decision process and planning method, based on participative democracy, invented by Stafford Beer. Twelve to thirty people come together to explore a subject of interest to the group. At corporate level, the first time it was used in the Netherlands was at Nashuatec.
Hans studied insurance, banking and economics. He completed his master's degree at the University of Nijmegen (K.U.N.), with a thesis on the Viable System Model. He is a guest lecturer in systems theory at the K.U.N. After six years in the audio-visual field he was employed in banking for eighteen years; as a branch manager and as an agent in an international bank syndicate.
Karin trained as a kindergarten teacher. She was also employed in banking for eighteen years, as a branch manager and also in management functions in telemarketing, computerisation and executive secretarial.