Werner Ulrich

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Werner Ulrich (born 1948, Berne, Switzerland) is a Swiss social scientist and practical philosopher, and a former professor of the theory and practice of social planning at the University of Fribourg. He is known as one of the originators of "critical systems thinking" (CST).

Biography[edit]

Ulrich received doctoral degrees in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Fribourg in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Social Systems Design from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980, where he studied and worked with C. West Churchman.

Back in Switzerland, in 1981, Ulrich started a double career as policy analyst in government at the Canton of Bern, and academic teacher at the University of Fribourg. Here he was appointed Titular Professor of Social Planning in the Faculty of Arts. He has also been Visiting Professor at the University of Hull, the University of Lincoln, the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK. Ulrich is now retired from his professorship at the University of Fribourg but remains Honorary Visiting Professor at the Open University.[1]

In 2001, he initiated the Lugano Summer School of Systems Design at the University of Lugano, which he has been directing since.[2]

Ulrich is co-founder and coeditor of the "Journal of Research Practice".

Publications[edit]

Ulrich wrote a few books and some 175 articles.[3] A selection:

  • 1975. Kreativitätsförderung in der Unternehmung : Ansatzpunkte eines Gesamtkonzepts.
  • 1983. Critical heuristics of social planning : a new approach to practical philosophy. Habilitation thesis. Bern : Haupt.
  • 1994. Critical heuristics of social planning : a new approach to practical philosophy. New York : Wiley.

Articles, a selection:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Werner Ulrich's Home Page has moved to http://wulrich.com as of October 26, 2009.
  2. ^ Lugano Summer School of Systems Design at the University of Lugano. Accessed, November 3, 2009
  3. ^ A List of my Publications from 1971 to 2009 by Werner Ulrich. Retrieved 30 November 2009.