Robert L. Flood

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Robert Louis (Bob) Flood (born 1955) is British organizational scientist, former Professor of Management Sciences at the University of Hull,[1] specialized in applied systemic thinking, particularly in the areas of strategic management, organizational behavior and organizational improvement.[2][3]


Born in London, Flood received his B.A. in Systems and Management in 1983 at the City University and his PhD in Philosophy in Systems Science at the City University in 1985. In 1997 he was awarded of Doctor of Science from the Hull University for his contribution to the field of management.[1]

After university Flood worked several years in the film business in the management of Paramount Pictures, in health service for the Berkshire Area Health Authority, and at the National Opinion Polls. In 1987 he was appointed Professor at the Hull University, and later also had a part-time appointment as Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Maastricht School of Management.[1]

Flood has been founding editor of the international journal "Systemic Practice and Action Research" and is also associate editor of the "Systems Research and Behavioral Science" journal. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control.[1]


Flood has authored and co-authored a dozen books and more than 100 articles. A selection:

  • Flood, Robert L. Dealing with complexity: an introduction to the theory and application of systems science. Springer Science & Business Media, 1993.
  • Flood, Robert L., and Michael C. Jackson. Creative problem solving: Total systems intervention. Vol. 831397533. Chichester: Wiley, 1991.
  • Flood, Robert L. Beyond TQM. Wiley, 1993.
  • Flood, Robert L., and Norma RA Romm. Diversity management: Triple loop learning. (1996).
  • Flood, Robert Louis. Rethinking the fifth discipline: Learning within the unknowable. Routledge, 1999; 2002.


  1. ^ a b c d Flood, Robert Louis. Rethinking the fifth discipline: Learning within the unknowable. Routledge, 2002. p. xiv.
  2. ^ Rosenhead, Jonathan, and John Mingers. Rational analysis for a problematic world revisited. John Wiley and Sons, 2001.
  3. ^ Kemmis, Stephen, and Robin McTaggart. "Communicative action and the public sphere." Denzin, NK & Lincoln, YS (red.), The Sage handbook of qualitative research 3 (2005): 559-603.

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