How to make better futures with systems approaches

Venue: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, Millennium Point, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

Date: 28 February 2024 10.00 – 17.30

Price: £25.00 (Member) £40.00 (Non-Member) Free (Student - Limited places available)

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This event will bring together practitioners and academics to explore the topics of systems thinking, problem structuring methods, and behavioural operational research. Together, they will examine how we can significantly influence decision-making and policymaking within both government and the private sector.

Throughout the event, they will look at real-world applications of systems thinking, showcasing accomplishments and exploring the untapped potential. While there are numerous challenges in implementing systems approaches, the goal is to discover innovative solutions that break down these barriers, enabling informed decisions which can shape more effective policies.


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Mike is Professor of Business Performance at Cranfield University, Director of the Centre for Business Performance, Chair of the Performance Measurement Association and Director of the UK government’s Project Leadership Programme.

Mike spent 15 years in business, spanning the valve, paper & board, building materials, machine tool and airline catering industries. He held a number of positions, with roles in production management, strategy and acquisitions, IT, HR, commercial and general management, including directorship positions in subsidiary companies. He gained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2001, researching the design and implementation of balanced performance measurement systems. He has spent the last twenty years working with companies and public sector organisations supporting senior management teams through the process of clarifying and executing their strategy. He takes  a facilitated approach to build engagement and understanding of strategic priorities.  This enables implementation through alignment of activity to the goals of the organisation. 

His research interest is at the interface of performance and change management with strategic management and control systems. His teaching is in the area of strategy and policy implementation and change management.

Mike is a Chartered Management Accountant and a Chartered Engineer. He has authored over 100 publications including The Handbook of Corporate Performance Management, Balanced Scorecard - Instant Manager, Successful Change Management in a Week, Creating an Effective Public Sector, Concise Introduction to Performance Management and the, APM reports on Project Leadership and Project Governance.


Mike Bourne

Thinktank, Birmingham UK