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Professor Mike Yearworth

Professor Mike Yearworth

Professor of Management Science

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01392 722133

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Xfi Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4ST, UK

Professor Yearworth's research addresses the complex strategic decision making challenges faced by engineering organisations dealing with messy problems and is based on the use of Problem Structuring Methods (PSMs). Professor Yearworth has worked with a wide range of organisations in developing and applying systems modelling and problem structuring approaches to strategic decision making. These include Guardian News and Media (GNM), Defra, Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace, Thales UK, Dstl, Toshiba Telecoms Research Laboratory, Frazer Nash Consulting and Bristol City Council. His work is published in the European Journal of Operational Research, Energy Research & Social Science, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Energy Policy, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Systems Research and Behavioral Science and Systems Engineering. Mike has participated in 15 research projects with £25M funding from EPSRC, NERC, EU (H2020, FP7, FP6, FP5) and UK Gov (BIS, Defra, Highways Agency, DTI); 7 of these projects as PI and the remainder as named CoI.

Mike joined the Business School in 2016 and was previously Professor of Engineering Systems at the University of Bristol where he worked on the development of problem structuring methods to support systems practice in engineering organisations. This built on his previous work whilst Senior Research Manager at Hewlett-Packard’s European Research Laboratory (HP Labs) where he managed a number of projects researching the development and application of system modelling techniques to understanding the performance of very large complex managed services with focus areas in data centre operations, information security and automation. Before joining Hewlett-Packard, Mike was Director of the Intelligent Computer Systems Centre at the University of the West of England.

Mike is a Chartered Engineer (MINCOSE MBCS CITP CEng), originally a physicist (BSc, PhD University of Southampton), and also holds an MBA from the University of Bath.

Nationality: British

Qualifications

  • BSc(Soton), PhD(Soton), MBA(Bath), MINCOSE, MBCS, CITP, CEng

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Research interests

My research is focussed on the way in which managers in engineering organisations make decisions when faced with messy problem contexts. These are characterised by contested stakeholder viewpoints, difficulties agreeing objectives, lack of reliable data and uncertain outcomes from interventions. My work is mostly concerned with the methodology of decision making and the development and use of Problem Structuring Methods (PSMs) to support decision making and is ordered in the following themes:

  • Methodology: Implications of the Generic Constitutive Definition (GCD) of Problem Structuring Methods - studying non-codified problem structuring in organisations, methodological learning and improving PSMs/Soft OR
  • Practice: Stakeholder engagement, working across multiple organisations, facilitation, use of Group Support Systems for online workshops, integrating functional systems modelling techniques (e.g. Discrete Event Modelling, Agent Based Modelling, System Dynamics) into problem structuring approaches, integrating analytics/big data (Smart OR)
  • Theory: Use of Actor Network Theory (ANT) – particularly ideas of hybrid forums and use of co-production models – and Critical Realism to adequately theorise problem structuring practice. Understanding the implications of atheoretical pragmatism and instrumental behaviours, ethics and issues of procedural and distributive justice

These themes are investigated in the following contexts:

  • Strategy making with senior leadership teams
  • Group decision support through conventional workshops and online Group Support Systems
  • Systems modelling for managing risk
  • Multi-organisational collaboration

Research projects

  • REPLICATE (REnaissance of PLaces with Innovative Citizenship And TEchnology)
  • STEEP (Systems Thinking for Efficient Energy Planning)
  • RESIST (Resilient Economy and Society by Integrated SysTems modelling)

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Freeman R, Yearworth M (2017). Climate change and cities: problem structuring methods and critical perspectives on low-carbon districts. Energy Research and Social Science, 25, 48-64. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Lowe D, Martingale L, Yearworth M (2016). Guiding interventions in a multi-organisational context: combining the Viable System Model and Hierarchical Process Modelling for use as a Problem Structuring Method. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 67(12), 1481-1495. Full text. DOI.
Freeman R, Yearworth M, Preist C (2016). Revisiting Jevons' Paradox with System Dynamics: Systemic Causes and Potential Cures. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 20(2), 341-353. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Yearworth M, White L (2014). The non-codified use of problem structuring methods and the need for a generic constitutive definition. European Journal of Operational Research, 237(3), 932-945. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
White L, Burger K, Yearworth M (2014). Understanding behaviour in problem structuring methods interventions with activity theory. European Journal of Operational Research Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Yearworth M, White L (2013). The uses of qualitative data in multimethodology: Developing causal loop diagrams during the coding process. European Journal of Operational Research, 231(1), 151-161. Abstract. DOI.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Freeman R, Yearworth M (2017). Climate change and cities: problem structuring methods and critical perspectives on low-carbon districts. Energy Research and Social Science, 25, 48-64. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Gilbert D, Yearworth M (2016). Complexity in a Systems Engineering Organization: an Empirical Case Study. Systems Engineering, 19(5), 422-435. Full text. DOI.
Yearworth M, Cornell SE (2016). Contested Modelling: a Critical Examination of Expert Modelling in Sustainability. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 33(1), 45-63. Abstract. DOI.
Walworth T, Yearworth M, Shrieves L, Sillitto H (2016). Estimating Project Performance through a System Dynamics Learning Model. Systems Engineering, 19(4), 334-350. Abstract. DOI.
Lowe D, Martingale L, Yearworth M (2016). Guiding interventions in a multi-organisational context: combining the Viable System Model and Hierarchical Process Modelling for use as a Problem Structuring Method. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 67(12), 1481-1495. Full text. DOI.
Jones W, Sooriyabandara M, Yearworth M, Doufexi A, Wilson RE (2016). Planning for 5G: a Problem Structuring Approach for Survival in the Telecoms Industry. Systems Engineering, 19(4), 301-321. Abstract. DOI.
Freeman R, Yearworth M, Preist C (2016). Revisiting Jevons' Paradox with System Dynamics: Systemic Causes and Potential Cures. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 20(2), 341-353. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Yearworth M (2016). Sustainability as a ‘super-wicked’ problem; opportunities and limits for engineering methodology. Intelligent Buildings International, 8(1), 37-47. Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, Edwards G (2014). On the desirability of integrating research methods into overall systems approaches in the training of engineers: Analysis using SSM. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 31(1), 47-66. Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, White L (2014). The non-codified use of problem structuring methods and the need for a generic constitutive definition. European Journal of Operational Research, 237(3), 932-945. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
White L, Burger K, Yearworth M (2014). Understanding behaviour in problem structuring methods interventions with activity theory. European Journal of Operational Research Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Dunford CN, Yearworth M, York DM, Godfrey P (2013). A view of Systems Practice: Enabling quality in design. Systems Engineering, 16(2), 134-151. Abstract. DOI.
Schien D, Shabajee P, Yearworth M, Preist C (2013). Modeling and assessing variability in energy consumption during the use stage of online multimedia services. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 17(6), 800-813. Abstract. DOI.
Dave S, Sooriyabandara M, Yearworth M (2013). System behaviour modelling for demand response provision in a smart grid. Energy Policy, 61, 172-181. Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, White L (2013). The uses of qualitative data in multimethodology: Developing causal loop diagrams during the coding process. European Journal of Operational Research, 231(1), 151-161. Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, Battle S (1998). Workflow management for multimedia information in clinical laboratories. Comput Methods Programs Biomed, 55(1), 1-9. Abstract.  Author URL.
Yearworth M, Hermanson B, Grimson W, Wade V, Allahwerdi N, Mouritsen T, Grimson J (1996). Computational viewpoint of the OpenLabs architecture. Comput Methods Programs Biomed, 50(2), 111-122. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wade V, Grimson W, Hederman L, Yearworth M, Groth T (1996). Managing the operation of open distributed laboratory information systems. Comput Methods Programs Biomed, 50(2), 123-133. Abstract.  Author URL.
Grimson W, Brender J, Grimson J, Groth T, Hermanson B, Yearworth M, Wade V (1996). Specifying an open clinical laboratory information system. Comput Methods Programs Biomed, 50(2), 95-109. Abstract.  Author URL.
O'Moore RR, De Moor G, Boran G, Gaffney P, Grimson J, McNair P, Groth T, Nykänen P, Hasman A, Eller J, et al (1994). OpenLabs: the application of advanced informatics and telematics for optimization of clinical laboratory services. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, 45(1-2), 137-140. Abstract. DOI.
Sharpe PK, Solberg HE, Rootwelt K, Yearworth M (1993). Artificial neural networks in diagnosis of thyroid function from in vitro laboratory tests. Clinical Chemistry, 39(11), 2248-2253. Abstract.
Nykänen P, Boran G, Pincé H, Clarke K, Yearworth M, Willems JL, O'Moore R (1993). Interpretative reporting and alarming based on laboratory data. Clin Chim Acta, 222(1-2), 37-48. Abstract.  Author URL.

Chapters

White L, Burger K, Yearworth M (2016). Big Data and Behavior in Operational Research: Towards a “Smart OR”. In Kunc M, Malpass J, White L (Eds.) Behavioral Operational Research Theory, Methodology and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, 177-193.  Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
White L, Burger K, Yearworth M (2016). Smart cities:big data and behavioral operational research. In Kunc M, Malpass J, White L (Eds.) Behavioral Operational Research Theory, Methodology and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, 303-318.  Abstract. DOI.
Gilbert D, Shrieves L, Yearworth M (2015). A Case Study of Applying Complexity Leadership Theory in Thales UK. In Auvray G, Bocquet JC, Bonjour E, Krob D (Eds.) Complex Systems Design & Management, Cham: Springer, 199-211.  Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
White L, Yearworth M, Burger K (2015). Understanding PSM Interventions Through Sense-Making and the Mangle of Practice Lens. In Kaminski B, Kersten G, Szapiro T (Eds.) Outlooks and Insights on Group Decision and Negotiation 15th International Conference, GDN 2015, Warsaw, Poland, June 22-26, 2015, Proceedings, Springer, 13-27.  Abstract.

Conferences

Yearworth M, White L (2017). Demystifying facilitation: a new approach to investigating the role of facilitation in group decision support processes.  Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Yearworth M, Singer JW, Adcock R, Hybertson D, Singer M, Chroust G, Kijima KJ (2015). Systems engineering in a context of Systemic Cooperation (SCOOPs): Development and implications.  Abstract. DOI.
White L, Yearworth M, Burger K (2015). Understanding PSM interventions through sense-making and the mangle of practice lens.  Abstract. DOI.
Walworth T, Yearworth M, Shrieves L (2014). Knowledge management for metrics: Enabling analysis and dissemination of metrics.  Abstract. DOI.
Gilbert D, Yearworth M, Oliver L (2014). Systems approach to the development and application of technical metrics to Systems Engineering projects.  Abstract. DOI.
Winter DJ, Ashton-Rickardt P, Ward C, Yearworth M, McMahon C, Potter K (2014). Systems thinking for rapid decision making in industrial contexts.  Abstract. DOI.
Walworth T, Yearworth M, Davis J, Davies P (2013). Early estimation of project performance: the application of a system dynamics rework model.  Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, Edwards G, Davis J, Burger K, Terry A (2013). Integrating problem solving and research methods teaching for systems practice in engineering.  Abstract. DOI.
Parsley A, York D, Dunford C, Yearworth M (2013). The use of a systems engineering process guide to accelerate improvement in systems engineering application and expertise.  Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, Cornell S (2012). Contested modelling.  Abstract.
Schien D, Preist C, Yearworth M, Shabajee P (2012). Impact of location on the energy footprint of digital media.  Abstract. DOI.
Schien D, Shabajee P, Wood SG, Yearworth M, Preist C (2012). LCA for green system design of digital media.  Abstract.
Henning PB, Wilmshurst J, Yearworth M (2012). Understanding systems thinking: an agenda for applied research in industry.  Abstract.
Dunford CN, Yearworth M, Godfrey P, York D, Parsley A (2012). Using Systems Practice to enable quality in design.  Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M (2011). Systems practice in engineering: Reflections on doctoral level systems supervision.  Abstract.
Byde A, Yearworth M, Chen KY, Bartolini C (2003). AutONA: a system for automated multiple 1-1 negotiation.  Abstract.
Byde A, Yearworth M, Chen KY, Bartolini C (2003). AutONA: a system for automated multiple 1-1 negotiation.  Abstract. DOI.
Mont MC, Yearworth M (2002). Negotiated revealing of traders' credentials in e-marketplaces: Dealing with trust and privacy issues.  Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, Hobbs A, Taylor NP, Tidmus JP, Still P (2002). Travel information highway.  Abstract.
Yearworth M, Taylor N, Tidmus J, Fraser I, Still P (2000). A CORBA service for road traffic information on the Internet.  Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, Hobbs A, Taylor NP, Tidmus JP, Still P (2000). Travel Information Highway.  Abstract.
Hobbs A, Yearworth M, Still P (1999). Traffic information highway.  Abstract.
Yearworth M, Miller AS (1991). Pattern recognition in position sensitive γ-ray detectors.  Abstract.

Publications by year


2017

Freeman R, Yearworth M (2017). Climate change and cities: problem structuring methods and critical perspectives on low-carbon districts. Energy Research and Social Science, 25, 48-64. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Yearworth M, White L (2017). Demystifying facilitation: a new approach to investigating the role of facilitation in group decision support processes.  Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2016

White L, Burger K, Yearworth M (2016). Big Data and Behavior in Operational Research: Towards a “Smart OR”. In Kunc M, Malpass J, White L (Eds.) Behavioral Operational Research Theory, Methodology and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, 177-193.  Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Gilbert D, Yearworth M (2016). Complexity in a Systems Engineering Organization: an Empirical Case Study. Systems Engineering, 19(5), 422-435. Full text. DOI.
Yearworth M, Cornell SE (2016). Contested Modelling: a Critical Examination of Expert Modelling in Sustainability. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 33(1), 45-63. Abstract. DOI.
Walworth T, Yearworth M, Shrieves L, Sillitto H (2016). Estimating Project Performance through a System Dynamics Learning Model. Systems Engineering, 19(4), 334-350. Abstract. DOI.
Lowe D, Martingale L, Yearworth M (2016). Guiding interventions in a multi-organisational context: combining the Viable System Model and Hierarchical Process Modelling for use as a Problem Structuring Method. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 67(12), 1481-1495. Full text. DOI.
Jones W, Sooriyabandara M, Yearworth M, Doufexi A, Wilson RE (2016). Planning for 5G: a Problem Structuring Approach for Survival in the Telecoms Industry. Systems Engineering, 19(4), 301-321. Abstract. DOI.
Freeman R, Yearworth M, Preist C (2016). Revisiting Jevons' Paradox with System Dynamics: Systemic Causes and Potential Cures. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 20(2), 341-353. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
White L, Burger K, Yearworth M (2016). Smart cities:big data and behavioral operational research. In Kunc M, Malpass J, White L (Eds.) Behavioral Operational Research Theory, Methodology and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, 303-318.  Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M (2016). Sustainability as a ‘super-wicked’ problem; opportunities and limits for engineering methodology. Intelligent Buildings International, 8(1), 37-47. Abstract. DOI.

2015

Gilbert D, Shrieves L, Yearworth M (2015). A Case Study of Applying Complexity Leadership Theory in Thales UK. In Auvray G, Bocquet JC, Bonjour E, Krob D (Eds.) Complex Systems Design & Management, Cham: Springer, 199-211.  Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Yearworth M, Singer JW, Adcock R, Hybertson D, Singer M, Chroust G, Kijima KJ (2015). Systems engineering in a context of Systemic Cooperation (SCOOPs): Development and implications.  Abstract. DOI.
White L, Yearworth M, Burger K (2015). Understanding PSM Interventions Through Sense-Making and the Mangle of Practice Lens. In Kaminski B, Kersten G, Szapiro T (Eds.) Outlooks and Insights on Group Decision and Negotiation 15th International Conference, GDN 2015, Warsaw, Poland, June 22-26, 2015, Proceedings, Springer, 13-27.  Abstract.
White L, Yearworth M, Burger K (2015). Understanding PSM interventions through sense-making and the mangle of practice lens.  Abstract. DOI.

2014

Walworth T, Yearworth M, Shrieves L (2014). Knowledge management for metrics: Enabling analysis and dissemination of metrics.  Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, Edwards G (2014). On the desirability of integrating research methods into overall systems approaches in the training of engineers: Analysis using SSM. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 31(1), 47-66. Abstract. DOI.
Gilbert D, Yearworth M, Oliver L (2014). Systems approach to the development and application of technical metrics to Systems Engineering projects.  Abstract. DOI.
Winter DJ, Ashton-Rickardt P, Ward C, Yearworth M, McMahon C, Potter K (2014). Systems thinking for rapid decision making in industrial contexts.  Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, White L (2014). The non-codified use of problem structuring methods and the need for a generic constitutive definition. European Journal of Operational Research, 237(3), 932-945. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
White L, Burger K, Yearworth M (2014). Understanding behaviour in problem structuring methods interventions with activity theory. European Journal of Operational Research Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2013

Dunford CN, Yearworth M, York DM, Godfrey P (2013). A view of Systems Practice: Enabling quality in design. Systems Engineering, 16(2), 134-151. Abstract. DOI.
Walworth T, Yearworth M, Davis J, Davies P (2013). Early estimation of project performance: the application of a system dynamics rework model.  Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, Edwards G, Davis J, Burger K, Terry A (2013). Integrating problem solving and research methods teaching for systems practice in engineering.  Abstract. DOI.
Schien D, Shabajee P, Yearworth M, Preist C (2013). Modeling and assessing variability in energy consumption during the use stage of online multimedia services. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 17(6), 800-813. Abstract. DOI.
Dave S, Sooriyabandara M, Yearworth M (2013). System behaviour modelling for demand response provision in a smart grid. Energy Policy, 61, 172-181. Abstract. DOI.
Parsley A, York D, Dunford C, Yearworth M (2013). The use of a systems engineering process guide to accelerate improvement in systems engineering application and expertise.  Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, White L (2013). The uses of qualitative data in multimethodology: Developing causal loop diagrams during the coding process. European Journal of Operational Research, 231(1), 151-161. Abstract. DOI.

2012

Yearworth M, Cornell S (2012). Contested modelling.  Abstract.
Schien D, Preist C, Yearworth M, Shabajee P (2012). Impact of location on the energy footprint of digital media.  Abstract. DOI.
Schien D, Shabajee P, Wood SG, Yearworth M, Preist C (2012). LCA for green system design of digital media.  Abstract.
Henning PB, Wilmshurst J, Yearworth M (2012). Understanding systems thinking: an agenda for applied research in industry.  Abstract.
Dunford CN, Yearworth M, Godfrey P, York D, Parsley A (2012). Using Systems Practice to enable quality in design.  Abstract. DOI.

2011

Yearworth M (2011). Systems practice in engineering: Reflections on doctoral level systems supervision.  Abstract.

2003

Byde A, Yearworth M, Chen KY, Bartolini C (2003). AutONA: a system for automated multiple 1-1 negotiation.  Abstract.
Byde A, Yearworth M, Chen KY, Bartolini C (2003). AutONA: a system for automated multiple 1-1 negotiation.  Abstract. DOI.

2002

Mont MC, Yearworth M (2002). Negotiated revealing of traders' credentials in e-marketplaces: Dealing with trust and privacy issues.  Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, Hobbs A, Taylor NP, Tidmus JP, Still P (2002). Travel information highway.  Abstract.

2000

Yearworth M, Taylor N, Tidmus J, Fraser I, Still P (2000). A CORBA service for road traffic information on the Internet.  Abstract. DOI.
Yearworth M, Hobbs A, Taylor NP, Tidmus JP, Still P (2000). Travel Information Highway.  Abstract.

1999

Hobbs A, Yearworth M, Still P (1999). Traffic information highway.  Abstract.

1998

Yearworth M, Battle S (1998). Workflow management for multimedia information in clinical laboratories. Comput Methods Programs Biomed, 55(1), 1-9. Abstract.  Author URL.

1996

Yearworth M, Hermanson B, Grimson W, Wade V, Allahwerdi N, Mouritsen T, Grimson J (1996). Computational viewpoint of the OpenLabs architecture. Comput Methods Programs Biomed, 50(2), 111-122. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wade V, Grimson W, Hederman L, Yearworth M, Groth T (1996). Managing the operation of open distributed laboratory information systems. Comput Methods Programs Biomed, 50(2), 123-133. Abstract.  Author URL.
Grimson W, Brender J, Grimson J, Groth T, Hermanson B, Yearworth M, Wade V (1996). Specifying an open clinical laboratory information system. Comput Methods Programs Biomed, 50(2), 95-109. Abstract.  Author URL.

1994

O'Moore RR, De Moor G, Boran G, Gaffney P, Grimson J, McNair P, Groth T, Nykänen P, Hasman A, Eller J, et al (1994). OpenLabs: the application of advanced informatics and telematics for optimization of clinical laboratory services. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, 45(1-2), 137-140. Abstract. DOI.

1993

Sharpe PK, Solberg HE, Rootwelt K, Yearworth M (1993). Artificial neural networks in diagnosis of thyroid function from in vitro laboratory tests. Clinical Chemistry, 39(11), 2248-2253. Abstract.
Nykänen P, Boran G, Pincé H, Clarke K, Yearworth M, Willems JL, O'Moore R (1993). Interpretative reporting and alarming based on laboratory data. Clin Chim Acta, 222(1-2), 37-48. Abstract.  Author URL.

1991

Yearworth M, Miller AS (1991). Pattern recognition in position sensitive γ-ray detectors.  Abstract.

External positions

  • 2017 - External Review College (ERC) Analytics Capability, Dstl
  • 2016 - Visiting Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Bristol
  • 2012 - 2016 External Examiner Hull University Business School (MRes Business and Management)