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Dr Nam Nguyen

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Position Res Fellow-Systems Design & Complexity Mgmt
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Biography/ Background

Dr Nam Nguyen was a co-founder of the internationally linked Systems Design and Complexity Management (SDCM) Alliance at The University of Adelaide Business School; and currently an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in the Business School. He has been awarded a number of nationally and internationally competitive academic fellowships and research grants (worth more than $1m). Dr Nguyen is also a recipient of the prestigious 2011 Australian Leadership Award;  a member of the Scientific Board of the Business Systems Laboratory, Italy; a Vice President (2012-13) of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) and a Vice President (2014-16) of the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR).

Dr Nguyen is currently a Director (Australia and Southeast Asia) of Malik, Switzerland (the world’s leading organisation for holistic general management, leadership and gover­nance solutions). He is also a founding member of Think2Impact Pty Ltd and a Director of SysPrac Pty Ltd in Australia.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of AgriEconomics (National Economics University, Vietnam: 1994-1998)
  • Master of AgriBusiness (The University of Adelaide, Australia: 2001-2002)
  • PhD in the field of Risk Management and Decision Support Systems (The University of Queensland, Australia: 2003-2007)

Awards & Achievements

Selected recent awards/achievements:

2015:  Invited as a co-author to give a Plenary Presentation on “Capacity Building” at the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) 2015 Conference, 2-7 August, Berlin, Germany.

2015:   Invited as a co-author to give a Keynote Address on “Think2impact™: A systems based approach for complexity management” at the Graduate Management Association of Australia National Conference 2015, 3 July, Adelaide, Australia.

2015:   Invited to give a Keynote Address on “Think2Impact – A platform for knowledge creation and dissemination to systemically deal with complex issues in a rapidly changing world” at the 5th Annual International Conference on Business Strategy and Asian Economic Transformation (BizStrategy), 27-28 July, Singapore.

2015: Invited as a co-author to give a Plenary Presentation on “Think2Impact: Taking Systems Thinking to Global Organisations and Communities” at the 3rd Business Systems Laboratory (BSLab) International Symposium "Advances in Business Management: Towards Systemic Approach", 21-23 January, Perugia, Italy.

2015: Invited to co-conduct a Workshop and Practical Session at the 3rd BSLab International Symposium, 21-23 January, Perugia, Italy.

2015: Invited to co-chair a parallel session on “Systems Practice for Managing Complexity” at the 3rd BSLab International Symposium, 21-23 January, Perugia, Italy.

2015:  Invited to give a Seminar at the Sapienza University of Rome, 19 January, Rome, Italy.

2014:  Elected as a Vice-President of the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR)

2014:  Appointed as a Member of the Scientific Board of the Business Systems Laboratory, Italy

2014:  Executive Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research

2014:  Executive Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (Systems Thinking courses)

2014: South Australian Department of State Development Research Grant (Co-Investigator (Co-I) with Prof Ockie Bosch)

2014:  Haiphong People’s Committee, Vietnam Int’l Research Grant

2014:  Faculty of the Professions Category 1 (ARC) Grant Support (Chief Investigator – CI)

2014:   Invited to the 17th by-invitation-only Conversations of the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR), 27 April - 2 May 2014, Linz, Austria

2014:   Invited to Co-Chair a Symposium on Evolutionary Learning Laboratory (ELLab) at the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR), 22-25 April 2014, Vienna, Austria

2014: Invited to Co-Chair a Panel Discussion on ‘Shaping Systems Thinkers for Sustainability’, Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre, 22 April, Singapore

2013:  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations Grant (Co-I with Prof Ockie Bosch)

2013:   Invited to give a Keynote Speech at the International Conference on Social Environmental Education, 21-22 July 2013, Taipei, Taiwan

2013:   Co-author of the Best Paper Awarded at the Business Systems Lab International Symposium, 24-25 January 2013, Madrid, Spain

2012:   Elected as a Vice-President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (VP Memberships and Conference)

2012:   Invited to the 16th by-invitation-only Conversations of the IFSR, 14-19 April 2012, Linz, Austria

2011:   Australian Leadership Award

2011:   Uiversitas21 Early Career Researcher Fellowship

2011:   The University of Queensland ResTeach Fellowships

2010:   The University of Queensland ResTeach Fellowship

2009:   The University of Queensland ResTeach Fellowship

2009:   AusAID Grant – Australian Leadership Award Fellowship (ALAF) for Cambodia (Co-I with Prof Bosch)

2008:   AusAID Grant – ALAF for Vietnam (Co-I with Prof Bosch)

2008:   The University of Queensland Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Of all the above, the most significant award is the prestigious 2011 Australian Leadership Award from the Australian Davos Connection (ADC) Forum. In 2011, there were only 30 such Awards made to Australians from a wide spectrum of organisations and professions which recognise young leaders for their work and their demonstrated vision for Australia’s future, as well as the outstanding experience and potential both within Awardees’ professions and with respect to their broader contributions.

Teaching Interests

Dr Nguyen and Prof Bosch teach in tandem the Systems Thinking for Management course (formal teaching) for the Adelaide MBA and Executive programs. They also teach at the Graduate School of Systems Design and Management, Keio University, Japan and coordinate the revolutionary educational Ecopolicy programs (informal teaching) in high schools and universities in Australia and Vietnam.

Research Interests

As a systems scientist Dr Nguyen’s research is interdisciplinary in nature which cuts across a wide range of disciplines and themes including management, leadership, governance, social and behavioural sciences, education, business, sustainable development, and complexity management. He is also the principal supervisor of 2 PhD students and co-supervisor of 3 PhD students in the Business School. Dr Nguyen, Prof Bosch and their team have established various Evolutionary Learning Laboratories (ELLabs) to address complex problems around the world.

Research Funding

Dr Nguyen is the recipient of various competitive academic fellowships and awards, investigator or co-investigator of many research grants including (recently selected ones):

·        South Australian Department of State Development Research Grant 2014-2015 ($30,000)

·        South Australian Department of Health Research Grant 2014-2015 ($15,000)

·        Haiphong International Research Grant 2014-2015 ($50,000)

·        Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research 2014 ($2,000)

·        Faculty of the Professions Cat 1 (ARC) Support Grant 2014 ($2,900)

·     Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations Grant 2013-2014 (US$100,000)

 

·        University of Queensland (UQ) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2008-12 ($380,000)

 

·        UQ ResTeach Fellowships 2009, 2010 and 2011 (total $94,000)

 

·        Australian Leadership Award (ALA) 2011 ($12,000)

 

·     Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) Grants 2008 and 20009 (total $330,000)

Publications

Dr Nguyen’s research is of a strong interdisciplinary nature using systems thinking approaches and integration. The top two journals in his research field are Systems Research and Behavioral Science and System Dynamics Review. The former (SR&BS) is the official journal of the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR). SR&BS is in the Field of Research (FoR) 1503 and ranked A in the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality Lists (2010 and 2013).

Even though he is still relatively young in his research career, Dr Nguyen has so far contributed to the knowledge base of his research fields by publishing more 60 refereed publications.

i. Scholarly books (2)

1.       Bosch, O. J. H. and N. C. Nguyen (2015). Systems Thinking for EVERYONE: The Journey from Theory to making an Impact. Canberra, Australia: Think2Impact Pty Ltd; ISBN 978-0-9942356-0-2.

2.       Edson, M. C., G. S. Metcalf, G. Chroust, N. C. Nguyen and S. Blachfellner, Eds. (2015). Systems Thinking: New Directions in Theory, Practice and Application. Austria, Institute for Telecooperation, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria; SEA-Publications: SEA-SR-41; ISBN 978-3-902457-41-7.

ii. Scholarly book chapters (3)

3.       Blachfellner, S., O. J. H. Bosch, V. Bulc, V. Delgado, D. Karabeg, A. Laszlo, M. F. Li, N. C. Nguyen and W. Watkins (2015). Thrivable Systems - from Vision to Reality Systems Thinking: New Directions in Theory, Practice and Application. M. C. Edson, G. S. Metcalf, G. Chroust, N. C. Nguyen and S. Blachfellner, Institute for Telecooperation, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria; SEA-Publications: SEA-SR-41; ISBN 978-3-902457-41-7: 14-21.

4.       Laszlo, A., S. Blachfellner, O. J. H. Bosch, N. C. Nguyen, V. Bulc, M. Edson, J. Wilby and G. Pór (2012). Curating the Conditions for a Thrivable Planet: Systemic Leverage Points for Emerging a Global Eco-Civilization. Edited book of the 16th International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR) Conversations "Systems and Science at Crossroads", 14-19, April 2012, Linz, Austria, SEA-Publications: SEA-SR-32. ISBN: 978-3-902457-32-5; pp 41-65.

5.       Nguyen, N. C., M. Wegener and I. Russell (2011). Risk management strategies and decision support systems in agriculture: A study of risk management in rainfed farming systems in Queensland. Rainfed Farming Systems, 1st Edition, Hardcover. P. Tow, I. Cooper, I. Partridge and I. Birch, Springer: Chapter 35, pp 901-921.

iii. Refereed journal articles (29)

6.       Banson, K. E., O. J. H. Bosch and N. C. Nguyen (2015). "A Systemic Intervention to Access Resource Impact on the Quality Of Life Among Women Farmers in Developing Countries: Evidence from Ghana." Academia Journal of Agricultural Research 3(2): 15-22.

7.       Banson, K. E., N. C. Nguyen and O. J. H. Bosch (2014). "Using systems archetypes to identify drivers and barriers for sustainable agriculture in Africa: A case study in Ghana." Systems Research and Behavioral Science In Press: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/sres.2300/abstract.

8.       Banson, K. E., N. C. Nguyen, O. J. H. Bosch and T. V. Nguyen (2014). "A systems thinking approach to address the complexity of agribusiness for sustainable development in Africa: A case study in Ghana." SR&BS In Press: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/sres.2270/abstract.

9.       Bosch, O. J. H., N. C. Nguyen and T. M. Ha (2014). "Can Advancements in Economic and Managerial Practice be achieved without Systems Thinking Education as the Foundation?" Business Systems Review (Special Issue - Invited Plenary Paper of the Business Systems Laboratory 2nd International Symposium: Systems Thinking for a Sustainable Economy) 3(2): 33-53.

10.   Bosch, O. J. H., N. C. Nguyen, T. Maeno and T. Yasui (2013). "Managing Complex Issues through Evolutionary Learning Laboratories." Systems Research and Behavioral Science 30(2): 116-135.

11.   Bosch, O. J. H., N. C. Nguyen and D. Sun (2013). "Addressing the critical need for a "new way of thinking" in dealing with complex issues facing our societies (Best Paper Award)." Business Systems Review 2(2): 48-70 (Special Issue - Selected papers of the first B.S.Lab International Symposium).

12.   Ha, T. M., O. J. H. Bosch and N. C. Nguyen (2015). "Defining the real needs of women smallholder farmers in Vietnam: The importance of grass-root participation and multi-stakeholder collaboration." International Journal of  Business and Management Review In Press (accepted 31 January 2015).

13.   Ha, T. M., O. J. H. Bosch and N. C. Nguyen (2015). "Establishing an Evolutionary Learning Laboratory for improving the quality of life of Vietnamese women in small-scale agriculture: Part I - The current situation." Systems Research and Behavioral Science In press (accepted 22 June 2015).

14.   Ha, T. M., O. J. H. Bosch and N. C. Nguyen (2015). "Establishing an Evolutionary Learning Laboratory for improving the quality of life of Vietnamese women in small-scale agriculture: Part II – Systemic interventions." Systems Research and Behavioral Science In press (accepted 22 June 2015).

15.   Ha, T. M., O. J. H. Bosch and N. C. Nguyen (2015). "Necessary and sufficient conditions for agribusiness success of small-scale farming systems in Northern Vietnam." Business and Management Studies 1(2): 36-44.

16.   Ha, T. M., O. J. H. Bosch and N. C. Nguyen (2015). "Systemic interventions addressing market access challenges of smallholder vegetable farmers in Northern Vietnam." International Journal of Markets and Business Systems (IJMABS) In Press (accepted 5 February 2015).

17.   Keegan, M. and N. C. Nguyen (2011). "Systems Thinking, Rural Development and Food Security: Key Leverage Points for Australia’s Regional Development and Population Policy." Migration Australia (launch issue) 1(1): 50-64.

18.   Kiura, T., O. J. H. Bosch, N. C. Nguyen, S. Shirasaka and T. Maeno (2014). "Creating a New Business through Applying the Systems-Based Evolutionary Learning Laboratory Approach." SR&BS (Invited paper for the special issue on 'Advacements in Systemic Methodologies for Economics and Management') In Press: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/sres.2319/abstract.

19.   Nguyen, N. C. (2002). "The key solutions for risk reduction of agricultural enterprises." Economics and Development Review 62(1): 18-19.

20.   Nguyen, N. C. (2003). "Key agricultural exports: Current situation and solution recommendations." Economics and Development Review 74(1): 19-22.

21.   Nguyen, N. C. and O. J. H. Bosch (2013). "A Systems Thinking Approach to identify Leverage Points for Sustainability: A Case Study in the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve, Vietnam." Systems Research and Behavioral Science 30(2): 104-115.

22.   Nguyen, N. C. and O. J. H. Bosch (2014). "The Art of Interconnected Thinking – Starting with the Young." Challenges 5(2): 239-259.

23.   Nguyen, N. C., O. J. H. Bosch, K. Banson, M. Hui, Z. Lim, O. Ting and J. Xuan (2015). "A systems thinking approach to address the complex issue of plastic surgery in South Korea." International Journal of Markets and Business Systems (IJMABS) In Press (accepted 20 December 2014).

24.   Nguyen, N. C., O. J. H. Bosch and K. E. Maani (2011). "Creating 'learning laboratories' for sustainable development in biospheres: A systems thinking approach." Systems Research and Behavioral Science 28(1): 51-62.

25.   Nguyen, N. C., O. J. H. Bosch, O. F. Yen, S. J. Shan, S. Athena and K. Banson (2015). "A systemic approach to understand smartphone usage in Singapore." Systems Research and Behavioral Science In press (accepted 22 June 2015).

26.   Nguyen, N. C., D. Graham, H. Ross, K. Maani and O. J. H. Bosch (2012). "Educating Systems Thinking for Sustainability: Experience with a Developing Country." Systems Research and Behavioral Science 39(1): 14-29.

27.   Nguyen, N. C., M. Wegener and I. Russell (2007). "Decision support systems in Australian agriculture: state of the art and future development." Australasian Farm Business Management (AFBM) Journal 4(1&2): 15-22.

28.   Nguyen, N. C., M. Wegener, I. Russell, D. Cameron, D. Coventry and I. Cooper (2007). "Risk management strategies by Australian farmers: two case studies." Australasian Farm Business Management (AFBM) Journal 4(1&2): 23-30.

29.   Nguyen, Q. V. and N. C. Nguyen (2013). "Systems thinking methodology in researching the impacts of climate change on livestock industry." Journal of Vietnamese Environment 4(1): 20-27.

30.   Nguyen, T. V., O. J. H. Bosch and N. C. Nguyen (2014). "Using the Evolutionary Learning Laboratory Approach to Establish a World First Model for Integrated Governance of Haiphong, Vietnam (Invited Paper for the ISSS2013 Special Issue)." Systems Research and Behavioral Science 31(5): 627–641.

31.   Nguyen, T. V., N. C. Nguyen and O. J. H. Bosch (2015). "Applying a Systems Thinking approach to address the barriers affecting the Vietnamese coffee export industry." International Journal of  Business and Management Review 3(4): 49-65.

32.   Nguyen, T. V., N. C. Nguyen and O. J. H. Bosch (2015). "Coffee processing management to increase green coffee quality: A Systems Thinking approach." International Journal of Markets and Business Systems (IJMABS) In Press (accepted 9 April 2015).

33.   Nguyen, T. V., N. C. Nguyen and O. J. H. Bosch (2015). "Contribution of the systems thinking approach to reduce production cost and improve the quality of Vietnamese coffee." International Journal of Markets and Business Systems (IJMABS) In Press (accepted 18 December 2014).

34.   Trip, F. W. V., O. J. H. Bosch and N. C. Nguyen (2015). "R&D productivity in the pharmaceutical industry: Scenario simulations using a Bayesian Belief Network." International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences In Press (accepted 1 February 2015).

iv. Refereed conference papers (32)

35.   Banson, K., N. C. Nguyen and O. J. H. Bosch (2015). "The Greater Push" for Growth and Sustainability in Africa - Evidence from Ghana. 59th Conference of the International Society for Systems Sciences (ISSS). 2-7 August, Berlin, Germany.

36.   Banson, K., N. C. Nguyen and O. J. H. Bosch (2015). Systemic Structure, Conduct and Performance of the Agricultural Industry in Africa: Evidence from Ghana. 59th Conference of the International Society for Systems Sciences (ISSS). 2-7 August, Berlin, Germany.

37.   Banson, K. E., N. C. Nguyen and O. J. H. Bosch (2014). Systemic Intervention to Tackle the Constraints and Challenges Facing Stakeholders and the Performance of the Agricultural Sector in Ghana. 9th Annual System of Systems Engineering Conference, 9-13 June 2014, Adelaide, Australia.

38.   Banson, K. E., N. C. Nguyen, O. J. H. Bosch and T. Nguyen (2013). A systems thinking approach to address the complexity of agribusiness for sustainable development in Africa: A case study in Ghana. 57th World Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Haiphong, Vietnam 14-19 July 2013.

39.   Bosch, O. J. H., N. C. Nguyen, F. Graetz and H. Park (2015). Think2Impact: A systems-based approach for resolving complex health issues through local and global collaboration. Invited Keynote Address at the Indo-Global Healthcare Summit & Expo 2015. Hyderabad, India from July 23 to 26, 2015.

40.   Bosch, O. J. H., N. C. Nguyen and T. M. Ha (2014). Can Advancements in Economic and Managerial Practice be achieved without Systems Thinking Education as the Foundation? Proceedings of the Business Systems Laboratory 2nd International Symposium “SYSTEMS THINKING FOR A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY: Advancements in Economic and Managerial Theory and Practice” January 23-24, 2014, Universitas Mercatorum, Roma, Italy.

41.   Bosch, O. J. H., N. C. Nguyen, T. M. Ha and K. E. Banson (2015). Comparative studies on improving the quality of life for women in small-scale agriculture: Empirical evidence from Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Proceedings of the 3rd Business Systems Laboratory International Symposium "Advances in Business Management. Towards Systemic Approach", 21-23 January, Perugia, Italy.

42.   Bosch, O. J. H., N. C. Nguyen and K. Krishnamurthi (2014). The Evolutionary Learning Laboratory - A Better Way to Analyse and Overcome Complex Problems. European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR). Vienna, Austria.

43.   Bosch, O. J. H., N. C. Nguyen and K. Krishnamurthi (2014). Systems-based Evolutionary Learning Laboratories to enable Systemic Entrepreneurship in a Complex World. Invited Keynote Address at the 10th HSSS National & International Conference. Athens, Greece.

44.   Bosch, O. J. H., N. C. Nguyen, K. Krishnamurthi, S. Hayes and W. Watkins (2015). Think2Impact – A platform for knowledge creation and dissemination to systemically deal with complex issues in a rapidly changing world. Invited Keynote Address at the 5th Annual International Conference on Business Strategy and Asian Economic Transformation (BizStrategy). Singapore from 27-28 July 2015.

45.   Bosch, O. J. H., N. C. Nguyen and D. Sun (2013). Addressing the critical need for a "new way of thinking" in dealing with complex issues facing our societies (Best Paper Award). Proceedings of the International Symposium – The economic crisis: time for a paradigm shift ~ towards a systems approach, 24-25 January 2013, Universitat de Valencia - Facultat d'Economia, Valencia, Spain.

46.   Daniel, L. J., N. C. Nguyen, K. Brown, A. Westelius and P. Dawson (2014). Slow Food: Grounds for Sustainability (Manuscript ID ANZAM-2014-174). 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Reshaping Management for Impact, 3-5 December 2014, Sydney, Australia.

47.   Ha, T. M., O. J. H. Bosch and N. C. Nguyen (2014). Application of systems thinking and an Evolutionary Learning Laboratory in defining real needs of women smallholders in Vietnam: The importance of grass-root participation and multi-stakeholder collaboration (Manuscript ID ANZAM-2014-318). 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Reshaping Management for Impact, 3-5 December 2014, Sydney, Australia.

48.   Ha, T. M., O. J. H. Bosch and N. C. Nguyen (2014). Applying an Evolutionary Learning Laboratory approach for improving the quality of life for women smallholder farmers in the Red River Delta of Vietnam. European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR), Vienna, Austria.

49.   Ha, T. M., O. J. H. Bosch and N. C. Nguyen (2015). Practical Value of the Systems-based Evolutionary Learning Laboratory in Solving Complex Community Problems in Vietnam. 59th Conference of the International Society for Systems Sciences (ISSS). 2-7 August, Berlin, Germany.

50.   Ha, T. M., C. T. Trinh, O. J. H. Bosch and N. C. Nguyen (2015). Livelihood development strategies for women smallholder farmers in the lowland and upland regions of northern Vietnam: A systems perspective. International conference on "livelihood development and sustainable environment management in the context of climate change". 13-15 November, Thai Nguyen city, Vietnam.

51.   Kiura, T., O. J. H. Bosch, N. C. Nguyen, S. Shirasaka and T. Maeno (2014). Appling a systems-based Evolutionary Learning Laboratory for the creation of a new business. Proceedings of the Business Systems Laboratory 2nd International Symposium “SYSTEMS THINKING FOR A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY: Advancements in Economic and Managerial Theory and Practice” 23-24 January 2014, Universitas Mercatorum, Roma, Italy.

52.   Kiura, T., O. J. H. Bosch, N. C. Nguyen, T. Yasui and T. Maeno (2013). Using a systems-based Evolutionary Learning Laboratory to address the "NEET" (Not in Employment, Education, or Training) issue in Japan. Proceedings of the 57th World Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Haiphong, Vietnam, 14-19 July 2013.

53.   Nguyen, N. C. and O. J. H. Bosch (2012). A systems thinking approach to identify leverage points for sustainability: A case study in the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve, Vietnam. International Society for the Systems Sciences 2012 Conference,15-20 July 2012, San Jose, CA, USA.

54.   Nguyen, N. C. and O. J. H. Bosch (2013). The Art of Interconnected Thinking – Starting with the Young (Plenary Paper). International Conference on Social Environmental Education for an Emerging Eco-Civilization, 21-22 July 2013,Taipei, Taiwan.

55.   Nguyen, N. C., O. J. H. Bosch, K. Krishnamurthi, S. Hayes and W. Watkins (2015). Think2Impact – A platform for knowledge creation and dissemination to systemically deal with complex issues in a rapidly changing world. 5th Annual International Conference on Business Strategy and Asian Economic Transformation (BizStrategy), 27-28 July 2015, Singapore.

56.   Nguyen, N. C., O. J. H. Bosch and K. E. Maani (2009). The importance of systems thinking and practice for creating biosphere reserves as "learning laboratories for sustainable development". Proceedings of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2009 Conference, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

57.   Nguyen, N. C., I. Cooper and J. Hancock (2003). Rotations, risk and reward: Farming system choice on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia. Proceedings of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, 47th Annual Conference, 12-14th February, 2003, Perth, Australia.

58.   Nguyen, N. C., D. Graham, H. Ross, K. Maani, A. Brooks and O. J. H. Bosch (2009). Capacity building for learning laboratory for sustainability: The case of Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve. Presentation at the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2009 Conference. The University of Queensland, Australia.

59.   Nguyen, N. C., M. Wegener and I. Russell (2006). Decision support systems in Australian agriculture: state of the art and future development. Proceedings of the 26th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, 12-18 August 2006, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

60.   Nguyen, N. C., M. Wegener and I. Russell (2006). Risk management tools for dryland farmers in southwest Queensland: An action research approach. Proceedings of the Australasia Pacific Extension Network International Conference, 3-6 March 2006, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia.

61.   Nguyen, N. C., M. Wegener, I. Russell, D. Cameron, D. Coventry and I. Cooper (2005). Risk management strategies by Australian farmers. Proceedings of the 15th International Farm Management Conference, 14-19 August 2005, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

62.   Nguyen, Q. V. and N. C. Nguyen (2013). Using a systems thinking approach to investigate the impact of climate change on livestock production in Australia. Proceedings of the 57th World Conference of the ISSS, Haiphong, Vietnam, 14-19 July 2013.

63.   Nguyen, T. V., O. J. H. Bosch and N. C. Nguyen (2013). Using an Evolutionary Learning Laboratory approach to establish a World First Model for Integrated Governance of Haiphong, Vietnam. Plenary Paper, Proceedings of the 57th World Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Haiphong, Vietnam, 14-19 July 2013.

64.   Nguyen, T. V., N. C. Nguyen and O. J. H. Bosch (2014). Contribution of the systems thinking approach to reduce production cost and improve the quality of a Vietnamese coffee product (ANZAM-2014-100) 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Reshaping Management for Impact, 3-5 December 2014, Sydney, Australia.

65.   Nguyen, T. V., N. C. Nguyen and O. J. H. Bosch (2015). Causal Loop Diagrams in the Vietnamese Coffee Supply Chain. 59th Conference of the International Society for Systems Sciences (ISSS). 2-7 August, Berlin, Germany.

66.   Phan, T. D., O. J. H. Bosch, N. C. Nguyen and T. T. Le (2013). Dynamics and viability of critically endangered Cat Ba Langur: A new perspective for conservation actions. Proceedings of the 57th World Conference of the ISSS, Haiphong, Vietnam, 14-19 July 2013.

v. Other (e.g. invited and plenary presentations, major exhibitions and reports)

67.   Bosch, O. J. H. and N. C. Nguyen (2015). Capacity Building. Invited Plenary Presentation at the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) 2015 Conference. 2-7 August 2015, Berlin, Germany.

68.   Bosch, O. J. H. and N. C. Nguyen (2015). Think2impact™: A systems based approach for complexity management. Keynote Address at the Graduate Management Association of Australia National Conference. 3 July 2015, Adelaide, Australia.

69.   Bosch, O. J. H. and N. C. Nguyen (2015). Think2Impact: Taking Systems Thinking to Global Organisations and Communities. Invited Plenary Presentation at the 3rd Business Systems Laboratory International Symposium "Advances in Business Management. Towards Systemic Approach", 21-23 January, Perugia, Italy.

70.   Bosch, O. J. H. and N. C. Nguyen (2015). Think2Impact: A unique online platform that makes it possible for everyone to solve and many any complex issue in every area of interest. Invited Workshop and Practical Session ath the 3rd Business Systems Laboratory International Symposium "Advances in Business Management. Towards Systemic Approach", 21-23 January, Perugia, Italy.

71.   Bosch, O. J. H. and N. C. Nguyen (2015). Think2Impact: Taking Systems Thinking to Global Organisations and Communities. Invited Presentation at the Sapienza University of Rome, 19 January, Rome, Italy.

72.   Bosch, O. J. H. and Nguyen, N. C. (2014). Adelaide MBA equips current and future managers and leaders to be more effective in an increasingly complex world. Invited Presentation at a Public Seminar and Panel Discussion on “Shape Systems Thinker for Sustainability”, 22 April 2014, Singpapore.

73.   Bosch, O. J. H. and Nguyen, N. C. (2014). Establishing systems-based Evolutionary Learning Laboratories for Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers. Poster presented at the Business Systems Laboratory 2nd International Symposium “SYSTEMS THINKING FOR A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY: Advancements in Economic and Managerial Theory and Practice” 23-24, January 2014, Universitas Mercatorum, Roma, Italy.

74.   Bosch, O. J. H., Nguyen, N. C., & Buckle, P. H. (2013). Where is this so-called “Fifth Discipline”? Plenary Presentation at the 57th World Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, 14-19 July 2013, Haiphong, Vietnam.

75.   Bui, T. T., Nguyen, T. V., Bosch, O. J. H., & Nguyen, N. C. (2013). Establishing an Evolutionary Learning Laboratory for the Sustainable Development of Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve. Plenary Presentation at the 57th World Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Haiphong, Vietnam, 14-19 July 2013.

76.   Dan, H. D., Mai, T. V., Bosch, O. J. H. and Nguyen, N. C. (2013). Evolutionary Learning Laboratory providing Opportunities for Development of Sustainable Tourism in Cat Ba. Plenary Presentation at the 57th World Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, 14-19 July 2013, Haiphong City, Vietnam.

77.   Nguyen, N. C., Bosch, O. J. H., Nguyen, T. V., & Dan, H. D. (2013). Using an Evolutionary Learning Laboratory apporach to establish a Systemic Governance Plan for the Sustainable Development of Haiphong City, Vietnam (Working Report, pp. 1-69). Systems Design and Complexity Management Alliance, Univeristy of Adelaide Business School, Australia and Haiphong People Committee, Vietnam.

78.   Nguyen, N. C. & Bosch, O.J.H. (2012). Welcome to the 2013 World Conference of the ISSS in Hai Phong City, Vietnam. Plenary Presentation at the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2012 Conference, 15-20 July 2012, San Jose, CA, USA.

79.   Bosch, O.J.H., Mai, T., Nguyen, N. C. & Smith, C. (2011). Learning Laboratories – A new approach for cross sectoral and organizational collaboration and communication to deal with increasing complexity and promote effective change. Invited Presentation at the V International Congress of Economics and Management, 7-10 November 2011, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

80.   Nguyen, N. C. and Bosch, O.J.H (2011). The Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve as a 'learning laboratory' for sustainable development. Invited Presentation at the IUAES/AAS/ASAANZ Conference 2011 Knowledge and Value in a Globalising World: Disentangling Dichotomies, Querying Unities, 5-8 July 2011, Perth, WA, Australia.

81.   Nguyen, N. C. (2011). Establishing UNESCO biosphere reserves as Learning Laboratories for Sustainability: A systems thinking approach (unpublished report of the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve pilot project). School of Integrative Systems, Gatton Campus, The University of Queensland, Australia.

82.   Nguyen, N. C., Bosch, O.J.H. & Maani, K. (2010) How to make Systems Thinking become main stream in society? Presentation at the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2010 Conference, 19-23 July 2010, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

83.   Nguyen, N. C., Bosch, O. and Maani, K. (2009). The current systems model of Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve – A platform for collaboration. Poster presented at the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2009 Conference, 12-17 July 2009, The University of Queensland, Australia.

84.   Nguyen, N. C., Wegener, M. and Iean, R. (2006). Crop choice: A decision support tool for dryland farmers in southwest Queensland (deployed via CD-ROM and the Internet). School of Natural and Rural Systems Management, The University of Queensland Gatton Campus, Australia.

85.   Nguyen, N. C. (2005). Risk management tools for dryland farmers in southwest Queensland. Presentation at the Environmental and Resource Economics Early-Career Researcher Workshop, 27-28 October 2005, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia.

86.   Nguyen, N. C. (2004). Risk management strategies for grain growers in Queensland. Presentation at the Research Conference 2004, Faculty of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Australia.

Professional Associations

Dr Nguyen has developed a strong national and international reputation. Nationally, he was invited on the Advisory Group contributing to an Australian Learning and Teaching Council project on Decision Support Systems in Australian Universities. Dr Nguyen had also contributed advice to the ‘Australia Reports 2011 & 2012: Risks and Opportunities’, developed by the Australian Davos Connection Forum in collaboration with KPMG. In addition, he had successfully coordinated two Australian Leadership Award Fellowship (ALAF) programs funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

Internationally, his research is attracting much attention from systems scientists. This is evidenced in the recent publication of his many research articles in Systems Research and Behavioral Science (SR&BS), the official Journal of the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR). Important, the IFSR invited Dr Nguyen to attend the 16th IFSR Conversations in Linz, Austria from 14-19 April 2012, participating in the Conversation of the Theme ‘Designing Learning Systems for Global Sustainability’. Only 28 systems scientists from around the world were invited as participants in the IFSR Conversations. Dr Nguyen was invited again to contribute to the IFSR 17th by-invitation-only Conversations on the Theme ‘From Vision to Reality – The Synergetic Relation between Evolutionary Learning Labs and the World Evolutionary Learning Tribe’, Linz, Austria from 27 April - 2 May 2014.

In April 2014, Dr Nguyen was elected as a Vice-President (2014-16) of the International Federation for Systems Research. IFSR is a ‘mother’ organisation which has 44 member organisations and societies, from all continents, under its ‘umbrella’. Dr Nguyen was also a Vice-President (2012-13) of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS). He had contributed significantly to the successful organisation of the ISSS Conferences in Brisbane, Australia (2009) and Haiphong, Vietnam (2013). Dr Nguyen is a member of the Scientific Board of the Business Systems Laboratory, Italy and also serves on the international editorial boards of the Bertalanffy Center for Systems Science journal: ‘Systema: Connecting Matter, Life, Culture and Technology’ and the ‘American Journal of Management Studies’. He is regularly invited to review various manuscripts for several other international journals and also the Invited Guest Editor of the 2014 Special Issue on ‘Education for Sustainability’ for the International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life Long Learning.

Dr Nguyen has worked with and had close collaborations and contacts with various international organisations and counterparts including the IFSR; the ISSS; the International Change the Game Initiative; Malik Management Institute, Switzerland; Systemic Excellence Group, Germany; Hull Business School, UK; Business Systems Laboratory, Italy; School of Business, Adelphi University and Syntony Quest, US; Graduate School of Systems Design and Management, Keio University, Japan; the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM), Australia; the Vietnam Man and Biosphere (MAB) National Committee, Hai Phong City People’s Committee, Ha Noi National University of Education, National Economics University, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam; Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia; UNESCO/MAB program; South Australian Departments of State Development and Health; Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Australia; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations initiative.

Professional Interests

Consulting in relation to the management of complex problems in business, government, social, natural, scientific and political spheres.

Community Engagement

·         Member of the Governing Council of East Adelaide School, Adelaide, Australia: 2012-15; 2015-17
·         Member of the Education Committee of East Adelaide School, Adelaide, Australia: 2012-13; 2015-17
·         President of the Gatton International Student Association (GISA), University of Queensland: 2003-2004

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