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Professor Ockie Bosch

Telephone +61 8 8313 6460
Position Professor Systems Design & Complexity Mngmt
Email ockie.bosch@adelaide.edu.au
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Building Nexus 10 Tower
Floor/Room 9 06
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit University of Adelaide Business School

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Biography/ Background

Professor Ockie Bosch B.Sc. M.Sc. D.Sc.

 

Short Biography

Professor Bosch was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He is married for 40 years to Annerine nee Geringer and they have three children (and five grand children). The family first came to Australia in 1979 where he was an invited senior visiting scientist with the CSIRO in Alice Springs. After one year in Longreach (1989) they emigrated to New Zealand where he was offered a position with Landcare Research. In 2000 he was offered a position as Professor in Natural Systems Management at the University of Queensland in Australia.

 

Professor Bosch is a practicing scientist for 43 years. He is currently Chair of the International Committee for Systems Education, Vice President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (portfolio Systems Education), and an Academician of the International Academy for and Systems and Cybernetics Sciences.

 

He was Professor and Head of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Potchefstroom in South Africa from 1985 to 1993 and Head of the Department of Life Sciences of the University of South Africa (dual position) from 1990 to 1993. In 1993 he became a Research Director in Landcare New Zealand, and moved to Queensland in 2000 to become Professor in Natural Systems at The University of Queensland. From 2002-2011 he was Head of the School for Integrative Systems at the university of Queensland. In 2012 he moved to the University of Adelaide where he leads the Systems Design and Complexity Management Alliance in the Faculty of the Professions..

We are living in a complex and ever changing world. Policy makers, managers and leaders today are expected to cope with increasing complexity, change, and diversity. Complex environmental, socio-economic, business-finance, infrastructure and planning and sustainability problems tend to transcend the jurisdictions and capacities of any single organisation, or profession. Managing such complexities requires stepping outside our collective ‘comfort zone’, developing new ways of thinking and acting in the interest of our future.

 

There are a multitude of difficult, long-term global challenges ahead, almost all of which are coupled with our most pressing national concerns. It has therefore become crucial for future managers and leaders to find new ways of thinking that are systems design-led to deal with complex problems in a systemic, integrated and collaborative fashion – that is, working together in identifying and dealing with root causes of issues rather than focusing on short-term fixes. Systems thinking offers a holistic and integrative way of appreciating all the major dimensions of a complex problem, and enables the formation of effective and long-term management strategies (systemic interventions).

 

Professor Bosch’s current research/professional specialties and interests are in Systems thinking and dynamics; Sustainable Development with a focus on whole systems, natural systems and business.  His main teaching and research interests are in the application of systems theory in communities where it can make a difference and the development of systemic management guidelines for sustainable systems management; the development of computer software-systems for efficient technology transfer; and development of processes and mechanisms for linking research and management. Special emphasis is on systems analysis with stakeholders, identification of options and strategies to solve problems/achieve goals; mapping data and information availability for evaluating ecological, social and economic outcomes; developing management and policy guidelines through collaborative learning processes. He is especially involved with the coordination and development of inter-disciplinary research programmes; Integration of ecological understanding with social and economical issues in systems approaches; development of evolving information systems as information dissemination and collaborative learning tools; processes and mechanisms to link science with management and policy making. Professor Bosch has also played a major role in the redesigning of the Adelaide MBA, giving the program a systems foundation in order to produce Managers and leaders  that are equipped with new ways of  thinking that are systems design-led to deal with complex problems in a systemic, integrated and collaborative fashion and ensuring Business and government institutions are making socially responsible investment decisions in the face of a continually changing geo-political and socio-economic  landscape.

 He has published more than 60 articles in scientific Journals around the world.

 

Qualifications

 

Formal Qualifications

                          1974 Doctor of Science

Integrated Environmental  Modelling & Landscape Science

University of the North West, South Africa.

                                           1972 M.Sc (cum laude)

Quantitative Ecology and Soil Science

Potchefstroom University for CHE, South Africa.

                                           1967 B.Sc (Distinction one)

PU for CHE, South Africa.

Informal Training   Management of interdisciplinary projects

Case-based reasoning (CBR)

Staff evaluation procedures

Conflict resolution and facilitation 

People management (various)

Organisational Management (London Business. School)

Bayesian Belief Network modelling

Systems Approach to Business Plan Development

Strategic Planning (Haines)

 

 

Awards & Achievements

 HONOURS/DISTINCTIONS/MEMBERSHIP OF SOCIETIES, COMMITTEES

 

Highlights Demonstrating National and International Reputation:

1 Current and Recent

·         Invited plenary speaker at:

-    International Forum for the Environment (Shanghai) Chinese Academy of Science in collaboration with Scope. MAB and UNESCO (Speaker and panellist), 28 – 30 November 2011, China

-    International Conference of Economics, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 7 November 2011International Symposium on Systems Science and Systems Engineering, February 25, 2011 (Keio University, Japan

-    Action Learning & Action Research Association (ALARA) World Conference, Melbourne, 7-9 Sep 2010.

-    2010 World Conference of International Society for the Systems Sciences, Waterloo, Canada, 17-21 July 2010.

-     International Biosphere Managers Conference (part of Global Eco Conference, Noosa, 24 -29 October 2010.

-    United Nations World Conference on the Decade of Education in Sustainable Development, Bonn, Germany, March 2008.

-    World Conference on Sustainable Heritage Development, July 2007, Cambodia

·         Vice President ISSS (International Society for the Systems Sciences - ISSS) Systems Education and Communication 2009 – present (Re-elected 2011 -2013)

·         Vice-President ISSS Conferences and Membership 2007 -2008

·         Appointed as an Academician in the IASCS (International Academy of Systems and Cybernetic Sciences) (21 members worldwide) 2010 - present

·         Chair International Committee for Systems Education IFSR (International Federation of Systems Research - IFSR)  2008 – present

·         Invited as Guest Professor to run a full course in Systems Thinking and Bayesian Modelling at Keio University , Japan (September/October 2011)

·         Adjunct Professor, Flinders University 2010 – present

·         Specialist Professor Doctoral Program University of Patagonia, Argentina 2010 - present

·         Australian Council for Environmental Deans and Directors 2008 – 2011

·         Board member of Noosa Biosphere (Education and Research and development sector) 2007 - present

·         Academic Board The University of Queensland 2000 - present

·         Chair Faculty of NRAVS Marketing Committee 2006 – 2009

·         Chair of APSRU Board - Agricultural Production Systems Research Unit Board 2005 – 2006

·         APSRU management committee (with responsibility to improve linking science and people) 2003 - 2005

·         Standing Committee of the Academic Board, University of Queensland 2004 – 2006

·         Management Board CRC Tropical Savannas 2003 – 2007

·         Associate Editor of the Australian Rangeland Journal 1997- 2004

·         Coordinating Committee (UNESCO/MAB Vietnam) for Establishing Biosphere Reserves as Learning Laboratories for Sustainable Development 2006 – present

·         Successful in obtaining three AusAid grants for capacity building for

-    16 senior and middle managers from Vietnam (October to November 2008 at UQ),

-    11 persons from Cambodia (November 2009) and

-    10 middle and top managers, China Ministry of Water Resources (May 2011).

·         Provision of corporate training (on invitation from UNESCO and IUFRO) in systems thinking and modeling in Australia (2005, 2006; 2007; 2009, 2010), Vietnam (2006; 2007; 2008), New Zealand (2006), China (2005; 2007; 2009), France (2008), Philippines (2007), Cambodia (2009; 2010) and Chile (2004).

·         Invitation by Turkish government (fully paid consultancy) to run workshops on Participatory Decision Support System development. (February 2009).

·         Member of CEC in IUCN

·         Invited  by International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR) to 2008 Fuschl conversation in Austria (restricted to 30 invitees from around the world)

·         Invited as facilitator of 2010 IFSR Pernegg Conversation for development of curricula for Systems Education (Introductory and Advanced courses)

·         Visiting Professor Keio University, Japan Teaching Systems Thinking and Design; Bayesian Network Modeling Sept/Oct 2011; Aug/Sep 2012)

·         Represented UQ on invitation at an Australian Universities meeting on 2-4 July 2008, Macquarie University to discuss collaboration in teaching and research on environmental management, climate change adaptation, sustainability and resilience of communities.

·         Member of Executive Board of Centre for Native Floriculture (with special responsibility to oversee research on consumer needs as an input to marketing and selection of research material).

·         Successful Research Grants[1] since 1995:

-    Foundation of Research Science and Technology 1995 - NZ$ 4.1m,

-    FRST 2000 - NZ$5.4m;

-    NZ Rural Futures Trust $120,000

-    CRC Tropical Savannas ($510,000)

-    ARC Linkage ($120,000);

-    2001 CRC Coastal Zone  ($30,000);

-    2007 – CRC Beef ($1.3m);

-    2008 – CRC Beef $114,000 (PhD Scholarship)

-    2008 – AusAid ($180,000);

-    2009 – 3 PhD Scholarships, Vietnam Government ($300,000+)

-    2009 – AusAid ($154,000);

-    2010 – AusAid ($126,000).

·         Above, plus PhD completions and publications resulted in a Q-Index above the average of all Level E appointments at UQ (despite the fact that research was not part of the position description of a Head of School)

·         Chair of organising committee of 53rd ISSS 2009 conference held on the St Lucia campus (12-17 July 2009).

·         Chair of the ISSS Special Integration Group on Designing Systems Education 2008 - 2009

·         Invited by UNESCO (all costs paid) to:

-    do presentations on the use of integration and systems approaches to develop Biosphere Reserves as learning laboratories for sustainability

-    discuss and identify small-medium-large projects that would fit this model/approach in the Angkor-Tonle Sap-Siam reap ecosystem complex in Cambodia, and to

-    meet with the Minister of Tourism and Australian Ambassador to discuss Cambodia/School of Integrative Systems co-operation and sign a Memorandum of Agreement to collaborate in capacity building (systems approaches; social science methodologies, communication; participatory planning) and research (complex issues), 2008 - led to current LLab being developed in collaboration with various Ministries, organisations and community groups.

·         Successful EOI to deliver Desert Knowledge CRC courses in School’s programs.

·         Agreements signed with Hai Phong Province and Hanoi National University of Education (led to Hai Phong Province requesting the development of a series of LLabs for governing whole Province with an integrated systems approach to overcome lack of cross-sectoral collaboration and communication – a “World First”)

·         Invited by the Chinese Government (all costs paid) to explore socio-economic development of communities in and around natural parks, biosphere reserves and tourism growth areas (Oct. 2007). (Led to follow-up visit, signing of an agreement and making available CNY 3M for first year to initiate a ELLab for Balancing Food Production and Biodiversity goals).

·         Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing requested Professor Bosch and his School to become a partner to form a new centre for sustainability and development studies (under negotiation).

·         Nominated for award as UQ Champion in International Relationships and Networking.

·         A cohort of scientists in systems, social processes and international development has recently detached them from the Department of Management at a large university in Melbourne and formed an alliance with Professor Bosch and his team. (Active collaboration include: co-supervising of PhD students; Development of a new Field and two courses in Master of Sustainable Systems for offering in Melbourne in the workplace).

2  Past

·         Editor Journal Grassland Society of Southern Africa (1983 -1986)

·         Vice President (1986) and President (1987) Grassland Society of Southern Africa

·         International evaluation by S.A. Foundation of Research and Development for University staff: Category B+, i.e. Recognised internationally as a research leader (1993)

·         Chair of Senate Committee of Potchefstroom University for Integrated Environmental Research and Education (1990-1993)

·         Appointed on steering committee for Water Research Commission, South Africa (1991-1993); grassland biome research programme, CSIR  (1985-1993); Department of Agriculture - Rangeland Monitoring (1990-1993)

·         Chair of Arid Zone Forum of the CSIR Foundation of Research and Development in South Africa (1991-1993)

·         Board Member - Institute for Reclamation Ecology (SA) (1985-93)

·         Quinney Visiting Scientist Award (One year visiting scientist all costs and salary paid), Utah State University, Logan, USA – (1991)

·         Invited as chair of International Rangeland Symposium, Pretoria, May (1991)

·         Invited speaker at International Congress on DSS applications, American Society for Agricultural Engineering, Spokane (1993)

·         Invited speaker:

-    International Rangeland Congress, Salt Lake City (1995)- keynote

-    International Symposium on Desertified Grasslands, Linnean Society of London (1991) (Bosch & Theunissen, 1992) - guest

-    representing Africa at International Conference on Global Resource Monitoring and Assessments (Venice, Oct. 1989 — Bosch 1990)

-    at WRRC40 meeting in Logan Utah, USA (October 1991)

-    at NZ Grassland Society Conference, Oamaru (October 1996) -keynote

-    NZ Ecological Society conference, Blenheim (July 1999)

-     International Symposium on Rangeland challenges in the 1990's (CSIR, Pretoria, May 1991 — Bosch & Gauch, 1991) - keynote

·         Invited by Landcare Research, NZ to run workshop on Integrated System for Plant Dynamics (November 1992)

·         Invited on video-taped international panel discussion (representing Africa) during the First International Decision Support System Conference, College, Texas A&M (April 1991) (Bosch et al 1992; Bosch & Booysen 1992)

·         Moderator and reporter of workshop session on barriers in science communication —  International Soil Conservation Conference, West Lafayette, Indiana (May 1999)

·         Appointed by FRD on South African University Development Programme Expert Task Group (1992)

·         Appointed by FRD, South Africa on committee for post graduate bursaries (Life and Environmental Sciences (1990-1993)

·         Member of the Council of the Faculty of Science, Potchefstroom University (1983-1993)

·         Member of University Senate, Potchefstroom University (1986-1993)

·         Member of Council of Faculty of Science, University of South Africa (1986-1993)

·         Member of Senate, University of South Africa, Pretoria (1986-1993)

·         Invited author:

-     chapter for Handbook of vegetation science (Bosch and Tainton, 1988),

-    special prestige edition of Agricultural Systems and Information Technology, Australia (Bosch and Booysen, 1992);

-    Veld Management in South Africa (Bosch, 1999, and Hardy, Hurt and Bosch 1999); Desertified Grasslands — Their biology and management (Bosch and Theunissen, 1992); 

·         Specialist Professor for Doctoral Programs, University of Patagonia, Argentina (2010 - present

·         Honorary Professor, Lincoln University, New Zealand (1997- present)

·         Honorary Fellow, Massey University, New Zealand; Co-supervisor of doctoral candidate WJ Allen. (1998-2001)

·         Extra-ordinary Professor, Potchefstroom University, South Africa (1993-1996)

·         Invited by Department of Agriculture, Western Australia to run a series of workshops on development of long term monitoring for state of the environment reporting (Nov. 1996)

·         Invited by University of Pretoria to run a five-day workshop on the Integrated Systems for Knowledge Management package for application in conservation management in South Africa (September 1998)

·         Invited on a two-month consultancy for Queensland Department of Primary Industries on application of Integrated Systems for Knowledge Management in pest control programme; conducting data analyses of long term monitoring data in Central-western Queensland using multi-variate statistics (led to a publication Phelps & Bosch, 2002); and review of modelling activities in climate programme (May to June 1998)

·         Invited speaker, representing New Zealand at International workshop on monitoring, IRC, Townsville (July 1999)

·         Invited by University of Tasmania on Visiting Scientist Program 2000, re development of a community-based resource monitoring programme

  • Invited by Sanoma University, California to run a 3 day workshop on EvolutionaryLaboratories (Jan 2013)


[1] Despite own research not expected in position description of Head of School

Research Interests

Research Interests

 

Professor Bosch has 43 years of practical experience in the areas of qualitative ecology, Systems Thinking and Dynamics; Sustainable Development with a focus on integrating biophysical, economic and human dimensions.  He designed and implemented a cross-Faculty, multi-disciplinary suite of postgraduate Sustainable Systems programs at The University of Queensland. These programs (which consists of core systems courses that teach students about systems thinking and practice and how to deal with complexity) form an educational platform for students of all disciplinary areas. In his new position at the University of Adelaide he had a major influence on the renewal of the New Era MBA by designing a systems foundation (introductory course and thread of systems modules throughout the program) to make the program  distinctively different from other MBA programs. He is currently, in his role of Vice President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, coordinating the establishment of an Evolutionary Learning Laboratory for Systems Education, which is linked to a Global ELLab (GELL) which serves as an international platform for sharing and co-learning on course designs and modes of delivery. He is part of an international team that is involved in the enhancement of the efficiency of Gell through the incorporation of cutting edge e-Technologies to enhance communication and information sharing.

 

His main teaching and research interests are in the application of systems theory for developing management and policy making guidelines for sustainable development; the development of computer software-systems for efficient technology transfer; and development of processes and mechanisms for linking research and management. Special emphasis is on systems analysis with stakeholders, identification of options and strategies to solve problems/achieve goals; mapping data and information availability for evaluating ecological, social and economic outcomes (Causal Loop and Bayesian Belief Network modeling); developing management and policy guidelines through collaborative learning processes. He is especially involved with the coordination and development of inter-disciplinary research programmes; Integration of ecological understanding with social and economical issues in systems approaches; development of evolving information systems as information dissemination and collaborative learning tools; processes and mechanisms to link science with management and policy making (e.g. leading the research program for establishing Biosphere Reserves as “Evolutionary Learning Laboratories for Sustainable Development in Vietnam and extending the models and approaches worldwide to potentially 531 Biosphere reserves in 105 countries). He has published more than 60 articles in scientific Journals.

 

In his current role Professor Bosch and his Systems Design and Complexity Management team are actively contributing to the grand vision of systems scientists “To curate the conditions for a thrivable planet by helping to identify and address the systemic leverage points for emerging a Global Eco-Civilization”. The team is internationally well connected with Governments, research organisations an education through international networks: Being Vice President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (portfolio world network for systems education) and a foundation member of the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (IASCYS), he has formed a large team that works as an Alliance with more than 27 organisations, university schools and individuals from around the world. This makes the small team at the University of Adelaide Business School in fact a very large team with the human resources power that can make a significant contribution to society.

 

Professor Bosch and his team are actively involved in three major areas of research and education (scholarship research) to address the need in society for a “New Way of Thinking” to deal with the complex issues we are facing. These include:

·         Establishing Evolutionary Learning Laboratories for dealing with complexity (research projects in various countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, China and with different organisations to deal with complex issues);

·         “Starting with the Young”, a major, comprehensive research project to change society from traditional linear thinking in problem solving to understanding the art and importance of interconnected thinking by starting with the young (high school and university entry students); and

·         Systems Education and Executive training , which involves the coordination of an Evolutionary Learning Laboratory for Systems Education that is linked to 12 international universities sharing their experiences, new learnings on course content, delivery modes and course/program adaptations with each other through the Global Evolutionary Learning Laboratory. Teaching of systems courses in the MBA, Master of Management, and B.Com. programs serves as the research method through which different contents designs and modes of delivery are evaluated in terms of instilling graduate attributes that empires require. The team is also involved in short courses in Systems thinking and Practice, helping organisations, companies, individuals with understanding state of the art, cutting edge tools for dealing with complex issues, testing different management scenarios before actual implementation, and systemic planning, management and development

 

His international and national consultancy experience include: Development of the Integrated Systems for Plant Dynamics - package and running courses on the theory and its use as a research, planning, and management tool in various countries (e.g., USA, Australia, New Zealand, Namibia, South Africa, Spain, Kenya, Lesotho, Turkey, Chile); Developed long term rangeland research programme for the General Directorate of Rural Services in Turkey (1996, 1997); Development and conducting training courses for Turkish scientists and extension officers in vegetation and soil monitoring and information management (1998, 2009); Development and presentation of various workshops on Integrated Systems for Knowledge management in New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Queensland DPI, and Tasmania DPI; Collaborator in development of Engineered Information Systems for rangeland health assessment in USDA-ARS, Tucson, Arizona; Development and presenting training courses in systems thinking and practice in Chile (2004), China (2005, 2007, 2009), New Zealand (2006), Philippines (2007), France (2008), Australia (2009), Cambodia (2010), Vietnam (2007,2009) Japan (2011,2012) and the USA (2012); and presentation of Adaptive Management courses in various countries including Turkey, South Africa, Australia (Murray Darling Basin), New Zealand.

Publications

IMPORTANT PUBLICATIONS LAST 20 YEARS

Bosch, OJH, Nguyen, NC, Maeno, T & Yasui, T 2013, 'Managing Complex Issues through Evolutionary Learning Laboratories', Systems Research and Behavioral Science, vol. (In Press)

 

Nguyen, N.C. & Bosch, O.J.H. (2012). 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, In Press

Nguyen, N. C., Bosch, O. J. H. & Maani, K. E. (2011). Creating ‘Learning Laboratories’ for Sustainable Development in Biospheres - A Systems Thinking Approach. Systems Research and Behavioral Science 51-62(2011)

Bosch, O.J.H., Maani, K., McIntyre, J., Ossimitz, G. Ramage, M & Vesterby, V. (2010). Systems Thinkers Think About Systems Education under the (volcanic ash) clouds Of Austria. In: “Systems for Education, Engineering, Service and Sustainability”;  G. Chroust, G. Metcalf (eds.), April 10 - April 15, 2010, Kloster Pernegg (Austria), SEA-Publications: SEA-SR-28. August 2010. ISBN 3-902457-28-8.

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

Nguyen, N. C., Bosch, O. J. H. & Maani, K. E. (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, 12-17 July 2009, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Nguyen, N. C., Maani, K., Ross, H., Bosch, O.J.H., Brooks, A., Graham, D. & Smith, C. (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, 12-17 July 2009, The University of Queensland, Australia.

Bashari, H., Smith, C. and Bosch, O.J.H. (2009). Developing Decision Support Tools for Rangeland Management by Combining State and Transition Models and Bayesian Belief Networks. Agricultural Systems 99, 23-34

Jones, J, Bosch, O.J.H, Drack M, Horiuchi, Y and Ramage M. 2009. On the design of Systems-Orientated University Curricula. Research Reports of Shibaura Institute of technology, Natural Sciences and Engineering. Vol. 53 No.1, p121-130. ISSN 0386-3115

Bosch, O.J.H., Drack, M., Horiuchi, Y., Jones, J and Ramage M. 2009. Informing the Development of Systems-Oriented Curricula at the University Level: The Systems Education Matrix. In: International Federation for Systems Research: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Fuschl Conversation. G. Chroust (ed.) March 29 - April 3, 2008 Fuschl am See (Austria). SEA-Publications: SEA-SR-22  http://ifsr.ocg.at/world/node/45

Bosch, O.J.H. 2008. Establishing a Cross-Disciplinary University Wide Coursework Masters of Sustainable Systems. Unpublished Report to DVC Teaching & Learning, The University of Queensland.

Bosch O.J.H., Maani K. and Smith C.S  2007. Systems Thinking - Language Of Complexity For Scientists And Managers. In: Harrison, S., Bosch A. and Herbohn J. Improving the Triple Bottom Line Returns from Small-scale Forestry, Proceedings from an International Conference. Improving the Triple Bottom Line Returns from Small-scale Forestry, Ormoc, the Philippines, (57-66). 18 – 21 June, 2007.

Bosch, O.J.H, King C., Herbohn, J. Smith C. & Russell, I. 2007. Getting the Big Picture in Natural Resource Management – Systems Thinking as ‘method’ for Scientists, Policy Makers and Managers. Systems Research and Behavioural Science (24) 217-232.

Bosch, O.J.H., Maani, K. & Smith, C. (2007). Systems thinking - Language of complexity for scientists and managers. Proceedings of the Conference on Improving the Triple Bottom Line Returns from Small-scale Forestry, 18-21 June, 2007, Ormoc, the Philippines.

Smith, C., Felderhof L. & Bosch O.J.H. 2007 Adaptive management in practice: Making it happen through participatory systems analysis. Systems Research and Behavioral Science (24) 567-587)

Smith, C.S. and Bosch, O.J.H. 2004. Integration of disparate knowledge to improve natural resource management. In Conserving Soil and Water for Society: Sharing Solutions. Proc. 13th International Soil Conservation Organisation Conference. (Eds. S.R. Raine, A.J.W. Biggs, N.W. Menzies, D.M. Freebairn and P.E. Tolmie). 4-9th July, Brisbane. ASSSI/ IECA. Paper 1028

Bosch, O. J.H., Ross, A.H., Witt, G.B. and Smith, C.2004 Guidelines for Adaptive Management: Outcomes of the OzAM 2003 workshop, Brisbane University of Queensland: School of Natural and Rural Systems Management

Bosch O.J.H., Ross, H. and Beeton, R.J.S. 2003 Integrating Science and Management through Collaborative Learning and better Information Management. Systems Research and Behavioural Science. (19) 1-12;

Kellner K. and Bosch, O.J.H. 2003 The Value of Local and Indigenous Knowledge for the Development of Information Systems for Conservation Management. In: Conserving Biodiversity in Arid Regions Ed John Lemons Kluwer Academic Publishers

Bosch, O., Ross, H., Witt, B. & Smith, C. (2003). Guidelines for Adaptive Management - Outcomes of the OzAM 2003 Workshop. Brisbane, Australia.

Phelps, D.G. and Bosch O.J.H. 2002. A quantitative State and Transition Model for the Mitchell grasslands of Central western Queensland. Rangeland Journal 24(2) 242-267

Bosch, O. J.H.., Ross, A. H. &  Beeton, R. J. S. 2002, ‘Processes and Mechanisms for Integrating Research and Management’, in Biodiversity - The Big Picture: Proceedings of 2001 Southern Queensland Biodiversity Recovery Conference, eds Bruce Boyes, Southern Queensland Biodiversity Network, Crows Nest, pp.153-162

Allen, W, Bosch, OJH, Kilvington, M. 2001. Integrated Systems for Knowledge Management: A participatory Framework to help communities Identify and adopt More Sustainable resource management practices. Chapter 17 In: Getting Results through Collaboration Ed. Myrna Mandell, Quorum Books, Greenwood Publishing Group: Westport USA USA.

Gibson, R.S., Hewitt A, Sparling G, Bosch O.J.H. 2001 Vegetation Change and Soil Quality in Central Otago Tussock Grasslands, New Zealand. The Rangeland Journal 22(2):190-204

Allen, W., Bosch, O., Kilvington, M., Oliver, J. & Gilbert, M. 2001 Benefits of collaborative learning for environmental management: Applying the Integrated Systems for Knowledge Management approach to support animal pest control. Environmental Management 27(2): 215-223

Allen, W.J., Bosch, O.J.H., Kilvington, M.J., Harley, D. & Brown I. 2001 Monitoring and adaptive management: addressing social and organisational issues to improve Information sharing. Natural Resources Forum 25(3): 225-233

Lane, L. and Bosch, O.J.H. 2001. Soil/Site Stability and Sustainable Rangeland Ecosystems. Final report Foreign Agricultural Service. USDA-ARS.)

Bosch, O.J.H. 1999. The Ecology of the Main Grazing Lands of South Africa: The Karoo Biome. In Veld Management in South Africa (Ed. N.M. Tainton) University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg.

Bosch, O.J.H., Allen, W.J., Knights, G. & McLeish, W. 1999. Processes and techniques for improving the capture and dissemination of knowledge.. Proceedings MODDS conference, July 1999, Brisbane.

Bosch, O.J.H., Allen, W.J., Williams, J.M. and Ensor, A.H. 1996: An integrated approach for maximising local and scientific knowledge for land management: Integrating community‑based monitoring into the adaptive management process in the New Zealand high country. The Rangeland Journal 18(1):23-32

Bosch, O.J.H. & Gibson R.S. 1997  REDIS - Resource and Environmental Data and Information System - for use in active adaptive management, and available on disk and the INTERNET () Computer Software Package (Landcare Research NZ & The University of Queensland.

Bosch, O.J.H., Allen, W.J. & Gibson, R.S. 1996:  Monitoring as an integral part of management and policy making Proceedings of Symposium “Resource Management: Issues, Visions, Practice.” Lincoln University, New Zealand, 5-8 July pp. 12-21

                Bosch, O.J.H.; Allen, W.J.; O’Connor, K.F.; Ensor, A.H.; Jopp, A.J.; Cameron, H.; Allan, B.E. 1996 Developing a better understanding of Hieracium invasion in the New Zealand high country: a participatory approach. Proc.of the New Zealand Grassland Society 58: 161-165.

Bosch, O.J.H. & Booysen, J. 1992. An Integrated System for Plant Dynamics — A Decision Support  Tool for use at the farm or paddock level. In: Sheep Industry Software, Agricultural Systems & Information Technology (Australia) 4:35-37

Bosch, O.J.H. and Booysen, J. 1992:  An integrative approach to rangeland condition and capability assessment.  Journal of Range Management 45: 116-122)

Bosch, O.J.H. and Gauch, H.R. 1991: The use of degradation gradients for the assessment and ecological interpretation of range condition.  Journal of the Grasslands Society of  Southern Africa 8(4): 138-146

Bosch, O.J.H., Gauch, H.R., Booysen, J., Stols, S.H.E., Gouws, G.A.,  Nel, M.W. and Van Zyl, E. 1992:  ISPD - An Integrated System for Plant Dynamics (Computer Software Package & Users Guide). Department of Plant & Soil Sciences, PU for CHE, Potchefstroom

Bosch, O.J.H., Kellner, K. and Scheepers, S.H.E.  1989:  Degradation models and their use in determining the condition of southern African grasslands.  Proceedings of XIV International Grassland Congress, Nice, France. Vol. 11: 1660).

Bosch, O.J.H., Gibson, R.S., Kellner, K. & Allen, W.J. 1996: Using case‑based reasoning methodology to maximise the use of knowledge to solve specific rangeland problems. Journal of Arid Environments 35: 549-557

                Bosch, O.J.H. and Tainton, N.M., 1988. Ecological principles and their application to rangeland management practice in South Africa. In: Handbook of Vegetation Science: Vegetation Science Applications for Rangeland Analysis and Management. Ed. P.T. Tueller. Kluwer Academic Publishers. ISBN 906 193 1959.

Bosch, O.J.H. and Theunissen, J.D. 1992. Differences in the response of species on the degradation gradient in the semi-arid grasslands of southern Africa and the role of ecotypic variation. In: Desertified Grasslands: Their Biology and Management, Linnean Society of London. ISBN 0-12-168570-5.

Fulls, E.R. & Bosch, O.J.H. 1990. Environmental stress resistance and propagation studies of six Cynodon dactylon strains to assess reclamation suitability. Landscape and Urban Planning 19:281-289

Fulls, E.R. & Bosch O.J.H. 1991. The influence of below average rainfall on the vegetational traits of a patch-grazed semi-arid rangeland. J.Arid Environments 21:13-20

Gibson, R.G. and Bosch, O.J.H. 1996: Indicator species for the interpretation of vegetation condition in the St Bathans area, New Zealand. NZ Journal of Ecology 20(2): 163-172

Gibson, R.S., Allen, W.J. & Bosch. O.J.H., 1997: Condition assessment concepts and their role in facilitating range management. Annals of the Arid Zone 34(3), 179-189..

Hardy, M.B., Hurt, C.R. and Bosch, O.J.H. 1999. Veld Condition Assessment.  In Veld Management in South Africa (Ed. N.M. Tainton) University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg.

Professional Interests

  •   Establishing Evolutionary Learning Laboratories for dealing with complexity (research projects in various countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, China and with different organisations to deal with complex issues);
  • “Starting with the Young”, a major, comprehensive research project to change society from traditional linear thinking in problem solving to understanding the art and importance of interconnected thinking by starting with the young (high school and university entry students); and 
  • Systems Education and Executive training , which involves the coordination of an Evolutionary Learning Laboratory for Systems Education that is linked to 12 international universities sharing their experiences, new learnings on course content, delivery modes and course/program adaptations with each other through the Global Evolutionary Learning Laboratory. Teaching of systems courses in the MBA, Master of Management, and B.Com. programs serves as the research method through which different contents designs and modes of delivery are evaluated in terms of instilling graduate attributes that empires require. The team is also involved in short courses in Systems thinking and Practice, helping organisations, companies, individuals with understanding state of the art, cutting edge tools for dealing with complex issues, testing different management scenarios before actual implementation, and systemic planning, management and development

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