John Beckford has a powerful CV. He holds a PhD in Management Systems and Sciences from the University of Hull, is a Fellow of the Cybernetics Society, the RSA and the IET and a Member of The Institute of Management Services. John is Visiting Professor in the Centre for Information Management at Loughborough University and the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London.

John has two principal areas of research interest:

The focus of John’s research is the application of the theories of Management, Organisational and Informational Cybernetics – and he believes that practice and theory must be linked together in such a manner that each informs the other. Virtuous Learning CycleHaving a foot in both the practical and academic worlds enables John to understand theory in practice, and practice in theory blending leading edge, original thinking with extensive practical experience to combine pragmatism with innovation and invention. He is certain that the best answers will come not from the things that have been done in the past but from new insights available through experimental research. “Continuing to use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail is not any more sustainable than it ever was,” he says, “If what we’ve got isn’t working, we’d better go and invent something new.” John achieves this by rooting his practical work in the application of new thinking to problems – and by challenging theory with the practical problems that arise from its application – creating a virtuous learning cycle

In 2016 John published ‘The Intelligent Organisation – a radical new way of designing and managing organisations for the 21st century. (Reviews)


The 4th Edition of Quality Quality (Routledge, 2017) provides a complete knowledge platform for anyone interested in understanding the practice and theory of Quality and places the TQM movement in the context of management thinking – including developments such as learning organisations. John is working on the 4th edition for publication in 2017. John has published numerous papers and presentations to a wide variety of audiences.