Phokion "Ion" Georgiou
PhD in Behavior in Organizations, Lancaster University (2004); Master of Science (Econ) Operational Research, London School of Economics (1995); Bachelor in Business Administration, University of Missouri, Kansas City (1988). Full Professor at the Fundação Getulio Vargas, School of Business Administration of São Paulo.
Outlook: Methods do not solve problems. Methods offer different kinds of explanation. Humans solve problems.
Approach: The essential difficulty with complexity is not in its resolution, for complexity is not irresolvable. Complexity is irresolvable only when accompanied by disorder. Hence, the road toward resolving complexity does not lie with approaches focused upon problem solving. The road lies with approaches that can, first and foremost, transform the disorder into some order. This implies the imposition of structure. Ergo: the need for problem structuring methods.
Focus: Creative human-centered approaches that methodologically address complex problems through bridging scientific research with applied interdisciplinary consulting and training, in order to facilitate decision-making that results in systemically desirable and culturally feasible change.
Research and Teaching: Network Science/Social Network Analysis/Graph Theory; Structural Analysis in Data Science; Social Science Methodology; Management Science and Decision Making; Problem Structuring Methods for Complexity and Negotiation; Economic and Political History of Europe; History of Science; Cartography.
Proficient in five languages. Experience across Europe, Africa, North America, South America, including: Lecturer and Research Officer at London School of Economics; Professor and MBA Director at Kingston University (UK); Visiting professor at London Business School, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Moscow), and Zaragoza University; Research Director at Rennes Business School (France); Research partner on European Union INTAS project 96-0952.
Author of the book "Thinking Through Systems Thinking" (Routledge 2007) that delineates an epistemology and ethics when undertaking structured systemic planning for systemic solutions to systemic problems.
Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral programs