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Professor David C Lane, BSc Brist, MSc DPhil Oxf, FORS

Professor of Business Informatics

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Specialisms

  • Policy Analysis, 
  • System Dynamics Modelling, 
  • Complexity and Systems Thinking, 
  • Operational Research / Management Science, 
  • Group Decision Making

Location

LG11, Henley Business School, Whiteknights campus

Prof Lane specialises in strategic analysis using system dynamics, systems thinking and other OR/MS approaches. He has 35 years of experience helping senior managers to think through the long-term policies of their organisation.

David Lane studied Mathematics at the University of Bristol, where he was in Wills Hall. He graduated with a First. Moving to the University of Oxford, he obtained a Master of Science degree in ‘Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis’. He went on to obtain a Doctorate (D.Phil.) in mathematical biology, under the supervision of James D. Murray.

He was a consultant in Shell Int. and a marketing manager in Shell UK. He was previously at City University Business School and then London School of Economics and Political Science. He has consulting and executive education experience in a range of commercial and public sector/government organisations. A member of the Home Office Science Advisory Council (HOSAC), he provides independent advice to improve the quality of the science and research informing policy development and implementation.

2004 - Fellow of the Operational Research Society for "outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of OR"

2005 - LSE award for outstanding performance and innovation in teaching.

2007 - Jay Wright Forrester Award "for the best contribution to the field of system dynamics in the preceding five years".

2008 - Student-nominated LSE Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award.

2010 - Advisor to the Munro Review of Child Protection for the Department for Education.

2011 - President of the System Dynamics Society.

2013 - Honorary President, LSE Students’ Union.

2014 - OR Society’s President’s Medal: for the application of systems modelling approaches in the child protection sector.

2020 - System Dynamics Society’s ‘System Dynamics Application Award’: for his public health-related epidemiological modelling work on norovirus, conducted for the Food Standards Agency

David is an Honorary Professor at the University of Hull. He greatly enjoys the works of Shakespeare and Beethoven, admires Enlightenment political philosopher Thomas Paine, and is clueless when it comes to many other things.

Reference: Lane, D. C. and Duggan, J. (2021) Addressing public health and security challenges with system dynamics: selected papers from the ninth European system dynamics workshop, at National University of Ireland Galway. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 37 (6). pp. 867-874. ISSN 1099-1743 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.2754
Reference: Lane, D. (2019) New truths begin as heresies: first thoughts on system dynamics and global modelling. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 36 (2). pp. 233-243. ISSN 1099-1743 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.2585
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Videira, N. (2019) Modelling sustainability pathways: bridging science, policy and society. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 36 (2). pp. 147-155. ISSN 1099-1743 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.2586
Reference: Lane, D. , Husemann, E., Holland, D. and Khaled, A. (2019) Understanding foodborne transmission mechanisms for Norovirus: a study for the UK's Food Standards Agency. European Journal of Operational Research, 275 (2). pp. 721-736. ISSN 0377-2217 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2018.11.070
Reference: Lane, D. and Sterman, J. D. (2019) Jay W. Forrester 1918-2016. National Academy of Engineering Memorial Tributes (22). pp. 114-120.
Reference: Calder, M., Craig, C., Culley, D., de Cani, R., Donnelly, C. A., Douglas, R., Edmonds, B., Gascoigne, J., Gilbert, N., Hargrove, C., Hinds, D., Lane, D. C. , Mitchell, D., Pavey, G., Robertson, D., Rosewell, B., Sherwin, S., Walport, M. and Wilson, A. (2018) Computational modelling for decision-making: where, why, what, who and how. Royal Society Open Science, 5 (6). 172096. ISSN 2054-5703 doi: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.172096
Reference: Walport, M., Calder, M., Craig, C., Culley, D., de Cani, R., Donnelly, C., Douglas, R., Edmonds, B., Gascoigne, J., Gilbert, N., Hargrove, C., Hinds, D., Lane, D. C. , Mitchell, D., Robertson, D., Rosewell, B., Sherwin, S. and Wilson, A., (2018) Computational modelling: technological futures. Report. Government Office for Science, London.
Reference: Lane, D. and Husemann, E. (2018) System dynamics mapping of acute patient flows. In: Kunc, M. (ed.) System dynamics: soft and hard operational research. OR Essentials. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 391-415. ISBN 9781349952564
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Sterman, J. D. (2018) A model simulator: the lives of Jay W. Forrester. Journal of Simulation, 12 (2). pp. 90-97. ISSN 1747-7786 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17477778.2017.1404205
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2017) 'Behavioural System Dynamics': a very tentative and slightly sceptical map of the territory. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 34 (4). pp. 414-423. ISSN 1099-1743 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.2465
Reference: Lane, D. and Husemann, E. (2016) System dynamics mapping of acute patient flows. In: Mustafee, N. (ed.) Operational Research for Emergency Planning in Healthcare. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 125-147. ISBN 9781137573261
Reference: Lane, D. , Monefeldt, C. and Rosenhead, J. V. (2016) Looking in the wrong place for healthcare improvements: a system dynamics study of an Accident and Emergency Department. In: Mustafee, N. (ed.) Operational Research for Emergency Planning in Healthcare. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 92-121. ISBN 9781137573261
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2016) “Till the muddle in my mind have cleared awa”: can we help shape policy using systems modelling? Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 33 (5). pp. 633-650. ISSN 1099-1743 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.2422
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2016) What we talk about when we talk about ‘systems thinking’. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 67 (3). pp. 527-528. ISSN 0160-5682 doi: https://doi.org/10.1057/jors.2015.10
Reference: Lane, D. , Munro, E. and Husemann, E. (2016) The child protection jigsaw. Impact magazine. pp. 42-45. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/2058802x.2016.11963997
Reference: Lane, D. C. , Munro, E. and Husemann, E. (2016) Blending systems thinking approaches for organisational analysis: reviewing child protection in England. European Journal of Operational Research, 251 (2). pp. 613-623. ISSN 0377-2217 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2015.10.041
Reference: Lane, D. C. , Pala, Ö. and Barlas, Y. (2015) Health, demographic change and well-being: the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme and System Dynamics. Systems Research & Behavioral Science, 32 (4). pp. 407-413. ISSN 1092-7026 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.2333
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2015) Validity is a matter of confidence-but not just in system dynamics. Systems Research & Behavioral Science, 32 (4). pp. 450-458. ISSN 1092-7026 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.2337
Reference: Lane, D. , (2014) Modelling the foodborne transmission mechanisms for norovirus. Project Report. Food Standards Agency, London.
Reference: Lane, D. , Strohhecker, J. and Größler, A. (2012) Developing sustainable strategies with system dynamics. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 29 (6). pp. 541-546. ISSN 1099-1743 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.2147
Reference: Lane, D. (2012) What is a ‘Policy Insight’? Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 29 (6). pp. 590-595. ISSN 1099-1743 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.2148
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Sterman, J. D. (2011) Jay Wright Forrester. In: Assad, A. A. and Gass, S. I. (eds.) Profiles in operations research : pioneers and innovators. International Series in Operations Research & Management Science (147). Springer, Boston, pp. 363-386. ISBN 9781441962805
Reference: Bechberger, E., Lane, D. C. , McBride, T., Morton, A., Quintas, D. and Wong, C. H. (2011) The National Audit Office uses OR to assess the value for money of public services. Interfaces: An International Journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, 41 (4). pp. 365-374. ISSN 0092-2102 doi: https://doi.org/10.1287/inte.1110.0551
Reference: Lane, D. , Bianchi, C. and Bivona, E. (2010) Public sector applications of the system dynamics approach. Systems Research & Behavioral Science, 27 (4). pp. 355-360. ISSN 1099-1743
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2010) Participative modelling and big issues: defining features of system dynamics? Systems Research & Behavioral Science, 27 (4). pp. 461-465. ISSN 1092-7026 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.1048
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2010) High leverage interventions: three cases of defensive action and their lessons for OR/MS today. Operations Research, 58 (6). pp. 1535-1547. ISSN 1526-5463 doi: https://doi.org/10.1287/opre.1100.0887
Reference: Lane, D. (2009) A young OR guide to giving bad presentations: N-rules for assuring failure. In: Tako, E. (ed.) Keynote papers: Young OR 16 Conference. Operational Research Society, pp. 64-77.
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Husemann, E. (2009) What does the arrow mean? : observations on system dynamics mapping and the potential for experimentation with other methods. In: Strohhecker, J. (ed.) Strategisches und operatives Produktionsmanagement : Empirie und Simulation. Gabler, Wiesbaden, pp. 327-350. ISBN 9783834917669
Reference: Sterman, J. D. and Lane, D. C. (2008) Jay Wright Forrester. Production and Operations Management, 17 (4). i-ii. ISSN 1059-1478
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Schwaninger, M. (2008) Theory building with system dynamics: topic and research contributions. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 25 (4). pp. 439-445. ISSN 1099-1743 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.912
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Husemann, E. (2008) System dynamics mapping of acute patient flows. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 59 (2). pp. 213-224. ISSN 0160-5682 doi: https://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602498
Reference: Lane, D. (2008) Formal theory building for the avalanche game: explaining counter-intuitive behaviour of a complex system using geometrical and human behavioural/physiological effects. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 25 (4). pp. 521-542. ISSN 1099-1743 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.911
Reference: Lane, D. and Husemann, E. (2008) Steering without Circe : attending to reinforcing loops in social systems. System Dynamics Review, 24 (1). pp. 37-61. ISSN 1099-1727 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sdr.396
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2008) The emergence and use of diagramming in system dynamics: a critical account. Systems Research & Behavioral Science, 25 (1). pp. 3-23. ISSN 1092-7026 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.826
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2007) The power of the bond between cause and effect. System Dynamics Review, 23 (2-3). pp. 95-118. ISSN 0883-7066
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2006) IFORS' Operational Research Hall of Fame Jay Wright Forrester. International Transactions in Operational Research, 13 (5). pp. 483-492. ISSN 0969-6016
Reference: Lane, D. C. , Rouwette, E. A.J.A. and Vennix, J. A.M. (2006) System dynamics in organizational consultation: modelling for intervening in organizations. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 23 (4). pp. 443-449. ISSN 1099-1743 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.771
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2004) Rational agents or accomplished social actors? Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 21 (4). pp. 433-438. ISSN 1099-1743 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.650
Reference: Lane, D. C. , Größler, A. and Milling, P. M. (2004) Rationality in system dynamics: modelling human and organizational decision making. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 21 (4). pp. 313-317. ISSN 1099-1743 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.641
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Husemann, E. (2004) Movie marketing strategy formation with system dynamics: towards a multidisciplinary adoption/diffusion theory of cinema-going. In: Maier, F. (ed.) Komplexität und Dynamik Als Herausforderung Für Das Management. DUV, pp. 179-222. ISBN 3824482185
Reference: Lane, D. C. , Monefeldt, C. and Husemann, E. (2003) Client involvement in simulation model building: hints and insights from a case study in a London hospital. Health Care Management Science, 6 (2). pp. 105-116. ISSN 1386-9620
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Husemann, E. (2002) Steering away from Scylla, falling into Charybdis: the importance of recognising, simulating and challenging reinforcing loops in social systems. In: Milling, P.M. (ed.) Entscheiden in Komplexen Systemen. Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, Germany, pp. 27-68. ISBN 3428106830
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2001) Rerum cognoscere causas: part I - How do the ideas of system dynamics relate to traditional social theories and the voluntarism/determinism debate? System Dynamics Review, 17 (2). pp. 97-118. ISSN 0883-7066
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2001) Rerum cognoscere causas: part II - opportunities generated by the agency/structure debate and suggestions for clarifying the social theoretic position of system dynamics. System Dynamics Review, 17 (4). pp. 293-309. ISSN 0883-7066
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2000) Diagramming conventions in system dynamics. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 51 (2). pp. 241-245. ISSN 0160-5682
Reference: Lane, D. C. , Monefeldt, C. and Rosenhead, J. (2000) Looking in the wrong place for healthcare improvements: a system dynamics study of an accident and emergency department. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 51 (5). pp. 518-531. ISSN 0160-5682
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2000) Modelling as learning: a consultancy methodology for enhancing in management terms. In: Morecroft, J. D. W. and Sterman, J. (eds.) Modeling for Learning Organizations. System Dynamics Series. Productivity Press, Portland, Oregon, USA, pp. 85-118. ISBN 9781563272509
Reference: Lane, D. C. (2000) Should system dynamics be described as a 'hard' or 'deterministic' systems approach? Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 17 (1). pp. 3-22. ISSN 1099-1743
Reference: Lane, D. C. (1999) Social theory and system dynamics practice. European Journal of Operational Research, 113 (3). pp. 501-527. ISSN 0377-2217
Reference: Lane, D. C. (1999) Friendly amendment: a commentary on Doyle and Ford's proposed re-definition of 'mental model'. System Dynamics Review, 15 (2). pp. 185-194. ISSN 0883-7066 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1099-1727(199922)15:2<185::AID-SDR166>3.0.CO;2-C
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Rosenhead, J. (1998) Emergency - but no accident - a system dynamics study of casualty waiting times in the British NHS. Eurohealth, 4 (1). pp. 34-36. ISSN 1356-1030
Reference: Lane, D. C. (1998) Jay Wright Forrester (1918-). In: Warner, M. (ed.) The Iebm Handbook of Management Thinking. International encyclopedia of business and management. Thomson Business Press, London, U.K., pp. 215-219.
Reference: Lane, D. C. , Monefeldt, C. and Rosenhead, J. (1998) Emergency - but no accident - a system dynamics study of an accident and emergency department. OR Insight, 11 (4). pp. 2-10. ISSN 0953-5543
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Olivia, R. (1998) The greater whole: towards a synthesis of system dynamics and soft systems methodology. European Journal of Operational Research, 107 (1). pp. 214-235. ISSN 0377-2217
Reference: Lane, D. (1998) Can we have confidence in generic structures? Journal of the Operational Research Society, 49 (9). pp. 936-947. ISSN 0160-5682 doi: https://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2600605
Reference: Lane, D. C. (1997) Diary of an oil market model: how a system dynamics modelling process was used with managers to resolve conflict and to generate insight. In: Bunn, D. W. and Larsen, E. R. (eds.) Systems Modelling for Energy Policy. Wiley, Chichester, UK, pp. 205-240. (Unpublished)
Reference: Lane, D. C. (1997) From discussion to dialogue: a case study using an interactive system dynamics modelling approach (De la discussion au dialogue: une etude de cas d'utilisation interacitve de la dynamique des systemes). Revue des Systemes de decision, 6 (3). pp. 251-281. ISSN 1166-8636
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Smart, C. (1996) Reinterpreting 'generic structure': evolution, application and limitations of a concept. System Dynamics Review, 12 (2). pp. 87-120. ISSN 0883-7066
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Smart, C. (1996) Reinterpreting ‘generic structure’: evolution, application and limitations of a concept. System Dynamics Review, 12 (2). pp. 87-120. ISSN 1099-1727 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1099-1727(199622)12:2<87::AID-SDR98>3.0.CO;2-S
Reference: Lane, D. C. (1995) The folding star: a comparative reframing and extension of validity concepts in system dynamics. In: Shimada, T. and Saeed, K. (eds.) Proceedings of the 1995 International System Dynamics Conference. Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 111-130.
Reference: Lane, D. C. (1995) On a resurgence of management simulations and games. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 46 (5). pp. 604-625. ISSN 0160-5682
Reference: Lane, D. C. (1995) Trying to think systematically about 'systems thinking'. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 46 (9). pp. 1158-1162. ISSN 0160-5682
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Jackson, M. C. (1995) Only connect: an annotated bibliography reflecting the breadth and diversity of systems thinking. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 12 (3). pp. 217-228. ISSN 1099-1743
Reference: Lane, D. C. and Rosenhead, J. (1994) Only connect! Part 1: an annotated selection from the literature on the problem structuring methods of 'soft' operational research. In: Wolstenholme, E. and Monaghan, C. (eds.) Proceedings of the 1994 International System Dynamics Conference: Problem Solving Methodologies. University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, pp. 147-157.
Reference: Lane, D. C. (1994) With a little help from our friends: how system dynamics and soft OR can learn from each other. System Dynamics Review, 10 (2 - 3). pp. 101-134. ISSN 1099-1727 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/sdr.4260100203
Reference: Lane, D. C. (1993) The road not taken: observing a process of issue selection and model conceptualization. System Dynamics Review, 9 (3). pp. 239-264. ISSN 0883-7066
Reference: Lane, D. C. (1992) Modelling as learning: a consultancy methodology for enhancing learning in management teams. European Journal of Operational Research, 59 (1). pp. 64-84. ISSN 0377-2217
Reference: Morecroft, J. D. W., Lane, D. C. and Viita, P. S. (1991) Modeling growth strategy in a biotechnology startup firm. System Dynamics Review, 7 (2). pp. 93-116. ISSN 0883-7066
Reference: Lane, D. C. , Murray, J. D. and Manoranjan, V. S. (1987) Analysis of wave phenomena in a morphogenetic mechanochemical model and an application to post-fertilization waves on eggs. IMA Journal of Mathematics Applied in Medicine and Biology, 4 (4). pp. 309-331. ISSN 1477-8602
Reference: Hewinson, R. G., Lane, D. C. , Slack, M. P. E. and Nichols, W. W. (1986) The permeability parameter of the outer membrane of pseudomonas aeruginosa Varies with the concentration of a test substrate, cephalosporin C. Microbiology, 132 (1). pp. 27-33. ISSN 1350-0872

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