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

Professor of Business Informatics

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


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.

  • Module Convenor for Architecture Leadership(MSc course)
  • Module Convenor for Strategic Information Management (MBA course)
  • Module Convenor for Organisational Dynamics: Systems Thinking in the Digital Age (MSc Course)