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Dr Magnus Ramage

Profile summary

  • Lecturer in Information Systems
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Computing & Communications
  • magnus.ramage

Professional biography

I have worked at the OU since 2000, always as a lecturer (and in the same office) but in a changing set of departments and faculties due to successive reorganisations. Some of the reorganisations made sense and created interesting new collaborations. I have been blessed to work with some brilliant colleagues and in an institution with a real commitment to high-quality learning and social inclusion. It is this sense of mission that makes the OU special.

I hold a PhD from Lancaster University in Information Systems. I am presently an elected member of Senate, and Equality & Diversity lead for the School of Computing & Communications.

Research interests

I carry out research on the nature of information, and the history of cybernetics and systems thinking. I co-chairs The Difference that Makes a Difference (DTMD), a series of workshops held since 2007 on the way different academic disciplines understand of information, which has drawn in scholars from social science, technology, physical science, philosophy and art, and has led to a number of edited publications and an increasingly active research group.

I am co-author of Systems Thinkers (2009, with Karen Shipp), and co-editor of Perspective on Information (2011, with David Chapman). I have been editor-in-chief since 2012 of Kybernetes: the international journal of cybernetics, systems and management sciences.

Teaching interests

I am module chair of TM353 IT Systems: Planning for Success (first presentation October 2015). Author and/or chair on several previous modules on information systems and systems thinking, including T219 Environmental Systems 1, T215 Communications & Information Technology, T853 Information Systems Legacy & Evolution and T205 Systems Thinking: Principles and Practice (chaired T853 in production & presentation, T205 in presentation).

Publications

The usage of best practices and procedures in the database community (2015-04)
Holt, Victoria; Ramage, Magnus; Kear, Karen and Heap, Nicholas
Information Systems, 49 (pp. 163-181)
Editorial: Living in a time of change (2013-01)
Ramage, Magnus; Bissell, Christopher and Chapman, David
Kybernetes, 42(1) (pp. 5-12)
Introduction: The difference that makes a difference (2012)
Chapman, David and Ramage, Magnus
tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 11(1) (pp. 1-5)
On the design of systems-oriented university curricula (2009)
Jones, Jed; Bosch, Ockie; Drack, Manfred; Horiuchi, Yoshihide and Ramage, Magnus
The Research Reports of Shibaura Institute of Technology (Social Sciences and Humanities), 43(1) (pp. 121-130)
Norbert and Gregory: Two strands of cybernetics (2009)
Ramage, Magnus
Information, Communication and Society, 12(5) (pp. 735-749)
On boundaries and disciplines: constructing a set of key systems thinkers (2006-06)
Ramage, Magnus and Shipp, Karen
Systemist, 28(2) (pp. 225-234)
[Book Review of] 'Storytelling in organizations: Facts, Fictions, and Fantasies' by Yiannis Gabriel (2003)
Matzdorf, Fides and Ramage, Magnus
Management Learning, 34(2) (pp. 271-274)
So what's a metaproject for? (2001-12)
Ramage, Magnus
Systemic Practice and Action Research, 14(6) (pp. 669-680)
Rapid institutional appraisal (2001-12)
Armson, R.; Ison, R.L.; Short, L.; Ramage, M. and Reynolds, M.
Systemic Practice and Action Research, 14(6) (pp. 763-777)
Evaluating groupware support for software engineering students (2001-01)
Drummond, Sarah; Boldyreff, Cornelia and Ramage, Magnus
Computer Science Education, 11(1) (pp. 33-54)
Organisational scenarios and legacy systems (2001)
Brooke, Carole and Ramage, Magnus
International Journal of Information Management, 21(5) (pp. 365-384)
Technology choice at CallCentre (2001)
Brooke, Carole and Ramage, Magnus
Electronic Journal of Information Systems Evaluation, 5(1)
Systems Thinkers (2009-09)
Ramage, Magnus and Shipp, Karen
ISBN : 978-1-84882-524-6 | Publisher : Open University/Springer-Verlag | Published : London
Learning and Change in the Work of Donald Schön: Reflection on Theory and Theory on Reflection (2017-07)
Ramage, Magnus
In: Szabla, David B.; Pasmore, William A.; Barnes, Mary A. and Gipson, Asha N. eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers (pp. 1159-1172)
ISBN : 978-3-319-52879-3 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : New York
Expanding the concept of ‘model’: the transfer from technological to human domains within systems thinking (2012-02)
Ramage, Magnus and Shipp, Karen
In: Bissell, Chris and Dillon, Chris eds. Ways of Thinking, Ways of Seeing (pp. 121-144)
ISBN : 978-3-642-25208-2 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Berlin
Introduction (2011)
Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David
In: Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David eds. Perspectives on Information. Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science (pp. 1-7)
ISBN : 9780415884105 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York
Competing models of information in the history of cybernetics (2011)
Ramage, Magnus
In: Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David eds. Perspectives on Information. Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science (pp. 8-20)
ISBN : 978-0-415-88410-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York
Conclusion (2011)
Chapman, David and Ramage, Magnus
In: Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David eds. Perspectives on Information. Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science (pp. 154-159)
ISBN : 978-0-415-88410-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York
Evaluating collaborative technologies: a simple method (2010-01)
Ramage, Magnus
In: Donelan, Helen; Kear, Karen and Ramage, Magnus eds. Online Communication and Collaboration: A Reader (pp. 73-77)
ISBN : 978-0-415-56478-6 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Communities of practice – real and virtual (2010-01)
Ramage, Magnus
In: Donelan, Helen; Kear, Karen and Ramage, Magnus eds. Online Communication and Collaboration: A Reader (pp. 176-178)
ISBN : 978-0-415-56478-6 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Information systems: a cyborg discipline? (2004-07)
Ramage, Magnus
In: Kaplan, Bonnie; Truex, Dwayne P.; Wastell, David; Wood-Harper, A. Trevor and DeGross, Janice I. eds. Information systems research: relevant theory and informed practice. IFIP International Federation for Information Processing (143)
ISBN : 1402080948 | Publisher : Kluwer Academic Publishers | Published : Boston, USA
Global perspectives on legacy systems (2002)
Ramage, Magnus
In: Henderson, Peter ed. Systems engineering for business process change: new directions: collected papers from the EPSRC research programme (pp. 309-316)
ISBN : 1852333995 | Publisher : Springer | Published : London, UK
Perspectives on Information (2011-04)
Ramage, Magnus and Chapman, David eds.
Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science
ISBN : 978-0-415-88410-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York
Online communication and collaboration: A Reader (2010-01)
Donelan, Helen; Kear, Karen and Ramage, Magnus eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-56478-6 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Religion, Information and Ritual: Understanding Difference in a Sacred Context (2017)
Ramage, Magnus
In : IS4SI 2017 Summit DIGITALISATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY (12–16 June 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Meaning, Selection & Narrative: The Information We See and the Information We Don’t (2017)
Ramage, Magnus
In : IS4SI 2017 Summit DIGITALISATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY (12–16 June 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Cyberneticists at war and peace: wrestling with ethical dilemmas of information (2015-06)
Ramage, Magnus and Bissell, Christopher
In : The Difference That Makes a Difference (DTMD 2015) (5 June 2015, Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
Teaching software systems thinking at The Open University (2015-05)
Wermelinger, Michel; Hall, Jon; Rapanotti, Lucia; Barroca, Leonor; Ramage, Magnus and Bandara, Arosha
In : Joint Software Engineering Education and Training Conference (18-22 May 2015, Florence, Italy) (pp. 307-310)
IT project management in developing countries: approaches and factors affecting success in the microfinance sector of Bangladesh (2011-12-04)
Mia, Mohammed Badruddozza and Ramage, Magnus
In : 6th International Research Workshop on IT Project Management (IRWITPM) (4 December 2011, Shanghai, China)
Overlapping and Information Systems in Microcredit: a Bangladesh perspective (2011-06)
Mia, Mohammad Badruddozza and Ramage, Magnus
In : Second European Research Conference on Microfinance (16-18 June 2011, Groningen, The Netherlands)
Systems thinkers think About systems education under the April 2010 (volcanic ash) clouds of Austria (2010-08)
Bosch, O.; Maani, K.; McIntyre, J.; Ossimitz, G.; Ramage, M. and Vesterby, V.
In : Systems for Education, Engineering, Service and Sustainability: Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Federation for Systems Research Conversation (10-15 Apr 2010, Pernegg, Austria)
Forms and processes of information systems evolution (2006)
Ramage, Magnus
In : 11th Conference of the UK Academy of Information Systems (9-11 April 2006, University of Gloucestershire, UK)

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