Faculty Profile: Gary Metcalf

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Gary Metcalf

Gary Metcalf is a part-time faculty in the Organizational Systems concentration. As an international consultant and speaker, his practice ranges from learning to leadership. He is also a part-time faculty member in schools of business in the US and in India. He received his PhD from Saybrook in Human Science and has remained active in systems organizations, presenting and publishing internationally. He currently serves as President for the International Federation for Systems Research, based in Vienna, Austria and is the past president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (2008). His primary research interest is in the nature of social systems."

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution


Current Projects and Professional Activities

 I am currently focused on developing and delivering leadership programs, through the Center for Innovation and Leadership at Ohio University, the Federal Executive Institute in VA, and other private contracts. I'm also working on publication of a book with two other colleagues, regarding systems thinking a complexity in management and organizations.

Important Conference Presentations

  • July 4-9, 2004, 48th Annual Conference, The International Society of Systems Sciences, Asilomar, CA
  • May 19-21, 2004 International Conference on Systems Thinking in Management, Philadelphia. PA
  • November 17-19, 2003 International Business Interface Conference, Quito, Ecuador
  • December 2003 Seminar for MBA students in Bangalor, India
  • 2003, 47th Annual Conference, The International Society of Systems Sciences, Crete, Greece 

Research Interests

Current research interests are in the area of social systems – basic theories, and as applied to organizations and global economic/political systems.

Research Expertise

Basic competence in both qualitative and quantitative methods. Interest in theoretical approaches.

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

Can help students with writing and publishing; guidance on integrating learning and practice.

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling