An Introduction to Community Operational Research

  • Gerald Midgley
  • Alejandro E. Ochoa-Arias
Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)


It is common for introductory chapters of edited books to start by defining their subject matter. However, in this case, it is really the task of the whole book, not this paragraph, to communicate the meaning of Community Operational Research (‘Community OR’ for short). We say this because we believe that healthy research networks involve a diversity of participants with both common and divergent interests, and the Community OR network is no exception. For us to specify right at the start of this book what Community OR is all about would almost certainly mean marginalising other people’s concerns. We therefore prefer to portray Community OR, not as a finite set of ideas or activities, but as a label used by a variety of people engaged in debate and on-going learning about their own and other people’s community development practices.


Operational Research System Thinking Boundary Critique Operational Research Society General System Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Midgley
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alejandro E. Ochoa-Arias
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) Ltd.Christchurch Science CentreChristchurchNew Zealand
  2. 2.Centre for Systems Studies, Business SchoolUniversity of HullHullUK
  3. 3.Centro de Investigaciones en Sistemologia Interpretiva, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of Los AndesMéridaVenezuela

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