Mark Westcombe

Teaching Fellow

Current Teaching

My teaching focuses on transferring the craft skills inherent to consulting, process consultancy and management practice. I predominently teach Problem Structuring Methods, particularly Cognitive Mapping, Strategic Options Development and Analysis (SODA) and Soft Systems Methodology (SSM). I have a strong interset in Project Based Learning, Groupwork, Academic Practice and Employability skills.

I am currently module leader for:

  • MSCI 105: Project Event Management
  • MSCI 354: Structuring Complex Problems
  • MSc OR 504: Structuring Complex Problems

And I contibute to:

  • MBA: Consultancy Challenge

I was previously Programme Director BSc Project Management.

Project management
Westcombe, M., Rand, G.K. 30/11/2013 In: Encyclopedia of operations research and management science. Springer 3 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Children and youth in Cohousing
Westcombe, M.M. 2010 In: Living Together - Cohousing Ideas and Realities Around the World. Stockholm

Taking problem structuring methods forward
Franco, A., Shaw, D., Westcombe, M. 05/2007 In: Journal of the Operational Research Society. 58, 5, 2 p.

Problem structuring methods: new directions in a problematic world
Shaw, D., Franco, A., Westcombe, M. 07/2006 In: Journal of the Operational Research Society. 57, 7, 2 p.

Where next for PSMs: a grassroots revolution?
Westcombe, M., Alberto Franco, L., Shaw, D. 07/2006 In: Journal of the Operational Research Society. 57, 7, p. 776-778. 3 p.
Journal article

Using decision support systems to facilitate the social process of knowledge management
Montibeller, G., Shaw, D., Westcombe, M. 1/05/2006 In: Knowledge Management Research and Practice. 4, 2, p. 125-137. 13 p.
Journal article

Wisdom, decision support and paradigms of decision making.
Mackenzie, A., Pidd, M., Rooksby, J., Sommerville, I., Warren, I., Westcombe, M. 1/04/2006 In: European Journal of Operational Research. 170, 1, p. 156-171. 16 p.
Journal article

The Interdependency of Science and Technology In User Requirements for High Performance Computing
Rooksby, J., Sommerville, I., Westcombe, M., Pidd, M. 01/2004

Supporting group knowledge management with software-based facilitation
Duncan Shaw, Gilberto Montibeller 2004 In: Proceedings of European Conference on Knowledge Management.

Managing Stakeholder Requirements in High Performance Computing Procurement
Rooksby, J., Sommerville, I., Westcombe, M., Pidd, M. 09/2003

Problem structuring methods for large group interventions
Shaw, D., Westcombe, M., Hodgkin, J., Montibeller Neto, G. 2003 In: KMAC2003. Operational Research Society p. 292-303. 12 p. ISBN: 0903440296.