John Pourdehnad, PhD

John Pourdehnad


4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

John Pourdehnad, PhD

Degrees Earned

BS, Mechanical and Production Engineering, Brunel University
PhD, Social Systems Sciences, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

John is an educator/consultant in the field of strategic management and change, using systems thinking as a worldview and design thinking as a methodology to solve complex interactive problems.

For nearly three decades as an associate of the late Russell L. Ackoff, he worked as a consultant in a broad range of industries including aerospace, chemicals, computer equipment, data services and software, electronics, energy, food and beverages, healthcare, hospitality, industrial equipment, automotive, insurance, metals, mining, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, utilities, and transportation.  Since 2000 he has been Associate Director of the Ackoff Center for Advancement of Systems Approaches (A-CASA) which is a part of the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. 

John is a member of the editorial board of the journal, Systems Research and Behavioral Science; a member of the Council on the International Competitiveness Development Program at the National Research Tomsk State University in the Russian Federation; Fellow of the Da Vinci Institute for Technology and Management in South Africa; and following his contributions in 2008 as a Fulbright Scholar, an honorary member of the Society for Organizational Excellence in Bulgaria. 

John earned a B.S. in Mechanical and Production Engineering from Brunel University London, Uxbridge, West London, England, and a PhD in Social Systems Sciences from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.