John Seddon

John Seddon

Managing director and founder of Vanguard

John Seddon is the founder and managing director of consulting agency Vanguard, and an expert in management science. He has four visiting professorships and was the first winner of the Harvard Business Review Management Innovation award.

He has appeared on BBC Two’s Newsnight, Radio 4’s Moral Maze, You and Yours and In Business. His work has been featured in publications including the Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, Financial Times, The Observer, and Forbes.

Seddon has published six books. In his 2008 book, Systems thinking in the public sector, he provided a criticism of the UK government reform programme and advocated its replacement by systems thinking. His book The Whitehall effect was published on 5 November 2014, in which he articulates a more productive role for government in public sector reform.

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