Dr Rajneesh Chowdhury

Dr Rajneesh Chowdhury

College of Social Sciences
Assistant Professor
Birmingham Leadership Institute

Contact details

University of Birmingham
The Exchange
3 Centenary Square
B1 2DR

Dr Rajneesh Chowdhury serves as a faculty member at the Birmingham Leadership Institute. His current work focuses on designing and launching a practice-based systems thinking and systems leadership programme for middle and senior level professionals. In the past, he has worked as a management researcher and consultant with focus on organisation development, social impact and corporate reputation applying systems thinking for complex problem solving. He has advised and worked with some of the foremost organisations in the private, public and third sectors in several countries. After completing his M.A. in sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), Rajneesh has completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in systems thinking for management from the University of Hull Business School (UK).

Rajneesh has published extensively in highly respected peer-reviewed international journals. His book Systems Thinking For Management Consultants: Introducing Holistic Flexibility was published worldwide by Springer in 2019. He is the consultancy sector editor of Systems Research and Behavioral Science (published by Wiley), the official journal of the International Federation for the Systems Research. He has been appointed Fellow at the Centre for Systems Studies (University of Hull) for his continued contribution to systems thinking in academia and practice.

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  • PhD in Management, University of Hull, UK (2021)
  • MSc in Management Systems, University of Hull, UK (2003)
  • MA in Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (2002)
  • BA (Honours) in Sociology, University of Delhi, India (2000)


  • Systems thinking and practice
  • Systems leadership


  • Systems thinking for creative and flexible practice
  • Systems thinking and Hindu philosophy
  • Holistic Flexibility in systems thinking and practice

Other activities

  • Fellow, Centre for Systems Studies, University of Hull, UK
  • Consultancy sector editor, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Wiley


Journal papers 

Chowdhury, R. (2022) Methodological flexibility in systems thinking: Musings from the standpoint of a systems consultant. Systemic Practice and Action Research.Springer. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11213-022-09597-w

Chowdhury, R. (2022) Holistic Flexibility for Critical Systems Thinking inspired by the Nataraja. Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion. Taylor & Francis. DOI: https://doi.org/10.51327/NHIY7714          

Chowdhury, R. (2021) Applying VSM, SSM, and SAST for problem-structuring and problem-solving in health systems. Systemist. MDPI. ISSN: 0961-8309      

Chowdhury, R. (2020) An Appreciation of Metaphors in Management Consulting from the Conceptual Lens of Holistic Flexibility. Systems Research and Behavioral Science. Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/sres.2670

Chowdhury, R. & Jangle, N. (2018) Critical Systems Thinking Towards Enhancing Community Engagement in Micro-Insurance. Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s40171-018-0188-6  

Chowdhury, R. (2015) Using Interactive Planning to Create a Child Protection Framework in an NGO Setting. Systemic Practice and Action Research. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s11213-015-9343-6

Chowdhury, R. (2011) Organizational Design and Firm-wide Collaboration: Retrospective Appreciation of a Change-led Consulting Intervention in India within a Systems Thinking Paradigm. Systems Research and Behavioral Science. Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/sres.1139       

Chowdhury, R., Clarke, S., & Butler, R. (2007) Healthcare IT Project Failure: A Systems Perspective. Journal of Cases of Information Technology. IGI Publishing. DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2007100101


Chowdhury, R. (2019) Systems Thinking For Management Consultants: Introducing Holistic Flexibility. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-8530-8      

Book chapters

Chowdhury, R. (2022) COVID-19 and Employee Wellbeing: A systemic ideation. In: Jena, M. (eds.), Sociology of Covid-19 Pandemic in India. HAR-ANAND publishing. ISBN: 978-93-91504-04-5

Chowdhury, R., & Medhi, D. (2010) E-system for Public Health in India: Towards an Architectural Framework Incorporating Illiteracy and Linguistic Diversity. In: Cordoba-Pachon, J.R., & Ochoa-Arias, A.E. (eds.), Systems Thinking and E-Participation: ICT in the Governance of Society. IGI Publishing. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-860-4.ch006

Chowdhury, R., & Nobbs, A. (2008) Critical Insights into NHS Information Systems Deployment. In: Jemielniak, D., & Kociatkiewicz, J. (eds.), Management Practices in High Tech Environments. IGI Publishing. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-677-8.ch136     

Chowdhury, R. (2007) Healthcare Knowledge Management and Information Technology: A Systems Understanding. In: Bali, R.K., & Dwivedi, A.N. (eds.), Healthcare Knowledge Management: Issues, Advances and Successes. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-49009-0_4