Michael Charlton

Michael Charlton

Senior Lecturer


Michael joined Sheffield Business School in 2011 after a 15 year career in industry. He is a member of the Business Operations and Systems (BOS) subject group and teaches across a range of modules, specialising in operations management, systems thinking, project management and business ethics. Prior to joining the university he was a senior commercial manager in the clothing industry and a project consultant in the public sector. As a commercial manager he project managed a number of successful IT projects including the implementation and development of ERP, CRM and forecasting systems. In the public sector he managed a portfolio of housing capital projects, including a major investment in a flagship housing regeneration scheme. 

Michael was educated at the University of Hull receiving a BA (Hons) in Management Systems. He  went on to graduate from the University of Nottingham with an MBA (2007). His professional and research interests lie in the development of systems thinking and problem structuring methods (PSMs) to help improve the definition and delivery of successful projects and to aid innovation in services, strategy and information systems deployment. He is interested in how problem structuring methods can be used in planning, consultation and stakeholder involvement. His research focuses on systems thinking for the uninitiated.



  • 2016: Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods in Business, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2012: Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2007: Master of Business Administration, University of Nottingham
  • 1989: BA Management Systems, University of Hull
  • 2014 to date: PhD Systems Thinking for the Uninitiated (Working Title), Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Membership of external committee


  • 2014 to 2015: Secretary of the YHORG, Operational Research Society (Regional), United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer

Teaching expertise

  • Business Information Systems
  • PRME
  • Quality
  • Strategic Management


  • Finance Accounting and Business Systems
  • Other

Industry Links

  • Consultancy
  • CPD/ Training
  • Other


Sheffield Business School

Business Operations and Systems

2014 to present: Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

2013 to present: Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

2012 to 2015: Senior lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

2011 to present: Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom


Journal articles

(n.d.). Controlling medicines in Europe: The harmonisation of regulatory toxicology assessed. Science and Public Policy. http://doi.org/10.1093/spp/22.6.354

Conference papers

Charlton, M. (2024). Ways of Seeing Wholes: Systemic-PSM and the Problem of Adoption [abstract only]. In Gandolfo, D. (Ed.) 8 TH BUSINESS SYSTEMS LABORATORY INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, University of Palermo, 11 January 2024 - 12 February 2024 (pp. 25-28). Business Systems Laboratory 2024: https://bslab-symposium.net/Palermo-2024/Palermo-2024-Book%20of%20Abstract-6-1.pdf

Charlton, M.I.C.H.A.E.L. (2017). The Growth in Bureaucratic Governance and "Meaningless Jobs": How does Systems Theory Respond? In Nonino, F., Armenia, S., & Dominici, G. (Eds.) Model-based Governance for a Smart Organizational Future: BSLab-SYDIC International Workshop, Rome, 23 January 2017 - 24 January 2017 (pp. 114-116). Business Systems Laboratory

Book chapters

Charlton, M. (1993). Self Referential Systems Theory. In Stowell, , West, , & Holwell, (Eds.) Systems Science: Addressing Global Issues. (pp. 631635). Paisley: Plenum Press


Breese, R., Jenner, S., Serra, C., Thorp, J., Bademi, A., & Charlton, M. (2018). Measures for benefits realization. Report produced by Sheffield Hallam University for the Project Management Institute.

Theses / Dissertations

Charlton, M. (2022). Ways of Seeing Wholes: Systemic Problem Structuring Methods for the Uninitiated. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Breese, R., & Wyton, P. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00510


Charlton, M. (2015). Is Speed the real ‘Enemy’ of the Systems Approach?

Charlton, M. (2012). PSM and Project Management in Community Regeneration.

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