Fred Collopy, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of Information Systems and Professor of Cognitive Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He received his Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has done research on forecasting, the perception of time by computer users, the impact of competitor information on decision-making, and the application of design ideas to management. With Dick Boland he edited Managing as Designing, which was published by Stanford University Press. His research has been published in both academic and practitioner journals including Chief Executive and Interfaces. A website detailing his work is available at http://collopy.case.edu. As a software designer and developer, he created The Desk Organizer (published in 1982 by Warner Software), Rule-Based Forecasting (an expert system to select among alternative business forecasting models), Imager (an instrument for playing visual music), and most recently Business Animator (an interactive implementation of the cycle model).
He has consulted in the areas of information systems (Cleveland Foundation, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Hillmed Medical, IBM, Society Bank, KeyCorp, Ford Motor Company, Sealy, Biological & Popular Culture, Inc., Cleveland Public Schools), business forecasting (Prodigy—IBM/Sears, Prince Manufacturing, Fingerhut Corporation, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Naval Office of Personnel Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, WCPN—Cleveland Public Radio, Cleveland Public Schools), and telecommunications modeling (City of Cincinnati, State of Massachusetts, Mid-States Theaters, National Urban League).