Milan Zeleny is an exile, globetrotter, professor, Czech, American, author, farmer, Bohemian Brother and “free native” of Klucké Chvalovice, Smrčany and Zbýšov, global professor, gardener, system scientist, economist, New Yorker, Prague-Žižkov patriot, FC Slavia Prague supporter, adviser, coach, ronin, seeker, mathematician, biologist, father, son, lover and friend, historian and visionary, soldier, reader, “former” soccer, basketball, and softball player, also a dancer, storyteller, shy and overconfident person, also aloner, lover of all things authentic and original, hater of all things mass and unoriginal, uncomplicated, modest and demanding, nostalgic and visionary.
He functions as a global professor of management systems and promoter of the Bata management system. He is a defender of free (not open) market capitalism, of non-party and non-ideological approach to economy. He holds the top position among the most cited Czech economists.
Currently, he is the Professor of Management Systems at Fordham University in New York, specializing in strategy, knowledge management, Bata management system, multiple criteria decision making, productivity of work and corporate management systems. He also lectures at the Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín, Xidian University in Xi’an in China, and numerous other places.
He has published over 500 professional papers (in English) and some 600 essays, stories, popular and newspaper articles (many of them in Czech). He founded and has been the Editor-in-chief (for over 33 years) of the Human Systems Management journal. He serves on dozens of editorial boards of international journals. He has written many books; in English for example Multiple Criteria Decision Making, Human Systems Management, Linear Multiobjective Programming, Autopoiesis: A Theory of Living Organization; in Czech: ČSFR Through the Eyes of an Exiled Economist, There’s Still Time, Roads to Success, In search of One´s Own Way, Don’t Learn from Your Own Mistakes, Everything Will Be Different, What a Strange World It Was, and many others.