Steven E. Wallis, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Human and Organizational Systems
Emphasis: Organizational Theory from complexity theory perspective, theory of theory.
Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA, 2006
M.A. Human and Organizational Systems
Emphasis: The explanatory capacity of theory.
Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA, 2004
Emphasis: Organization Development; Emotion and communication in work teams
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, 1998
Certificate – Quantitative Analysis, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 1995
Certificate – Marketing, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 1995
B.A. Sociology, Sonoma State University (with distinction), Rohnert Park, 1994
A.S. Electronics Technology, College of Marin, Kentfield, 1981
A.S. Physical Science, College of Marin, Kentfield, 1981
· Online teaching, Capella University, 2010
· Chairing committees / Mentoring doctoral students through the dissertation process, Capella University, 2010
ADDITIONAL AREAS OF EMPHASIS
· Organizational behavior, organizational theory, leadership/management
· Interdisciplinary study, analysis of concepts, theory of theory, metatheory
· Individuals, teams, and organizations as complex adaptive systems
· Organizational development, collaboration, policy, ethics
2011-present Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory.
Developed and delivered self-paced course: Critical Quantitative Metatheoretical Analysis.
2010-present Adjunct Faculty, Capella University, Harold Abel School of Social and
Behavioral Sciences. Integration course for MA students in I/O
Psychology department. Mentoring doctoral students.
2002 Adjunct Faculty, University of Phoenix, Novato, CA
Developed and delivered undergraduate course on Organizational Behavior for high-achieving, working adults.
2000 Visiting Professor, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Developed and delivered graduate course on Organizational Theory for working adults in MBA Program.
1997-1999 Adjunct Faculty, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Developed and delivered undergraduate course in Human Systems Leadership.
1997 Student Teacher, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Co-Developed and co-delivered undergraduate course in Human Systems Leadership.
2009 to Present Director – Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory
2009 to Present Fellow – Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding Graduate University
2008 to Present Competitive epee fencer.
1985 to Present Professional activities including project management, corporate training, personal coaching, skills-training (variety of topics from software to safety), and organization development consulting in various industries in Northern California.
Academic Publications & Conferences
Wallis, S. (in press, publication anticipated in 2012). “The Right Tool for the Job: Philosophy’s Evolving Role in Advancing Management Theory.” Philosophy of Management – Special Issue (Guest Editors: Stephen Sheard, Mark Dibben).
Wallis, S. (2011). “Existing and emerging methods for evaluating sociological theory:
Finding a way forward.” Presentation and panel discussion at the California Sociology Association 22nd Annual Meeting, “California and the World,” Nov. 4-5, 2011 Berkeley Marina Hotel, Berkeley, CA.
Wallis, S. (2011). “Avoiding Policy Failure: A Workable Approach.” Litchfield Park, AZ: Emergent Publications, I
Areas of Expertise
metatheory, metapolicy, theory of theory
An idea worth spreading
Why do policies fail? How can we objectively choose the best policy from two competing alternatives? How can we create better policies?
To answer these critical questions I wrote this article and suggest a new method for analyzing policies:
In this book I present data to support that method. "Avoiding Policy Failure" uses emerging metapolicy methodologies in case studies of policy texts to compare successful policies with ones that have failed. This book presents an innovative yet workable approach.
Avoiding Policy Failure uses emerging metapolicy methodologies in case studies of policy texts to compare successful policies with ones that have failed.
This book suggests a bold new standard for evaluating policies. Please try it an let me know what you think!
I'm passionate about
Why theories and policies work - and why they fail. I believe that I've found a new method for analyzing policies to determine (in advance) the extent to which they are likely to succeed.