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Nancy Wallis
Nancy Wallis, PhD
Adjunct Faculty
Newport Beach, CA

PhD Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University, 1999
MBA, Focus in Organizational Behavior, UCLA, 1987
MSPH, Concentration in Health Services Management, UCLA, 1983
BS, Biochemistry, UC Davis, 1978

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Organization development and inspired organizational performance
  • Transformational leadership theory and the Leadership Development Framework (LDF)
  • Accelerating individual, interpersonal and systemic change
  • Developmental action inquiry
  • Expanding leadership development capacity of educational institutions, corporations and societal organizations and networks

Professional Memberships:

  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS)
  • Member, Academy of Management, Organizational Development and Change Division
  • Reviewer, Journal of Management Education
  • Founding Member, Editorial Board, Challenging Organizations and Society Journal. New journal published in Vienna, Austria.
  • Member, Academy of International Business


  • Wallis, Nancy, Yammarino, Francis J. and Feyerherm, Ann. “Individualized Leadership: A qualitative study of senior executive leaders. Leadership Quarterly, 22(182-206), 2011.
  • Wallis, Nancy. “Insights from Intersections: Using the Leadership Development Framework to explore emergent knowledge domains shared by individual and collective leader development.” Published proceedings from the 2010 Academy of Management International Conference on Management Learning in Vienna, Austria.
  • Wallis, Nancy and Zamulin, Andrey. “Russian Soul and American Freedom: A collaborative exploration of transformational and transactional leadership with Russian business leaders and graduate students.” Paper presented at the 2010 AoM Annual Meeting in Montreal.
  • Wallis, Nancy and Torbert, William R. “Exploring Action Inquiry: Experiments in 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd- person Research.” (work in progress). Partial funding from the Funds For Excellence, Graziadio School of Business & Management, Pepperdine University.
  • “Transformational Teaching and Dependency Group Conflict: Quinn Meets Bion in the Leadership Classroom.” Published proceedings from the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Western Academy of Management, Oakland, California, March 29-31, 2008.
  • “A Replication Study of Priorities and Attitudes of Two Nursing Programs’ Communities of Interest: An Appreciative Inquiry.” (with Marie Farrell and Marcy Tyler-Evans). Journal of Professional Nursing 23, 5 (2007): 267-277. 

Other Professional Activities:

  • 30 years’ managerial and consulting experience specializing in linking individual and senior leadership team development to improving organizational performance and delivering high-priority change initiatives in rapidly changing environments
  • Guest facilitator for ÖGGO (Austrian Association of Group Dynamics & Organization Consulting) Group Dynamics Seminar. Led English-speaking group in German speaking Group Dynamics system. University of Klagenfurt, Austria, December 2011.
  •  Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University
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