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Walsh College Department Chair Presents Findings on Decision Science at the Royal Society in London

Dr. Sheila R. Ronis, professor and chair, Management, Walsh College, served as guest speaker on the use of foresight methodologies to improve public policy on September 12, 2014 at the Royal Society in London, U.K., invited by the Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, Kt., the former president of the Royal Society and master of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Dr. Ronis, who is also director, Center for Complex and Strategic Decisions (CCSD) at Walsh, traced the Center’s work on the Project for National Security Reform. It included details on how the CCSD is experimenting with judgment and decision sciences for a conceptual set of capabilities for the Executive Office of the President of the United States.

Established as a research center, the CCSD assists leaders in government, business, and other organizations in making better decisions. Management research in complexity, judgment, and decision sciences benefits federal, state, and local governments, as well as multinational corporations headquartered in Michigan and across the country.

Other organizations also participate in research to test and develop research tools. The project-based CCSD is establishing partnerships with many organizations to conduct research.

The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists, drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine.

The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding charters of the 1660s, is to recognize, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Dr. Ronis holds three degrees from The Ohio State University: A master of arts and a Ph.D. in large social systems science, and a bachelor of science in physics, mathematics, and education.

She is also president, The University Group, Inc., a management consulting firm and think tank specializing in strategic management, visioning, leadership, national security, and public policy. Dr. Ronis holds a joint appointment with Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago, and serves as vice chairman of the board, National Defense University Foundation.

Her professional affiliations include The Ohio State Alumni Association as former vice-chairman, Board of Directors; life memberships in The Economic Club of Detroit, Association of the U.S. Army, National Defense Industrial Association, and the World Future Society; member, Academy of Management; and fellow, Inter-University Symposium of Armed Forces and Society. In 2013, Dr. Ronis was awarded the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Outstanding Public Service Award in a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C.

On her recent visit to the U.K., Dr. Ronis also presented a paper on September 12, 2014 at the University of Hull on “Strategy, Policy, and Complexity: Lessons from the Study of National Security Systems.”

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Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, accredits specific degree programs.