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Thomas WhalenDr. Tom Whalen

Department Chair
Associate Professor
Business Administration


About Me

Dr. Tom Whalen in an Associate Professor of Business in the Business and Economics Department. Higher education is Tom’s third career. He previously served in the US Navy as an aviator and in the laptop computer industry in a variety of roles. He received his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Most recently Tom served at McPherson College (Kansas) where he taught management, marketing, and economics courses. His research interests include leadership, culture, social ontology, and social theory. Tom and his wife Cheryl live in Adams with their rescue dog Bridget.



Whalen, T. B. (2017). Complexity, society, and social transaction: Developing a comprehensive social theory. London, UK: Routledge - Taylor and Francis.

Whalen, T. B. (2014). Utilizing the social transaction theory of social ontology to understand organizational culture change. Business & Economics Research Journal, 12(1).

Whalen, T. B. (2013). A theory of social ontology: Explaining the emergence of society, culture, and economy. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, 7(1), 21-34.



Utilizing the transaction, negotiation, and emergence theory of social formation to understand organizational culture change. Breckenridge, Colorado International Academic Conference, August 5-7, 2013.

A theory of social ontology: Explaining the emergence of society, culture, and economy. 7th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Barcelona, Spain, June 25-28, 2012.

Contact Information

Office: Murdock 102B



Office Hours

Spring 2020
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
10:00-11:00 AM


Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University, 2011

M.S. in Management, Troy University, 1990

B.S. in Systems Engineering, US Naval Academy, 1982


Courses Taught

BADM 100, Explorations in Business

BADM 270, Marketing

BADM 366, Team Facilitation

MBA 602, Management

BADM 260, Management

BADM 490, Leadership