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Strategic Planning, Issue Analysis
Identify strategic opportunities in the face of massive technological and regulatory change, using complex reasoning tools. Employment or by contract.
Consultant -- Strategic planning, issue analysis and technology forecasting.
Columnist -- The Electricity Daily.
Research -- Chaos management and complex reasoning.
Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh (1974). Specializing in Mathematical Logic and Conceptual Analysis. Doctoral thesis was an analysis of scientific and technological revolutions.
B.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University (1964).
1965-1970. Water resources engineer for the civil works program of the Army Corps of Engineers. I worked my way through grad school designing large dams. Experience with the new National Environmental Policy Act got me interested in the logic of complex issues. Helping implement computer-based engineering, which was new at the time, started a lasting interest in technological revolutions. In fact my first major paper was titled "The Structure of Technological Revolutions."
1970 - 1976. Faculty of Carnegie-Mellon University, where I helped to found the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. Focus on technological revolutions and technology intensive regulation.
My research centered on (1) strategic regulatory issues, and (2) developing a mathematical model of complex issues. At the same time I was a national consultant to the civil works program of the Army Corps of Engineers, on the management issues involved in implementing new engineering computer applications. I started designing regulatory compliance systems for major firms in the Pittsburgh area, using new methods of complex issue analysis that I developed at CMU.
1976 - 1981. Head of Adams & Wojick Associates. Using the tools I had developed at CMU, plus ongoing innovations, our engineers analyzed federal regulations for industry and government. We designed the required rules, procedures and information systems, as well as looking for confusion causing factors. Rising to the national policy level, I helped write regulatory reform legislation and to set up the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in OMB. I received a national award from Engineering News Record for "helping EPA to engineer better regulations".
1981 - present. Independent consulting and research. I have used my mathematical and engineering tools to help people deal with big regulatory and technological changes. This practice has expanded from the regulatory arena to massive paradigm shifts like technological and global policy revolutions.
Clients have ranged from banks, trade associations and industrial firms to the Chief of Naval Research and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. (See Distinguished Client List) At first much of this work was in Defense. At present most of it is with the electric power industry, where global deregulation is creating bold new uses of information. Between 1991 and 1994, I was strategic planning consultant to the AES Corporation, helping to make them one of the world's largest independent power producers. I now cover strategic power issues for the Electricity Daily, especially the growing collision between the Megatrends of deregulation and environmentalism.
The basic research program started at Carnegie-Mellon goes on. The thrust is formal analysis and modeling of (1) regulatory change, (2) new science and technology, and (3) the dynamics of information. I have developed several powerful tools in these areas.
My work combines engineering, mathematics and management science, but it is not academic. My experience is working with top Federal and industry executives on the front lines of big change.
My field is to navigate untested waters.