EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY OF SPECIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

William P. Hall, III, PhD
Email: william-hall@bigpond.com

PO Box 94
Riddells Creek, Vic. 3431
Australia


President
Kororoit Institute Proponents & Supporters, Inc

Principal
EA Principals

External associate
eScholorship Research Centre
University of Melbourne
Email: whall@unimelb.edu.au


Curriculum Vitae

List of Publications

A Woven Tapestry - What the CV Left Out

Essays and Sketches


A WOVEN TAPESTRY

I started college as a physics major, earned my doctorate in evolutionary biology from Harvard (1973), and most recently spent 17 years as a documentation systems and knowledge management analyst for Australia's largest defence contactor. As shown by my curriculum vitae and list of publications, my professional career spans disparate disciplines of organismic and evolutionary biology, cytological genetics - with a diversion into the theory of knowledge and the history of scientific revolutions; and more recently, computer journalism, technical writing, documentation systems analysis and organizational knowledge management.

Currently I am back in an academic environment on an honorary basis to test scientifically a tapestry of ideas assembled from these diverse careers about the biological or autopoietic nature of organizations (Hall 2003, 2005; Hall et al. 2005) and the coevolution of human cognition and knowledge management technologies (work in progress: Application Holy Wars or a New Reformation: A Fugue on the Theory of Knowledge).

Given the unusually diverse threads woven into my work, it may help readers to understand where these threads have come from. My CV and list of publications present the historical facts but they don't explain the weaving, which I will do here. Basically, my professional development consists of four phases:

  • youthful wandering in biology and the cosmos,
  • an academic career as a generalist in evolutionary biology concerned especially with the origin of species (my research), and the major features of evolution (as a teacher),
  • a second career as a technical communicator and knowledge manager immersed in revolutionary explosion of personal computing,
  • a new career focusing on the evolutionary biology of organizations as autopoietic entities and the evolution of knowledge as a new form of heredity - especially in the autopoietic organization.

These horizontal phases are held together through time by common threads of evolutionary biology and technology (mostly IT).


Youthful Explorations

Life as an Evolutionary Biologist

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TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS

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AUTOPOIETIC ORGANIZATIONS and the EVOLUTION OF KNOWLEDGE

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