Professor Joseph L. Wallis has served as Dean of the School of Business at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah since 2018. His primary focus has been in developing and steering leadership team and faculty toward the implementation of a mission-based strategy so that it will receive initial accreditation by AACSB. This was achieved in after a visit by a peer review team in Spring 2023. This strategy has resulted in continuous improvements in the areas of enriching student experiences, enhancing academic rigor, assuring student learning, placing program development on a sustainable path, enhancing the quality and impact of faculty research, expanding community outreach, building linkages with industry and academic partners, enhancing the career development of faculty and ensuring high quality student advising
Prior to assuming this position, he was a Professor of Economics and Public Administration at the American University of Sharjah (2003-2018) during which time he served as Head of the Department of Management (2005-2016). He also played a lead role in processes through which the School of Business Administration in this institution gained initial accreditation in 2011 with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and subsequent re-accreditation with this body in 2016.
Before his appointment at the American University of Sharjah, Prof. Wallis was a faculty member in the Departments of Economics at the University of Otago in New Zealand from 1987 to 2003 and Rhodes University in South Africa from 1984 to 1987. During his academic career which commenced after the completion of his PhD in Economics at Rhodes University in 1984, he was able to launch a program of scholarly research and professional consulting that has become increasingly cross-disciplinary and now encompasses the areas of economics, public administration, public policy, leadership and ethics. This is currently reflected in a publication record, cited over 2000 times by Google Scholar, that includes five favorably reviewed scholarly books by reputable UK publishers (Market Failure, Government Failure, Leadership and Public policy; The Political Economy of Local Government: Leadership, Reform and Market Failure; The Political Economy of the Voluntary Sector: A Reappraisal of the Comparative Advantage of Voluntary Organizations; Reform and Leadership in the Public Sector; and An International Handbook of Public Management Reform) as well as over ninety refereed articles including those in journals such as World Development, Governance, Public Administration; Public Policy and Administration; Internet Research and Public Management Review. Prof. Wallis is also an experienced university teacher having taught courses in public economics, public choice, macroeconomics, leadership, business ethics and public policy and delivered executive training courses mainly in the areas of leadership and public policy.
1984 Doctor of Philosophy – Economics Rhodes University, South Africa.
1981 Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) – Economics Rhodes University, South Africa.
1980 Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) – Accounting Rhodes University, South Africa.
1979 Bachelor of Commerce (Summa Cum Laude) Rhodes University, South Africa.
During my 37 years as an academic, I have maintained an active research agenda, despite the increase in managerial and administrative responsibilities in the last nine years. I have gained a strong international reputation in public sector and policy reform studies with a strong record of publication in a broad range of quality journals. My main research achievements to-date include:
- Publication of 5 favorably reviewed scholarly books by reputable UK publishers
- Publication of 98 refereed journal articles (67 scopus indexed)
- Over 2000 google scholar citations with an h-index of 21
- Completion of 6 University-funded research projects
- Publication of 7 refereed book chapters
- Publication of 20 conference papers
- Publication of 28 non-refereed Professional papers
- Membership of 3 editorial boards of international journals
- AN INTEGRATIVE STUDY OF THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE RISE OF COWORKING SPACES IN SMART CITIES’ co-authored with Fang Zhao et.al, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES I2020 8 (2) (December) 467-486. (Scopus Q1) 12 points
- “A New Institutional Economic Perspective on Alternative Governance Mechanisms at the Local Government Level’ Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics. Scopus Q3
- ‘The Leadership Legacy of Commission Chairs: Building on and Extending a Comparative Study of Ten Canadian Commissions of Inquiry’ coauthored with Tor Brodtkorb , Canadian Public Policy, 46 ( 2) June 2020, 290-303 .(Scopus Q1 points)
- Zhao, S. Naidu and J. Wallis An empirical study of e-government adoption in the United Arab Emirates: A social cognitive perspective Information Polity 24 (2019) 91–109. (Scopus Top-ranked Social Science Journal 2017 list) Scopus Q1
- Wallis, Joseph, Tor Brodtkorb and Brian Dollery. “Advancing commission scholarship by inferring leadership legacy motivations from commission reports: The case of Sir Michael Lyons.” Public Policy and Administration [Volume: 33 issue: 2, page(s): 216-237Article first published online: April 9, 2017; Issue published: April 1, 2018 [JCR impact factor 2016 529] A* Scopus Q2