Dr. Thomas Whalen

Professor, Business Administration

Thomas Whalen
(413) 662-5317
Murdock Hall Rm 102B


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 110 Info Tech for Business

BADM 260, Management

BADM 270, Marketing

BADM 325 International Business

BADM 361 Organizational Behavior

BADM 366, Team Facilitation

BADM 381 Consumer Behavior

BADM 405 Contemporary Issues in Business

BADM 415 Global Supply Chain Management

BADM 440/440H Advanced Leadership

MBA 602, Management

MBA 660 Leading and Managing

MBA 690 Strategic Management

MBA 695 Crisis Management

MBA 695 Entrepreneurial Research & Development

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. Tom has served at MCLA since 2014.  He previously served at McPherson College (Kansas).  He teaches management, marketing, and leadership 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. (Forthcoming). The Leadership Hierarchy: One Approach to Teaching The Servant as Leader

Whalen, T.B. (Forthcoming) It's Liquid not Ice: Applying Social Transaction Theory to organizational culture and culture change. 

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

Whalen, T. B. (2017) A Philosophical View of Human Perception The Mind’s Eye.

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.


 It's All Liquid: Applying Social Transaction Theory to organizational culture and culture change. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Granada, Spain, July 25-27, 2018.

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

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