William E. Halal

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WILLIAM E. HALAL, PHD

William E. Halal is Professor Emeritus of Management, Technology, and Innovation at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. An authority on emerging technology, strategic planning, knowledge, innovation, and institutional change, he has worked with General Motors, AT&T, SAIC, MCI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, International Data Corporation, the DoD, the Asian Development Bank, foreign companies, and various government agencies. Dr. Halal substituted for Peter Drucker in giving a talk to 2000 managers at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Halal’s work has appeared in journals such as Nature/BioTechnology, California Management Review, Strategy & Business, Knowledge Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Human Relations, Systems & Cybernetics, and Technological Forecasting & Social Change. He has also published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Toronto Globe & Mail, Advertising Age, Executive Excellence, and The Futurist. He has produced six books: The New Capitalism (Wiley, 1986), Internal Markets (Wiley, 1993), The New Management (Berrett-Koehler, 1996), The Infinite Resource (Jossey-Bass, 1998), 21st Century Economics (St. Martin’s Press, 1999), and Technology’s Promise (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Prof. Halal is the founder of TechCast, a web-based system that pools the knowledge of experts to forecast breakthroughs in technology, social trends, and wild cards to assist decision makers in managing a changing world. TechCast was cited by the National Academies, featured in the Washington Post, Newsweek, the Futurist. and otherwise recognized as possibly the best forecasting system available. Halal also co-founded the Institute for Knowledge & Innovation as a collaborative effort between the GW School of Business and the School of Engineering.Halal studied engineering, economics, and the social sciences at Purdue and Berkeley. Previously, he was a major in the U.S. Air Force, an aerospace engineer on the Apollo Program, and a Silicon Valley business manager. He serves on advisory boards of the World Future Society and other organizations, and his work has received prominent recognition. One paper, “Beyond the Profit-Motive,” won the 1977 Mitchell Prize and an award of $10,000, and he received a medal from the Freedom Foundation for Excellence in the Study of Enterprise. Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of the Future ranked Halal among “The World’s 100 Most Influential Futurists,“ including H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Alvin Toffler, and Daniel Bell.

In his latest book Beyond Knowledge, Professor Halal uses his study of social evolution to explain how the digital revolution and artificial intelligence are making the passage to a new frontier beyond knowledge into an "Age of Consciousness." This book provides a wealth of evidence and leading examples of an emerging "global consciousness" now driving the world to grow up, resolve the global "mega-crisis" and develop a sustainable world order - or perish. He provides "a highly original exploration of the next stage of human evolution." With foresight and hard work, we could see the triumph of human spirit, once again.