Walter Nord

Walter Nord

Room: BSN 3516
Phone: (813) 974-1787
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Walter Nord teaches management in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department and studies organization theory, behavior and innovation. The author of numerous books, textbooks and scholarly articles, Nort's latest book Rethinking the Knowledge Controversy in Organization Studies: A Generative Uncertainty Perspective offers a new philosophical framework for organization studies, seeking to overcome current polarizing debates by developing an improved philosophical perspective for social sciences.

As an author, Nord received the George Terry Award in 1997 for co-editing the Handbook of Organization Studies, an annual award from the Academy of Management that is bestowed on the book judged to have made the biggest contribution to the field. The same academy named Nord a Distinguished Educator in 2002. USF named him Distinguished University Professor in 2003. These honors recognize significant contributions to the study and practice of management. Before joining USF in 1989, he taught at Washington University and was a visiting professor at Tulane University, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University and the University of British Columbia.

Nord earned a PhD in social psychology from Washington University, a master's degree in organizational behavior from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Williams College.


  • MAN 4930 - Leadership, Innovation & Change
  • MAN 6140 - Decision Making & Problem Solving
  • MAN 6256 - Politics and Control in Organizations
  • MAN 6305 - Human Resource Management

Recent Research

  • Stacey R. Kessler, Ashley E. Nixon, and Walter R. Nord, (2016), "Examining Organic
    and Mechanistic Structures: Do We Know as Much as We Thought?" International Journal of Management Reviews, published online on.
  • Walter R. Nord, Samuel A. Culbert, (2016), "A Muckraker Battles Alienation in Organization Studies Introducing Culbert’s Transorganizational Muckraking: Method and Style,” The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science Sage Publications, pp. 240– 260.
  • Walter R. Nord, (2012), "On Doing the Wrong Things for the Wrong Reasons: Two Misguided
    Organization Studies Practices." Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 443-447.
  • Walter R. Nord, Ann F. Connell, (2011), "Rethinking the Knowledge Controversy in Organization Studies: A Generative Uncertainty Perspective," New York, Routledge.
  • Walter R. Nord, Sally Riggs Fuller, (2009), "Increasing Corporate Social Responsibility Through and Employee-Centered Approach," Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 279-290.


  • Editor, reviewer, numerous academic journals
  • Member and Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Chair, George Terry Book Award Committee of the Academy of Management, 2002
  • Supporter and participant, Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County