Bill McKelvey received his Ph.D. from the Sloan School of Management at MIT (1967) and is currently Professor of Strategic Organizing at the Anderson School at UCLA. Early articles focused on organization and socio-technical systems design. His book, Organizational Systematics (1982) remains a definitive treatment of organizational taxonomy and evolutionary theory.

He chaired the building committee that produced the $110M Anderson Complex at UCLA - that opened in 1994. As Director of the Center for Rescuing Strategy & Organization Science (SOS), in 1997 he initiated activities leading to the founding of UCLA's Center for Computational Social Science. Recently he co-edited Variations in Organization Science: In Honor of Donald T. Campbell (with Joel Baum, 1st editor, 1999) and a special issue of the journal Emergence (55 reviews of 34 complexity-applied-to-management books) (with S. Maguire, 1999).

Current publications focus on: philosophy of organization science; complexity science and emergence; self-organization vs. selectionist order creation; coevolutionary theory; human and social capital aspects of competitive strategy; distributed intelligence; organization design; organizational microstate rate dynamics; and agent-based, adaptive-learning, computational models.