Gerald J. Wacker, PhD

Gerald Wacker

Gerald J. Wacker, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor ; Lecturer in Non-Profit Management

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UCLA Anderson School of Management, PhD (Management) 1979.
UCLA, B. A. (Psychology) Cum Laude, 1971


 Gerald Wacker, Ph.D. has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management in the MBA in Nonprofit Management Program since 1983.  Prior to joining AJU’s faculty, Dr. Wacker was Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Wacker's management consulting practice has focused on improving operational effectiveness and information systems for large public and private-sector clients. His experience includes detailed analysis of business requirements, technology usage, organization structure, staffing, roles and responsibilities. He has developed risk assessments, operational evaluations, strategic plans, and system specifications for many clients. Dr. Wacker analyzes the organizational and technical gaps that would prevent an organization from achieving its business goals, and develops action plans to fill those gaps.


• With Albert B. Cherns, "Analyzing Social Systems: An Application of Parsons's Macrosystem Model to the Organizational Level and the Sociotechnical Perspective," Human Relations, Volume 31, 1978, pp. 823-841.
•  “The Use of Cognitive Maps in a Case Study of the Evolution of an Industrial Organization,” doctoral dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles, 1979.
• With Gerald Nadler, "Seven Myths about Quality of Working Life," California Management Review, Volume 22, Number 3, 1980, pp. 15-23; reprinted in Herbert J. Chruden and Arthur W. Sherman, Jr. (editors), Readings in Managing Human Resources, sixth edition, Cincinnati: South-Western, 1984.
• "Toward a Cognitive Methodology of Organizational Assessment," Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Volume 17, Number 1, 1981, pp. 114-129.
• With Louis E. Davis, "Job Design," in Gavriel Salvendy, Handbook of Industrial Engineering, chapter 11-5, New York: Wiley, 1982.
• With Louis E. Davis, "Job Design," in Sidney Gael, Job Analysis Handbook, chapter 2.5, New York: Wiley, 1985.
• With Louis E. Davis, "Job Design," in Gavriel Salvendy, Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, chapter 4.6, New York: Wiley, 1985.