Sheila Ronis, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Management
(248) 823-1296 
(248) 425-1430 (cell)
(248) 689-0920 (fax)


Areas of Expertise

Decision Support
Foresight and Visioning
Strategic Management
Systems Thinking
General Motors
Ford Motor Co.
Erosion of U.S. Industrial Base
National Security Reform

Sheila R. Ronis, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Management at Walsh College. She is also the Director of the Center for Complex and Strategic Decisions at Walsh College holding a joint appointment with Argonne National Laboratory University of Chicago. Dr. Ronis is also President of The University Group, Inc., a management consulting firm, and think tank specializing in strategic management, visioning, leadership, national security and public policy. She teaches the “Strategic Management” course of the MBA and the Master of Management Programs at Walsh. She serves as Vice Chairman of the National Defense University Foundation Board of Directors.  Dr. Ronis served as guest speaker on the use of foresight methodologies to improve public policy on September 12, 2014 at The Royal Society in London, U.K.  Dr. Ronis was invited by the Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, Kt., the former president of the Royal Society and master of Trinity College, Cambridge. Dr. Ronis, who is also director, Center for Complex and Strategic Decisions (CCSD) at Walsh, traced the Center's work on the Project for National Security Reform.  It included details on how the CCSD is experimenting with judgment and decision sciences for a conceptual set of capabilities for the Executive Office of the President of the United States.  On 12 June 2013, Dr. Ronis was awarded the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Outstanding Public Service Award in a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C. Her B.S. is in Physics, Mathematics and Education.  Her M.A. and Ph.D. are from The Ohio State University in Large Social System Behavior.  


Dr. Ronis is the former chair of the Vision Working Group of the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) in Washington, D.C., which was tasked by Congress to rewrite the National Security Act of 1947.  As a Distinguished Fellow at PNSR, Dr. Ronis was responsible for the plan and processes to develop The Center for Strategic Analysis and Assessment; the place where the President of the United States will conduct "grand strategy" on behalf of the nation.


On 30 July, 2010, she chaired a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS, where she presented the findings of the PNSR Vision Working Group Report and Scenarios which she edited, that outlines why foresight capabilities are essential to the workings of the Executive Office of the President of the United States.  She was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Scholarship and studied these issues in Singapore in August and October 2011. On 24-25 August 2010, Dr. Ronis chaired the conference: “Economic Security: Neglected Dimension of National Security” at the National Defense University that explored a “grand strategy” for a healthy U.S. economy. A publication based on that conference, edited by Dr. Ronis was published December 2011. Dr. Ronis facilitated a workshop entitled Energy as Grand Strategy on 7-8 May 2012 at the National Defense University co-sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the Center for Technology and National Security Policy. On 8-9 November 2011, Dr. Ronis chaired a symposium at the National Defense University, Institute for National Strategic Studies, “Forging an American Grand Strategy: Securing a Path Through a Complex Future,” in Washington, D.C.  A publication based on that conference, edited by Dr. Ronis was published in 2013.


In March 2006, she completed a study of the national security implications of the erosion of the U.S. industrial base for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business.  Her book, Timelines into the Future: Strategic Visioning Methods for Government, Industry and Other Organizations, was published by Hamilton Books in June, 2007.  Other significant papers include, "Transformational Recapitalization: rethinking USAF Aircraft Procurement Philosophies" which was published in Defense AT&L in November 2004 and "Erosion of the Industrial Base and its Issues of National Security: A Systems Approach to Congressional Action" presented at the National Defense Industrial Association conference in November 2005.  Dr. Ronis participates in many programs at the Eisenhower School, formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. including their National Security Strategy Exercise.  In June 2005, she chaired at ICAF the Army's Eisenhower National Security Series Conference, "The State of the U.S. Industrial Base: National Security Implications in a World of Globalization."  The Proceedings of that conference, which Dr. Ronis co-edited with Dr. Lynne Thompson, were published by the National Defense University Press in April, 2006.


Ph.D., Large Social System Behavior; The Ohio State University

M.A., Large Social System Behavior; The Ohio State University

B.S., Physics, Mathematics & Education; The Ohio State University


Life Member, Phi Kappa Phi; former Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, The Ohio State Alumni Association; :Life Member, The Economic Club of Detroit; Life Member, Association of the U.S. Army; Life Member, National Defense Industrial Association; Member, Academy of Management; Fellow, Inter-University Symposium of Armed Forces and Society; Life Member, World Future Society.