DR Bill Hall

DR Bill Hall


  • Organization theory (autopoiesis, hierarchy, emergence, complexity, knowledge)
  • Organizational knowledge management (engineering, defence, communities of practice, community groups, documentation and content management, product life cycle management,)
  • Population cytogenetics and genomics (speciation, evolution, systematics)
  • Web 2.0 (development of sociotechnical systems, commerce, engineering, community groups)



  • Dr William (Bill) Hall is associated with the eScholarship Research Centre, and is a visitor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, in the Melbourne School of Engineering..

    Dr Hall is an evolutionary biologist by training (PhD Harvard, 1973) with completed research in comparative cytogenetics, systematics, speciation, and biogeography of North American lizards. He has significant teaching experience at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; Harvard University Extension; the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras and the University of Colorado, Boulder in many areas of biology including vertebrate and invertebrate biology, marine biology, genetics (molecular and classical), evolutionary biology, biogeography. He was a University of Melbourne Research Fellow in Genetics from July 1977 through August 1979, and went back to the USA to teach for a year at University of Maryland, College Park.

    From late 1981 through mid 2007, back in Australia, Bill worked in industry as a technical communicator, documentation manager, and content and knowledge management (KM) systems analyst and designer. From 1990 through his retirement in 2007 he worked for Tenix Defence solving a wide gamut of content and knowledge management issue relating to the design, engineering and support of the ANZAC ships. At the time this $7 BN fixed price defense project was the largest in Australian history, and in part due to information/knowledge management solutions he designed, the 17 year long project to design, build, deliver and provide initial logistics support for 10 high tech frigates finished on-time, on-budget, with a significant profit for the company.

    From 2002 he returned to academia part time, first as an Hon Research Fellow in the Knowledge Management Lab in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, then as an Hon National Fellow with the Australian Centre for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Melbou   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD (Evol Biol), Harvard University 1973



Available for supervision

  • N

Supervision Statement

  • My academic status in the University does not allow me to fill a formal advisory role. However, I am happy to provide informal coaching for research students interested in areas of organizational knowledge management.