Dr. Ravi K. Roy is the inaugural W. Edwards Deming Fellow with the Institute, a position he assumed in January 2016, with promotion to Senior Research Fellow in January 2018. He also serves as Director of the newly formed W. Edwards Deming Incubator for Public Affairs at Southern Utah University. Prior to this, he served as both the Director of the Post-Graduate Program in International Development at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia (2009-2011) as well as the Director of MPA program at California State University, Northridge in California (2011-2013). Ravi earned his Bachelors degree in Political Science at UCLA before going to earn his Masters and a PhD in Public Policy/Political Science at Claremont Graduate University, one of only a handful of private comprehensive doctoral institutions in California. He has held Research Scholar positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2011-2015) and the Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies (2002-2004). He also was the Stanton Avery Professor at Pitzer College (Spring 2002).
Professor Roy contributed to the design of The W. Edwards Deming Institute's® 2014 Annual Conference, serving both on the host committee for California State University, Northridge and also on the design committee for this prestigious annual event. He further presented a paper that applies Deming’s New Economics and Arthur Denzau and Douglass North’s New Institutional Economics to improve inter-organizational systems thinking at the 2015 Deming Research Conference held at Georgetown University. Most recently, he has been working closely with Kevin Cahill and members of The Deming Institute’s Board of Trustees on the 2018 Annual Conference that will be hosted in Los Angeles, California.
Roy’s expertise is in the area of Shared Mental Models. He has published several books and articles with Routledge Press, Sage Press, and Oxford University Press. In 2013, he delivered a session entitled “Cultivating Shared Mental Models and Social Capital” at the In2:InThinking Network Forum. In 2014, he gave a presentation entitled “Inquiring Beautiful Minds” at the annual In2:InThinking Network Forum. That same year, Roy served as a Thought Leader on the topic of “Shared Mental Models” for Aerojet Rocketdyne's monthly seminar series. He and former Deming Institute board member, and now Deputy Director, Bill Bellows, piloted "The Dialogic Sessions," devoted to the topic of “Shared Mental Models,” at the In2:InThinking Network's 2016 Forum.
Ravi Roy's presentation at the Deming Management in Public Administration Conference in 2017 on Public Administration: Past, Present, and Future.