Michael R. Walls


Walls, M.R. (2005). “Corporate Risk Taking and Performance: A 20 Year Look at the Petroleum Industry”, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Vol. 48, PP. 127-140.Walls, M.R. (2005).

Walls, M.R. (2005). “Measuring and Utilizing Corporate Risk Tolerance to Improve Investment Decision Making,” Engineering Economist, Volume 50, Number 4, pp. 361-376.

Walls, M.R. (2004). “Combining Decision Analysis and Portfolio Management to Improve Project Selection in the Petroleum Exploration and Production Firm”, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Vol. 44, pp. 55-66.

Suslick, S. & M.R. Walls (2001). “Managing Technological and Financial Uncertainty: A Decision Science Approach for Strategic Drilling Decisions”, Natural Resources Research, January 2001.

Walls, M.R., Thomas , M.E. , Brady, T.F. (1999). “Improving System Maintenance Decisions: A Value of Information Framework”, Engineering Economist, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 151-167.

Clyman, D.R., M.R. Walls, & J.S. Dyer (1999). “Too Much of a Good Thing?”, Operations Research, November-December, 1999.

Torries, T. and Walls, M.R. (1998). Evaluating Mineral Projects: Applications and Misconceptions; Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration.

Walls, M.R. and Clyman, D. (1998). “Risky Choice, Risk-Sharing, and Decision Analysis: Implications for Managers in the Resource Sector”, Resources Policy, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 49-57.

Walls, M.R. (1998). “Corporate Risk Taking and Performance: A 15 Year Look at the Oil Industry”. SPE Paper #49181, Fall 1998.

Walls, M.R. (1996). “Developing an Exploration Decision Support System: A Strategy for Combining Information and Analytics”, Nonrenewable Resources, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 181-192.

Walls, M.R. & Dyer, J.S. (1996). "Risk Propensity and Firm Performance: A Study of the Petroleum Exploration Industry", Management Science, Vol. 42, No. 7:1004-1021.

Walls, M.R. (1996). “An Examination of Risk Propensities in an Organizational Context: Differences by Discipline and Position”, ORiON, Vol. 11, No. ½, pp. 41-57.

Walls, M.R. & Eggert, R.G. (1996). “Managerial Risk-Taking: A Study of Mining CEOs, Mining Engineering", Spring 1996.

Walls, M.R., Morahan, T. & Dyer, J.S. (1995). "Decision Analysis of Exploration Opportunities in the Onshore US at Phillips Petroleum Company”, Interfaces, Vol. 25:6 November-December, pp. 39-56.

Walls, M.R. (1995). "Integrating Business Strategy and Capital Allocation: An Application of Multi-Objective Decision Making", Engineering Economist, Vol. 40: No. 3, Spring 1995, pp. 247-266.

Walls, M.R. (1995) “Corporate Risk Tolerance and Capital Allocation: A Practical Approach to Implementing an Exploration Risk Policy”, Journal of Petroleum Technology, SPE Paper No. 28281, April 1995, pp. 307-311.

Walls, M.R. (2001) Case Study: South Texas Energy Corporation.

Walls, M.R. (2000). “Oil and Gas Journal Roundtable on E&P Risk: Risk-based Decision Analysis”, Oil and Gas Journal, October 23, 2000 .

Clyman, D. & M.R. Walls (1999) Case Study: Birch Resources, A &B.

Walls, M.R. (1999). “Corporate Risk Taking in the E&P Industry”, Oil & Gas Executive, (A Journal of the SPE) Spring Issue, 1999.

Walls, Mr. & Thomas Torries (1998). Book Chapter entitled”A Review of Risk Tolerance and Certainty Equivalence” in Handbook of Mineral Project Evaluation, Society of Mining Engineers (1998).

Walls, M.R. (1998). “The Role of Uncertainty and Risk in Petroleum Decision Making”, Conference Proceedings of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers’ (SPEE) 1998 Annual Meeting in Monterey , California .

Walls, M.R. & J.P. Steele (1997). “Managing Uncertainty in Predictive Maintenance Systems: A Decision Analysis Approach”. P/PM Technology, Volume 10, Issue 2, April 1997, pp. 46-52.

Walls, M.R. (1994). "Managing Risks in the Petroleum Exploration Firm: A Multi-Criteria Portfolio Model for Capital Allocation", 1994 Proceedings Volume, The International Association of Energy Economists, Vol.13.

Walls, M.R. (1994) "Risk, Risk Aversion and Corporate Capital Allocation", Proceedings Volume, Mineral Economics and Management Society, Katherine McClain, Editor. Vol 4, Washington , D.C.

Walls, M.R. (1992). "Study: Firms Must Determine Their Optimal Risk-Tolerance Level". Oil and Gas Investor, Volume 12, Number 11.

Walls, M.R. (1990). "Software Utilizes Firm's Risk Attitude in Prospect Evaluation". Oil and Gas Journal, Volume 88, Number 4.

Walls, M.R. (1988). "Assessing the Corporate Utility Function - A Model for the Oil and Gas Exploration Firm", Bulletin of the South Texas Geological Society , Volume 29, No. 4.


Walls, M.R. “Alternative Methods for Estimating Corporate Risk Tolerance – Issues and Dilemmas”. In Progress.

Phillips, J, Newman, A., Walls, M. “Utilizing a Value of Information Framework to Improve Ore Classification and Collection Procedures.” Under Review at the Engineering Economist.

Heeley, M.;Walls, M. “A Bid Analysis Study of Western Gulf of Mexico : Findings and Implications for Bid Decision Making.” In Progress.

Walls, M. “Acquisition vs. Organic Growth in the E&P Sector: Who are the value creators?” In Progress.

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