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Wilbur K. Pierpont Professor of Management and Professor of Sociology (by courtesy)

Office Location(s): R6362 B-School
Phone: 734.647.4737
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Ross School of Business, Interdisciplinary Committee on Organization Studies
  • About

    Jerry Davis received his PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.  He has published widely in management, sociology, and finance.  Recent books include Social Movements and Organization Theory (with Doug McAdam, W. Richard Scott, and Mayer N. Zald; Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural, and Open System Perspectives (with W. Richard Scott; Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007).  He is currently Associate Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organization Studies (ICOS) at the University of Michigan.

    Davis’s research is broadly concerned with corporate governance and the effects of finance on society.  Recent writings examine why companies choose the kinds of directors they do and what effect they have; changes in the ownership and control of US firms; how conflicts of interest affect the ways mutual funds vote their shares in annual elections; the effects of social movements on what companies do; and how ideas about corporate social responsibility have evolved to meet changes in the structures and geographic footprint of multinational corporations.

    His new book Managed by the Markets: How Finance Reshaped America (Oxford University Press, 2009) examines the consequences of the financial revolution for corporations, banking, states, and households in the 21st century.  Available now at and other booksellers.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Stanford University (Business/Organizational Behavior), 1990
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Economic Sociology, Organizations, Social Movements