Simon and Midge Palley Professor of Management
Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Undergraduate Division
Research Interests: innovation diffusion, learning in interorganizational networks, technological and organizational evolution
MGMT952 - Seminar in Macro-Organizational Behavior
Organizations are ubiquitous, and so is organization. This half-semester course explores organization theory (OT) from the 1960s through the end of the 20th century. We will examine the proliferation of organizational theories during this time period (such as contingency theory, resource dependence theory, ecological theory, and institutional theory) and understand how each theory attempts to relate structure and action over varying levels of analysis. We will determine one or two additional schools to add once we discuss your exposure in other management classes to other potential topics such as behavioral decision theory, sensemaking and cognition, organizational economics, corporate governance, social networks, and the like.