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Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and Professor of Management and Sociology, University of Michigan

Jerry Davis is the Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business and Professor of Sociology, The University of Michigan. For academic year 2020/21, Davis is a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. Davis received his PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His books include Social Movements and Organization Theory (with Doug McAdam, W. Richard Scott, and Mayer N. Zald); Organizations and Organizing (with W. Richard Scott); Managed By the Markets: How Finance Reshaped America; Changing your Company from the Inside Out (with Chris White); and The Vanishing American Corporation.

Davis’s research is broadly concerned with the corporation as a social and economic vehicle. Recent writings examine why corporations have so little insight into their global supply chains and the moral dilemmas this poses; why the social network of corporate elites has fallen apart; what organizational alternative exist to the shareholder-owned corporation; how national institutions shape corporate structures, and what this means for income inequality; how platform capitalism might be tamed to meet human needs other than profit; how management research might help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; how new technologies have enabled worker political activism within the corporation; how social scientists can inform public opinion; and how information and communication technologies have enabled entirely new designs for economic organization. His current book project examines corporate power in the 21st century, and how to tame it.


  • –present
    Professor of Management, University of Michigan


Fellow, Academy of Management; Fellow, International Corporate Governance Society; Fellow, Society for Progress; Distinguished Scholar, Organization and Management Theory division, Academy of Management; Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows; Terry Book Award, Academy of Management; Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences