John Van Maanen

Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management
Professor of Organization Studies

Biography | Selected Publications

Career Anchors (2013)

Hold the Mayo: Some comments on the origins of organizational ethnography (2013)

Ethnography as Work: Some rules of Engagement (2011)

The Casual Ethnography of the Executive Suite (2011)

A Song for my Supper: More Tales of the Field (2010)

Ethnography as Work: Some rules of Engagement (2010)

"Identity work and control in occupational communities" Control in Organizations: New Directions in Theory and Research (2010)

Tales of the Field: On Writing Ethnography, 2nd edition (2010)

You gotta have a grievance: Locating heartbreak in ethnography (2010)

Organizations and risk in late modernity (2009)

"Ethnography" International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies (2007)

"Organizational subcultures" International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies (2007)

The interplay between theory and method (2007)

Ethnography then and now (2006)

Rediscovering Japan: Some thoughts on change and continuity in traditional Japanese careers. (2006)

Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes. South-Western College Publishing, 1996, 1999 (2nd Ed.), 2005 (3rd Ed.)

"Mickey on the Move: Observations on the Flow of Culture in the Multinational Corporation" Organizational Theory and the Multinational Corporation – 2nd Edition. (2005)

Information Technology and Organizational Transformation: History, Rhetoric and Practice (2001)

"Natives ‘R’ Us: Some notes on the ethnography of organizations"  Inside Organizations: Anthropologists at Work (2001)

Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes. OH: South-Western College Publishing, 1996 (2nd edition, 1999).

The Reflective Spin: Case Studies of Teachers in Higher Education Transforming Action (1999)

"Why now, more than ever, cases are important" The Reflective Spin: Case Studies of Teachers in Higher Education Transforming Action.  (1999)

"Different strokes: Qualitative research in the Administrative Science Quarterly from 1956-1996" Qualitative Studies of Organizations (1998)

Qualitative Studies of Organizations (The Administrative Science Quarterly Series in Organization Theory and Behavior). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1998.

Editors' introduction to Special Issue on Information Technology and Organizational (1996)

"Ethnography" The Social Science Encyclopedia (1996)

On the matter of voice (1996)

Fear and loathing in organization studies (1995)

Representation in Ethnography. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1995.

"Sections on symbolism and metaphor" The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Organizational Behavior (1995)

"Sections on symbolism and metaphor" The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Organizational Behavior (1995)

Style as theory (1995)

Style as theory (1995)

"The end of innocence" Representation in Ethnography (1995)

"Trade secrets" Postmodern Representations: Truth, Power, and Mimesis in the Human Sciences and Public Culture (1995)

"Cops and auditors: The rhetoric of records" The Legalistic Organization (1993)

Ethnography versus critical theory: Debating organizational research. Journal of Management Inquiry (1993)

"The flow of culture: Some notes on globalization and the multinational corporation" Organizational Theory and the Multinational Corporation (1993)

Displacing Disney: Some notes on the flow of culture (1992)

"Drinking our troubles away: Managing conflict in a British police agency" Hidden Conflict in Organizations (1992)

Disney Worlds (1991)

"Playing back the tape. Early days in the field" Fieldwork (1991)

"The smile factory" Reframing Organizational Culture (1991)

Escape from Modernity: On the repair of ethnography and the ethnography of repair (1990)

"Real feelings: Emotional expressions and organization culture" Research in Organizational Behavior (1989)

"Some notes on the importance of writing in organization studies" The Information System Research Challenge: Qualitative Research Methods (1989)

Tales of the Field: On Writing Ethnography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

"Power in the Bottle: Drinking patterns and social relations in a British police agency" Executive Power (1986)

"Cultural organization: Fragments of a theory" Organization Culture (1985)

Disquisition (1985)

"The professional apprentice: Observations on fieldwork roles in two organizational settings" Perspectives in Organizational Sociology (1985)

Where policy studies go wrong: Reflections on the meaning and use of collective bargaining procedures in the public sector (1985)

"Doing new things in old ways: Chains of socialization" Education and Organization Theory (1984)

Making rank: Becoming an American police sergeant (1984)

"Occupational communities: Culture and control in work organizations" Research in Organizational Behavior (1984)

Golden passports: Managerial socialization and graduate education (1983)

Individuals, groups, and technological innovation (1983)

"Qualitative methods reclaimed" Qualitative Methods (1983)

Qualitative Methods. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1983.

"The boss:  The American police sergeant." Control in the Police Organization. (1983)

The emergence of modern fishing in the United States (1983)

"The moral fix" Contemporary Field Research (1983)

An occupation in transition: Traditional and modern forms of commercial fishing. (1982)

"Boundary crossings: Major strategies of organizational socialization" Career Issues in Human Resource Management (1982)

"Fieldwork on the beat" Varieties of Qualitative Research (1982)

Getting into fishing: Social identities of New England fisherman (1982 )

"On the ethics of fieldwork" Social Science Methods, Vol. 1: Qualitative Social Research (1982)

Varieties of Qualitative Research. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1982.

"Notes on the production of ethnographic data in an American policy agency" Law and Social Enquiry (1981)

Beyond account: The personal impact of police shootings (1980)

"Career games: Organizational rules of play" Work, Family, and the Career (1980)

The informant game: Selected aspects of ethnographic research (1980)

Boats don’t fish, people do: Some ethnographic notes on the federal management of fisheries in New England (1979)

Interpersonal Dynamics (1979)

Police perceptions of their work environment: An exploratory study of organizational space and time (1979)

Reclaiming qualitative methods for organizational research (1979)

The fact of fiction in organizational ethnography (1979)

"The self, the situation, and the rules of interpersonal relations" Essays in Interpersonal Dynamics (1979)

"Toward a theory of organizational socialization" Research in Organizational Behavior, Vol. 1 (1979)

"Understanding interpersonal relations" Essays in Interpersonal Dynamics (1979)

"Kinsmen in repose" Policing: A View from the Streets (1978)

"On watching the watchers" Policing: A View from the Streets (1978)

People processing: Strategies of organizational socialization (1978)

Policing: A View from the Street. New York: Random House, 1978.

"The asshole," Policing: A View from the Streets (1978)

"Career development" Improving Life at Work (1977)

"Experiencing organizations: Notes on the meaning of careers and socialization" Organizational Careers: Some New Perspectives (1977)

Organizational Careers: Some New Perspectives. New York: Wiley, 1977.

The loci of work satisfaction: Job, interaction, and policy (1977)

"The shape of things to come: A new look at organizational careers" Perspectives on Behavior in Organizations (1977)

"Toward a theory of the career" Organizational Careers: Some New Perspectives (1977)

"Breaking-in: Socialization to work" Handbook of Work, Organization, and Society (1976)

Individuals and their careers (1976)

Rookie cops and rookie managers (1976)

Police socialization (1975)

Work in the Public Sector (1974)

Work in the Public Sector (Report to the Economic Development Administration), Washington, DC: National Training and Development Service Press, 1974.

"Working the street: A developmental view of police behavior" The Potential for Reform of Criminal Justice (1974)

Observations on the making of policemen (1973)

The Process of Program Evaluation (1973)

The Process of Program Evaluation. Washington, DC: National Training and Development Service Press, 1973.

Working the Street: A Developmental View of Police Behavior (1973)

An Empirical Assessment of Job Attitude Changes During the Initial Employment Period (1972)

"Task accomplishment and the management of time" Managing for Accomplishment (1971)

The realities of education as a prescription for organizational change

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