John Van Maanen

Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management
Professor of Organization Studies

Biography | Selected Publications

Career Anchors, 4th Ed. Schein, Edgar H., and John Van Maanen. San Francisco: Wiley, 2013.

"Hold the Mayo: Some Comments on the Origins of Organizational Ethnography." Van Maanen, John. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 2(1): 105-109. (2013)

"Ethnography as Work: Some rules of Engagement." Van Maanen, John (2011). Journal of Management Studies 48(1): 218-234. (2011)

Tales of the Field: On Writing Ethnography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988. (2nd Edition 2011)

"The Casual Ethnography of the Executive Suite." Westney, D. Eleanor, and John Van Maanen (2011). Journal of International Business Studies 42(5): 602-609. (2011)

"A Song for my Supper: More Tales of the Field." Van Maanen, John (2010). Organizational Research Methods 13(2): 240-255.  (2010)

Ethnography as Work: Some rules of Engagement (2010)

"Identity Work and Control in Occupational Communities." Van Maanen, John. In Sitkin, Sim B., Laura B. Cardinal and Katinka Bijlsman Frankema (eds.) Control in Organizations: New Directions in Theory and Research. Cambridge (England): Cambridge University Press, 2010, 111-166. (2010)

"You Gotta Have a Grievance: Locating Heartbreak in Ethnography." Van Maanen, John (2010). Journal of Management Inquiry 19(4): 328-337. (2010)

"Organizations and Risk in Late Modernity (Editors' introduction to Special Issue)." Gephart Jr., Robert P., John Van Maanen, and Thomas Oberlechner (2009). Organization Studies 30(11): 5-20. (2009)

"Ethnography." Van Maanen, John. In Bailey, James R., and Stewart R. Clegg (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 2007.

"Organizational Subcultures." Van Maanen, John. In Bailey, James R., and Stewart R. Clegg (eds.) International Encyclopedia of OrganizationStudies. Newbury park, CA: Sage, 2007

"The Interplay Between Theory and Method." Van Maanen, John, Jesper Sørenson and Terrance R. Mitchell (2007). Academy of Management Review 32(4): 301-314. (2007)

"Ethnography Then and Now." Van Maanen, John (2006). Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management 1(1): 13-21. (2006)

"Rediscovering Japan: Some Thoughts on Change and Continuity in Traditional Japanese Careers." Van Maanen, John (2006). Career Development International 11(4): 280-292. (2006)

"Mickey on the Move: Observations on the Flow of Culture in the Multinational Corporation." Van Maanen, John. In Eleanor Westney (ed.) Organizational Theory and theMultinational Corporation – 2nd Edition.  New York:  St. Martin's Press, 2005: 255-300.

Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes. Deborah Ancona, Maureen Scully, John Van Maanen, and D. Eleanor Westney, Cincinnati, OH: South-Western College Publishing, 1996. Second edition, 1999; Third edition, 2004.

Information Technology and Organizational Transformation: History, Rhetoric and Practice. Yates, JoAnne, and John Van Maanen (eds.). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 2001. 

"Natives ‘R’ Us: Some Notes on the Ethnography of Organizations." Van Maanen, John. In Gellner, David, and Eric Hirsch (eds) Inside Organizations: Anthropologists at Work. Oxford and New York: Berg. 2001, 233-61

The Reflective Spin: Case Studies of Teachers in Higher Education Transforming Action. Chen, Ai-Yen, and John Van Maanen (eds.). Singapore: World Scientific. 1999.

"Why Now, More Than Ever, Cases Are Important." Van Maanen, John. In Chen, Ai-Yen and John Van Maanen (eds.) The Reflective Spin: Case Studies of Teachers in Higher Education Transforming Action. Singapore: World Scientific. 1999, 97-110. 

"Different Strokes: Qualitative Research in the Administrative Science Quarterly From 1956-1996." Van Maanen, John.  In John Van Maanen (ed.) Qualitative Studies of Organizations.  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications, 1998, 8-33.

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

"Ethnography." Van Maanen, John. In Adam Kuper and Jessica Kuper (eds.) The Social Science Encyclopedia - Edition 2.  London:  Routledge. 1996, 263-6.

"On the Matter of Voice." Van Maanen, John (1996). Journal of Management Inquiry 5(4): 375-381. (1996)

"Fear and Loathing in Organization Studies." Van Maanen, John (1995). Organization Science 6(6): 687-692.  (1995)

"Style As theory." Van Maanen, John (1995). Organization Science 6(1): 132-144.             (1995)

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

"Sections on Symbolism and Metaphor." Van Maanen, John. In Nigel Nicholson (ed.) The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Organizational Behavior. Blackwell, 1995, 326-7; 550-551.

"The End of Innocence." Van Maanen, John. In J. Van Maanen (ed.) Representation in Ethnography. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1995, 1-36.

"Trade Secrets." Van Maanen, John. In Richard Harvey Brown (ed.) Postmodern Representations: Truth, Power, and Mimesis in the Human Sciences and Public Culture. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1995, 118-138.

"Cops and Auditors: The Rhetoric of Records." Van Maanen, John, and Brian T. Pentland. In Sim Sitkin and Robert Bies (eds.) The Legalistic Organization.  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications, 1993, 53-90.

"Ethnography Versus Critical Theory: Debating Organizational Research." Putnam, Linda L., Charles Bantz, Stanley Deetz, Dennis Mumby, and John Van Maanen (1993). Journal of Management Inquiry 3: 214-238. (1993)

"The flow of culture: Some notes on globalization and the multinational corporation." Van Maanen, John, and André Laurent. In D.E. Westney and S. Ghoshal (eds.) Organizational Theory and theMultinational Corporation. New York:  St. Martin's Press, 1993, 275-312.

"Displacing Disney: Some notes on the flow of culture." Van Maanen, John (1992). Qualitative Sociology 15(1): 5-36. (1992)

"Drinking our troubles away: Managing conflict in a British police agency." Van Maanen, John. In D. Kolb and J.M. Bartunek (eds.) Hidden Conflict in Organizations: Uncovering behind-the-Scenes Disputes, Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1992, 78-99.

"Playing back the tape: Early days in the field." Van Maanen, John. In W.B. Shaffir and R.A. Stebbins (eds.) Experiencing Fieldwork: An Inside View of Qualitative Research.  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications, 1991, 31-42

"The Smile Factory: Work at Disneyland." Van Maanen, John. In P. Frost, et al (eds.) Reframing Organizational Culture.  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications, 1991, 58-76.

"Escape from Modernity: On the repair of ethnography and the ethnography of repair." Van Maanen, John (1990). Human Studies 13(1): 275-284. (1990)

"Real Feelings: Emotional Expressions and Organization Culture." Van Maanen, John, and Gideon Kunda. In B. Staw and L.L. Cummings (eds.) Research in Organizational Behavior, Vol. 11. Greenwich, CT:  JAI Press, 1989, 43-102.

"Some notes on the importance of writing in organization studies." Van Maanen, John. In J.I. Cash and P.R. Lawrence (eds.) The Information System Research Challenge: Qualitative Research Methods.  Boston:  Harvard Business School Press, 1989, 27-35.

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

"Power in the Bottle: Drinking patterns and social relations in a British police agency." Van Maanen, John. In S. Srivasta (ed.) Executive Power. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, 1986, 204-239.

"Where policy studies go wrong: Reflections on the meaning and use of collective bargaining procedures in the public sector." Kolb, Deborah, and John Van Maanen (1985). Administration and Society 17(2): 197-216. (1985)

"Cultural organization: Fragments of a theory." Van Maanen, John, and Stephen R. Barley. In P. Frost, M. Louis and L. Moore (eds.) Organization Culture.  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications, 1985, 31-53.

"The Professional Apprentice: Observations on Fieldwork Roles in Two Organizational Settings." Van Maanen, John, and Deborah Kolb. In S.B. Bacharach (ed.), Perspectives in Organizational Sociology, Vol. 4. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1985, 1-33.

"Doing New Things in Old Ways: Chains of Socialization." Van Maanen, John. In J. Bess (ed.), Education and Organization Theory.  New York:  New York University Press, 1984, 211-246.

"Making rank: Becoming an American police sergeant." Van Maanen, John (1984). Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 13(2-3): 155-176. (1984)

"Occupational communities: Culture and control in work organizations." Van Maanen, John, and Stephen R. Barley. In B. Staw and L.L. Cummings (eds.), Research in Organizational Behavior, Vol. 6. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1984, 287-365.

"Golden passports: Managerial socialization and graduate education." Van Maanen, John (1983). The Review of Higher Education 6(4): 435-455. (1983)

"Individuals, Groups, and Technological Innovation." Band, Michael J., and John Van Maanen (1983). Chemtech 13: 528-533. (1983)

Qualitative Methodology. John Van Maanen (ed.) Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications, 1983.

"Qualitative methods reclaimed." Van Maanen, John. In J. Van Maanen (ed.), Qualitative Methods (re-issue of Administrative Science Quarterly, 24, 4, 1979).  Beverly Hills, CA:  Sage Publications, 1983, 247-268.

"The boss: The American police sergeant." Van Maanen, John. In M. Punch (ed.), Control in the Police Organization.  Cambridge, MA:  M.I.T. Press, 1983, 275-317.

"The emergence of modern fishing in the United States." Miller, Marc L., and John Van Maanen (1983). Coastal Zone Management Journal 10(4): 369-386.  (1983)

"The moral fix." Van Maanen, John. In R. Emerson (ed.), Contemporary Field Research. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1983, 269-287.

"An occupation in transition: Traditional and modern forms of commercial fishing." Van Maanen, John, Marc L. Miller, and Jeffrey C. Johnson (1982). Sociology of Work and Occupations 9(2): 193-216. (1982)

"Boundary crossings: Major strategies of organizational socialization." Van Maanen, John. In Katz, Ralph (ed.), Career Issues in Human Resource Management. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1982, 85-115.

"Fieldwork on the beat." Van Maanen, John. In J. Van Maanen et al., Varieties of Qualitative Research. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1982, 103-115.

"Getting Into Fishing: Social identities of New England Fisherman." Miller, Marc L., and John Van Maanen (1982). The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 11(1): 27-54. (1982 )

"On the ethics of fieldwork." Van Maanen, John. In P.K. Manning and R.N. Smith (eds.), Social Science Methods, Vol. 1: Qualitative Social Research.  New York:  Ballinger, 1982, 115-139.

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

"Notes on the production of ethnographic data in an American policy agency." Van Maanen, John. In R. Luckham (ed.), Law and Social Enquiry. Uppsala: Scandinavian Institute of African Studies (New York: International Center for Law in Development), 1981, 189-230

"Beyond Account: The Personal Impact of Police Shootings." Van Maanen, John (1980). The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 451(3): 145-156. (1980)

"Career games: Organizational rules of play." Van Maanen, John. In C.B. Derr (ed.), Work, Family, and the Career.  New York: Praeger, 1980, 111-143.

"The informant game: Selected aspects of ethnographic research." Van Maanen, John (1980). The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 9(4): 469-494. (1980)

"Reclaiming qualitative methods for organizational research." Van Maanen, John (1979). Administrative Science Quarterly 24(4): 520-529.   (1979)

"Boats Don’t Fish, People Do: Some Ethnographic Notes on the Federal Management of Fisheries in New England." Miller, Marc L., and John Van Maanen (1979). Human Organization 38(4): 377-385. (1979)

Interpersonal Dynamics. Bennis, Warren, John Van Maanen, Edgar H. Schein and Fred S. Steele. Homewood, Ill.:  Dorsey Press, 1979.

"Police perceptions of their work environment: An exploratory study of organizational space and time." Van Maanen, John, and Ralph Katz (1979). Sociology of Work and Occupations 6(1): 82-101. (1979)

"The fact of fiction in organizational ethnography." Van Maanen, John (1979). Administrative Science Quarterly 24(4): 539-550. (1979)

"The self, the situation, and the rules of interpersonal relations." Van Maanen, John. In W. Bennis et al. Essays in Interpersonal Dynamics. Homewood, Ill.: Dorsey Press, 1979, 43-101.

"Toward a theory of organizational socialization." Van Maanen, John, and Edgar H. Schein. In B. Staw (ed.), Research in Organizational Behavior, Vol. 1. Grennwich, Conn.: JAI Press, 1979, 209-269.

"Understanding interpersonal relations." Van Maanen, John. In W. Bennis et al. Essays in Interpersonal Dynamics.  Homewood, Ill.: Dorsey Press, 1979, 13-42.

"Kinsmen in repose." Van Maanen, John. In P.K. Manning and John Van Maanen (eds.) Policing:  A View from the Streets. New York:  Random House, 1978, 115-128.

"On watching the watchers." Van Maanen, John. In P.K. Manning and John Van Maanen (eds.) Policing: A View from the Streets. New York:  Random House, 1978, 309-350.

"People processing: Strategies of organizational socialization." Van Maanen, John (1978). Organizational Dynamics 7(1): 18-36. (1978)

Policing: A View from the Street. Manning, Peter K., and John Van Maanen (eds.). New York: Random House, 1978.

"The asshole." Van Maanen, John. In P.K. Manning and John Van Maanen (eds.) Policing:  A View from the Streets.  New York:  Random House, 1978, 221-238.

"Career development." Van Maanen, John, and Edgar H. Schein. In J.R. Hackman and J.L. Suttle (eds.)  Improving Life at Work. Santa Monica, Calif.:  Goodyear Publishing, 1977, 30-95.

"Experiencing organizations: Notes on the meaning of careers and socialization." Van Maanen, John. In J. Van Maanen (ed.) Organizational Careers: Some New Perspectives. New York: Wiley, 1977, 15-45.

Organizational Careers: Some New Perspectives. Van Maanen, John (ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1977.

"The loci of work satisfaction: Job, interaction, and policy." Katz, Ralph, and John Van Maanen (1977). Human Relations 30(3): 469-486. (1977)

"The shape of things to come: A new look at organizational careers." Van Maanen, John, Edgar H. Schein, and Lotte Bailyn. In L.W. Porter, E.E. Lawler, and J.R. Hackman (eds.)  Perspectives on Behavior in Organizations. New York:  McGraw Hill, 1977, 153-162.

"Toward a theory of the career." Van Maanen, John. In Van Maanen, John (ed.) Organizational Careers:  Some New Perspectives. New York:  Wiley, 1977, 161-179.

"Breaking-in: Socialization to work." Van Maanen, John. In R. Dubin (ed.) Handbook of Work, Organization, and Society.  Chicago:  Rand McNally, 1976, 67-130.

"Individuals and their careers." Van Maanen, John, and Ralph Katz (1976). Personnel Psychology 29: 601-616. (1976)

"Rookie cops and rookie managers." Van Maanen, John (1976). The Wharton Quarterly: 1(1): 49-55. (1976)

"Police socialization." Van Maanen, John (1975).  Administrative Science Quarterly.  20, 3, 1975, 207-228.            

Work in the Public Sector (Report to the Economic Development Administration). Van Maanen, John, Ralph Katz, and Peter Gregg. Washington, DC: National Training and Development Service Press, 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." Van Maanen, John. In H. Jacob (ed.) The Potential for Reform of Criminal Justice (Sage Criminal Justice System Annual Review, Volume 3) Beverly Hills, Calif:  Sage Publications, 1974, 83-130.

"The realities of education as a prescription for organizational change." Gregg, Roy, and John Van Maanen. Public Administration Review. 33, 6, 1973, 522-533.

"Observations on the Making of Policemen." Van Maanen, John (1973). Human Organization. 32(4): 407-418. (1973)

The Process of Program Evaluation. Van Maanen, John. Washington, DC:  National Training and Development Service Press, 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)

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