John Van Maanen

Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management
Professor of Organization Studies

Biography | Selected Publications

"Contract ethnography in Corporate Settings: Innovation from Entanglement."  Fayard, Anne-Laure, John Van Maanen, and John Weeks. In Elsback, Kimberly D., and Roderick M. Kramer (eds.) Doing Innovative Qualitative Research in Organizations. NY: Routledge. Forthcoming 

"Making Culture Visible: Reflections on Corporate Ethnography." Fayard, Anne-Laure, and John Van Maanen. Journal of Organizational Ethnography. Forthcoming.

"The Present of Things Past: Ethnography and Career Studies." Van Maanen, John (2015). Human Relations, 68(1): 35-53. (2015)

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)

"Good Cops, Bad Cops: Working the Binaries in the BYPD." Van Maanen, John (2013). Contemporary Sociology, 41(3): 311-313. (2012)

"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

"Changing Scripts at Work: Emotional Labor of Managers and Professionals." Kunda, Gideon, and John Van Maanen (1999). The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 561(1): 64-80. (1999)

Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes. Ancona, Deborah G., Thomas A. Kochan, Maureen Scully, John Van Maanen, and D. Eleanor Westney. OH: South-Western College Publishing, 1996 (2nd edition, 1999).

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.

"Editors' introduction to Special Issue on Information Technology and Organizational Transformation." Yates, JoAnne, and John Van Maanen (1996). Information Systems Research 7(1): 1-4. (1996)

"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.

"Disney Worlds: Culture on the Move." Van Maanen, John (1991). Hallinnon Tutkimus 3: 227-238. (1991)

"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.

"Twisted tales: Norms and forms of social science writing."  Proceedings of Acfax France pour l'advancement des sciences, Ecrier la rescherche, Colloque du l'association pour rescherche qualitative, May 8, 1990, Université Laval, Quebéc. 

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

"Great Moments in Ethnography." Van Maanen, John (1990). Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 19: 3-9 (Editor's introduction to the Special Issue on The Representation of Ethnographic Research). (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. 

"Managing education better: Some thoughts on the management of student cultures in American colleges and universities." Van Maanen, John. AIR Forum, 18, 1987.

"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.

"Disquisition." Van Maanen, John (1985). Journal of Management (Special Issue: Organizational Symbolism) 21(3):138-140 (1985)

"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.

"Business School Cultures and Corporate America." Van Maanen, John. In Careers and the MBA (13th Edition).  Brighton, MA:  Bob Adams, Inc., 1984, 70-72.

"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)

"Task Accomplishment and the Management of Time." Porter, Lyman W., and John Van Maanen. In B. Bass, R.C. Cooper, and J. Hall (eds). Managing forAccomplishment.  Lexington, MA:  D.C. Heath and Co. 1971, 180-192.

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