Gerald F. Davis

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Gerald Fredrick (Jerry) Davis (born 1961) is an American sociologist, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, known for his work on corporate networks,[1] social movements[2] and organization theory.[3]

Life and work

Davis obtained his AB in philosophy and psychology at the University of Michigan in 1984, his MA in Sociology from Stanford University, and his PhD in Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1990.

After graduation Davis started his academic career at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management as assistant professor in 1990, and got promoted to associate professor. In 1994 he returned to the Stanford University Graduate School of Business as associate professor, and got promoted to full professor. In the year 1997–98 he was research fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California. Since 2001 he is professor of sociology at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he was also professor of management and organizations from 2002 to 2004.

Davis described his research interests as "broadly concerned with the effects of finance on society. Recent writings examine how ideas about corporate social responsibility have evolved to meet changes in the structures and geographic footprint of multinational corporations; whether "shareholder capitalism" is still a viable model for economic development; how income inequality in an economy is related to corporate size and structure; why theories about organizations do (or do not) progress; how architecture shapes social networks and innovation in organizations; why stock markets spread to some countries and not others; and whether there exist viable organizational alternatives to shareholder-owned corporations in the United States."[4]

Selected publications

  • Davis, Gerald Fredrick, ed. Social movements and organization theory. Cambridge Univ Pr, 2005.
  • Scott, W. Richard, and Gerald F. Davis. Organizations and organizing: Rational Natural and Open System Perspectives, (2006) (sixth edition).
Articles, a selection


  1. Gulati, Ranjay. "Alliances and networks." Strategic management journal 19.4 (1998): 293-317.
  2. Lee, Min‐Dong Paul. "A review of the theories of corporate social responsibility: Its evolutionary path and the road ahead." International journal of management reviews 10.1 (2008): 53-73.
  3. Frooman, Jeff. "Stakeholder influence strategies." Academy of management review 24.2 (1999): 191-205.
  4. Jerry Davis at, Accessed 25.01.2015.

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