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Michael T. Hannan

Michael   Hannan
Professor, Organizational Behavior
MichaelT.Hannan
StrataCom Professor of Management
Professor of Sociology, School of Humanities and Sciences
GSB Trust Faculty Fellow for 2014-2015
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Research Statement

Michael Hannan investigates change in the world of organizations. This work involves both formal theoretical treatments of organizational change and empirical studies of the emergence, change, and dissolution of categories and populations of organizations. His current theoretical research involves applications of dynamic and modal logics to organization theory, exploration of the emergence of organizational categories, and typecasting processes. His current empirical research investigates the dynamics of categories in the wine and restaurant industries.

Bio

Michael Hannan is the Stratacom Professor of Management in the Graduate School of Business and Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

He received his PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1970. He came to Stanford as Assistant Professor of Sociology in 1969, moved to Cornell in 1984 where he was the Scarborough Professor of Social Sciences, and returned to Stanford in 1991.

His major research interests include categories in markets, organizational ecology, sociological methodology, and formal sociological theory. His current theoretical research applies dynamic logics to organization theory. His current empirical research investigates the emergence of organizational categories and the implications of category membership for organizational identity in several domains, including winemaking in the Italian regions of Piedmont and Tuscany as well as Alsace in France.

Professor Hannan has published more than 100 articles in scholarly journals. Two of his books have received best book awards from the American Sociological Association. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and he received a Guggenheim fellowship.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1970
  • MA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1968
  • BA, College of the Holy Cross, 1965

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford since 1991
  • Scarborough Professor of Social Sciences, Cornell University, 1984-1991
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology to Professor of Sociology, Stanford University, 1969-1984

Awards and Honors

  • Best Paper Award in Mathematical Sociology, American Sociological Association, 2003
  • Max Weber Award, American Sociological Association, 2002
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1991
  • Max Weber Award, American Sociological Association, 1991
  • Distinguished Scholar, Organization Theory and Management Division, Academy of Management, 1991
  • Theorodology Prize, Princeton Sociology Department, 2014

Publications

Journal Articles

Elizabeth Pontikes, Michael T. Hannan. Sociological Science. 2014, Vol. 1, Pages 311-343.
Giacomo Negro, Michael T. Hannan, Magali Fassiotto. Organization Science. 2014.
Balazs Kovacs, Michael T. Hannan. Sociological Science. 2014.
Ozgecan Kocak, Michael T. Hannan, Greta Hsu. Organisation Studies. 2014, Vol. 35, Pages 765-790.
David G. McKendrick, Michael T. Hannan. Organization Science. 2014.
Gael Le Mens, Michael T. Hannan, Laszlo Polos. Organization Science. 2014.
Giacomo Negro, Michael T. Hannan, Hayagreeva Rao. Organizational Science. 2011, Vol. 22 , Issue 6, Pages 1449-1463.
Gael Le Mens, Michael T. Hannan, Laszlo Polos. Administrative Science Quarterly. 2011, Vol. 56, Pages 95-126.
Greta Hsu, Michael T. Hannan, Laszlo Polos. Sociological Theory. 2011, Vol. 29, Pages 97-123.
Giacomo Negro, Michael T. Hannan, Hayagreeva Rao. Industrial and Corporate Change. 2010, Vol. 19, Pages 1397-1425.
Balazs Kovacs, Michael T. Hannan. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. 2010, Vol. 31, Pages 1397-1425.
Greta Hsu, Michael T. Hannan, Özgecan Koçak. American Sociological Review. February 2009, Vol. 74, Issue 1.
James N. Baron, Michael T. Hannan, G. Hsu, O. Kocak. Work and Occupations. January 2007, Vol. 34, Issue 1, Pages 35-66.
Michael T. Hannan, David P. Baron, Greta Hsu. Industrial and Corporate Change. October 2006, Vol. 15, Issue 5, Pages 755-784.
Michael T. Hannan, László Pólos, Glenn R. Carroll. Industrial and Corporate Change. 2004, Vol. 13, Issue 1, Pages 213-242.
Michael T. Hannan, Glenn R. Carroll, László Pólos. Sociological Theory . December 2003, Vol. 21, Issue 4, Pages 309-340.
Michael T. Hannan, László Pólos, Glenn R. Carroll. Administrative Science Quarterly . September 2003, Vol. 48, Issue 3, Pages 399-432.
Michael T. Hannan, László Pólos, Glenn R. Carroll. Organization Science . 2003, Vol. 14, Issue 5, Pages 463-482.
László Pólos , Michael T. Hannan, Glenn R. Carroll. Industrial and Corporate Change. 2002, Vol. 11, Issue 1, Pages 85-115.
Glenn R. Carroll, Michael T. Hannan, Arjen van Witteloostuijn. Bedrijfskunde. 2001, Vol. 73, Issue 4, Pages 31-37.
Glenn R. Carroll, Michael T. Hannan. California Management Review. 2000, Vol. 42, Issue 3, Pages 148-163.
Michael T. Hannan, Glenn R. Carroll, Stanislav Dobrev , Joon Han. European Sociological Review. 1998, Vol. 14, Issue 3, Pages 279-302.
Michael T. Hannan, Glenn R. Carroll, Stanislav Dobrev , Joon Han, John C. Torres. European Sociological Review. 1998, Vol. 14, Issue 3, Pages 303-313.

Books

Michael T. Hannan, László Pólos, Glenn R. Carroll Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.
Glenn R. Carroll, Michael T. Hannan Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.
Michael T. Hannan Lexington Books, 1992.
Michael T. Hannan, Glenn R. Carroll Oxford University Press, 1992.

Book Chapters

James N. Baron, Michael T. Hannan, Greta Hsu, Ozgecan Kozak. The New Economic Sociology: Developments in an Emerging Field. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2002, Pages 245-273.

Working Papers

Category Signaling: and Reputation | PDF
Michael T. Hannan, Magali Fassiotto, Giacomo Negro2012
Toward an Ecology of Market Categories | PDF
Michael T. Hannan, Elizabeth Pontikes2012
Category Spanning, Distance, and Appeal | PDF
Michael T. Hannan, Balazs Kovacs2011
Drifting Tastes, Inertia, and Organizational Viability | PDF
Michael T. Hannan, Laszlo Polos2011
On the Dynamics of Organizational Mortality: Age-Dependence Revisited | PDF
Michael T. Hannan, Gael Mens, Laszlo Polos2010
Modal Constructions in Sociological Arguments | PDF
Michael T. Hannan, Greta Hsu, Laszlo Polos2009
Typecasting and Legitimation: A Formal Theory | PDF
Michael T. Hannan, Greta Hsu, Laszlo Polos2009
A Formal Theory of Multiple Category Memberships and Two Empirical Tests | PDF
Michael T. Hannan, Greta Hsu, Ozgecan Kocak2007
Reasoning with Partial Knowledge | PDF
Michael T. Hannan, Laszlo Polos2000
Determinants of Managerial Intensity in the Early Years of Organizations | PDF
Michael T. Hannan, James Baron, M. Burton1998

Courses Taught

Degree Courses

2014-15

This course will examine the world of wine with a fresh and contemporary lens. It will explore the market dynamics of this fascinating global industry. The goal of the course is to provide insight into the branding, marketing, and distribution...

Evidence has mounted that consumer care about issues of authenticity in many kinds of markets. This seminar explores the meanings of authenticity in market contexts. It emphasizes the idea that authenticity attaches as much or more to the...

This seminar examines theoretical and methodological issues in the study of the ecology of organizations. Particular attention is given to the dynamics that characterize the interface between organizational populations and their audiences.

2013-14

This course will examine the world of wine with a fresh and contemporary lens. It will explore the market dynamics of this fascinating global industry. The goal of the course is to provide insight into the branding, marketing, and distribution...

Evidence has mounted that consumer care about issues of authenticity in many kinds of markets. This seminar explores the meanings of authenticity in market contexts. It emphasizes the idea that authenticity attaches as much or more to the...

This seminar investigates the ways in which categories emerge in markets and shape market behavior. It covers recent theoretical and empirical work on the sociology of categories and its foundations in cognitive science. Particular attention is...

2012-13

The Critical Analytical Thinking (CAT) course provides a setting for students to further develop and hone the skills needed to analyze complex issues and make forceful and well-grounded arguments. In 16-18 person sections, you will analyze,...

Evidence has mounted that consumer care about issues of authenticity in many kinds of markets. This seminar explores the meanings of authenticity in market contexts. It emphasizes the idea that authenticity attaches as much or more to the...

This seminar considers the leading sociological approaches to analyzing relations of organizations and environments, with a special emphasis on dynamics. Attention is given to theoretical formulations, research designs, and results of empirical...

2011-12

The Critical Analytical Thinking (CAT) course provides a setting for students to further develop and hone the skills needed to analyze complex issues and make forceful and well-grounded arguments. In 16-18 person sections, you will analyze,...

Evidence has mounted that consumer care about issues of authenticity in many kinds of markets. This seminar explores the meanings of authenticity in market contexts. It emphasizes the idea that authenticity attaches as much or more to the...

This course examines the interaction between organizations and their environments. It is given every year by a different faculty member. What follows is the description of the course for the academic year 20011-12:nnnThis research seminar...

Programs and Non-Degree Courses

Stanford Case Studies

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker | OB46
Michael Hannan, Greta Hsu2004
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker (Abridged) | OB50
Michael Hannan, Greta Hsu2004
The World Trade Organization and the Seattle Talks | IB41
Michael Hannan, John McMillan, Joel Podolny, Mary Ann Warren2002
The Daimler Chrysler Commercial Vehicles Division | IB27
Michael Hannan, Joel Podolny, John Roberts1999

Stanford University Affiliations

Greater Stanford University

  • Affiliation commas wrapper

    Professor, Sociology Department, School of Humanities and Sciences, 1969-1984, 1991-present

Service to the Profession

Part-time Appointments

  • Professor of Organization Theory (part-time): Durham University, UK (2005 - present)

Fellow

  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1991-present
  • Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study, 2000-2001
  • Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1977-1978

In the Media

Stanford Business School Study Maps Out Global Companies
The Economist, February 2002

Insights by Stanford Business

February 4, 2013
Research from Stanford’s Michael Hannan examines how consumers perceive the value of organic and biodynamic Alsatian wines.
June 1, 2009
A study suggests that focus pays off.
February 1, 2007
A study looks at the factors that can predict how hospitable firms are to women.
January 1, 2007
How companies manage their employees turns out to be critical to their long-term success.
August 1, 2002
Researchers explain how industries dominated by large firms actually create an environment where smaller specialists can thrive.
August 1, 2002
Researchers in the growing field of organizational ecology say it's vital to look at the entire life cycle of the business, including the failures.