Erwin H. Schell Professor of Organization Studies
John Van Maanen works within the fields of organization behavior and theory. He is an ethnographer of organizations ranging in type from police organizations to educational institutions as well as a variety of business firms. Cultural descriptions figure prominently in his studies of the work worlds of patrol officers on city streets in the United States, police detectives and their guv’nors in London, fishermen in the North Atlantic, MBA students at MIT and Harvard Business School, and park operatives in the Sistine Chapel of Fakery, Disneyland (here and abroad). In addition, he has worked with numerous public and private organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia, including BP, IBM, BMW, Siemens, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Lafarge, Mars, Warburg Dillon Read, Sabanci University, and the National University of Technology (Singapore).
He has taught at MIT Sloan since 1972. He has served as the faculty chair of the MIT Sloan Fellows Program at MIT and as the head of the Organization Studies Group within the Sloan School. Van Maanen has been a visiting professor at Yale University, University of Surrey in the UK, INSEAD in France and is an honorary fellow at Cambridge University. He is the author of numerous books and articles including, most recently, Tales of the Field (University of Chicago Press, 2011, 2nd edition) and, with Edgar Schein, Career Anchors (Wiley, 2013). He is a member of the American Sociological Association, the American Anthropological Association, and a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Van Maanen has served on the editorial boards of a variety of journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Human Organizations, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Organizational Ethnography, Human Relations, and Studies in Cultures, Organizations, and Societies.
Van Maanen holds an MS and a PhD in social administration from the University of California, Irvine, and a BA in political science and sociology from California State University at Long Beach.