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James G. March

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James G. March

Jack Steele Parker Professor of International Management in the GSB, Professor of Political Science and of Sociology, Emeritus
Ph.D., Yale, 1953


James G. March is Professor (Emeritus) at Stanford University.  He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and received his M. A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.  He holds honorary doctorates from various North American and European universities.  He has been a faculty member at Carnegie Institute of Technology, University of California, Irvine, and Stanford University, holding professorships in psychology, political science, sociology, management, and education.  He is best known professionally for his writings on decision making, learning, ambiguity, and organizations, including Organizations (1958), A Behavioral Theory of the Firm (1963), Handbook of Organizations (1965), Mathematics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences (1969), Leadership and Ambiguity (1974), An Introduction to Models in the Socail Sciences (1975), Ambiguity and Choice in Organizations (1976), Autonomy as a Factor in Group Organization (1980), Ambiguity and Command (1986), Decisions and Organizations (1988), Rediscovering Institutions (1989), A Primer on Decision Making (1994), Three Lectures on Efficiency and Adaptiveness (1994), Fornuft og Forandring (Danish: Reason and Change) (1995), Democratic Governance (1995), The Pursuit of Organizational Intelligence (1999), The Dynamics of Rules (2000), Valg, Vane og Vision (Danish: Choice, Habit, and Vision) (2005), On Leadership (2005), Explorations in Organizations (2008), The Ambiguities of Experience (2010), 马奇论管理 (Chinese: March on Management) (2010), and The Roots, Rituals, and Rhetoric of Change (2011).  He has also written 11 books of poetry and two films.  In the United States, he has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the American Philosophical Society.  In Europe, he has been elected to honorary academies in Finland, Italy, Sweden, and Norway, and is a Knight First Class (Norway) and a Commander of the Order of the Lion (Finland)..