Claudia Bird Schoonhoven

Claudia Bird Schoonhoven

Professor Emerita  

Claudia Bird Schoonhoven is Professor Emerita of Organization and Strategy and the past Editor-in-Chief of Organization Science. Her research focuses on the evolutionary dynamics of technology-based firms, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She is currently investigating the influence of strategic partnerships on new venture performance and the dynamic effects of entrepreneurship in the evolution of the nanotechnology industries. Her research has been published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, the Academy of Management JournalOrganization ScienceJournal of Applied Behavioral Science, the Strategic Management Journal, and other journals and books. She is co-editor of Stanford's Organization Theory Renaissance, 1970-2000 (Emerald Group Press, 2010) and The Entrepreneurship Dynamic: origins of entrepreneurship and the evolution of industries (Stanford University Press, 2001); and co-author of The Innovation Marathon: Lessons from High Technology Firms, (Basil Blackwell, 1990; Jossey-Bass, 1993).

From 1993 - 1998, Dr. Schoonhoven served as Professor of Business Administration, Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. She was elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management, has Chaired the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy, served as President of the Western Academy of Management, and on the editorial boards of the Administrative Science QuarterlyOrganization ScienceAcademy of Management ReviewAcademy of Management JournalManagement and Organizational Review, and Journal of Business Venturing. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management, in 1997. 


2010. Claudia Bird Schnoonhoven and Frank Dobbin, editors. Stanford's Organization Theory Renaissance, 1970-2000. Bingley, UK: Emerald.


Stanford University hosted a renaissance in organizational theory in the years between 1970 and 2000, when four of today’s five leading macro organizational paradigms were being fleshed out there – institutional theory, population ecology, resource dependence, ad organizational culture theory.  Important breakthroughs occurred in theory development, and several generations of doctoral and post-doctoral students received enhanced training and an extraordinary opportunity to build collegial networks.  Students of organizations have long asked, What was it about that place and era that gave rise to this proliferation of new ideas?

This volume contains contributions by over thirty scholars who taught and trained at Stanford in the period. The goal is, first, to sketch some of the key contributions to theory that emerged from Stanford during those years and, second, to explore why this remarkable renaissance in organizational theory emerged then and there.  After an introductory chapter by Schoonhoven and Dobbins setting the stage, eight chapters by some of the key contributors to these paradigms, who studied at Stanford between 1970 and 2000, chart the key contributions that emerged.

Eight contributions from Stanford faculty, ranging from James March to Ezra Zuckerman, reveal their sociologically informed understandings of Stanford’s contributions.  Fourteen original contributions from former Stanford doctoral students and post-docs who published leading articles directly with the faculty reveal an array of theories of Stanford’s success, many of them drawing insights offered by the organizational theories being developed at Stanford.  Former faculty and doctoral students alike turn their sociological insights on the Stanford renaissance, playing the role of ethnographer and participant observer to try to understand the phenomenon.  

These contributions show the breadth of thinking that was transpiring, and offer a wide range of analyses of what causes intellectual dynamism to develop in interdisciplinary communities.  A conclusion by leading organizational scholar, W. Richard (Dick) Scott, draw together the insights from the various chapters.  Edited by Claudia Bird Schoonhoven, Professor of Organization and Strategy, Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine, and Frank Dobbin, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University.

This book was featured in a 5-page article in Stanford Business, Spring 2011, V. 79, N. 2:  18-36, the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Alumni Magazine. The article can be found here