Wayne E. Baker

Robert P.Thome Professor of Management and Organizations; Chair of Management and Organizations; Professor of Sociology; Professor of Organizational Studies, LSA & Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research

Post-Doctoral, Harvard University
Ph.D., Northwestern University
M.A., Northern Illinois University
B.A., Northern Illinois University

Wayne Baker, Ph.D. is Professor of Management & Organizations and Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan.  He is also a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research and holds the Jack D. Sparks Whirlpool Corporation Research Professorship.

He is leading the Americans' Evolving Values project at the Institute for Social Research.  This new initiative will establish an ongoing national survey of the values of Americans, adding to ISR's pantheon of longitudinal surveys of American life.  He blogs about values at www.OurValues.org.

His recent book, America's Crisis of Values: Reality and Perception, is published by Princeton University Press, receiving positive reviews in The New York Times, American Journal of Sociology, and Political Science Quarterly.  A lecture on it was recorded and televised on C-SPAN.

Dr. Baker is the principal investigator and team leader of the Detroit Arab American Study (DAAS), a landmark survey of Arab Americans living in the greater Detroit metropolitan area.  With members of the DAAS team, he has written a book based on this survey, Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11, which will be published by Russell Sage Foundation in August 2009.

Dr. Baker continues his ongoing research on social capital, reciprocity, and generosity.  He has written two business best sellers, Achieving Success Through Social Capital:  Tapping the Hidden Resources in Your Personal and Business Networks (Jossey-Bass 2000) and Networking Smart (McGraw-Hill 1994).  Networking Smart was named "one of the thirty best business books of 1994" by Executive Book Summaries and was a main selection in the Newbridge and Business Week Book Clubs. 

Dr. Baker teaches in the Ph.D., MBA, BBA, and Executive Education programs at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

He won the Emory Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship, and the SO!WHAT! Award the best article published in Strategic Organization.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty, he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago Graduate School Of Business.  He was a partner and senior manager of TSG, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based management consulting firm.

Dr. Baker was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard Business School.  He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.  He has a M.A. in sociology and a B.S. in finance, summa cum laude, from Northern Illinois University.

Executive Education Classes Taught

Positive Leadership, Positive Leadership: Creating Spectacular Organizational Success


Networking Smart : How to Build Relationships for Personal and Organizational Success 1 Aug 1994
Achieving Success Through Social Capital : Tapping the Hidden Resources in Your Personal and Business Networks 1 Aug 2000

Wayne E. Baker
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Room Location: R5348
Personal Site: http://www.waynebaker.org
Working Papers
Management and Organizations Web Site