William P. Barnett

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William P. Barnett (born 1958) is an American organizational theorist, and is the Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Business Leadership, Strategy, and Organizations at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the BP Faculty Fellow in Global Management; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford; Director of the Center for Global Business and the Economy; Director of the Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability Executive Program; and Codirector of the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization.[1]

Biography[edit]

Barnett received his AB in Economics and Political Science in 1982 from University of California, Berkeley; and his PhD in Business Administration in 1988 from University of California, Berkeley.

After receiving his PhD in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988, Barnett was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Business. In 1991, Barnett joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business as an Assistant Professor. He became an Associate Professor in 1994 and received tenure in 1996, and has been a full professor since 2001. Barnett has also twice been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and is a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Barnett serves as associate editor or editorial board member for several academic journals, and serves on the board of directors of iloop mobile.

William Barnett studies competition among organizations and how organizations and industries evolve over time. He has studied how strategic differences and strategic change among organizations affect their growth, performance, and survival. This research includes empirical studies of technical, regulatory, and ideological changes among organizations, and how these changes affect competitiveness over time and across markets. His studies span a range of industries and contexts, including organizations in computers, telecommunications, research and development, software, semiconductors, disk drives, newspaper publishing, beer brewing, banking, and the environment.

Courses taught[edit]

  • GSBGEN 203 The Global Context of Management [1]
  • STRAMGT 359 Aligning Start-ups with their Market [2]
  • Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability [3]
  • Strategies and Leadership in Supply Chains [4]
  • Executive Program in Strategy and Organization [5]
  • Leading Change and Organizational Renewal [6]
  • The Stanford Executive Program [7]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Barnett, William P. 2008 The Red Queen Among Organizations: How Competitiveness Evolves. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. [8]
  • Barnett, William P. and Elizabeth G. Pontikes 2008 “The Red Queen, Success Bias, and Organizational Inertia.” Management Science, 54: 1237-1251. [9]
  • Dobrev, Stanislav D. and William P. Barnett 2005 “Organizational Roles and Transitions to Entrepreneurship.” Academy of Management Journal, 48, 3: 433-449.
  • Barnett, William P. and Elizabeth G. Pontikes 2005 “The Red Queen: History-Dependent Competition Among Organizations,” in Staw and Kramer (eds.) Research in Organizational Behavior. [10]
  • Barnett, William P. and David McKendrick 2004 “Why Are Some Organizations More Competitive Than Others? Evidence from a Changing Global Market.” Administrative Science Quarterly. [11]
  • Barnett, William P. and Michael Woywode 2004 "From Red Vienna to the Anschluss: Ideological Competition among Viennese Newspapers During the Rise of National Socialism." American Journal of Sociology, 109, 6: 1452–99. [12]
  • Barnett, William P., Aimee Noelle-Swanson, and Olav Sorenson 2003 “Asymmetric Selection from Among Organizations.” Industrial and Corporate Change, 12, 4: 673-695. [13]
  • Barnett, William P. and Olav Sorenson 2002 "The Red Queen in Organizational Creation and Development." Industrial and Corporate Change, 11, 2: 289-325.
  • Barnett, William P. and John Freeman 2001 "Too Much of a Good Thing? Product Proliferation and Organizational Failure." Organization Science, 12, 5: 539-558.
  • Barnett, William P., Gary A. Mischke, and William Ocasio 2000 "The Evolution of Collective Strategies Among Organizations." Organization Studies, 21: 325-354.
  • Barnett, William P., James Baron, and Toby Stuart 2000 "Avenues of Attainment: Occupational Demography and Organizational Careers in the California Civil Service." American Journal of Sociology, 106: 88-144.
  • Barnett, William P. 1997 "The Dynamics of Competitive Intensity." Administrative Science Quarterly, 42: 128-160.
  • Barnett, William P. and Morten Hansen 1996 The Red Queen in Organizational Evolution." Strategic Management Journal, 17: 139-157.
  • Barnett, William P. and Robert A. Burgelman 1996 "Evolutionary Perspectives on Strategy." Strategic Management Journal, 17: 5-19.
  • Barnett, William P. and Carroll, Glenn R. 1995 "Modeling Internal Organizational Change," in Hagan (ed.) Annual Review of Sociology, volume 21: 217-36.
  • Barnett, William P. 1995 "Telephone Companies," pp. 277–289 in Carroll and Hannan (eds.) Organizations in Industry: Strategy, Structure, and Selection. New York: Oxford.
  • Barnett, William P. 1995 "Population Ecology," in Nicolson (ed.) Blackwell Dictionary of Organizational Behavior.
  • Barnett, William P. 1994 "The Liability of Collective Action: Growth and Change Among Early American Telephone Companies," pp. 337–354 in Baum and Singh (eds.) Evolutionary Dynamics of Organizations. New York: Oxford.
  • Barnett, William P., Henrich Greve, and Douglas Park 1994 "An Evolutionary Model of Organizational Performance." Strategic Management Journal, 15: 11-28.
  • Amburgey, Terry L., Dawn Kelly, and William P. Barnett 1993 "Resetting the Clock: The Dynamics of Organizational Transformation and Failure." Administrative Science Quarterly, 38: 51-73.
  • Barnett, William P. and Glenn R. Carroll 1993 "How Institutional Constraints Affected the Organization of Early American Telephony." Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 9: 98-126.
  • Barnett, William P. 1993 "Strategic Deterrence Among Multipoint Competitors." Industrial and Corporate Change, 2: 249-278.
  • Barnett, William P. and Glenn R. Carroll 1993 "Organizational Ecology Approaches to Institutions," pp. 171–181 in Lindenberg and Schreuder (eds.) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Organisations. Riverside, NJ: Pergamon Press.
  • Barnett, William P. and Anne S. Miner 1992 "Standing on the shoulders of others: Career interdependence in job mobility." Administrative Science Quarterly, 37: 262-281.
  • Barnett, William P. 1990 "The Organizational Ecology of a Technological System." Administrative Science Quarterly, 35: 31-60.
  • Barnett, William P. and Terry L. Amburgey 1990 "Do Larger Organizations Generate Stronger Competition?" pp. 78–102 in J. Singh (ed.) Organizational Evolution: New Directions. Beverly Hills: Sage.
  • Barnett, William P. 1989 Review of Schlesinger et al., Chronicles of Corporate Change, in Administrative Science Quarterly, 34: 492-494.
  • O'Reilly, Charles A., David F. Caldwell, and William P. Barnett 1989 "Work Group Demography, Social Integration, and Turnover." Administrative Science Quarterly, 34: 21-37.
  • Barnett, William P. and Glenn R. Carroll 1987 "Competition and Mutualism Among Early Telephone Companies." Administrative Science Quarterly, 32: 400-421. [14]

Working papers[edit]

  • Elizabeth G. Pontikes and William P. Barnett 2008 “How Adaptive is R&D? Cumulative Research and Technical Change in Organizational Communities.” Working paper, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
  • Elizabeth G. Pontikes and William P. Barnett 2008 “Stigma and Halo Following Iconic Events: Why Nonconformity Pays After Salient Successes and Failures.” Working paper, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
  • Luo, Xiaoqu and William P. Barnett 2008 “Recombination and Variability in Organizational Growth.” Working paper, Graduate School of Business, Stanford. University.
  • Feng, Mi and William P. Barnett 2008 “Predator-Prey Competition Among Cosmopolitan and Local Organizations.” Working paper, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
  • Barnett, William P., Mi Feng, and Xiaoqu Luo 2008 “Organizational Identity and First-Mover Advantage.” Working paper, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Work-in-progress[edit]

  • Barnett, William P. and Jerker Denrell “The “Senators’-Sons” Problem: Why Merit and Privilege are Negatively Correlated.” Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
  • Barnett, William P. and Sasha Goodman “Social Movements and Competition in the Software Industry.” Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

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