James N. Baron

William S. Beinecke Professor of Management

Professor James Baron

Professor Baron’s research interests include human resources; organizational design and behavior; social stratification and inequality; work, labor markets, and careers; economic sociology; and entrepreneurial companies. Before coming to SOM in 2006, he taught at Stanford's Graduate School of Business from 1982-2006. At Stanford, he taught the MBA core course, Human Resource Management. He was co-director of the Stanford Project on Emerging Companies (SPEC), a large-scale longitudinal study of the organizational design, human resource management practices, and financial and non-financial performance measures of entrepreneurial firms in Silicon Valley. Papers based on the project appeared in leading disciplinary journals, and an overview of the project in California Management Review won the 2003 Accenture Award for making “the most important contribution to improving the practice of management.”

He is the author, with Stanford economist David M. Kreps, of a textbook, Strategic Human Resources: Frameworks for General Managers (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). Baron is also a regular contributor to leading sociology and organization journals, such as the American Sociological Review and Administrative Science Quarterly. His research has also been published in influential journals in economics and social psychology.

Community Profile

When we designed the core Employee course, which I help teach, our feeling was that it had to be about how you as a manager can forge relationships with those who you’re going to manage.

Education

  • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982
  • MS, University of Wisconsin, 1977
  • BA, Reed College, 1976

Courses

Leadership, Organization, & Human Resources in Mission-Driven Enterprises
MGT 537
Employee
MGT 420

Publications

Selected Books

D. Kreps and J. Baron
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley
1999
J. N. Baron, D. B. Grusky and J. D. Treiman
Westview Press
Social Differentiation and Social Inequality: Essays in Honor of John Pock
1996