Professor James 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 joining Yale School of Management 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. 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.

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Books & Publications

  • Employing Identities in Organizational Ecology

    February 2004

  • Employment as an Economic and a Social Relationship


  • In the Company of Women

    Gender Inequality and the Logic of Bureaucracy in Start-Up Firms

    February 2007

  • Organizational Identities and the Hazard of Change

    August 2006

  • Resources and Relationships

    Social Networks and Mobility in the Workplace

    July 1996