University of Southern California

Paul Adler
Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy and Professor of Management and Organization

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

PhD, University of Picardie; DEA, EHESS


Paul Adler's research and teaching focus on strategy and organization design in professional, R&D, engineering, healthcare, and manufacturing businesses. His recent work has focused on environmental and social challenges to business. He has published widely in academic and managerial journals, and served on the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Organization Science, and California Management Review, among others. Before joining USC in 1991, he held appointments at Columbia University, Harvard Business School, and Stanford University. He currently serves as Vice-President of the Academy of Management.


The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents 2013
Performance Improvement Capability: Keys to Accelerating Improvement to Hospitals 2003
Corporate scandals: It's time for reflection in business schools 2002
Social Capital: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 2000
Teams at NUMMI 1999
The Emancipatory Significance of Taylorism 1999
Lean Production and Worker Health: A Discussion 1998
Review of: Laurie Graham: On the Line at Subaru-Isuzu: The Japanese Model and the American Worker, and Terry L. Besser, Team Toyota: Transplanting the Toyota Culture to the Camry Plant in Kentucky 1997
United States: Variations on a Theme 1997
Getting the Most out of Your Product Development Process 1996
From Project to Process Management: An Empirically-Based Framework for Analyzing Product Development Time 1995
Democratic Taylorism: The Toyota Production System at NUMMI 1995
Designed for Learning : A Tale of Two Auto Plants 1995
From Project to Process Management in Engineering: Managerial and Methodological Challenges 1995
NUMMI: A Case Study 1995
Review of: C. Berggren: Alternatives to Lean Production: Work Organization in the Swedish Auto Industry 1994
Workers' Responses to New Wave Manufacturing 1994
Rejoinder to Berggren's critique 1994
Materialism and Idealism in Organizational Theory 1993
Time-and-Motion Regained 1993
Managing DFM: Learning to Coordinate Product and Process Design 1992
The Chief Technology Officer: A New Role for New Challenges 1992
Strategic Management for Technical Functions 1992
Capitalizing on New Manufacturing Technologies: Current Problems and Emergent Trends in US Industry, in National Academy of Engineering and the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education 1991
Workers' Assessments of Three Flexible Manufacturing Systems 1991
Adapting Your Technological Base: The Organizational Challenge 1990
Shared Learning 1990
Managing High-Tech Processes: The Challenge of CAD/CAM 1990
The Skill Requirements of CAD/CAM 1990
The Role of the Chief Technology Officer 1990
Product Development Know-How: Trading Tactics for Strategy 1989
When Knowledge is the Critical Resource, Knowledge Management is the Critical Task. 1989
Automation and Skill: Three Generations of Research on the Machine-Tool Case 1989
CAD/CAM: Managerial Challenges and Research Issues 1989
Contributing author: Challenges and Opportunities for Manufacturing Engineers 1989
Socio-dets and Techno-dets: Determinants of Diffusion and Implementation Patterns of Automated Machine Tools 1989
Technology Strategy: A Guide to the Literatures 1989
Automation and Work (in French) 1988
The Forest and the Trees: A Response to the Comments by Alain d'Iribarne (in French) 1988
Managing Flexible Automation 1988
A Plant Productivity Measure for High-Tech Manufacturing 1987
Review of: P. Whalley: The Social Production of Technical Work and R. Sussman, Mechanics of the Middle Class 1987
Effective Implementation of Integrated CAD/CAM: A Model 1987
Review of: P. Blackburn, R. Coombs, K. Green: Technology, Economic Growth and the Labor Process. 1987
Automation and Skill: New Directions 1987
Contributing author: Management of Technology: The Hidden Competitive Advantage. 1987
Skill Formation in U.S. Accounting Firms 1987
New Technologies, New Skills 1986
Rethinking the Skill Requirements of New Technologies 1986
Review of: L. Hirschhorn: Beyond Mechanization 1986
History vs. Segmentation: On Recent Labor Market Research (in Italian) 1985
Thirty Years of Automation and Operating Costs in French Banking ( in French) 1983
The Productivity Puzzle': Numbers Alone Won't Solve It 1982