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

Phone: 
213-740-0748
Education: 
PhD, University of Picardie; DEA, EHESS

Overview

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.

Research

Adler, P. S., Heckscher, C., McCarthy, J., and Rubinstein, S. A., "The Mutations of Professional Responsibility: Toward Collaborative Community," in Mitchell, D., and Ream, R., eds., Evolving Professional Responsiblity in Diverse Communities, New York: Springer 2014.
Adler, P. S. (2013) "Capitalism in question," Journal of Management Issues, forthcoming.
Adler, P. S., and Heckscher, C. (2013) "Toward collaborative, ambidextrous enterprise," Universia Business Review, Sept 2013, 34-51.
Adler, P. S. (2013) "Community and innovation: From Tönnies to Marx," Organization Studies.
Adler, P. S., du Gay, P., Morgan, G., and Reed, M., The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents 2013.
Adler, P. S. (2012) "The Ambivalence of Bureaucracy: From Weber via Gouldner to Marx," Organization Science, 23 (1), 244-266.
Adler, P. S., "Political Economy," in Tadajewski, M., Maclaren, P., Parker, M., and Parons, L., eds., Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies 2011.
Adler, P. S., and Chen, X. (2011) "Combining creativity and control: Understanding individual motivation in large-scale collaborative creativity," Accounting, Organizations and Society, 36, 63-85.
Adler, P. S., "Marx's philosophy and organization studies," in Tsoukas, H., and Chia, R., eds., Research in the Sociology of Organizations, JAI 2011.
Kochan, T. A., Eaton, A. E., McKersie, R. B., and Adler, P. S., Healing Together: The Labor-Management Partnership at Kaiser Permanente, Ithaca NY: Cornell Univerity Press 2009.
Adler, P. S., "Marx and organization studies today," in Adler, P. S., eds., Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical Foundations, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2009.
Adler, P. S., (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical Foundations, New York NY: Oxford University Press 2009.
Adler, P. S., Benner, M., Brunner, D., MacDuffie, J. P., Osono, E., Staats, B. R., Takeuchi, H., Tushman, M. L., and Winter, S. G. (2009) "Perspectives on the productivity dilemma," Journal of Operations Management,, 27 (2), 99-113.
Adler, P. S., "A science which forgets its founders is lost," in Adler, P., eds., The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical Foundations, New York, NY; Oxford University Press 2009.
Kochan, T., Adler, P. S., McKersie, R., Eaton, A., Segal, P., and Gerhart, P. (2008) "The potential and precariousness of partnership: The case of the Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership," Industrial Relations, 47 (1), 36-66.
Adler, P. S., Forbes, L., and Willmott, H., "Critical Management Studies," in Brief, A., and Walsh, J., eds., Academy of Mangement Annals 2008.
Adler, P. S., Kwon, S., and Heckscher, C. (2008) "Professional work: The emergence of collaborative community," Organization Science, 19 (2), 359-376.
Adler, P. S., "Technological determinism," in Clegg, S., and Bailey, J.R., eds., The International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies, Sage 2008.
Adler, P. S., and Kwon, S., "Community, Market, and Hierarchy in the Evolving Organization of Professional Work: The Case of medicine," in Muzio, D., Ackroyd, S., and Chanlat, J., eds., Redirections in the Study of Expert Labour, London: Plagrave-Macmillan 2008.
Adler, P. S. (2007) "The Future of Critical Management Studies: A Paleo-Marxist Critique of Labour Process Theory," Organization Studies, 28 (9), 1313-1345.
Adler, P. S., and Obstfeld, D. (2007) "The role of affect in creative projects and exploratory search," Industrial and Corporate Change, 16 (1), 19-50.
Adler, P. S., and Heckscher, C., "Towards Collaborative Community," in Heckscher, C., and Adler, P. S., eds., The Firm as a Collaborative Community: Reconstructing Trust in the Knowledge Economy, New York, NY: Oxford University Press (pp. 11-106) 2006.
Adler, P. S., "From Labor Process to Activity Theory," in Sawchuk, P., Elhammoumi, M., and Duarte, N., eds., Critical Perspectives on Activity Theory, Education and Work: An International Collection, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press (pp. 160-193) 2006.
Heckscher, C., and Adler, P. S., Heckscher, C., and Adler, P. S., eds. The Firm as a Collaborative Community: Reconstructing Trust in the Knowledge Economy, Oxford University Press, New York, NY 2006.
Kochan, T., McKersie, R., Eaton, A., Adler, P. S., Segal, P., and Gerhart, P. (2006) "The Kaiser Permante Labor Management Partnership, 2002-2004,".
Adler, P. S., "Beyond Hacker Idiocy: A New Community in Software Development," in Heckscher, C., and Adler, P. S., eds., The Firm as a Collaborative Community: Reconstructing Trust in the Knowledge Economy, New York, NY: Oxford University Press (pp. 198-259) 2006.
Adler, P. S. (2005) "The Evolving Object of Software Development," Organization, 12 (3), 401-435.
Adler, P. S., and Jermier, J. M. (2005) "Developing a Field with More Soul: Standpoint Theory and Public Policy Research for Management Scholars," Academy of Management Journal , 48 (6), 941-944.
Adler, P. S., McGarry, F. E., Irion-Talbot, W. B., and Binney, D. J. (2005) "Enabling Process Discipline: Lessons on Implementing the Capability Maturity Model for Software," MIS Quarterly Executive, 4 (1), 215-227.
Adler, P. S., "Skill Trends Under Capitalism and the Socialisation of Production," in Warhurst, C., Grugulis, I., and Keep, W., eds., Skill Trends Under Capitalism and the Socialisation of Production, Houndmills, Basingstoke (pp. 242-260) 2004.
Adler, P. S., Riley, P., Kwon, S., Signer, J., Lee, B., and Satrasala, R. (2003) "Performance Improvement Capability: Keys to Accelerating Improvement to Hospitals," California Management Review, 45 (2), 12-33.
Adler, P. S. (2003) "Introduction to the Forum on Hospital Management," California Management Review, 45 (2), 6-11.
Adler, P. S. (2003) "Making the HR Outsourcing Decision," Sloan Management Review, 45 (1), 53-60.
Adler, P. S., "Towards Collaborative Interdependence: A Century of Change in the Organization of Work," in Kaufman, B. E., Beaumont, R. A., and Helfgott, R. B., eds., Balancing the Interests: The Evolution from Industrial Relations to Human Resources and Beyond, Armonk, NY: Sharp (pp. 353-399) 2003.
Adler, P. S., "Market, Hierarchy, and Trust: The Knowledge Economy and the Future of Capitalism," in Bontis, N., and Choo, C., eds., Strategic Management of Intellectual Capital and Organizational Knowledge, Oxford New York: Oxford University Press (reprinted from Organization Science, March-April 2001) 2002.
Adler, P. S., and Kwon, S. (2002) "Social capital: Prospects for a new concept," Academy of Management Review, 27 (1), 17-40.
Adler, P. S. (2002) "Corporate scandals: It's time for reflection in business schools," Academy of Management Executive, 16 (3), 148-149.
Adler, P. S. (2002) "Critical in the name of whom and what?," Organization, 9, 387”395.
Adler, P. S. (2001) "Market, Hierarchy, and Trust: The Knowledge Economy and the Future of Capitalism," Organization Science (March-April), 214-234.
Adler, P. S., and Kwon, S., "Social Capital: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," in Lesser, E., eds., Knowledge and Social Capital: Foundations and Applications, Boston:Butterworth-Heineman (pp. 89-115) 2000.
Adler, P. S., and Lawler, E. E. (1999) "Who Needs MBAs in HR? USC's Strategic Human Resource Management MBA Concentration," Human Resource Management , 38 (2), 125-130.
Adler, P. S., "Hybridization of Human Resource Management at two Toyota Transplants," in Liker, J., Fruin, M., and Adler, P. S., eds., Remade in America: Transplanting and transforming Japanese management systems, New York: Oxford University Press (pp. 75-116) 1999.
Adler, P. S., Goldoftas, B., and Levine, D. I. (1999) "Flexibility Versus Efficiency? A Case Study of Model Changeovers in the Toyota Production System," Organization Science, 10 (1), 43-68.
Liker, J., Fruin, M., and Adler, P. S., (Eds.), Remade in America: Transplanting and Transforming Japanese Management Systems, New York, NY: Oxford University Press 1999.
Adler, P. S., "Teams at NUMMI," in Durand, J.P., Stewart, P., and Castillo, J. J., eds., Teamwork in the Automobile Industry, London: Macmillan (pp. 126-150) 1999.
Liker, J., Fruin, M., and Adler, P. S., "Bringing Japanese Management Systems to the U.S.: Transplantation or Transformation?," in Liker, J., Fruin, M., and Adler, P. S., eds., Remade in America: Transplanting and transforming Japanese management systems, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press (pp. 3-38) 1999.
Adler, P. S., "The Emancipatory Significance of Taylorism," in Cunha, M. P., and Marques, C. A., eds., Readings in Organization Science, Lisbon, Portugal: ISPA 1999.
Adler, P. S. (1999) "Building Better Bureaucracies," Academy of Management Executive, 13 (4), 36-47.
Adler, P. S., and Landsbergis, P. A. (1998) "Lean Production and Worker Health: A Discussion," New Solutions, 8 (4), 499-523.
Adler, P. S., Goldoftas, B., and Levine, D. I., "Stability and Change at NUMMI," in Boyer, R., Charron, E., Jurgens, U., and Tolliday, S., eds., Between Imitation and Innovation: The Transfer and Hybridization of Productive Models in the International Automobile Industry, Oxford University Press (pp. 128-160) 1998.
Adler, P. S. (1997) "Work Organization: From Taylorism to Teamwork," Perspectives on Work, June 1997, 61-65.
Adler, P. S., Goldoftas, B., and Levine, D. (1997) "Ergonomics, Employee Involvement, and the Toyota Production System: A Case Study of NUMMI'S 1993 Model Introduction," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 50 (3), 416-437 (Reprinted in The Fordism of Ford and Modern Management, edited by Huw Beynon and Theo Nichols, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing).
Adler, P. S. (1997) "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," Contemporary Sociology, 26 (6), 754-757.
Adler, P. S., Kochan, T. A., MacDuffie, J. P., Pil, F., and Rubenstein, S., "United States: Variations on a Theme," in Kochan, T.A., Lansdbury, R.D., and MacDuffie, J.P., eds., After Lean Production: Evolving Employment Practices in the World Auto Industry, Ithaca: ILR Press (pp. 61-84) 1997.
Adler, P. S., Mandelbaum, A., Nguyen, V., and Schwerer, E. (1996) "Getting the Most out of Your Product Development Process," Harvard Business Review (March-April), 134-152.
Adler, P. S., and Borys, B. (1996) "Two Types of Bureaucracy: Enabling and Coercive," Administrative Science Quarterly, 41 (1), 61-89.
Shenhar, A. J., and Adler, P. S., "The Technological base of the Company," in Gaynor, G.H., eds., The Technological base of the Company, New York: McGraw Hill (pp. 4.1-4.17) 1996.
Adler, P. S., and Borys, B. (1995) "A Portrait of the Relationship between Mechanization and Work in the U.S. Economy in 1980," International Journal of Human Factors in Manufacturing, , 5 (4), 345-375.
Adler, P. S., Mandelbaum, A., Nguyen, V., and Schwerer, E. (1995) "From Project to Process Management: An Empirically-Based Framework for Analyzing Product Development Time," Management Science, 41 (3), 458-484.
Adler, P. S., "Democratic Taylorism: The Toyota Production System at NUMMI," in Badson, S., eds., Lean Work: Empowerment and Exploitation in the Global Auto Industry, Wayne State University Press (pp. 207-219) 1995.
Levine, D., Adler, P. S., and Goldoftas, B., "NUMMI: A Case Study," in Reinventing the Workplace: How Business and Employees Can Both Win, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution (pp. 10-35) 1995.
Adler, P. S., and Cole, R., "Designed for Learning : A Tale of Two Auto Plants," in Sandberg, A., eds., Enriching Production, Avebury: Aldershot (pp. 157-178) 1995.
Adler, P. S., "The Dynamic Relationship Between Tacit and Codified Knowledge: Comment on Nonaka," in Allouche, J., and Pogorel, G., eds., Technology Management and Corporate Strategies: A Tricontinental Perspective, Amsterdam: North-Holland (pp. 110-124) 1995.
Adler, P. S., Mandelbaum, A., Nguyen, V., and Schwerer, E., "From Project to Process Management in Engineering: Managerial and Methodological Challenges," in Dasu, S., and Eastman, C., eds., Management of Design, Amsterdam: Kluwer (pp. 61-82) 1995.
Adler, P. S., Mandelbaum, A., Nguyen, V., and Schwerer, E. (1995) "From Project to Process Management: An Empirically-Based Framework for Analyzing Product Development Time," Management Science, 41 (3), 458-484.
Pelled, L., and Adler, P. S. (1994) "Antecedents to Intergroup Conflict in Multifunctional Product Development Teams: A Conceptual Model," IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 41 (1), 21-28.
Adler, P. S., and Cole, R. (1994) "Rejoinder to Berggren's critique," Sloan Management Review, 35 (2), 45-49.
Adler, P. S. (1994) "Review of: C. Berggren: Alternatives to Lean Production: Work Organization in the Swedish Auto Industry," American Journal of Sociology, 99 (5), 1366-68.
Adler, P. S., "Workers' Responses to New Wave Manufacturing," in Storey, J., eds., New Wave Manufacturing Strategies: Organizational and Human Resource Management Dimensions, London: Paul Chapman, 1994 (pp.226-245) (This is a modified version of my article in International Journal of Human Factors in Manufacturing, 1, 1, 1991, pp. 33-54.) 1994.
Adler, P. S., and Cole, R. (1993) "Designed for Learning: A Tale of Two Auto Plants," Sloan Management Review, 34 (3), 85-94 (Reprinted in Ake Sandberg, ed., Enriching Production, Aldershot: Avebury, 1995, pp. 157-178.).
Adler, P. S. (1993) "Time-and-Motion Regained," Harvard Business Review, Jan-Feb, 97-108 (reprinted in Robert Howard, ed., The Learning Imperative, pp. 255-276, Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1993.).
Adler, P. S., and Borys, B. (1993) "Materialism and Idealism in Organizational Theory," Organization Studies, 14 (5), 657-679.
Adler, P. S., "The Learning Bureaucracy: New United Motors Manufacturing, Inc.," in Staw, B., and Cummings, L., eds., Research in Organziational Behavior, vol.15, JAI Press (pp. 111-194) 1993.
Adler, P. S., and Winograd, T. A., Winograd, T.A., eds. (Eds.), Usability: Turning Technologies into Tools, Oxford University Press 1992.
Adler, P. S., "Managing DFM: Learning to Coordinate Product and Process Design," in Susman, G. I., eds., Design for Manufacturability, Oxford University Press (pp. 140-156) 1992.
Adler, P. S., and Ferdows, K., "The Chief Technology Officer: A New Role for New Challenges," in Gomez-Mejia, L.R., and Lawless, M.W., eds., Advances in Global High-Technology Management: Top Management and Executive Leadership in High Technology. vol. 2, JAI Press (pp. 49-66) 1992.
Adler, P. S., (Ed.), Technology and the Future of Work, Oxford University Press 1992.
Adler, P. S., McDonald, D. W., and MacDonald, F. (1992) "Strategic Management for Technical Functions," Sloan Management Review, 33 (2), 19-28.
Adler, P. S. (1991) "Workers and Flexible Manufacturing Systems: Three Installations Compared," Journal of Organizational Behavior, 12 (5), 447-460.
Adler, P. S. (1991) "Workers' Assessments of Three Flexible Manufacturing Systems," International Journal of Human Factors in Manufacturing, 1 (1), 33-54.
Adler, P. S., and Clark, K. B. (1991) "Behind the learning curve: The learning process," Management Science, 37 (3), 267-281.
Adler, P. S., "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," in People and Technology in the Workplace, National Academy Press (pp. 59-89) 1991.
Adler, P. S., and Shenhar, A. (1990) "Adapting Your Technological Base: The Organizational Challenge," Sloan Management Review, 32 (1), 25-37.
Adler, P. S. (1990) "Marx, Machines and Skill," Technology and Culture, 31 (4), 780-812.
Adler, P. S. (1990) "Shared Learning," Management Science, 36 (8), 938-958.
Adler, P. S., and Ferdows, K. (1990) "The Role of the Chief Technology Officer," International Conference on Strategic Leadership in High Technology Organizations, University of Colorado at Boulder .
Adler, P. S., "Managing High-Tech Processes: The Challenge of CAD/CAM," in Von Glinow, M. A., and Mohrman, S.A., eds., Managing Complexity in High-Technology Organizations, New York: Oxford University Press (pp. 188-215) 1990.
Adler, P. S., and Ferdows, K. (1990) "The Chief Technology Officer," California Management Review (Spring), 55-63.
Adler, P. S. (1990) "The Skill Requirements of CAD/CAM," International Journal of Technology Management, 5 (2), 201-216.
Adler, P. S., Riggs, H. E., and Wheelwright, S. C. (1989) "Product Development Know-How: Trading Tactics for Strategy," Sloan Management Review 7-17.
Adler, P. S. (1989) "When Knowledge is the Critical Resource, Knowledge Management is the Critical Task.," IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management , 36 (2), 87-95.
Adler, P. S., and Borys, B. (1989) "Socio-dets and Techno-dets: Determinants of Diffusion and Implementation Patterns of Automated Machine Tools," Journal of Engineering and Technology Management , 6, 161-185.
Adler, P. S., and Borys, B. (1989) "Automation and Skill: Three Generations of Research on the Machine-Tool Case," Politics and Society, 17 (3), 377-412.
Adler, P. S., "Technology Strategy: A Guide to the Literatures," in Rosenbloom, R., and Burgelman, R., eds., Research on Technological Innovation, Management, and Policy (vol. 4), Greenwich, CT: JAI Press (pp. 25-151) 1989.
Adler, P. S. (1989) "CAD/CAM: Managerial Challenges and Research Issues," IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 36 (3), 202-215.
Adler, P. S. (1989) "Contributing author: Challenges and Opportunities for Manufacturing Engineers," SME Technology Report, Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Adler, P. S., and Borys, B. (1988) "The Forest and the Trees: A Response to the Comments by Alain d'Iribarne (in French)," Revue Formation-Emploi 30-31.
Adler, P. S., and Borys, B. (1988) "Automation and Work (in French)," Revue Formation-Emploi 5-25.
Adler, P. S. (1988) "Automation Skill and the Future of Capitalism," Berkeley Journal of Sociology , 33, 1-36.
Adler, P. S. (1988) "Managing Flexible Automation," California Management Review (Spring), 34-56.
Adler, P. S. (1987) "A Plant Productivity Measure for High-Tech Manufacturing," Interfaces, 17 (6), 75-85.
Adler, P. S. (1987) "Review of: P. Whalley: The Social Production of Technical Work and R. Sussman, Mechanics of the Middle Class," American Journal of Sociology, 93 (2), 499-501.
Adler, P. S., and Helleloid, D. A. (1987) "Effective Implementation of Integrated CAD/CAM: A Model," IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, 34 (2), 101-108.
Adler, P. S. (1987) "Review of: P. Blackburn, R. Coombs, K. Green: Technology, Economic Growth and the Labor Process.," Journal of Economic Literature 158-59.
Adler, P. S. (1987) "Skill Formation in U.S. Accounting Firms," Office: Technology and People, 3, 3-16.
Adler, P. S. (1987) "Automation and Skill: New Directions," International Journal of Technology Management, 2 (5-6), 761-772.
Adler, P. S., "Contributing author: Management of Technology: The Hidden Competitive Advantage.," in , Washington DC: National Academy Press 1987.
Adler, P. S. (1986) "New Technologies, New Skills," California Management Review (Fall), 9-28.
Adler, P. S., "Rethinking the Skill Requirements of New Technologies," in Whittington, D., eds., High Hopes for High Tech, University of North Carolina Press (pp. 82-112) 1986.
Adler, P. S. (1986) "Review of: L. Hirschhorn: Beyond Mechanization," Academy of Management Review 222-226.
Adler, P. S., and Bowers, N. (1985) "History vs. Segmentation: On Recent Labor Market Research (in Italian)," Metamorfosi, 1, 235-264.
Adler, P. S. (1983) "Thirty Years of Automation and Operating Costs in French Banking ( in French)," Revue Economique 987-1020.
Adler, P. S. (1982) "The Productivity Puzzle': Numbers Alone Won't Solve It," Monthly Labor Review 15-21.