James G. March

James G. March

James G. March is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, best known for his research on organizations and organizational decision making.

March is highly respected for his broad theoretical perspective which combined theories from psychology and other behavioural sciences. As a core member of the Carnegie School, he collaborated with the cognitive psychologist Herbert Simon on several works on organization theory. March is also known for his seminal work on the behavioural perspective on the theory of the firm along with Richard Cyert (1963). In 1972, March worked together with Olsen and Cohen on the systemic-anarchic perspective of organizational decision making known as the Garbage Can Model.

James G March is the father of four children and the grandfather of nine. Since 1953, he has served on the faculties of the Carnegie Institute of Technology, the University of California, Irvine, and (since 1970) Stanford University. He has been elected to the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Education, and has been a member of the National Science Board.


* (1972) Michael D. Cohen, James G. March, Johan P. Olsen "A Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice" Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1. (Mar., 1972), pp. 1-25. [JSTOR] [particularly pp.1-3 & 9-13]


March wrote several books:
*"An introduction to the theory and measurement of influence" (1955)
*"An introduction to models in the social sciences" (1975) ISBN 0-8191-8381-4
*"Autonomy As a Factor in Group Organization" (1980) ISBN 0-405-12980-7
*"Ambiguity and Choice in Organizations" (1980) ISBN 82-00-01960-8
*"Decisions and Organizations" (1988) ISBN 0-631-16856-7
*"Rediscovering Institutions" (1989) ISBN 0-02-920115-2
*"A Primer on Decision Making" (1994) ISBN 0-02-920035-0
*"Democratic Governance" (1995) ISBN 0-02-874054-8
*"The Pursuit of Organizational Intelligence" (1998) ISBN 0-631-21102-0
*"On Leadership" (2005) ISBN 1-4051-3247-7

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