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David J. Tucker

Professor Emeritus of Social Work

David J. Tucker

Professor David Tucker's scholarly areas of interest include the formation, growth, and death of organizations; the structural analysis of inter-organizational service delivery systems; and the application of macro organizational theory to the analysis of selected social policy issues. His recent work also focuses on questions about the production and validation of knowledge. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1990, Tucker served on the faculty at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Research Interests/Focus

Organizational demography, organizational change, dynamic modeling of change processes, knowledge development and production.


Year Degree   School
1978 PhD Interorganizational Relations and Social Policy University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1968 MSW McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1966 BA University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Tucker, D. J. (2010). Grant me to tell. May I reveal: The Welsh miner as shaman. The Gower Journal.

MacKenzie, M., & Tucker D. (2010). Death and taxes: Child health and the state tax freedom race. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(12), 1803-1806 .

Tucker, D. J. (2009). [Review of the book Method Meets Art: Arts-based research practice]. Qualitative Social Work, 8(4), 527-535.

Tucker, D. J. (2008). Interdisciplinarity in doctoral education in social work: Does it make a difference? Journal of Social Work Education, 44(3), 115-138.

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