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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
Year Description
2004 Best Paper In the Top Ten Percent of Papers Submitted, "Institutional Effects and Organizational Form: Accounting for Organizational Mix in Social Services" (with David Sommerfeld) 2004 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Creating Actionable Knowledge; New Orleans, LA
1994 1986 Paper, "Organizational Legitimacy and the Liability of Newness" selected for inclusion in the International Library of Management volume Organizational Sociology, edited by W. Richard Scott, as an outstanding contribution to Organization Theory for the preceding 25 year period
1986 Best Overall Paper Award for 1986, The Academy of Management, Organization and Management Theory Division, for paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago
1985 Best Paper Award, Organizational Behavior Division, Administrative Science Council of Canada, for paper presented at the Learned Societies Meeting, Montreal, Quebec
1984 Award of excellence by the Administrative Science Council of Canada for paper given at the Learned Societies Meeting, Guelph, Ontario
1972-1975 Laidlaw Fellowship, National Award to facilitate Ph.D. studies

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