Anne Lawrence (1975)

Professor of Organization and Management, San Jose State University

After graduating from Berkeley, I took a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford. After an unsuccessful search for a faculty position in sociology in the Bay Area (where my husband's career was rooted), I accepted a job teaching in the college of business at San Jose State. While that was not what I had envisioned for myself while in graduate school, it proved to be a very positive move for me. I have been very happy in a public university business school setting, with its emphasis on applied research and excellent teaching. I have carved out a role for myself as the resident expert on 'social issues,' teaching popular undergraduate courses in business and society, labor relations, managing environmental issues, and global business and human rights. I have twice been named outstanding undergraduate instructor at the college. My McGraw-Hill textbook, Business and Society: Corporate Strategy, Public Policy, Ethics, is the market-leader in its field. I am also active as a writer of teaching cases for use in business schools, and my cases have been widely used in management education. Last year, I served as president of the North American Case Research Association, and I am a member of the board of the Social Issues in Management division of the Academy of Management. Although I no longer participate in the professional community of sociologists, I feel that my training at Berkeley profoundly influenced my approach to the issues I study.

Dissertation Title: 
Organizations in Crisis: Labor Union Responses to Plant Closures in California Manufacturing 1979-1983