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William B. Stevenson


Ph.D. Sociology Department, University of California, Riverside, 1981.

Major field: Formal Organizations

Minor field: Research Methodology and Statistics

B.S. Economics Department, University of Maryland, College Park, 1970.


1986 Yoder-Heneman Personnel Research Award for most innovative research in personnel. Awarded by the American Society of Personnel Administration.

1986 Excellence in Teaching Award, Graduate School of Management, University of California, Irvine

Regents Fellowship, 1977-78, University of California, Riverside

Graduated with High Honors (top 10% of class) University of Maryland.


Work Experience

1998-2001 Chair, Organization Studies Department, Boston College

1991-present: Associate Professor, Organization Studies Department, Boston College.

1988-1991: Assistant Professor, Organization Studies Department, Boston College.

1981-1988: Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Management, University of California, Irvine.

1973-1975: Research Assistant, Bureau of Social Science Research, Washington, D.C.

1970-1972: Management Analyst, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Washington, D.C.


Professional Association Memberships


Academy of Management

American Sociological Association

American Statistical Association

International Network for the Study of Social Networks

Reviewer Activities

Editorial Board: Journal of Quality Management

Ad Hoc Reviewer: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Business Research, Social Science Research, Sociological Forum

Courses Taught Boston College:

Introduction to Organizational Behavior (M.B.A. course)

Organizational Structure and Design (M.B.A. and undergraduate course)

Organizational Behavior (undergraduate course)

Leadership (undergraduate course)

Personnel and Organizational Research (undergraduate course)

Environmental Management (undergraduate course)

Quantitative Research Methods (Ph.D. course)

Network Analysis (Ph.D. course)

University of California, Irvine:

Organizational Analysis for Management (M.B.A. course)

Organizational theory (Ph.D. course)

Introduction to Management (undergraduate course)

Methods of Organizational Research (statistics course for Ph.D. students

covering multiple regression, path analysis, LISREL analysis)

Advanced Methods of Organizational Research (statistics for Ph.D. students

covering log-linear analysis, LISREL analysis)

Research Design (Methodology course for Ph.D. students covering

methodology such as questionnaire design, experimental design,

measurement issues)

Statistical Analysis of Change (statistics course for Ph.D. students covering

panel analysis, econometric regression, and time series analysis)

Research Grants

$1200 Faculty Fellowship from the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Irvine to study formal structure and informal social interactions within organizations (1982-1983).

$45,000 grant from the Urban Mass Transportation Administration to study formal structure and informal interaction patterns among managers and professional employees within transit agencies (1984-1985).

$5,000 grant from the Academic Senate Committee on Research, University of California, Irvine to study the impact of formal structure and informal networks on information flow and service delivery in health care organizations (1986-1987).

$13,000 grant from the University of California Biotechnology Research and Education Program (with Jone Pearce and Lyman Porter) to study the interorganizational networks among the bioscience companies in Orange County, California (1987-1988).

$3,000 grant from the Boston College School of Management to study the mobilization of organizations in the environmental policy domain. (1995).

$5,000 grant from Boston College to study the mobilization of actors for the protection of watersheds. (1998)



#1 Marshall Meyer, William Stevenson, and Stephen Webster. Limits to Bureaucratic Growth . New York: DeGruyter, 1985.


#2 Marshall Meyer and William Stevenson. On the Use and Abuse of Aggregate
Data in Analyzing Organizations. American Sociological Review , 1981, 46:697-699.

#3 William Stevenson, Jone Pearce, and Lyman Porter. The Concept of "Coalition" in Organization Theory and Research. Academy of Management Review , 1985, 10:256-268.

#4 Jone Pearce, William Stevenson, and James Perry. Managerial Compensation Based on Organizational Performance:A Time Series Analysis of the Impact of Merit Pay. Academy of Management Journal , 1985, 28:261-278.

#5 William Stevenson. Organizational Growth and Hierarchical Change. Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 1985, 11:287-306.

#6 Jone Pearce, William Stevenson, and Lyman Porter. Coalitions in the Organizational Context. In Bazerman, M. H., Sheppard, B.H., and Lewicki, R.J. (Eds.) Research on Negotiation in Organizations , 1986, 1:97-115.

#7 Willliam Stevenson. Change in the Structure of Bureaucracy: A Longitudinal Analysis. Sociological Perspectives , 1986, 29:307-336.

#8 Mary Gilly and William Stevenson. Complaint Management in the Health Care Organization. Journal of Consumer Satisfaction, Dissatisfaction, and Complaining Behavior , 1988, 1:93-96.

#9 William Stevenson. Formal Structure and Networks of Interaction Within Organizations. Social Science Research , 1990, 19:113-131.

#10 William Stevenson. Individual Discretion and Organizational Accountability. Sociological Perspectives . 1990, 33:341- 354.

#11 Gilly, M.C., Stevenson, W.B. and Yale, L. The Dynamics of Complaint Management in the Consumer Affairs Organization. Journal of Consumer Affairs . 1991, 25: 295-322.

#12 William Stevenson, and M.C. Gilly. Information Processing and Problem Solving: The Migration of Problems Through Formal Positions and Networks of Ties. Academy of Management Journal. 1991, 34:918-928.

#13 William Stevenson. Organization Design In The Handbook of Organization Behavior , Robert Golembiewski, ed. New York: Marcel Dekker, 1993, pp.141-168.

#14 William Stevenson, and M.C. Gilly. Problem Solving Networks in Organizations: Intentional Design and Emergent Structure. Social Science Research, 1993, 22:92-113.

#15 William Stevenson. A Muse of Fire or a Winter of Discontent?: Teaching Shakespeare in the Leadership Course. Journal of Management Education, 1996, 20: 39-47.

#16 William Stevenson and J.B. Bartunek. Power, Position and the Generation of Cultural Agreement in Organizations. Human Relations, 1996, 49: 75-104.

#17 William Stevenson and Danna Greenberg. The Formal Analysis of Narratives of Organizational Change. Journal of Management, 1998, 24:741-762.

#18 William Stevenson and Danna Greenberg. Networks and Action:   Connecting Agency to the Social Structure of Interorganizational Relationships.   Administrative Science Quarterly, 2000, 45:651-678.

#19 Ivan Manev and William Stevenson. Balancing Ties: Boundary Spanning and Influence in an Organization's Extented Network of Communication. Journal of Business Communication, 2001, 38:183-205.

#20  Ivan Manev and William Stevenson.  The Effects of Nationality, Cultural Distance, and Expatriate Status on the Managerial Network in a Multinational Enterprise. Journal of International Business Studies, 2001, 32:285-303.

#21 William Stevenson. Introduction to the Special Issue on Planned Organizational Change and Organizaional Networks. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 2003, 39: 238-242.

#22 William Stevenson, Jean Bartunek, and Steven P. Borgatti. Front and Backstage Processes of an Organizational Restructuring Effort. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 2003, 39: 243-259.

#23 William Stevenson, Heidi Zinzow, and S. Sridharan. Using Event Structure Analysis to Understand the Underlying Nature of Collaborations. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 2003, 2: Article 5.

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