I am the Paul Klapper Professor in the College and in the Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. My primary home is in the Political Science Department , but I am also Associated Faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. I am also a Visiting Professor in the Institute for Sociology at the Georg-August Universität in Göttingen, Germany and a long time associate and collaborator at the SOFI Institut in Göttingen.
My expertise is in comparative political economy, economic sociology, economic geography, business strategy and business history. The common thread in my work has been an interest in the changing boundaries of firms and the political arrangements that govern them in Europe (especially Germany) the United States and Japan. Much of my most recent focus has been on manufacturing globalization and organizational learning within MNCs and regions. In particular, I have been looking at how German and US multinational manufacturers are recomposing their governance practices and re-allocating global competences in response to tremendous growth in emerging markets (particularly in China). The aim is to understand both how knowledge and competence is being transferred to these emerging markets and how such transfer is affecting the character and allocation of competence in home country operations. Many have been quite pessimistic about the future of manufacturing in developed countries. My aim is to understand and identify possibilities for continued growth and employment in the sector. It is only possible to do this if one conceives of contemporary manufacturing in a globally interactive way.
I have written two books, co-edited one book and edited a special issue of Enterprise and Society. I have also written numerous articles and book chapters, which you can find under Recent Publications and Book Projects. My work is comparative, historical, qualitative, interdisciplinary and very informed by pragmatism.