Wayne Baker

American author and sociologist on the senior faculty of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business


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Wayne Baker is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Society & Economy at the University of Michigan.

He joined the faculty in 1995, after teaching for eight years on the faculty of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Dr. Baker conducts research, teaches, and consults in the areas of social capital, networks, organization design, economic sociology, and culture. Dr. Wayne Baker puts his knowledge into action through his work with Humax Corporation, an assessment and training firm specializing in personal and organizational development. Humax is the pioneer in helping people, groups, and companies achieve measurable business results by investing in social capital.

Dr. Wayne Baker’s book Achieving Success Through Social Capital: Tapping the Hidden Resources in Your Personal and Business Networks (Jossey-Bass 2000). It is now on the business bestseller lists. Wayne Baker’s first book on social capital was a business best-seller, Networking Smart: How to Build Relationships for Personal and Organizational Success (McGraw-Hill).

This book won the Soundview Executive Book Summaries Award as “one of 30 best business books of 1994.” Princeton University Press will publish Dr. Baker’s most recent work, America’s Crisis of Values, in 2004.

Professor Baker won the Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the American Sociological Association, and the Emory Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

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