Wayne Baker

Wayne Baker

  • Robert P. Thome Professor of Management and Organizations
  • Professor of Sociology
  • Professor of Organizational Studies, LSA
  • Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research
  • Faculty Director, Center for Positive Organizations
Education
  • PostDoc Harvard University 1987
  • PhD Northwestern University 1981
  • MA Northern Illinois University 1976
  • BA Northern Illinois University 1974

Contact Information

Phone
(734) 764-2306
Fax
(734) 936-8716
Email
Room
R5348
Research

Wayne Baker is Robert P. Thome Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Management & Organizations at the Ross School of Business, and Faculty Director of the Center for Positive Organizations.  He is also Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan and Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research.  His work focuses on social networks, generosity, values, and positive organizational scholarship.  His latest book is All You Have To Do Is Ask: How To Master the Most Important Skill For Success (Currency/Penguin Random House, January 2020). Prior to joining the Ross faculty, he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago School of Business. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard Business School.

Executive Leadership

Wayne E. Baker, Ph.D. is Robert P. Thome Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Management & Organizations at the Ross School of Business.  He is Faculty Director of the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School.

His teaching and research focuses on positive organizational scholarship, values, and social networks.  His latest book is All You Have To Do Is Ask: How To Master the Most Important Skill For Success (Currency/Penguin Random House, January 2020). .

His other books include Achieving Success Through Social Capital, United America, America's Crisis of Values, and Networking Smart.

Prior to joining the Michigan faculty, he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago business school. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University.

Featured Books

All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success

All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success
Wayne Baker

A set of tools for mastering the one skill standing between us and success: the ability to ask for the things we need to succeed.

Imagine you’re on a deadline for a big project, and feeling overwhelmed. Or you're looking for a job, but can't seem to get your foot in the door. Or you're dying for tickets to a sold out concert, and all your leads have gone cold.

What do these problems have in common? They can all be solved...

All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success

Authors
Baker, Wayne
Published Date
01/2020

Source

Currency (Penguin Random House)

United America: The Surprising Truth about American Values, American Identity and the 10 Beliefs that a Large Majority of Americans Hold Dear

Authors
Wayne Baker
Published Date
2014

Source

Read the Spirit Books, Ann Arbor, MI

Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit After 9/11

Authors
Wayne Baker, Sally Howell, Amaney Jamal, Ann Lin, Andrew Shryock, Ronald Stockton, Mark Tessler
Published Date
2009

Source

Russell Sage Foundation Press

Emotional Energy, Relational Energy, and Organizational Energy: Toward a Multilevel Model

Authors
Baker, W.
Published Date
02/2019

Source

Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
6
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
373-395

Energize Others to Boost the Innovation Process

Authors
Baker, W.
Published Date
04/2019

Source

HR People + Strategy

How, When, and Why Recipients and Observers Reward Good Deeds and Punish Bad Deeds

Authors
Whitson, J., Wang, CS., See,Y.H., Baker, W.E., and Murnighan, J.K.
Published Date
2016

Source

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Volume: 
128
Issue: 
0
Pages: 
84-95

Relational Energy at Work: Implications for Job Engagement and Job Performance,

Authors
Owens,B.P., Baker, W.E., Sumpter,D.M., and Cameron, K.S.
Published Date
2016

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
101
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
35-49
Authors
Wayne E. Baker
Published Date
04/2015

Source

Chief Executive
Pages: 
1-2
Authors
Wayne E. Baker
Published Date
12/2014

Source

Harvard Business Review
Pages: 
1

Adolescent Socialization and the Development of Adult Work Orientations

Authors
Kathryn H. Dekas and Wayne Baker
Published Date
2014

Source

Research in the Sociology of Work
Volume: 
25
Issue: 
0
Pages: 
51-84

Making Pipes, Using Pipes: How Tie Initiation, Reciprocity, and Positive Emotions Create New Organizational Social Capital

Authors
Wayne Baker
Published Date
2014

Source

Research in the Sociology of Organizations
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
0
Pages: 
57-91

Paying it Forward Versus Rewarding Reputation: Mechanisms of Generalized Reciprocity

Authors
Wayne Baker, Nathaniel Bulkley
Published Date
2014

Source

Organization Science
Volume: 
25
Issue: 
5
Pages: 
1493-1510

Discrimination and Psychological Distress: Does Whiteness Matter for Arab Americans?

Authors
Wayne Baker,Sawsan Abdulrahim, Sherman A. James, and Rouham Yamout
Published Date
2012

Source

Social Science and Medicine
Volume: 
75
Issue: 
12
Pages: 
2116-2123

Differences in Self-Rated Health by Immigrant Status and Language Preference Among Arab Americans in the Detroit Metropolitan Area

Authors
Wayne Baker, Sawsan Abdulrahim
Published Date
2009

Source

Social Science and Medicine
Volume: 
68
Issue: 
12
Pages: 
2097-2103

Social Dapital, Double Embeddedness, and Mechanisms of Stability and Change

Authors
Wayne Baker, Robert Faulkner
Published Date
2009

Source

American Behavioral Scientist
Volume: 
52
Issue: 
0
Pages: 
1531-1555

A Dual Model of Reciprocity in Organizations: Moral Sentiments and Reputation

Authors
Wayne Baker
Published Date
2011

Source

Oxford University Press
Pages: 
412-422
Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship
Kim Cameron, Gretchen Spreitzer

Voting Your Values

Authors
Wayne Baker, Connie Boudens
Published Date
2009

Source

Russell Sage Foundation Press
Evangelicals and Democracy in America, Volume II: Religion and Politics
Seven Brint, Jean Reith Schroedel
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Ross Thought In Action
Research by Professor Wayne Baker shows how your company can avoid the pitfalls.

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