William Ocasio is the John L. & Helen Kellogg Professor of Management & Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management. He was educated at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, MIT, Harvard Business School, and Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in organizational behavior in 1992. Prior to coming to Kellogg, he was Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organizations at the MIT Sloan School of Management, from 1992-1995. From 1995-2001 he was Assistant Professor at Kellogg, and in 2001 he was promoted to Full Chaired Professor.
Ocasio is an organizational theorist, with an interdisciplinary perspective combining sociology, psychology, and strategic management. His varied research interests are brought together by a focus on explaining both the determinants of organizational and industry attention and its consequences for stability and change in organizations and institutions. Currently he is studying the determinants and consequences of attention through a variety of mechanisms, including specialized vocabularies of organizing, decision making structures and processes, and the development and deployment of political capital by organizational executives. His research has been published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Research in Organizational Behavior, Strategic Organization, and Strategic Management Journal. His research has won three major awards for three academic societies: the American Sociological Association, the Strategic Management Society, and the Academy of Management. In 2000, he won the W. Richard Scott Award from the American Sociological Association for the Best Paper published in the area of Organizations, Occupations, and Work during the previous three years.
Previously he served a five-year leadership position in the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management, including Division Chair. Currently he is in a three-year leadership position in the Behavioral Science Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society. For 2017-2018, he is the Program Chair.
At the MBA level, he teaches Power in Organizations and Managing Organizations for Growth. This first course brings together an innovative political capital perspective on managerial power with a focus on how the value of political capital is shaped by the organization's culture. The second course is an innovative course part of the new track on Growth and Scaling, Central to Kellogg's Growth Initiative. For executives he teaches Political Capital, Managing Organizational Change, and Strategic Processes. His teaching philosophy is to provide students with frameworks that will foster critical thinking skills that will make them better managers and leaders in organizations. At the Ph.D. level he teaches a Seminar on Behavior in Organizational Systems as well as a special elective on Institutional Logics and Practices.
Prior to becoming an academic, he served as Executive Director of the Governor's Economic Advisory Council in Puerto Rico from 1986-1990. A native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, he lives in downtown Chicago.
Building on his research and organizational experience he provides consulting services, executive education, and expert testimony to Fortune 500 firms, law firms as well as to federal and state governments.
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