John Dencker, Associate Professor, Management and Organizational Development

Associate Professor, Management and Organizational Development

John C. Dencker

112 Hayden
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000

617.373.2452
j.dencker@northeastern.edu


Profile

Education

Ph.D. in Sociology. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
A.M. in Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
B.A. in Economics and US History, Northwestern University

Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Dencker's research examines effects of corporate restructuring on (1) the employment relationship, (2) public policy programs designed to help the unemployed transition to self-employment (entrepreneurship), (3) generational dynamics in the workplace, and (4) causes and consequences of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He has taught courses on Power and Influence and Organizational Fundamentals at the undergraduate, masters' and PhD levels.

Industry & Academic Experience

Prior to joining Northeastern University, John Dencker was a professor at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a post-doctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. During the 2011-2012 academic year, he was a visiting professor at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Awards & Recognition

IDEA Thought Leader Award, Academy of Management. Entrepreneurship Division. For "Individual and Opportunity Factors Influencing Job Creation in New Firms."

Saroj Parasuraman Award Finalist. Academy of Management. Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division. For "Unpacking Generational Identities in Organizations."

Carolyn Dexter Award Finalist, Academy of Management. Entrepreneurship Division. For "Individual, Organizational, and Environmental Drivers of Job Creation in New Firms."

Publications

Selected Publications

"The Effects of Opportunities and Founder Experience on New Firm Performance.” Strategic Management Journal. With Marc Gruber

"Who do Firms Lay Off and Why?" Industrial Relations. 51: 152-169 (2012)

"Unpacking Generational Identities in Organizations." Academy of Management Review. 35: 392-414. With Aparna Joshi, Gentz Franz and Joseph J. Martocchio. (2010)

"Individual and Opportunity Factors Influencing Job Creation in New Firms." Academy of Management Journal. 52:1125-1147. With Marc Gruber and Sonali Shah. (2009)

"Relative Bargaining Power, Corporate Restructuring and Managerial Incentives." Administrative Science Quarterly. 54: 453-485. (2009)

Presentations

Selected Presentations

"Corporate Restructuring and Wage Inequality." 2014 With Chichun Fang. Presented at Northeastern University, and University of Oxford (UK).

"The Effects of Opportunities and Founder Experience on New Firm Performance." With Marc Gruber. 2013. Presented at MIT, McGill University, ESMT Berlin, and SASE (Milan).

"Sex, Selection and Self-Employment: Socialization, Risk Aversion, and Gender Differences in Entrepreneurial Outcomes." With Marc Gruber. Presented at the 5th Annual People and Organizations Conference. The Wharton School. Philadelphia, PA. 2013.

"Generations in the Workforce." With A. Joshi, G. Franz, and J. Martocchio. Presented at ESADE Business School, Barcelona Spain. 2012.

"Public Policy Programs and the Transition from Unemployment to Self-Employment." With Marc Gruber. Presented at IRLE Reconnecting to Work Conference - UCLA. Los Angeles, CA. 2011.