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."