American Sociological Association

Organizations, Occupations and Work Awards History

The Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work's EGOS Award

The EGOS Award was established in 1984. It recognized a book in even-numbered years and an article in odd-numbered years. It was last awarded in 1989.

1989: David Stark, University of Wisconsin, “Rethinking International Labor Markets: New Insights from a Comparative Perspective,” American Sociological Reiew 51(4):492-504. 1986.

1988: Andrew G. Walder, Harvard University, Communist Neo-Traditionalism: Work & Authority in Chinese Industry. Univesity of Chicago Press. 1988.

1986: Carol Heimer, Northwestern University, Reactive Risk and Rational Action: Managing Moral Hazard in Insurance Companies. Univesity of Chicago Press. 1985.

1984: Raymond Russell, Sharing Ownership at the Workplace. State University of New York Press. 1985.


The Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work's James Thompson Graduate Student Paper Award

2019: James Chu, Stanford University, “A Camera or Merit or Engine of Inequality? College Rankings and the Enrollment of Disadvantaged Students”

2019: Michael Gibson-Light, University of Arizona, “Sandpiles of Dignity: Labor Status and Symbolic Boundary-Making in the Contemporary American Prison”

2018: Jennifer Bouek, “Navigating Networks: How Nonprofit Network Membership Shapes Responses to Resource Scarcity,” Social Problems 65(1):11-32. 2018.

2017: Josh Seim, University of California, Berkeley, “The Ambulance: Toward a Labor Theory of Poverty Governance,” American Sociological Review 82(3):451-475. 2017.

2016: Benjamin Shestakofsky, “High-Tech and High-Touch: The Labor Behind the Screens of an Online Market"

2015: Brad R. Fulton, “Bridging and Bonding: How Social Diversity Influences Organizational Performance”

2014: Kim Pernell-Gallagher, Harvard University, “Learning from Performance: Banks, Collateralized Debt Obligations and the Credit Crisis,” Social Forces 94(1):31-59. 2015.

2013: Adam Goldstein, “Revenge of the Managers: Labor Cost-Cutting and the Paradoxical Resurgence of Managerialism in the Shareholder Value Era, 1984-2001,” American Sociological Review 77(2):268-294. 2012.

2012: Daniel Schneider, Princeton University, “Gender Deviance and Household Work: The Role of Occupation," American Journal of Sociology 117(4):1029-1072. 2012.

2011: Andras Tilcsik, "Pride and Prejudice: Discrimination Against Openly Gay Men in the US," American Journal of Sociology 117(2):586-626. 2011.

2010: Catherine Turco, Harvard University, “The Cultural Foundations of Tokenism: Evidence from the Leveraged Buyout Industry," American Sociological Review 75(6):894-913. 2010.

2009: John-Paul Ferguson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Space Invaders: Social Valuation and the Diversification of Union Organizing Drives, 1961-1999"

2008: Taekjin Shin, University of California, Berkeley, “Pay Disparities Within Firms: The Role of the Chief Executive Officers”

2007: Matthew Desmond, University of Wisconsin, Madison, "Making Workers Deployable"

2006: Jake Rosenfeld, Princeton University, "Desperate Measures: Strikes and Wages in Post-Accord America," Social Forces 85(1):235-265. 2006.

2005: Dirk Zorn, Princeton University, "Here a Chief, There a Chief: The Rise of the CFO in the American Firm," American Sociological Review 69(3):345-364. 2004

2004: Isabel Fernandez-Mateo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "How Free are Free Agents? Relationships and Wages in a Triadic Labour Market"

2001: Devah Pager and Eric Grodsky, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “The Structure of Disadvantage: Individual and Occupational Determinants of the Black-White Wage Gap,” American Sociological Review 66(4):542-567/ 2001.

2000: Michael Handel, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Has Post-Industrialism Made Wages More Unequal? Inequality, Skills, and the Spread of Computer Use at Work”

1999: Michelle Budig, University of Arizona, "Are Women’s Employment and Fertility Histories Interdependent? An Examination of Causal Order Using Event History Analysis,” Social Science Research 32(3):376-401. 2003.

1998: Michelle Budig, University of Arizona, “Male Tokens in Female Dominated Occupations: Are They Riding a Glass Escalator?” Social Problems 49(2):258-277. 2002.

1997: Michael Lounsbury, Northwestern University, “Compliance and Commitment in Institutional Theory: College and University Recycling Program Variation and Diffusion, 1970-1995”

1996: Kim Kracman, Princeton University, "Common Sense versus Good Taste: The Construction of the Commercial and Fine Art Professions, 1917-1929"

1995: Ezra W. Zuckerman, University of Chicago, “Social Contagion in the Health Policy Domain: The Social Construction of Social Identity”

1994: Vincent J. Roscigno and M. Keith Kimble, North Carolina State University, "Elite Power, Race, and the Persistence of Low Unionization in the South," Work and Occupations 22(3):271-300. 1995.

1993: Robert E. Freeland, University of California, Berkeley, "The Myth of the M-Form? Governance, Consent, and Organizational Change," American Journal of Sociology 102(2):483-526. 1996.

1992: Dongyoub Shin, Yale University, "Contradictory Institutional Pressures and Loose Coupling: Organizational Legitimacy & the Rise & Decline of Religions in Social Movements"

1991: Brian Uzzi, State University of New York, Stony Brook, "Visible Hands: A Structural Embeddedness Approach to Organizational Decline & De-industrialization"


The Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work's Max Weber Book Award

At first designed as a book award (1983), the Weber Award is given for an outstanding book in even-numbered years and to an article in odd-numbered years. No information available for awards given in 1984 through 1991.

2019: Richard E. Ocejo, Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy. Princeton University Press.  2017.

2018: Anju Mary Paul, Multinational Maids: Stepwise Migration in a Global Labor Market. Cambridge University Press. 2017.

2018 Honorable Mention: John Krinsky and Maud Simonet, Who Cleans the Park? Public Work and Urban Governance in New York City. University of Chicago Press. 2015.

2018 Honorable Mention: Wendy Espeland and Michael Sauder, Engines of Anxiety: Academic Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability. Russell Sage Foundation. 2016.

2017: Steve Viscelli, The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream. University of California Press. 2016.

2016: Lauren Rivera, Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs. Princeton University Press. 2015.

2015: Dan Clawson, and Naomi Gerstel, Unequal Time: Gender, Class, and Family in Employment Schedules. Russell Sage Foundation. 2014.

2014: Ofer Sharone, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences. University of Chicago Press. 2014.

2013: Elizabeth Popp Berman, Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine. Princeton University Press. 2012.

2012: Katherine Kellogg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Challenging Operations: Medical Reform and Resistance in Surgery. University of Chicago Press. 2011.

2011: Martin Ruef, Princeton University, The Entrepreneurial Group: Social Identities, Relations, and Collective Action. Princeton University Press. 2010.

2010: Frank Dobbin, Harvard University, Inventing Equal Opportunity. Princeton University Press. 2009

2009: Matthew Desmond, University of Wisconsin, On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters. University of Chicago Press. 2007.

2008: Rakesh Khurana, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a Profession. Princeton University Press. 2007.

2007: Nicole C. Raeburn, Changing Corporate America from Inside Out: Lesbian and Gay Workplace Rights. University of Minnesota Press, as Vol 20 of the Social Movements, Protest, and Contention Series. 2004.

2006: Jerome Karabel, University of California, Berkeley, The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. Houghton Mifflin Press. 2005.

2005: Maria Charles and David Grusky, Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men. University of Chicago Press. 2004.

2004: Judy Stephan-Norris and Maurice Zeitlin, Left Out: Reds and America’s Industrial Unions. Cambridge University Press. 2002.

2003: Charles Perrow, Organizing America: Wealth, Power, and the Origins of Corporate Capitalism. Princeton University Press. 2001.

2002: Glenn R. Carroll and Michael T. Hannan, The Demography of Corporations and Industries. Princeton University Press. 2000. 

2001: Richard Scott, Stanford University, Martin Ruef, University of North Carolina, Peter J. Mendel, Rand Corporation, and Carol A. Caronna, University of California, Berkeley, Institutional Change in Healthcare Organizations: From Professional Dominance to Managed Care. University of Chicago Press. 2000.

2000: Marie-Kaure Djelic, Ecole Superieure des Science Economiques et Commerciales en Cery-Pontoise, France, The Postwar Transformation of European Business. Oxford University Press. 1998. 

2000: Howard Aldrich, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Organizations Evolving. Sage Publications. 1999.

1999: Randy Hodson, The Ohio State University, “Dignity in the Workplace Under Participative Management: Alienation and Freedom,” American Sociological Review 61(5):719-738. 1996.

1998: Elisabeth S. Clemens, University of Arizona, The People’s Lobby: Organizational Innovation and the Rise of Interest Group Politics in the United States, 1890-1925. University of Chicago Press. 1997.

1997: Heather Haveman, Cornell University, and Lisa Cohen, University of California, Berkeley, “The Ecological Dynamics of Careers: The Impact of Organizational Founding, Dissolution, and Merger on Job Mobility,” American Journal of Sociology 100(1):104-152. 1994.

1996: Frank Dobbin, Princeton University, Forging Industrial Policy: The United States, Britain and France in the Railway Age. Cambridge University Press. 1994.

1995: Wayne E. Baker, University of Michigan, and Robert Faulkner, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “The Social Organization of Conspiracy: Illegal Networks in the Heavy Electrical Equipment Industry,” American Sociological Review 58(6):837-860. 1993.

1994: Robin Leidner, University of Pennsylvania, Fast Food Fast Talk. University of California Press. 1993.

1992: Art Stinchcombe, Northwestern University, Information and Organizations. University of California Press. 1990.

1992: Mike Hannan, Stanford University, and John Freeman, Cornell University, Organizational Ecology. Harvard University Press. 1989.


The Section on Organizations, Occupation, and Work's Rosabeth Moss Kanter Distinguished Career Award

2019: Charles Perrow, Stanford University

2018: Howard Aldrich, University of North Carolina

2017: Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard University


The Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work's W. Richard Scott Article Award

2019: Benjamin Shestakofsky, “Working Algorithms: Software Automation and the Future of Work,” Work and Occupations 44(4):376–423. 2017.

2018: Erin Metz McDonnell, University of Notre Dame, “Patchwork Leviathan: How Pockets of Bureaucratic Governance Flourish within Institutionally Diverse Developing States,” American Sociological Review 82(3):476-510. 2017.

2017: Sonia K. Kang, Katherine A. DeCelles, and András Tilcsik, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and Sora Jun, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, “Whitened Resumes: Race and Self-Presentation in the Labor Market,” Administrative Science Quarterly 61(3):469-502. 2016.

2016: J. DiBenigno and Katherine  C. Kellogg, “Beyond Occupational Differences the Importance of Cross-Cutting Demographics and Dyadic Toolkits for Collaboration in a US Hospital,” Administrative Science Quarterly 59(3):375-408. 2014.

2015: Andras Tilcsik, “Imprint-Environment Fit and Performance: How Organizational Munificence at Time-of-Hire Affects Subsequent Job Performance,” Administrative Science Quarterly 59(4):639-668. 2014.

2014: Seok-Won Kwon, University of Missouri, Colleen Heflin, Columbia University, and Martin Ruef, Duke University, “Community Social Capital and Entrepreneurship,” American Sociological Review 78(6):980-1008. 2013.

2013: Isabel Fernandez-Mateo and Zelia King, “Anticipatory Sorting and Gender Segregation in Temporary Employment,” Management Science 57(6): 989-1008. 2011.

2012: Ruthanne Huising, McGill University, and Susan Silbey,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Governing the Gap: Forging Safe Science through Relational Regulation," Regulation & Governance 5(1):14-42. 2011.

2011: Matt L. Huffman, Philip N. Cohen, and Jessica Pearlman, University of Arizona, “Engendering Change: Organizational Dynamics and Workplace Gender Desegregation, 1975–2005,” Administrative Science Quarterly 55(2):255–277. 2010.

2010: Alexandra Kalev, University of Arizona, “Cracking the Glass Cages? Restructuring and Ascriptive Inequality at Work,” American Journal of Sociology 114(6):1591-1643. 2009.

2009: David Stark, Columbia University, and Balazs Vedres, Central European University, “Social Times of Network Spaces: Network Sequences and Foreign Investment in Hungary,” American Journal of Sociology 111(5):1367-1411. 2006.

2008: Brian Uzzi and Jarrett Spiro, “Collaboration and Creativity: The Small World Problem,”American Journal of Sociology 111(2):447-504. 2005.

2007: David Obstfeld, “Social Networks, The Tertius Iungens Orientation, and Involvement In Innovation,” Administrative Science Quarterly 50(1):100-130. 2005.

2006: Brian Uzzi and Ryon Lancaster, "Embeddedness and Price Formation in the Large Law Firm Market," American Sociological Review 69(3):319-344. 2004.

2004: Kim A. Weeden, "Why do Some Occupations Pay More than Others? Social Closure and Earnings Inequality in the United States," American Journal of Sociology 108(1):55-101. 2002.

2003: Isin Guler, Mauro Guillen, and John MacPherson, "Global Cmpetition, Institutions and the Diffusion of Organizational Practices: The International Spread of the ISO 9000 Quality Certificates," Administrative Science Quarterly 47(2):207-232. 2002.

2001: Emilio Castilla and Paul Moore, Stanford University, “Social Capital at Work: Networks and Employment at a Phone Center,” American Journal of Sociology 105(5):1288-1356. 2000.

2000: Patricia Thornton, Duke University, “Institutional Logics and Historical Contingency of Power in Organizations: Executive Succession in the Higher Education Industry, 1958-1990,” American Journal of Sociology 105(3):801-843. 1999.

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