Curriculum Vitae

Working Paper: Alexandra Kalev and Frank Dobbin. Does Diversity Training Increase Corporate Diversity?: Regulation Backlash and Regulatory Accountability.

Dobbin, Frank and Alexandra Kalev. Harvard Business Review May/June 2020: Why Sexual Harassment Programs Backfire. 

Dobbin, Frank, and Alexandra Kalev. 2019. PNAS 116 (25):12255-12260: The Promise and Peril of Sexual Harassment Programs

Dobbin, Frank, and Alexandra Kalev. 2018. Anthropology Now 10 (2):48-55: Why Diversity Training Doesn’t Work: The Challenge for Industry and Academia.

Dobbin, Frank, Kim Pernell, and Jiwook Jung.  Harvard Business Review July, 2017: Hiring Chief Risk Officers Led Banks To Take On More Risk

Dobbin, Frank and Alexandra Kalev. Harvard Business Review Summer 2016: Why Diversity Programs Fail -- And What Works Better

Link to video. 

Frank Dobbin received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1980 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1987. Dobbin studies organizations, inequality, economic behavior, and public policy. His Inventing Equal Opportunity (Princeton 2009) shows how corporate personnel managers defined what it meant to discriminate. With Alexandra Kalev, he is developing an evidence-based approach to diversity management. Innovations that make managers part of the solution, such as mentoring programs, diversity taskforces, and special recruitment programs, have helped to promote diversity in firms, while programs signaling that managers are part of the problem, such as diversity training and diversity performance evaluations, have not. These findings have been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Le Monde, CNNNational Public Radio, Fast Company, and Slate.

Professor Dobbin's work in economic sociology generally is both historical and contemporary. His Forging Industrial Policy: United States, Britain, and France in the Railway Age (Cambridge 1994), traces nations' modern industrial strategies to early differences in their political systems. The New Economic Sociology: A Reader (Princeton 2004) assembles classics in economic sociology. The Sociology of the Economy (Russell Sage 2004) compiles research in economic sociology from leading scholars. The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy (Cambridge 2008) explores the rise of neoliberal policies in the post-war period. Stanford's Organization Theory Renaissance, 1970-2000 (Emerald 2010) is a modern-day Rashomon about the revival of organizational studies in Palo Alto after 1970.

Professor Dobbin is director of the SCANCOR/Weatherhead Initiative in International Organizational Studies, member of the Advanced Leadership Initiative Faculty Executive Committee, and Co-Coordinator of the MIT-Harvard Economic Sociology Seminar.  

Professor Dobbin’s Webcast from the Human Capital Institute, April 3, 2017, “Why Diversity Programs Fail.”