Sanford M. Jacoby is the Howard Noble Professor in UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. He also holds appointments in UCLA’s Department of History and its Department of Public Policy. His research uses comparative and historical methods to analyze employers, labor market institutions, and the political economy of labor and corporate governance.
Jacoby’s first book was Employing Bureaucracy: Managers, Unions, and the Transformation of Work in the Twentieth Century (1985, 2004), which won the George Terry Book Award from the Academy of Management. In 1997 he published Modern Manors: Welfare Capitalism Since the New Deal, which received the Philip Taft Labor History Award. His most recent book is The Embedded Corporation: Corporate Governance and Employment Relations in Japan and the United States (2005), the Japanese translation of which was judged by Nikkei Shinbun to be one of the top three books on economics and management published in 2005. He edited two collections: Masters to Managers: Historical and Comparative Perspectives on Employers (1991) and The Workers of Nations: Industrial Relations in a Global Economy (1995).
His research also has appeared in leading journals in several fields, including economics, history, industrial relations, and law. He is co-editor of Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal and serves on the editorial boards of eleven scholarly journals in the United States and abroad. In recent years Jacoby has been a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Manchester.
Jacoby’s Guggenheim project studies the reaction of labor movements to financialization in several industrialized nations. It focuses on pension fund activism, regulatory efforts, and corporate governance. Preliminary research was supported by UCLA, Doshisha University, and Waseda University’s Institute for Advanced Study.