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Michael Cohen, who died on February 2, 2013, was well known for his scholarly contributions that include the famous paper on the "garbage can model of organizational choice" (with March & Olsen, ASQ 1972), and his subsequent work on leadership and ambiguity, learning and organizational routines, and Pragmatism with an eye towards understanding the relationship of routine action to psychological systems of memory and perception.
A student of Jim March (Ph.D. in Decision Sciences at UC Irvine), he was instrumental in the formation of scholarly communities and institutions – e.g., at University of Michigan, the Institute for Public Policy Studies (later the Ford School of Public Policy), the Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work (CREW) and later the iSchool, and of course the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies (ICOS). His mentorship of young scholars was also quite extensive. We at OMT would like to take this opportunity to celebrate Michael Cohen. For those interested in sharing memories of Michael, please see: www.michael-cohen.org
So far, we have received remarks from Sid Winter, Curtis LeBaron and James March, as well as comments posted to the blog by Dan Levinthal:
> Remembering Michael, by Sid Winter> Memorial Message for Michael Cohen, by Curtis LeBaron> On Michael Cohen, by James March
We encourage others who knew or were inspired by Michael to share their thoughts with the OMT community as well -- either by contacting me, or simply posting your thoughts and comments here on the OMT Blog.
Michael Lounsbury OMT Division Chair Elect February 11, 2013
Tags: Garbage Can Model | Jim March | Michael Cohen
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