Sanford M. Jacoby is the Howard Noble Distinguished Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management. He holds professiorial appointments in UCLA's Department of History and its Department of Public Policy. His research uses comparative, historical, and statistical methods to analyze employers, labor market institutions, and the political economy of 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 scholarly journals in the United States and abroad. In recent years, Jacoby has been a visiting professor at Doshisha University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Manchester, the University of Tokyo, and Waseda University. 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.
Research Fellow, Labor & Employment Research Association 2010
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2009
Abe Fellow, Social Science Research Council, 2000
National Academy of Social Insurance, 1999
Philip Taft Prize in Labor History, 1998
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1990
George R. Terry Book Award, Academy of Management, 1986
Allan Nevins Prize, Economic History Association, 1982