Dennis Gioia

Robert & Judith Auritt Klein Professor of Management
Department: Management and Organization
Office: 428 Business Building
Phone: 814-865-6370
Fax: 814-863-7261


Dennis A. (Denny) is the Robert and Judith Auritt Klein Professor of Management in the Departmen of Management and Organization in  the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. He holds a BS degree in Engineering Science, an MBA, and a doctorate in Management, all from Florida State University. He has worked as an engineer for Boeing Aerospace at Cape Kennedy during the Apollo/Saturn lunar program and for Ford Motor Company as a problem analyst and as a corporate recall coordinator. Professor Gioia is a member of the MBA core faculty, as well as the Executive MBA core faculty. He also is a former faculty director of the Developing Managerial Effectiveness executive program, and has served as  faculty leader in many other executive development programs for both private and public organizations. In addition, he is currently Chair of the Department of Management and Organization. Professor Gioia is actively engaged in basic and applied research in organizations. His primary areas of theory and research focus on the study of organizational identity, image, and reputation. He also studies organizational sensemaking and sensegiving dynamics, organizational learning and knowledge, as well as organizational change processes.

Current Research

Current research deals with sensemaking and sensegiving processes during strategic change efforts, knowledge transformation processes, the role of organizational identity and image in attempting to accomplish change, and identity formation and change processes.


Cognitive Processes in Organizations
Change Processes
Corporate Recalls
Organizational Identity, Image & Reputation

Publication List

Gioia, D.A. & Poole, P.P., "Scripts in Organizational Behavior", Academy of Management Review, Summer 1984, 9, pp.449-459.

Gioia, D.A. & Pitre, E., "Multiparadigm Perspectives on Theory Building", Academy of Management Review, Winter 1990, 15, pp.584-602.

Gioia, D.A. & Chittipeddi, K., "Sensemaking and Sensegiving in Strategic Change Initiation", Strategic Management Journal, 1991, 12, pp.433-448.

Gioia, D.A., "Pinto Fires and Personal Ethics: A Script Analysis of Missed Opportunities", Journal of Business Ethics, 1991, 11, pp.379-389.

Thomas, J.B;Clark, S.M. & Gioia, D.A., "Strategic Sensemaking and Organizational Performance: Linkages Among Scanning, Interpretation, Action, and Outcomes", Academy of Management Journal, 1991, 36, pp.239-270.

Gioia, D.A.; Thomas, J.B.; Clark, S.M.; & Chittipeddi, K., "Symbolism and Strategic Change in Academia: Dynamics of Sensemaking and Influence", Organization Science, 1994, 5, pp.363-383.

Gioia, D.A. & Thomas. J.B., "Identity, Image and Issue Interpretation: Sensemaking in Academic Administration", Administrative Science Quaterly, 1996, 41, pp.370-403.

Gioia, D.A., Schultz, M. & Corley, K.G., "Organizational Identity, Image and Adaptive Instability", Academy of Management Review, 2000, 25, pp. 63-81.

LaBianca, G.;Fairbank, J.F., Thomas, J.B. & Gioia, D.A. & Umphress, E., "Emulation in Academia: Balancing Structure and Identity", Organization Science, 2001, 12, pp.312-330.

Gioia, D.A. & Corley, K.G., "Being Good vs. Looking Good: Business School Rankings and the Circean Transformation from Substance to Image.", Academy of Management Learning and Education, Winter 2002, 1, 107-120.

Corley, K.G. & Gioia, D.A., "Identity Ambiguity and Change in the Wake of a Corporate Spin-off", Administrative Science Quarterly, Spring 2004, 49, 173-208.

Nag, R., Corley, K.G. & Gioia, D.A., "The Intersection of Organizational Identity, Knowledge, and Practice: Attempting Strategic Change via Knowledge Grafting", Academy of Management Journal, Summer 2007, 50, 821-847.

Gioia, D.A., Price, K.P., Hamilton, A.L., & Thomas, J.B., "Forging an Identity: An Insider-Outsider Study of Processes Involved in Organizational Identity Formation", Administrative Science Quarterly, 2010, 55, pp. 1-46.

Clark, S.M., Gioia, D.A., Ketchen, D., & Thomas, J.B., "Transitional Identity as a Facilitator of Organizational Identity Change During a Merger", Administrative Science Quarterly, 2010, 55, pp. 397-438.

Corley, K.G. & Gioia, D.A., "Building Theory about Theory Building: What Constitutes a Theoretical Contribution?", Academy of Management Review, 2011, 36, pp. 12-32.

Nag, R. & Gioia, D.A., "From Common to Uncommon Knowledge: Foundations of Firm-Specific Use of Knowledge as a Resource", Academy of Management Journal, 2012, 55, pp.421-457.

Gioia, D.A.; Corley, K.G. & Hamilton, A.L., "Seeking Qualitative Rigor in Inductive Research: Notes on the Gioia Methodology", Organizational Research Methods, 2013, 16, pp.115-131.

Gioia, D.A., Patvardhan, S., Hamilton, A.L.& Corley, K.G., "Organizational Identity Formation and Change", Academy of Management Annals, 2013, 7, pp.123-193.

Gioia, D.A. Hamilton, A.L. & Patvardhan, S., "Image is Everything", Research in Organizational Behavior, 2014, 34, pp.129-154.

Media Mention

20 That Made History,  Fortune Magazine, July 4, 2005

The Engineer's Lament,  The New Yorker Magazine, May 4, 2015


Journal of Management Inquiry, Provocations and Provocateurs section editor

Academy of Management Review, Special Issue on Corruption in Organizations


DBA, Management and Organizational Behavior, Florida State University, 1979

MBA, Management, Florida State University, 1972

BS, Engineering Science, Florida State University, 1970


BA 501, Managing People in Organizations

BA 597 G, Leadership and Change in Organizations

MGMT 590, Doctoral Colloquium

MGMT 597C, Seminar on Cognition in Organizations