, Robert & Judith Auritt Klein Professor of Management
Department: Management and Organization
Office: 452C Business Building
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 organizationl sensemaking and sensegiving dynamics, orgniztional learning and knowledge, as well as organizational change proecesses.
Current research deals with sensemaking ad sensegiving processes during strategic change efforts, knowledge transformation processes, the role of organizational identity and image in attempting to accomplish change, and identity formatio and change processes.
Cognitive Processes in Organizations
Organizational Identity, Image & Reputation
Gioia, D.A., Schultz, M. & Corley, K.G., "Organizational Identity, Image and Adaptive Instability", Academy of Management Review, 25, pp. 63-81.
Dennis Gioia & Kevin Corley, "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.
Kevin Corley & Dennis Gioia, "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, Summer 2007, 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, Summer 2007, 55, pp. 397-438.
Corley, K.G. & Gioia, D.A., "Building Theory about Theory Building: What Constitutes a Theoretical Contribution?", Academy of Management Review, Summer 2007, 36, pp. 12-32.
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