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1Name:  Dr. James G. March
 Institution:  Stanford University
 Year Elected:  2001
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  301. Anthropology, Demography, Psychology, and Sociology
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Deceased
 Birth Date:  1928
 Death Date:  September 27, 2018
James March is correctly regarded as the inventor and developer, with Herbert Simon, of the entire field of organizational research. His work is quintessentially interdisciplinary as demonstrated by his contributions to leading academic journals in sociology, psychology, political science, and economics. His works on organizations and decision making have shaped thinking about rationality, learning, and change in business firms, universities, and public organizations. His contributions to contemporary thinking include ideas about bounded rationality, the political nature of business firms, organizational slack and search, limitations in the concept of power, temporal sorting (garbage can) models of choice, the problems of balancing exploitation and exploration in adaptive systems, the myopia of learning and the symbolic elements in organizational life.
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