Ann T. Jordan | Department of Anthropology

Ann T. Jordan

Dr. Ann T. Jordan
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology

Ann Jordan is an applied anthropologist who specializes in business anthropology, especially organizational anthropology. Her work includes studies of health care systems, organizational culture and change, mergers, self-managed work teams, and global organizational networks. Work in Saudi Arabia included a study of organizational issues in a state-owned hospital as well as an analysis of the ways in which Saudi Arabia, a recently emerged economy, drives and benefits from globalization. In globalization studies she is interested in the ways organizations partner, network, decouple, and recombine to create new global organizational forms. She has been working with hospitals in the United States on organizational issues around patient satisfaction and patient safety. Her recent research is on Anthropology and Public Policy with a focus on legislation and litigation concerning state redistricting plans and voter ID laws. Additionally, she has worked on collaborative projects with American Indians. Her teaching specialties include: Organizational Anthropology; Indians of the American Southwest; Urban Anthropology; and Business Anthropology. She values the field of business anthropology and thinks that in this global world in which we live, there is great need for anthropologists in business consulting, globalization studies, organizational studies, product design, and marketing and consumer behavior. She speaks on business anthropology in venues around the world. She is currently retired from teaching.


1979 PhD, Anthropology, University of Oklahoma

1972 M.A., Anthropology, University of Oklahoma

1968 B.A., Religion, Duke University

Selected Publications

Jordan, Ann T. (2013) Business Anthropology, 2nd Edition. Prospect Heights, Ill: Waveland Press.

Caulkins, Douglas and Jordan, Ann T. Eds.(2013) A Companion to Organizational Anthropology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Jordan, Ann T. (2011) The Making of a Modern Kingdom: Modernization and Globalization in Saudi Arabia. Prospect Heights, Ill: Waveland Press.

Jordan, Ann T. (2010) The Importance of Business Anthropology: Its Unique Contributions. International Journal of Business. Anthropology. 1 (1) 15-25.

Jordan, Ann T. (2008) The Making of a Modern Kingdom: Transnational Partnerships in Saudi Arabia. In Elizabeth K. Briody and Robert Trotter II (Eds.) Partnering for Organizational Performance. Pp. 177-92. New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Henry, Lisa and Ann T. Jordan (2007) Field Projects and the Dilemma of Distance. Practicing Anthropology 29 (1) 16-19.

Lewis, David and Ann T. Jordan. (2002) The Creek Indian Medicine Way: The Enduring Power of Mvskoke Religion. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

Jordan, Ann T. (1999) "An Anthropological Approach to the Study of Organizational Change: The Move to Self-Managed Work Teams." Practicing Anthropology 21 (4) 14- 19.

Jordan, Ann T. (1999) "Ethical Issues in Coproduction: The Case of Anthropologist/Practitioner Collaboration on Mvskoke (Creek) Medicine Research." Anthropology Newsletter. 40 (3). Washington, DC: American Anthropological Association.

Jordan, Ann T. (1996) "Critical Incident Story Creation and Culture Formation in a Self- directed Work Team." Journal of Organizational Change Management. 9 (5) 27-35.

Walck, Christa and Ann T. Jordan (Guest Eds.) "1995 Special Issue: Managing Diversity: Anthropology's Contribution to Theory and Practice." Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. 31 (2).

Jordan Ann T. (Ed.) (1994) "Practicing Anthropology in Corporate America: Consulting on Organizational Culture." National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, Bulletin No. 14. Washington, D.C.: American Anthropological Association.

Selected Keynote Presentations

2016 Organization and Management Studies: An Anthropological Approach. Organization Studies Summer Workshop: Spirituality, Symbolism and Storytelling. European Group for Organization Studies. Mykonos, Greece.

2013 Organizational Networks: Case Study from Saudi Arabia. Anthropology Department, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

2012 Modernization and Change in Saudi Arabia. Anthropology Department, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

2012 The Ways We Do Business. International Conference on Business Anthropology, China, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.

2012 "What Business Anthropology Has to Offer in the Age of Globalization, Shantou University Business School, Shantou China.

2010 Keynote Speaker (one of three). "Metanarratives of Contemporary Connectivity: Business and Sacred Space in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." The International Forum on Business and Anthropology. National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan

2009 The Issues of Co-Production with Community Collaborators. University of Oklahoma Graduate Student Association, funded by University of Oklahoma Distinguished Alumni Fund. University of Oklahoma. Norman, Oklahoma.

2008 A Kingdom for the 21st Century: Modernization and Change in Saudi Arabia. Keynote Speech. Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, 2008 Annual Dinner Program. General Motors Research & Development Chapter. Michigan.

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