Richard L. Daft (born 1941) is an American organizational theorist and the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor of Management at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University.[1]

Richard L. Daft
Alma materUniversity of Nebraska
University of Chicago
EmployerVanderbilt University


Daft holds a B.S. from the University of Nebraska, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

He has made fundamental contributions to the study of organization behavior and organization design, and authored several books in these areas.[2] He co-developed media richness theory, with Robert H. Lengel, and is one of the most widely cited scholars in the field of management.[3]

He developed and managed the Center for Change Leadership at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, where he also served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management.


  • Leadership (in press, 2011)
  • Leadership and Management (2010)
  • The Executive and the elephant (2010)
  • Management: The New Workplace (2009)
  • Principles of Management (2009)
  • Understanding the Theory and Design of Organizations (2007)
  • The Leadership Experience (2006)
  • Organizational Behaviors (2001)
  • Talking about Organization (2000)
  • Fusion Leadership (1998)


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