In memory of Michael Cohen

A symposium to honor Michael’s scholarly legacy, September 6, 2013

ICOS, the Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Information, and Administrative Science Quarterly organized a symposium on Michael’s work on September 6, 2013.  Video of the conference will be available soon.  For now, a moving tribute from Jim March is on YouTube here:


Michael Cohen passed away Saturday, February 2 after a long battle with cancer. His family was at his bedside.

Michael was a great friend, a brilliant scholar, a generous mentor, and a powerful community builder. He had a gift for seeing potential connections between people and ideas, and making them happen. His legacy at Michigan includes helping to build the Institute for Public Policy Studies into the Ford School of Public Policy, being a founding faculty member of the School of Information, and building ICOS into an internationally recognized community of organizational scholars.

Michael nurtured countless students and junior faculty to become mature scholars. He was also exceedingly modest and avoided the limelight, letting the power of his ideas carry their own weight. For a (near-)native Californian, he epitomized the Midwestern virtues.

You are welcome to share your memories of Michael here.