Avner Ben-ner is a Professor in the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies (formerly the Industrial Relations Center) in the Carlson School of Management and Affiliated Professor in the Law School at the University of Minnesota. Avner is the incoming chair of the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management, which deals with application of issues related to giving, and has published extensively on giving.
Avner's current research has two broad strands. First, it concerns the determinants of organization design and ownership and their effects on performance and the well-being of various stakeholders. Second, it examines the relationship between social preferences and organizational, economic and social behavior. He is attempting to unite, or at least combine, these two strands, examining the dynamic relationship between preferences and organization design.