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Hayagreeva Rao

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Hayagreeva Rao

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)
Professor, by courtesy, of Socioogy
Department of Sociology
PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 1989
Post-Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, XLRI, India, 1980
BA, Andhra University, India, 1978


Hayagreeva Rao's research has been published in journals such as the Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He is also the author of Market Rebels: How Activists Make or Break Radical Innovation (Princeton University Press, 2009).

He served as the Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly, and has been a member of the editorial boards of American Journal of Sociology and Organization Science and Academy of Management Review. He has been a Member of the Organizational Innovation and Change Panel of the National Science Foundation.

He is a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Science, a Fellow of the Sociological Research Association and also a Fellow of the Academy of Management.

His teaching specialties include leading organizational change, building customer focused cultures, and organization design. He teaches courses on these topics to MBA and executive audiences. He has consulted with, and conducted executive workshops for, organizations such as Aon Corporation, British Petroleum, CEMEX, General Electric, Hearst Corporation, IBM, Mass Mutual, James Hardie Company, Seyfarth and Shaw. Additionally, he also worked with nonprofit organizations such as the American Cancer Society and governmental organizations such as the FBI and CIA, and the intelligence community.

Among the awards he has received are the Sidney Levy Teaching Award from the Kellogg School of Management, and the W. Richard Scott Distinguished Award for Scholarship from the American Sociological Association.

Professor Rao's book, co-authored with Bob Sutton of the School of Engineering at Stanford, is Scaling Up Excellence. The book is a Wall Street Journal best seller, and was included in the best business books to read in 2014 by Financial Times, Inc Magazine, Amazon, Forbes, Washington Post and the Library Journal.

Research Interests: 
Social and Cultural Causes of Organizational Change, Role of Social Movements, Scaling Up Mobilization, Innovation and Talent