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Charles A. O’Reilly

Charles A. O’Reilly
Professor, Organizational Behavior
Contact Info
CharlesA.O’ReillyIII
The Frank E. Buck Professor of Management
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior
Additional Administrative Titles
Director, Leading Change and Organizational Renewal Executive Program

Research Statement

Professor O’Reilly’s research spans studies of leadership, organizational demography and diversity, culture, executive compensation and organizational innovation and change.

Teaching Statement

Professor O’Reilly has taught courses for MBAs and executives in organizational innovation and change, strategy and leadership, organizational culture, and human resources.

Bio

BS (Chemistry), University of Texas at El Paso; MBA (Information Systems), PhD (Organizational Behavior) University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at UC Berkeley, UCLA, Columbia, and the Harvard Business School. He has published over 100 papers and three books. Several of his papers have won awards (e.g, The Administrative Science Quarterly Scholarly Contribution Award in 1995 and 1998; The California Management Review Accenture Award in 1996 and 2009).

He has been given the Distinguished Scholar Award by the Academy of Management (2010) and the Organizational Behavior Division Lifetime Achievement Award (2010). In 2001 he was given the Distinguished Teaching Award for MBA teaching at the Graduate School of Business.

He has consulted for a variety of public and private firms in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. He also has developed, directed, and taught in executive programs for senior managers in innovation, technology, leadership, change, and human resources.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Organizational Behavior, University of California, Berkeley, 1975
  • MBA, University of California, Berkeley, 1971
  • BS, University of Texas El Paso, 1965

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1993
  • Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1980-1992
  • Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, 1976-1980

Awards and Honors

  • ASQ Scholarly Contribution Award 1995, 1998
  • Accenture Award for Best Paper published in the California Management Review, 1996, 2009
  • Academy of Management Distinguished Scholar Award, 2010
  • Organizational Behavior Division Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior Best Paper Award, 2011

Publications

Journal Articles

Jennifer A. Chatman, David F. Caldwell, Charles A. O’Reilly, Bernadette Doerr. Journal of Organizational Behavior. April 2014, Vol. 35, Issue 6, Pages 785–808.
Charles A. O’Reilly, Bernadette Doerr, David F. Caldwell, Jennifer A. Chatman. Leadership Quarterly. 2014, Vol. 25, Pages 218-231.
Charles A. O’Reilly, Michael L. Tushman. Academy of Management Perspectives. 2013, Vol. 27, Issue 4, Pages 324-338.
Olivia A. O’Neill, Charles A. O’Reilly. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. 2011, Vol. 84, Issue 4, Pages 825-832.
Charles A. O’Reilly, Brian G. M. Main. Industrial and Corporate Change. 2010, Vol. 19, Issue 3, Pages 675-712.
Charles A. O’Reilly, David F. Caldwell, Jennifer A. Chatman, Margaret Lapiz, William Self. Leadership Quarterly. 2010, Vol. 21, Issue 1, Pages 104-113.
Michael Tushman, Wendy K. Smith, Robert Chapman Wood, George Westerman, Charles A. O’Reilly. Industrial and Corporate Change. 2010, Vol. 19, Issue 5, Pages 1331-1366.
Olivia A. O'neill..., Charles A. O’Reilly. Journal of Organizational Behavior. September 2009, Vol. 31, Issue 6, Pages 856–876.
Charles A. O’Reilly, J. Bruce Harreld, Michael L. Tushman. California Management Review. 2009, Vol. 51, Issue 4, Pages 75-99.
Charles A. O’Reilly, Michael L. Tushman. Research in Organizational Behavior. 2008, Vol. 28, Pages 185-206.
Michael L. Tushman, Charles A. O’Reilly, Amy Fenollosa, Adam M. Kleinbaum, Dan McGrath. Academy of Management Learning and Education. September 2007, Vol. 6, Issue 3, Pages 345-362.
J. Bruce Harreld, Charles A. O’Reilly, Michael L. Tushman. California Management Review. 2007, Vol. 49, Issue 4, Pages 21-43.
Christine M. Beckman, M. Diane Burton, Charles A. O’Reilly. Journal of Business Venturing. 2007, Vol. 22, Issue 2, Pages 147-173.
Hillary Anger Elfenbein, Charles A. O’Reilly. Group & Organization Management. 2007, Vol. 32, Issue 1, Pages 109-142.
James B. Wade, Charles A. O’Reilly, Timothy G. Pollock. Organization Science. 2006, Vol. 17, Issue 5, Pages 527-544.
Maura A. Belliveau, Charles A. O’Reilly, James B. Wade. The Academy of Management Journal. December 1996, Vol. 39, Issue 6, Pages 1568-1593.
Brian G. Main, Charles A. O’Reilly, James Wade. Industrial and Corporate Change. 1995, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Pages 293-332.
Charles A. O’Reilly, David F. Caldwell, William P. Barnett. Administrative Science Quarterly . 1989, Vol. 34, Issue 1, Pages 21-37.

Working Papers

Women in the Boardroom: Symbols or Substance? | PDF
Charles A. O’Reilly, Brian G.M. Main2012
Organizational Ambidexterity: IBM and Emerging Business Opportunities | PDF
Charles A. O’Reilly, Michael Tushman, Bruce Harreld2009
How Leadership Matters: The Effects of Leadership Alignment on Strategic Execution | PDF
Charles A. O’Reilly, David F. Caldwell, Jennifer A. Chatman2005
Setting the CEO's Pay: Economic and Psychological Perspectives | PDF
Charles A. O’Reilly, Brian G.M. Main2005
The Impact of Relational Demography on Teamwork: When Majorities Are in the Minority | PDF
Katherine Y. Williams, Charles A. O’Reilly, Sigal Barsade1999
Demography and Group Performance: Does Diversity Help? | PDF
Charles A. O’Reilly, Katherine Y. Williams, Sigal Barsade1997
Overpaid CEOs and Underpaid Managers: Equity and Executive Compensation | PDF
Tim Pollock, James Wade, Charles A. O’Reilly1996

Courses Taught

Degree Courses

2015-16

This course is based on a large number of interviews with MBA grads who have been out of the GSB for 4-10 years. These interviews identified a set of common early career challenges that young MBAs faced--and the lessons they learned from these....

What does it mean to be a principled leader? What role do values play in an organization, and how do successful leaders apply their values in their daily business lives? This course examines the concept of principled leadership and the various...

This course is designed to provide students with a summary of entrepreneurial processes that have successfully created, developed, and sustained breakthrough ventures. By "breakthrough"€ we mean ventures that have had a lasting and positive...

How do some people turn ideas into enterprises that endure? Why do some people succeed why so many others fail? Based on more than 200 interviews with leading entrepreneurs conducted over the past five years by Amy Wilkinson, this course will...

2014-15

This course is based on a large number of interviews with MBA grads who have been out of the GSB for 4-10 years. These interviews identified a set of common early career challenges that young MBAs faced--and the lessons they learned from these....

What does it mean to be a principled leader? What role do values play in an organization, and how do successful leaders apply their values in their daily business lives? This course examines the concept of principled leadership and the various...

How do some people turn ideas into enterprises that endure? Why do some people succeed why so many others fail? Based on more than 200 interviews with leading entrepreneurs conducted over the past five years by Amy Wilkinson, this course will...

Stanford Case Studies

DaVita: A Community First, A Company Second | OB89
Charles O'Reilly, Jeffrey Pfeffer, David Hoyt, Davina Drabkin2014
Cypress Semiconductor: A Federation of Entrepreneurs | OB84
Charles O'Reilly III, David Caldwell2012
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company (B), The Millennium Acquisition | OB83(B)
Chris Beaumont, Asaka Itoh, Hiromichi Kimura, Robert Kneller, Charles O'Reilly III2012
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company (C), The Future of Takeda | OB83(C)
Chris Beaumont, Asaka Itoh, Hiromichi Kimura, Robert Kneller, Charles O'Reilly III2012
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Becoming a Global Company (A) | OB83(A)
Chris Beaumont, Asaka Itoh, Hiromichi Kimura, Robert Kneller, Charles O'Reilly III2012
JetBlue Airways, A New Beginning | L17
David Hoyt, Charles O'Reilly III, Hayagreeva Rao, Robert Sutton2010
Internal Branding at Yahoo!, Crafting the Employee Value Proposition | HR25B
Aneesha Capur, Charles O'Reilly III, Tim Perlstein2006
Liberty Medical Group (Condensed) | OB43 Condensed
David Caldwell, Davina Drabkin, Charles O'Reilly III, Robert Pearl2004
Wells Fargo and Norwest, \"Merger of Equals\" (A) | HR26A
Victoria Chang, Charles O'Reilly III, Jeffrey Pfeffer2004
Wells Fargo and Norwest, \"Merger of Equals\" (B) | HR26B
Victoria Chang, Charles O'Reilly III, Jeffrey Pfeffer2004
Yahoo! - A New HR Challenge (A) | HR25A
Charles Catalano, Charles O'Reilly III2004
The Liberty Medical Group (A) | OB43(A)
David Caldwell, Charles O'Reilly III, Robert Pearl2003
The Liberty Medical Group (B): Crossing the Great Divide | OB43(B)
David Caldwell, Charles O'Reilly III, Robert Pearl2003
Universal Music Group in 2003 | SM112
Robert Burgelman, Lewis Fanger, Cecilia O'Reilly2003
Building the Culture at Agilent Technologies: Back to the Future | HR20
Charles O'Reilly III, Grace Yokoi2001
Homestead Technologies: A Start-up Built to Last | HR18
Charles O'Reilly III2001
Siebel Systems, Culture as a Pillar of Success | HR14
Victoria Chang, Charles O'Reilly III2001
PSS World Medical, The Challenges of Growth and the Financial Markets | HR12
Charles O'Reilly III, Jeffrey Pfeffer1999
Cypress Semiconductor, Vision, Values, and Killer Software (A) | HR8A
David Caldwell, Charles O'Reilly III1998
Cypress Semiconductors, Vision, Values, and Killer Software (B) | HR8B
David Caldwell, Charles O'Reilly III1998
New United Motors Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) | HR11
Charles O'Reilly III1998
Southwest Airlines (A) | HR1A
Charles O'Reilly III, Jeffrey Pfeffer1995

Teaching Materials

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

  • Center for Leadership Development and Research

Service to the Profession

Fellow

  • American Psychological Society
  • American Psychological Association

Member

  • Academy of Management

In the Media

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, April 22, 2016
PayScale, April 13, 2016
O’Reilly Debunks the Impending War for Talent
Washington Post, January 2005
The Street, November 7, 2003
Chicago Tribune, November 27, 2002
Emotion and Values Move to the Fore
Financial Times, June 23, 2002
HP Has Challenging Road Ahead
San Jose Mercury News, June 4, 2002
Business 2.0, April 1, 2002
The Wrong Kind of Ownership
Reuters News, January 2002
Washington Post, 12 2, 2001
Washington Post, November 31, 2001
Strategy+Business Magazine, November 1, 2001
Ordinary Employees, Extraordinary Results
San Francisco Chronicle, January 2001
Hidden Value
European Alumni Conference audio , January 2000
Playing the Board Game
Washington Post, January 1998
Wall Street Journal, May 13, 1994

Insights by Stanford Business

April 30, 2015
Those in the know share where to go to learn more about reward and related topics.
December 5, 2014
Advice for managers on creating a culture of adaptability.
October 23, 2014
Adaptive cultures minimize predictability and encourage innovation.
July 14, 2014
New research explores why some CEOs have such big salaries.
May 31, 2013
The survivors can both manage existing business lines and prepare for change.
May 8, 2013
A study suggests it's many factors, from priorities to putting in fewer hours at work than men.
March 1, 2011
A study shows that women who display masculine traits ― and know when not to ― get more promotions than men.
July 1, 2010
Research shows how some organizations manage to be ambidextrous.
July 1, 2010
Research shows that getting senior leaders on board in advance is the most effective way introduce change to an organization.
May 1, 2007
Research says management teams with broad functional diversity tend to be more successful more quickly.
April 1, 2007
Research explores the psychological effects of executive pay on corporate life.
April 1, 2006
The Southwest Airlines chairman and former CEO explains the business philosophy that has his company thriving in the brutal airline industry.
January 1, 2005
New research suggests that ambition and assertive behavior from women may set them back at certain firms.
March 12, 2004
A study shows that diversity didn't have as strong an effect on women and minorities as it did on white male workers.

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