Charles A. Holloway

Charles A. Holloway
Professor Emeritus, Operations, Information & Technology
+1 (650) 723-2142
The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Professor of Management, Emeritus

Research Statement

Professor Holloway’s research interests span two areas. The first focuses on the creation of competitive advantage in supply networks. These networks are characterized by the extensive outsourcing, domestically and internationally, that increasingly forms the economic model for global firms. They include networks in both factor markets and product markets where positioning of firms and products is key to competitive offerings. The work involves analyzing strategic as well as managerial options. The second interest involves the problems of small, rapidly growing, entrepreneurial companies that face a different set of challenges than established firms.

Bio

Charles Holloway is the holder of the Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers Professorship in Management Emeritus. Professor Holloway has become a leader in the study and teaching of entrepreneurship, supply networks, and technology management. He has recently developed two new courses in this area, Evaluating Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Strategy and Management in Supply Networks. He also teaches courses on the formation of new ventures. He is one of the directors of the Stanford Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Graduate School of Business aimed at curriculum development and research on smaller, rapidly growing companies. He was the founding co-chair of the Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association, a cooperative effort between the Graduate School of Business and the School of Engineering, which focuses on research and curriculum development in technology and manufacturing, and helped develop a joint program to prepare doctoral students in this area.

Professor Holloway has a BS in electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS in nuclear engineering and PhD in business administration at the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1968, where he has served in a variety of positions at the GSB, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, from 1980-87 and 1990-91, as well as in the University, most recently as chair of the University Commission on Graduate Education. Prior to coming to Stanford, Professor Holloway served as assistant to the Technical Director at Naval Reactors, a joint organization of the Atomic Energy Commission and the Bureau of Ships, where he worked closely with Admiral H.G. Rickover on the development of nuclear powered-ships. He also worked as a senior engineer for Bechtel Corporation’s Scientific Development Department.

Professor Holloway has served as a board member for more than 10 start-up companies in a range of industries. He is currently on the board of SRI International as well as several smaller companies. He is the author of Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: Models and Choices, co-editor of The Perpetual Enterprise Machine—Seven Keys to Corporate Renewal Through Successful Product and Process Development, and many articles in the field of management.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1969
  • MS, University of California, Los Angeles, 1964
  • BS, University of California, Berkeley, 1959

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1968.
  • Codirector, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stanford GSB, 1996-2013
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Stanford GSB, 1990–1991
  • Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, 1988–1989
  • Dean for Academic Affairs, Stanford GSB, 1980–1987
  • Teaching Fellow, UC Los Angeles, 1965–1966

Professional Experience

  • Co-chairman, Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association, 1990–1995
  • Senior Engineer, Bechtel Corp., 1964–1965
  • Assistant to the Technical Director, U.S. Navy/Atomic Energy Commission, 1959–1963

Publications

Journal Article

Mark Leslie, Charles A. Holloway
Harvard Business Review
July 2006

Book Chapters

J. Michael Harrison, Charles A. Holloway, James M. Patell
Measures for Manufacturing Excellence
March 1990 Pages 309-352

Working Papers

Charles A. Holloway, Rosser Nelson, Donald Wehrung, Michael Zeitlin 1973
Charles A. Holloway, Rosser Nelson 1972
Charles A. Holloway, Rosser T. Nelson 1972
Charles A. Holloway, Rosser Nelson 1971

Stanford Case Studies

Arar Han, Charles Holloway, John Morgridge
2012
Charles Holloway, Claire Magat, John Morgridge
2012
Charles Holloway, John Morgridge, Sara Rosenthal
2012
Arar Han, Charles Holloway, Lisa Sweeney, Steve Ciesinski, Leigh Rawdon, Dennis Rohan, Howie Rosen, Russell Siegelman
2010
Charles Holloway, Jocelyn Hornblower
2009
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Bethany Coates, Charles Holloway
2009
Charles Holloway, David Hoyt, Hau Lee, Michael Marks, Amanda Silverman
2007
Patrick Arippol, Charles Holloway
2007
Katherine Bose, Charles Holloway
2007
Charles Holloway, David Hoyt, Hau Lee
2006
Charles Holloway, John Morgridge, Joshua Spitzer
2006
Charles Holloway, David Hoyt
2005
Charles Holloway, Joshua Spitzer
2005
Jamie Earle, Charles Holloway
2003
Charles Holloway, Alexander Tauber
2003
Charles Holloway, John Morgridge, Alicia Seiger
2003
William Barnett, Charles Holloway, Jamie Earle
2003
William Barnett, Charles Holloway, Jamie Earle
2003
Charles Holloway, John Morgridge, Pratap Mukherjee
2003
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Jeff Eisen, Charles Holloway, Mark Leslie
2003
Andrea Higuera, Charles Holloway, John Morgridge, Dan Thomas
2002
Andrea Higuera, Charles Holloway, John Morgridge, Dan Thomas
2002
Jeff Eisen, Charles Holloway
2002
Andrea Higuera, Charles Holloway
2002
Charles Holloway, David Hoyt
2002
Andrea Higuera, Charles Holloway
2002
Janet Feldstein, Christopher Flanagan, Charles Holloway
2002
Andrea Higuera, Charles Holloway
2002
Christopher Flanagan, Charles Holloway
2002
Lyn Denend, Charles Holloway, Hau Lee, Terry Taylor
2000
Charles Holloway, Pratap Mukherjee
1999
Charles Holloway, Pratap Mukherjee
1999
Charles Holloway, Nicole Tempest, Steven Wheelwright
1998
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Charles Holloway, John Morgridge
1998
Charles A. Holloway, H. Irving Grousbeck, Alex Tauber
1998
J. Michael Harrison, Charles Holloway,
1997
J. Michael Harrison, Charles, Halloway
1994
Charles Holloway
1994
Macon Finley, J Michael Harrison, Charles Holloway
1989
Charles Holloway
1969

Stanford GSB Affiliations

  • Director Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Service to the Profession

  • Board of Directors, SRI International, 2001-present

In the Media

How to Learn the Art of Lateral Thinking
Financial Times February 01, 2001

Insights by Stanford Business

November 06, 2015
It’s not just about the product.
October 28, 2013
A serial female entrepreneur advises women to take risks early in their careers.
September 01, 2006
Researchers suggest a more measured approach to market development could reduce startup flameouts.

School News

April 22, 2019
The longtime professor talks about building Stanford GSB’s startup curriculum, refining ethics, and keeping pace.
March 28, 2018
Three award-winning economists talk about where the field has been and where it’s heading.
July 15, 2007
Douglas Burgum and Robert Kagle, both MBA ’80, were inspired by their 25th reunion to honor Chuck Holloway and create The Charles A. Holloway Professorship.