Charles A. O’Reilly

Professor, Organizational Behavior
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Charles A. O’Reilly

The Frank E. Buck Professor of Management

Hank McKinnell-Pfizer Inc. Faculty Fellow for 2022–2023
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Additional Administrative Titles

Co-Director, Leading Change and Organizational Renewal

Research Statement

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

Teaching Statement

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


He has taught at UC Berkeley, UCLA, Columbia, and the Harvard Business School. He has published over 100 papers and six 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 Best Paper Award in 1996, 2009, 2019, and 2020).

He has been given the Distinguished Scholar Award by the Academy of Management and the Organizational Behavior Division Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. In 2001 he was given the Distinguished Teaching Award for MBA teaching at Stanford 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 in Chemistry, 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
  • California Management Review Best Paper Award, 1996, 2009, 2019, 2020
  • Academy of Management Distinguished Scholar Award, 2010
  • Organizational Behavior Division Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior Best Paper Award, 2011


Journal Articles


Working Papers


Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

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Develop best practices and insights to generate and lead innovation in your organization; then put theory into practice with real-world projects.
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Discover business growth strategies and build a stronger company designed to sustain progress, scale management, and facilitate market expansion.
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Explore the intersection of innovation, technology, and business, and learn to drive strategic change across your organization.
Leverage diverse research, proven methodologies, and design thinking for change management in this collaboration between Stanford and Harvard.
Gain a competitive advantage using Silicon Valley models and mindsets to recruit, retain, and inspire people for performance and growth.
Evolve as a leader in an executive education program that reinvigorates and ramps up your professional journey.

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Teachings Materials

Service to the Profession


  • American Psychological Society
  • American Psychological Association


  • Academy of Management

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