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The Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences
Director, People, Culture, and Performance: Strategies from Silicon Valley
Co-Director, Customer-Focused Innovation Executive Program
Co-Director, Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate
BP Faculty Fellow in Global Management for 2017-2018
Professor Rao has published widely in the fields of management and sociology and studies the social and cultural causes of organizational change. In his research, he studies three sub-processes of organizational change:
 
a) creation of new social structures
b) the transformation of existing social structures
c) the dissolution of existing social structures.
 
His recent work investigates the role of social movements as motors of organizational change in professional and organizational fields.