University of Southern California

Nandini Rajagopalan
Captain Henry Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship & Professor of Management and Organization

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

Phone: 
213-740-0750
Education: 
PhD, University of Pittsburgh; MBA, Indian Institute of Management - Ahmadabad; BC, Bombay University

Overview

Nandini Rajagopalan's research has examined CEO succession and strategic change, corporate governance in emerging economies, corporate boards, and corporate diversification and innovation. Her research has appeared in Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Strategic Management Journal. She was associate editor of Academy of Management Journal during 2004-2007, and currently serves on the editorial board of Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Journal. Professor Rajagopalan is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at USC's Center for Excellence in Teaching and has received several teaching awards, including the Golden Apple. She serves as Director of Research for the Greif Center.

Research

Wang, Y., and Rajagopalan, N. (2014) "Alliance Capabilities: Review and Research Agenda," Journal of Management.
Diestre, L., and Rajagopalan, N. (2014) "Response to Mason & Drakeman's Commentary on "Fishing for Sharks: Partner Selection in Biopharmaceutical R&D Alliances," Strategic Management Journal, 35 (5), 1566-1568.
Diestre, L., and Rajagopalan, N. (2014) "Toward an Input-based Perspective on Categorization: Investor Reactions to Chemical Accidents," Academy of Management Journal, 57 (4), 1130-1153.
Diestre, L., Rajagopalan, N., and Dutta, S. (2013) "Constraints in acquiring and utilizing directors’ experience: An empirical study of new market entry in the pharmaceutical industry," Strategic Management Journal.
Diestre, L., and Rajagopalan, N. (2013) "Toward an Input-based Perspective on Categorization: Investor Reactions to Chemical Accidents," Academy of Management Journal.
Woo, H., Rajagopalan, N., and Haleblian, J. (2012) "Board Experience and Networks in CEO Successions,".
Diestre, L., and Rajagopalan, N. (2012) "Are all sharks dangerous? An empirical study of R&D alliances between new biotech firms and pharmaceuticals," Strategic Management Journal, 33 (10), 1115-1134.
Diestre, L., Rajagopalan, N., and Dutta, S. (2012) "When are Interlocking Directors Helpful? New Market Entry in the Pharmaceutical Industry,".
Rajagopalan, N., and Zhang, Y., "Corporate governance in India: Progress, Problems, and Prospects. In “ The Convergence of Corporate Governance: Promise and Prospects," in Rasheed, A., and Yoshikawa, T., eds., Convergence of Corporate Governance: Promise and Prospects, Palgrave MacMillan Publishers, London 2012.
Christine, B., Eisenhardt, K., Kotha, S., Meyer, A., and Rajagopalan, N. (2012) "Technology entrepreneurship (Special Issue Editorial Essay)," Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal , 6 (2), 89-93.
Christine, B., Eisenhardt, K., Kotha, S., Meyer, A., and Rajagopalan, N. (2012) "The Role of the Entrepreneur inTechnology Entrepreneurship(Special Issue Editorial Essay)," Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal , 6 (3), 203-207.
Tian, J., Haleblian, J., and Rajagopalan, N. (2011) "The Effects of Board Human and Social Capital on Investor Reactions to New CEO Selection," Strategic Management Journal/Wiley and Sons, 32 (7), 731-747.
Diestre, L., and Rajagopalan, N. (2011) "Are all “Sharks” Dangerous? New Biotechnology Ventures and Partner Selection in R&D Alliances," Strategic Management Journal/Wiley and Sons, Forthcoming 2012.
Rajagopalan, N., and Zhang, Y., "Corporate governance in India: Progress, problems, and prospects," in Rasheed, A., and Yoshikawa, T., eds., Convergence of Corporate Governance: Promise and Prospects, Palgrave Publishers, Palgrave Publishers 2011.
Diestre, L., and Rajagopalan, N. (2011) "An Environmental Perspective on Diversification: The Effects of Chemical Relatedness and Regulatory Sanctions," Academy of Management Journal, 54 (1), 97-115.
Diestre, L., and Rajagopalan, N. (2010) "Are all sharks dangerous? An empirical study of R&D alliances between new biotech firms and pharmaceuticals,".
Zhang, Y., and Rajagopalan, N. (2010) "CEO Succession Planning: Finally at the Center Stage of the Boardroom," Business Horizons, 53 (5), 455-462.
Tian, J., Haleblian, J., and Rajagopalan, N. (2010) "The Effects of Board Human and Social Capital on Investor Reactions to New CEO Selection," Strategic Management Journal.
Zhang, Y., and Rajagopalan, N. (2010) "Once an outsider, always an outsider? The effects of CEO origin on strategic change and performance," Strategic Management Journal, 31 (3), 334-346.
Rajagopalan, N., and Zhang, Y. (2009) "Recurring failures in corporate governance: A global disease?," Business Horizons, 52 (Number 6), 545-552.
Diestre, L., and Rajagopalan, N. (2009) "An Environmental Perspective on Diversification: The effects of chemical relatedness and regulatory sanctions," Academy of Management Journal to be determined.
Rajagopalan, N., and Zhang, Y. (2008) "Corporate Governance reforms in China and India: Challenges and Opportunities," Elsevier , 51 (2008), 55-64.
Haleblian, J., and Rajagopalan, N. (2006) "A Cognitive Model of CEO Dismissal: Understanding the Influence of Board Perceptions," Journal of Management Studies, 43, 1009-1026.
Haleblian, J., Kim, J., and Rajagopalan, N. (2006) "The Influence of Acquisition Experience and Performance on Acquisitive Behavior: Evidence from the U.S. Commercial Banking Industry," Academy of Management Journal, 49, 357-370.
Haleblian, J., Kim, J., and Rajagopalan, N. (2006) "The Influence of Acquisition Experience and Performance on acquisition behavior: Evidence from the U.S. Commercial Banking Industry," Academy of Management Journal, 49 (2), 357-370.
Zhang, Y., and Rajagopalan, N. (2006) "Grooming for the top post and ending the CEO succession crisis," Organizational Dynamics, 35 (1), 96-105.
Rynes, S. L., Hillman, A., Ireland, D. R., Kirkman, B., Law, K., Miller, C. C., Rajagopalan, N., and Shapiro, D. (2005) "From the Editors: Everything You Have Always Wanted To Know About AMJ (But May Have Been Afraid To Ask)," Academy of Management Journal, 48, 732-737.
Haleblian, J., and Rajagopalan, N. (2005) "Top Managerial Cognitions, Past Performance and Strategic Change: A Theoretical Framework," Elsevier (22), 63-92.
Zhang, Y., and Rajagopalan, N. (2004) "When the Known Devil is better than an Unknown God: An Empirical Study of the Antecedents and Consequences of Relay CEO Successions," Academy of Management Journal, 47, 483-500.
Cordeiro, J., and Rajagopalan, N. (2003) "Industry discretion as a determinant of executive compensation: A multilevel analysis," Best Papers Proceedings, Academy of Management.
Datta, D., Rajagopalan, N., and Zhang, Y. (2003) "New CEO Openness to Change and Strategic Persistence: The Moderating Role of Industry Characteristics," British Journal of Management, 14, 101-114.
Zhang, Y., and Rajagopalan, N. (2003) "Explaining New CEO Origin: Firm versus Industry Antecedents," Academy of Management Journal, 46, 327-338.
Daily, C., Dalton, D., and Rajagopalan, N. (2003) "Governance through Ownership: Centuries of Practice, Decades of Research (Editorial Essay)," Academy of Management Journal, 46, 151-159.
Datta, D., Guthrie, J. P., and Rajagopalan, N. (2002) "Different Industries, Different CEO's? An Empirical Study of Succession Events," Human Resource Planning, 19, 833-852.
Zhang, Y., and Rajagopalan, N. (2002) "Inter-Partner Credible Threat in International Joint Ventures: An Infinitely Repeated Prisoner's Dilemma Model," Journal of International Business Studies, 33, 457-477.
Zhang, Y., Rajagopalan, N., and Datta, D. K., "Executive characteristics, compensation systems and firm performance: Review and Integrative Framework," in Zaccaro, S.J., and Klimoski, R.J., eds., The Nature of Organizational Leadership, The International Frontiers Series, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, California 2001.
Grant, J. H., and Rajagopalan, N. (2001) "Strategic Change: Managing Strategy Making through Planning and Administrative Systems," John Wiley and Sons, Inc (2).
Rajagopalan, N., and Spreitzer, G. (2001) "Towards a Theory of Strategic Change: A Multi-Lens Perspective and Integrative Framework," Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management.
Rajagopalan, N. (1999) "Anne S. Huff "Writing for scholarly publication"," Academy of Management Review, 24 (4), 863-865.
Datta, D., and Rajagopalan, N. (1998) "Industry Structure and CEO Characteristics: An Empirical Study of Succession Events," Strategic Management Journal, 19, 833-852.
Rajagopalan, N., Rasheed, A., Datta, D., and Spreitzer, G., "A Multi-Theoretic Model of Strategic Decision-Making Processes: An Assessment and Research Agenda," in Papadakis, V., and Barwise, P., eds., Strategic Decisions, Kluwer Academic Publishers, London 1997.
Rajagopalan, N. (1997) "Strategic Orientations, Incentive Plan Adoptions and Firm Performance: Evidence from Electric Utility Firms," Strategic Management Journal, 18, 761-785.
Rajagopalan, N., and Spreitzer, G. (1997) "Toward a Theory of Strategic Change: A Multi-Lens Perspective and Integrative Framework," Academy of Management Review, 22, 48-79.
Rajagopalan, N., and Datta, D. (1996) "CEO Characteristics: Does Industry Matter?," Academy of Management Journal, 39, 197-215.
Datta, D., and Rajagopalan, N. (1996) "Pre-Succession Experience in Newly Selected CEOs: Are Industry Conditions Important?," Proceedings of the Southwest Academy of Management.
Rajagopalan, N., and Rasheed, A. (1995) "Incremental Models of Policy Formulation and Non-Incremental Changes: Critical Review and Synthesis," British Journal of Management, 6, 289-302.
Rajagopalan, N., and Finkelstein, S. (1993) "Effects of Strategic Organization and Environmental Change on Senior Management Reward Systems," Strategic Management Journal, 13, 127-142.
Rajagopalan, N., Rasheed, A., and Datta, D. (1993) "Strategic Decision Process: Critical Review and Future Directions," Journal of Management, 19, 349-384.
Rajagopalan, N., Rasheed, A., and Datta, D., "Strategic Decision Processes: An Integrative Framework and Future Directions," in Lorange, P., Chakravarthy, B., Roos, J., and Van de Ven, A., eds., Implementing Strategic Processes: Change, Learning, and Cooperation, Basil Blackwell 1993.
Datta, D., Rajagopalan, N., and Rasheed, A. (1991) "Diversification and Performance: Critical Review and Future Directions," Journal of Management Studies, 28, 529-558.
Datta, D., Grant, J., and Rajagopalan, N. (1991) "Management Incompatibility, Post-Acquisition Autonomy and Performance: An Empirical Study of US Manufacturing Firms," Advances in Strategic Management, 7, 157-184.
Rajagopalan, N., and Finkelstein, S. (1990) "Effects of Strategic Group Membership and Environmental Change on Senior Management Reward Systems," Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management.
Rajagopalan, N., Datta, D., and Rasheed, A. (1990) "Models of Incrementalism in Policy Formulation and Non-Incremental Decisions--Critical Review and Synthesis," Proceedings of the Eastern Academy of Management.
Rajagopalan, N., and Prescott, J. E. (1990) "Determinants of Top Management Compensation: Explaining the Impact of Economic, Behavioral, and Strategic Constructs and the Moderating Effects of Industry," Journal of Management, 16, 515-538.
Rajagopalan, N., and Rasheed, A. (1988) "Problem Structuring and Diagnosis: Critical Preview of the Debate Between Devil's Advocate and Dialectical Approaches," Proceedings of the Eastern Academy of Management.
Rajagopalan, N., and Rasheed, A. (1988) "Problem Structuring and Diagnosis: Critical Review of the Debate between Devil's Advocate and Dialectical Approaches," Proceedings of the Eastern Academy of Management.
Rajagopalan, N., and Prescott, J. E. (1987) "Top Management Compensation: An Integration of Economic, Behavioral, and Strategic Perspectives," Proceedings of the Eastern Academy of Management.