Steven C. Currall

Dean and Professor of Management
Graduate School of Management
University of California, Davis


Steve Currall is Dean and Professor of Management in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis. He is also Chief Strategic Advisor for the ten-campus University of California Global Health Institute. As a behavioral scientist, Currall has conducted research and taught on organizational psychology topics such as innovation, emerging technologies, trust, and corporate governance. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His campus-wide leadership roles have included Chair of the Task Force on Faculty Salary Equity, Chair of the Strategic Review of Human Resources, Chair of Board of Directors of the Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation, and Vice Chair of Chancellor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Research. He has also served as a Dean, Vice Dean, endowed chair holder, founding Chair of an academic department, and leadership roles in seven interdisciplinary centers/institutes. His roles as vice dean, department chair, and endowed chair holder were in engineering schools. He has also held faculty appointments in a Department of Psychology and in a Department of Statistics.

Currall has been a personal grantee on $21,533,893 in research funding, 78% of which came from refereed grants from the National Science Foundation or National Institutes of Health. He is lead author of a book on university-business-government collaboration entitled, Organized Innovation: A Blueprint for Renewing America’s Prosperity (Oxford). Based on a study funded by the National Science Foundation, the book is the culmination of a 10-year research project on interdisciplinary research involving science, engineering, and medicine.

Currall has served on the boards of University of California Global Health Institute (Executive Committee), BioHouston (interim Vice Chair; Executive Committee; chair of Governance Committee), Leadership in Medicine, Inc., Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas, and Interferometrics, Inc. a venture-funded medical device start-up. He has been quoted over 575 times in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) television and the Nightly Business Report.

Learn more about his recent book, "Organized Innovation" below:

organized-innovationOrganized Innovation: A Blueprint for Renewing America's Prosperity

An innovation gap has emerged as American universities have focused on basic research and industry has concentrated on incremental product development. This gap has widened in recent decades, and the country has failed to close the gap in large part because of three myths-that innovation is about lone geniuses, the free market, and serendipity.

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