Steven C. Currall

Chancellor's Advisor
Office of the Chancellor, Mrak Hall
University of California, Davis


Steve Currall is the Chancellor's Advisor and Professor of Management at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). As Chancellor's Advisor, he is leading campus-wide deliberations regarding the vision for UC Davis as the "University for the 21st Century." The vision includes: (1) how UC Davis will address global grand challenges (e.g., food, health, energy) and (2) planning an additional campus in the Sacramento region. His role in planning the new campus includes its academic strategy, financial plan, fundraising plan, analysis of physical facilities, organization of advisory groups, and liaison to Academic Senate. He also serves as the Chief Strategic Advisor, and member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee, for the 10-campus University of California system's Global Health Institute

Additional leadership roles have included (1), over five years as the Dean of the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis, leading the School to the highest ranking in its history, (2) endowed chair holder, (3) founding Chair of an academic department, (4) leadership of seven centers/institutes, and (5) campus-wide service roles including 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, Vice Chair of Chancellor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Research, and the Vision of Excellence committee.

A psychological scientist, Currall has conducted research and taught for over 25 years on organizational psychology topics such as innovation, emerging technologies, negotiation, and corporate governance. At the invitation of the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Currall was a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group. He has been a grantee on $21,533,893 in external funding of which over 78% came from refereed research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health. Currall was lead author of a book on university-business-government collaboration entitled, Organized Innovation: A Blueprint for Renewing America's Prosperity (Oxford University Press, 2014). Based on a study funded by the NSF, the book is the culmination of a 10-year research project on interdisciplinary research involving science, engineering, and medicine. He has served as a member of several editorial review boards such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He has served as a member of the boards of 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 600 times in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Business Week, 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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