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Jerry I. Porras

Jerry I. Porras
Professor Emeritus, Organizational Behavior
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Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior and Change, Emeritus
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Research Statement

Jerry Porras’ research interests are the characteristics of visionary companies in both the United States and Europe; the dynamics of planned organizational change process; organizational vision and its influence on the long-term behavior organizations; and leadership.


Jerry I. Porras is the Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior, Emeritus. He received his BSEE from Texas Western College, his MBA from Cornell University, and his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the honors he has received are the Brilliante Award from the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, the Silver Apple Award from the Stanford Business School Alumni Association, and the Kanter Medal from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1972. Professor Porras served as a Business School Trust Faculty Fellow as well as a Robert M. and Anne T. Bass Faculty Fellow. Professor Porras was the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Graduate School of Business from 1991-1994. He also served as the Stanford’s faculty athletics representative to the Pacific-10 Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association from 1988 until his retirement.

Professor Porras is author of Stream Analysis: A Powerful Way to Diagnose and Manage Organizational Change (Addison-Wesley, 1987); co-developer of the Stream Analysis Software Package (1999); and coauthor of Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business, 1994) and “Building Your Company’s Vision,” Harvard Business Review (1996). He has served on several editorial boards including the Journal of Organizational Change Management, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, UC Los Angeles, 1974
  • MBA, Cornell University, 1968
  • BSEE, Texas Western College, 1960

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1972, Emeritus since 2001
  • Robert M. and Anne T. Bass Faculty Fellow, Stanford GSB, 1994–1995
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Stanford GSB, 1991–1994
  • Business School Trust Faculty Fellow, Stanford GSB, 1989–1990
  • Faculty Athletic Representative to NCAA and Pacific-10 Conference, Stanford University, 1988
  • Director, Leading and Managing Change Executive Program, Director, Leading and Managing Change Executive Program, Stanford GSB, 1981

Professional Experience

  • Internal Organization Development Consultant, Techint, S.A. (Argentina), 1970–1971
  • Technical Marketing, General Electric Co., 1964–1966
  • Ordnance Design Engineer, Lockheed Missiles and Space Corp.,1963–1964
  • U.S. Army, 1960–1963

Awards and Honors

  • Robert T. Davis Award, Stanford GSB, 2001
  • Brillante Award, National Society Hispanic MBAs, 1991
  • Kantor Medal, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, 1991


Journal Articles

James C. Collins, Jerry I. Porras. Harvard Business Review. September 1, 1996.
Peter J. Robertson, Darryl R. Roberts, Jerry I. Porras. Academy of Management Journal. June 1, 1993, Vol. 36, Issue 3, Pages 619-634.
Peter J. Robertson, Darryl R. Roberts, Jerry I. Porras. Research in Organizational Change and Development. Greenwich: JAI Press, 1993, Vol. 7, Pages 1-39.
James C. Collins, Jerry I. Porras. California Management Review. 1991, Vol. 50, Issue 2, Pages 117-137.


Jerry I. Porras, Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson Philadelphia: Wharton School Publishing, 2006.
Jim Collins, MBA ’83, Jerry I. Porras HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., October 1994.

Working Papers

Organization Development: Theory, Research, and Practice
Jerry I. Porras, Peter Robertson1991
Organizational Vision and Visionary Organizations
Jerry I. Porras, James Collins1991
Organization Development Transformation
Jerry I. Porras, Robert Silvers1990
Organization Development Theory: A Typology and Evaluation
Jerry I. Porras, Peter Robertson1986
Organization Development
Jerry I. Porras1985
Modeling-Based Organizational Development: A Longitudinal Assessment
Jerry I. Porras, Robert Bies, Kerry Patterson1981
Toward Typology of Organization Development Research
Jerry I. Porras, Nancy Roberts1979
Assessing Planned Change | PDF
Jerry I. Porras, Kerry Patterson1978
The Impact of Organization Development
Jerry I. Porras, P.O. Berg1977
A Framework for Analyzing the Ethics of Social Interventions
Jerry I. Porras, Charles Weinberg1975

Service to the Profession

Board of Directors

  • Quaker Fabrics
  • ReloAction
  • State Farm General Insurance Company
  • State Farm Life Insurance Company
  • State Farm Mutual Insurance Company

In the Media

Destroy Your Business . . . For Its Own Good
San Jose Mercury News, January 2011
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 6, 2004
CNN Money, March 25, 2004
Forbes' 20 Most Influential Business Books
Hispanic Business, November 2002
Summer School: Time to Revisit What Really Makes a Company Work
Financial Times, September 4, 2002
Levi Strauss Tightens Belt
San Jose Mercury News, May 2002
Hewlett-Packard vs. HP
Washington Post, 12 2001
Palo Alto Weekly, December 9, 2001
GSB Chairs and Professorships
Hispanic Business, November 1995

Insights by Stanford Business

November 11, 2015
More Latinos are starting businesses than the general population, but they aren't growing as large or making as much money.
February 15, 2010
Laura Sanchez, MBA ’94, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, is honored by the Hispanic Business Students Association

School News

March 1, 2008
Miriam Rivera, MBA/JD ’95, was elected to the Stanford University Board of Trustees a week after she received the Jerry I. Porras Award.