Dr. Rajnandini “Raj” Pillai is a Professor of Management at CSUSM. She received her
doctorate in 1994 from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Organizational
Behavior. Her dissertation focused on the contextual factors that facilitate or retard
the emergence of charismatic leadership. Her areas of teaching and research interest
are leadership, organizational justice, and cross-cultural management. She has published
in the area of charismatic/transformational leadership and cross-cultural management
in the Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, and Journal of International Business
Studies. She was the editor-in-chief of a volume entitled, Teaching Leadership: Innovative
Approaches for the 21st Century and co-editor of another volume entitled, Follower
Perspectives on Leadership in the Leadership Horizon series. She is also co-author
of the fourth edition of Understanding Global Cultures with Dr. Marty Gannon. She
serves on the editorial board of the Leadership Quarterly.
Dr. Pillai has her MBA from the University of Bombay, India and has held executive positions in the banking industry in India. She has consulted with several service organizations in the U.S. on leadership effectiveness and has received awards for excellence in teaching and research including the College of Business Outstanding Professor Award, the Western Academy of Management Ascendant Scholar Award, the President’s Award for Scholarship and Creativity, and the Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award. She is also Executive Director and founding member of the Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) at CSUSM.