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Rajnandini (Raj) Pillai, Ph.D.


  • Leadership and Business Ethics
  • In the Executive’s Chair
  • Senior Experience


  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Global Management

Research Interests

  • Charismatic and Transformational
  • Organizational
  • Cross Cultural
  • Political Leadership


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.