Professor of Management
College of Business Administration, CSUSM
Dr. Raj Pillai is Professor of Management at CSUSM. She received her doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Organizational Behavior. Her areas of teaching and research interest are leadership and cross-cultural management. She is the lead instructor of the popular, In the Executive's Chair course in CoBA which connects students with movers and shakers in San Diego county and beyond. She has published several articles on charismatic/transformational leadership and cross-cultural management in the leading journals in the field. She is also deeply interested in the US Presidential elections and has published several studies of leadership, personality, and voting behavior. Dr. Pillai also has her MBA from the University of Bombay, India and has held management 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 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award. Dr. Pillai is also Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) at CSUSM. CLIMB has hosted programs that have attracted speakers like Marshall Goldsmith and Ken Blanchard.