Richard Stackman

Richard Stackman


Department Chair • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-2148 Malloy Hall, Room 324


Richard Stackman is a Professor in the Department of Organization, Leadership, and Communication. His coursework focuses on topics that include organizational behavior, organizational change and development, leadership versus management, and complexity science. Stackman’s recent research with Linda Henderson explores the gender differences on project team membership. His scholarly activities also underscore personal value systems and complexity theory to organizational functioning. Stackman believes we cannot fully understand human and social interaction within organizations without appreciating the potential of complex adaptive systems. This approach to understanding human and social interaction and its impact on leadership and organizational change exemplifies the Jesuit tradition of the compassionate workplace.

Stackman is highly appreciative of the range of intellectual and cultural offerings in the Bay Area, with its astounding display of diversity, political opinion, social awareness and entrepreneurial innovation. Professor Stackman views the Bay Area as an ideal location to nurture the academic curiosity and progressive thinking that fashions students into leaders, not just managers.

In his teaching and faculty advising, he strives to impart these unique Bay Area advantages to his students to help become more well-rounded leaders, best typified by his founding faculty advisor role for USF’s Malloy Group, an MBA student-run consulting firm, and the development of the Management Exercises with colleague, Kim Connor. The Management Exercises, a co-curricular program reflects the more – the magis – to better prepare students as future leaders and citizens. The Management Exercises seek to further orient students toward a life of questioning and engagement.

PhD, Business Administration, University of British Columbia, Canada, 1995
Graduate studies majoring in Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota, 1987–88
BS, Business Administration (Cum Laude), Major in Organizational Behavior and Accounting, University of California at Berkeley, 1985 (member of Phi Beta Kappa)
Co-Editor-in Chief, Journal of Management Inquiry, 2016-present
President, Western Academy of Management, 2010–11

“Why Cultural Intelligence Matters on Global Project Teams” International Journal of Project Management, In Press, (with L.S. Henderson and R. Lindekilde)

“Further Thoughts on Kerr’s ‘Folly’ and Repeat Offenses: Where We Are, Have Been, and Are Going” Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2018 (with T.A. Wright, J. Hollwitz, and A. DeGroat)

“40 Years (and Counting): Steve Kerr Reflections on the ‘Folly’” Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2018 (with T.A. Wright, J. Hollwitz, A. DeGroat, S. Baack, J.P. Shay)

“Away from Abilene and Toward a Community of Practice Ecosystem: Developmental Peer Reviews Realized” Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol. 27, No. 2, 2018 

“Generative Curiosity: Introducing JMI’s Newest Section” Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2017 (with D.R. Hannah)

“The Management Exercises: A Way Forward with Purpose” Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2016 (with K.R. Connor)

“The Centrality of Communication Norms Alignment, Role Clarity, and Trust in Global Project Teams” International Journal of Project Management, Vol. 38, No. 8, 2016 (with L.S. Henderson and R. Lindekilde)

"Women Project Managers: The Exploration of Their Job Challenges and Issue Selling Behaviors," International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2013 (with Stackman, R.W. and Koh, C.Y.)

Awards & Distinctions

Director of Strategic Initiatives, University of San Francisco School of Management, 2016-present

Former Interim Academic Program Director, USF School of Management Executive Education, 2016-2017

Former Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, USF School of Management, 2012-2015

Jesuit Foundation Grant, 2015

Outstanding Faculty Award, USF Executive MBA, 2014

Outstanding Service Award, USF School of Management, 2012

MBA Faculty Jesuit Award, Graduate Business Association, USF School of Management, 2012

Service Award, Western Academy of Management, 2009, 2011

Joan G. Dahl President's Award, Western Academy of Management, 2004

Former Program Director, Master of Science on Organization Development

Executive Committee Member, Western Academy of Management, 1999–2012