Dr. Jerry Porras

Chairman and Cofounder

Dr. Jerry Porras is co-author of the international best seller, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, and the Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior, Emeritus at the Stanford Graduate School of Business..

He is co-author of Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters (2007) and author of Stream Analysis: A Powerful Way to Diagnose and Manage Organizational Change (1987). 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.

Mr. Porras’ research interests are the characteristics of visionary companies; the dynamics of planned organizational change processes; organizational vision and its influence on the long-term behavior of organizations; and leadership.

He has made corporate presentations to over 200 companies, consulted with a wide array of companies, and been a member of the Board of Directors of the State Farm Insurance, State Farm General Insurance, and State Farm Life Insurance Companies; and Quaker Fabrics. He as also served on the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of several startups and small companies including ReloAction, Decurion, enDigital, Translattice, Imagitas, and Truinject Medical Corporation.

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 Robert T. Davis Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Stanford Business School, the Kanter Medal from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, the Hispanic Business Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year from the University of Texas, El Paso. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1972. 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 2001.