Charles C. Snow

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Professor of Management and Organization, Mellon Fellowship

Office Address 415 BUSINESS BUILDING
Phone Number 814-865-2463
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Professor Snow is a native Californian who has been at Penn State since 1974. During his career, he has taught students and executives in the United States and in more than 25 countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. He has also been a visiting professor at The Amos Tuck School (Dartmouth College), Norwegian School of Management, University of Oregon, University of Melbourne (2007-12), and University of Aarhus Business School (Denmark, 2007-11). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and is listed in the Who's Who in the Management Sciences, Great Writers on Organizations, and The IEBM Handbook of Management Thinking.


During 2009-10, Professor Snow will be working on three research projects. The first project is a continuation of his research on collaborative innovation with colleagues in California, Norway, Austria, and Denmark. He will be on sabbatical from July 1 to December 31, 2010 and will be working with those colleagues on papers and data collection. The second project involves his ongoing work as a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne. There he collaborates with faculty on their own research projects. Lastly, Professor Snow is the Co-Editor of a Special Issue of Organizational Dynamics entitled "Organization Designs for the 21st Century Global Economy." He and his editorial team have invited authors to write papers on organization design topics, and the Special Issue will be published in spring 2010.


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Organizational Research Training Program, Stanford University, 1973

Ph D, Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley, 1972

BS, Business Management, San Diego State University, 1967

Courses Taught

MGMT 301H – Basic Management Concepts (3)
Study of fundamental principles and processes applicable to the understanding of management. May not be used to satisfy Smeal College baccalaureate degree requirements. Not available to students who have taken B A 304.

B A 304 – Management and Organization (2)
Introduction to key concepts for the design and management of organizations.

MGMT 100 – Survey of Management (3)
Introduction to organizational factors relevant to management processes, including leadership, motivation, job design, technology, organizational design and environments, systems, change. May not be used to satisfy Penn State Business baccalaureate degree

B A 304H – Management and Organization (2)
Introduction to key concepts for the design and management of organizations.

MGMT 561 – Global Strategy and Organization (2)
Course focuses on three major aspects of international business: competitive strategy, organization design, and management processes.

MGMT 494H – Honors Research Project (variable)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

MGMT 590 – Colloquium (variable)
Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.

B A 571 – Strategic Management (2)
Analysis and application of concepts and techniques aimed at successfully developing and implementing competitive strategy in a complex business environment.

MGMT 471 – Strategic Management (3)
Issues that influence the competitive performance of the firm are identified and examined.

Selected Publications

Snow C. C., Culpan R., "Open innovation through a collaborative community of firms: An emerging organization design." Strategic alliances for value creation, (Information Age Publishing), 2011, pp. 279-300.
Bollingtoft A., Snow C. C., Donaldson L., "Collaborative communities: Purpose, process, and design." (Springer), 2011.
Bollingtoft A., Muller S., Ulhoi J. P., Snow C. C., "Collaborative innovation communities: Role of the shared services provider." Collaborative communities: Purpose, process and design: xxx-yyy, (New York: Springer), 2011.
Snow C. C., "Introduction." Collaborative communitites: Purpose, process and design: xxx-yyy, (Springer), 2011.
Snow C. C., Snell S. A., "Strategic human resource management." Oxford handbook of industrial and organizational psychology: xxx-yyy, (Oxford University Press), 2011.
Snow C. C., Fjeldstad O. D., Lettl C., Miles R. E., "Organizing continuous product development and commercialization: The collaborative community of firms model." Journal of Product Innovation Management, vol. 28, 2011, pp. 3-16.
Desarbo W., Ebbes P., Fong D., Snow C. C., "Revisiting customer value analysis in a heterogeneous market." Journal of Modelling in Management, vol. 5, no. 1, 2010, pp. 8-24.
Bollingtoft A., Hakonsson D. D., Nielsen J. F., Snow C. C., Ulhoi J. P., "New approaches to organization design: Theory and practice of adaptive enterprises." New York: Springer, (Springer), 2009.
Snow C. C., Strauss D. R., Lettl C., " A collaborative community of firms." New Approaches to organization design: Theory and practice of adaptive enterprises, 2009.
Snow C. C., Strauss D. R., Culpan R., "Community of firms: A new collaborative paradigm for open innovation and an analysis of" International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, vol. 1, no. 1, 2009, pp. 53-72.
Burton R. M., Eriksen B. H., Hakonsson D. D., Knudsen T., Snow C. C., "Designing organizations: 21st-century approaches." New York: Springer, (New York: Springer), 2008.
Miles R. E., Snow C. C., "The shape of things to come." The SAGE handbook of new and emerging approaches to organiation studies, (SAGE Publications), 2008, pp. 565-566.
Crossland C., Ketchen D. J., Snow C. C., "Multi-firm collaboration and international competitve dynamics." Thought leadership in advancing international business research, (Palgrave), 2008, pp. 190-204.
Miles R. E., Snow C. C., "Organization theory and supply chain management: An evolving research perspetive." Journal of Operations Management, vol. 25, 2007, pp. 459-463.
Snow C. C., "Review of John A. Mathews, Strategizing, disequilibrium, and profit." Academy of Management Review, vol. 32, 2007, pp. 11-12.
Ketchen D. J., Ireland R. D., Snow C. C., "Strategic entrepreneurship, collaborative innovation, and wealth creation." Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, vol. 1, 2007, pp. 371-385.
Miles R. E., Snow C. C., Miles G., "The ideology of innovation." Strategic Organization, vol. 5, 2007, pp. 423-435.
Fjeldstad O., Snow C. C., Miles R., Lettl C., "The architecture of collaboration: Organizing resources among large sets of actors." Strategic Management Journal.

Research Impact and Media Mention

"RETROSPECTIVE: Raymond Miles and Charles Snow's Organizational Strategy, Structure, and Process", Academy of Management Executive


Organization Design Journal, Co-Editor, January 2011 - Present
Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, Editorial Board
Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Editorial Board
Journal of High Technology Management Research, Editorial Board
Journal of World Business, Editorial Board
Strategic Management Journal, Editorial Board