Charles C. Snow

Color portrait of Charles C. Snow

Professor Emeritus, Mellon Fellowship

Department Management and Organization

Email Address

Download Photo Personal Website

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

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

MGMT 301H – Basic Management Concepts (3)
Study of fundamental principles and processes available to the understanding of managmenet. Not available to students who have taken B A 304.

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

B A 304H – Management and Organization (2)
Junior Core Business Management - Honors Section.

B A 304 – 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 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.

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
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
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
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