Santa Clara University

Location: Nobili Hall

James L. Koch

Senior Founding Fellow


James L. Koch was founding director of Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society. He was also a co-founder of the Tech Museum Awards and the Global Social Benefit Incubator. Jim received his MBA and Ph.D. from UCLA. From 1990-96 he served as Dean of the Leavey School of Business. In 1996 the school achieved national recognition from U.S. News and World Report as the 11th ranked part-time program in America. In 2007 he served as Interim Dean of the School of Engineering.

From 1981 to 1990, he was the founding director of Organization Planning and Development at PG&E, where his department was the recipient of the National Excellence Award for contributions to organizational development from the American Society for Training and Development. Prior to that he was associate professor of management and director of the MBA and Ph.D. programs at the University of Oregon. He serves as a Trustee of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a PopTech Faculty Fellow, and an adviser for the Silicon Valley Indicators publication--an annual assessment of the economic strength of Silicon Valley and the health of its communities. 

He has published in a number of journals including: Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and California Management Review, Academy of Management Review, and Innovations.  His research and consulting focus on socio-technical systems and high performance organizations. His current work examines the local context of growth opportunities in off-grid energy markets, organizational factors that are key to the economic viability and social impact of new ventures, and the base of the pyramid as a laboratory for disruptive innovation.