N. Rao Kowtha, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Office Location:Morken Center for Learning & Technology - Room 172

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Organization Theory & Strategy, Texas A&M University, 1993
  • MBA, Texas A&M University, 1987
  • GCE, Marine Engineering College, Calcutta, India, 1980


After getting my Phd from Texas A&M, I worked in Singapore and Korea. My research largely deals with organizational processes and strategy implementation. Currently my research deals with two process topics: incentives and employee motivation, and organizational socialization of newcomers. I sit on the editorial board of Journal of Management and Organization, and a past associate editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Management.

I am passionate about teaching and intellectual inquiry. For me, inquiry is essential for learning. In Singapore, I was with the National University of Singapore business school where I helped to establish and build a doctoral program, an MSc Program in Human Resource Management and refine the MBA program.  After Singapore, I went on to establish a new, all –English Business school in Daejeon Korea. It is called Solbridge, and as a founding team member, I was responsible for all academic affairs and faculty welfare. I was also a key member of the AACSB accreditation steering committee that saw the school through its initial accreditation in 2014, as the youngest school to be accredited in AACSB history. Later, I was put in charge of all accreditation and faculty matters.

In 2018, having spent 11 years in Korea, I was thinking of moving on to other opportunities, and PLU came along. PLU enjoys a great reputation around the country and outside too. It is a great opportunity, and fortunately, colleagues at PLU School of Business thought I could contribute to the school. I am happy to be here, to contribute in all ways towards student learning, welfare and development, and school development. Over the next year, besides my teaching (which is very important to me), I will be focusing on accreditation and graduate programs.