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Karlene Roberts

Karlene H. Roberts

Professor Emeritus 
Faculty Advisor, Young Entrepreneurs at Haas
Haas Management of Organizations Group
510-642-5221
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Academic Status: Emeritus
Office Hours: By appointment, F498
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)
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Education

BA, Psychology, Stanford University
PhD, Psychology, UC Berkeley


Positions Held

At Haas since 1968 
2008-present, Professor Emeritus, Haas School of Business
1968-2008, Lecturer to full professor, Haas School of Business
Research Psychologist, Institute of Industrial Relations
Chair, Center for Catastrophic Risk Management


Visiting Positions

Graduate School of Management, University of California, Irvine
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


External Service and Assignments

Recent Consulting:
BP, 2001 - 2002
Columbia Accident Investigation Board, 2003
University of California Office of the President (Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories), 2004
Risk Management Association, New York City, 2005
Legacy Emanuel Health Center, Portland, OR, 2005
Oil and Gas Advisory Council, Maximo, 2005 - 2008
Association of Space Explorers, Near Earth Object Committee, Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation, 2007 - 2009
Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO), 2009
StatOil, 2009 - 2010
Siemens Worldwide, 2010
Toyota Motor Corporation, 2012


Editorial Board Service:
Clinician in Management, Risk Management: An International Review, Handbook of Organizational Studies, Academy of Management Executive, California Management Review,Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Vocational Behavior,Academy of Management Journal

 

Other:
Stanford University Press, Co-editor, High Reliability Organizations and Crisis Management Series

 


Current Research and Interests

  • The design and management of organizations and systems of organizations in which errors can have catastrophic consequences. The results of this research have been applied to U.S. Navy aircraft carrier operations, the U.S. Coast Guard, The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), U.S. Federal Aviation’s Air Traffic Control System, Gard Services, the energy industry, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. National Aviation and Space Administration (NASA), B and W Pantex, and the health care industry.

Selected Papers and Publications

  •  “Failure of High Reliability in Finance.”  With N. Bush and P. Martelli  In P. Shrivastava, and M. Statler (Eds) Managing the Global Financial Crisis: Creativity, Reliability and Sustainability. Palo Alto CA:  Stanford University Press (forthcoming).
  • “Organizational Behavior.” With P. Martelli and M.K. Stimmler In V.S. Ramachandran (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Behavior. Amsterdam: Elsevier.2012
  • “High Reliability Virtual Organizations: Co Adaptive Technology and Organizational Structure in Tsunami Warning Systems” with Martha Grabowski  ACM Transactions on Computer and Human Interaction (TOCHI),2011,  18, 1-23.
  • “A Variegated Approach to Organizational Safety.”  With P. Martelli In R.J. Burke, S. Clarke and C.L. Cooper (Eds.) Occupational Health and Safety: Psychological and Behavioral Challenges. Burlington, VT: Gower, 2011, 323-342.
  •   “Applying High Reliability Organization Theory to Crisis/Hostage Negotiation.” With A.J. Hare In E. Rogan and F. Lanceley (Eds.) Contemporary Theory, Research, and Practice in Crisis/Hostage Negotiation. Cresgill, N.J: Hampton Press, 2010.
  • “A New Approach to Risk: The Implications of E3.” With R.G. Bea, D, Farber, H. Foster, and I. Mitroff Risk Management, 2009,  11, 30-43.

Teaching

Specialty workshops and lectures for organizations and other entities interested in understanding and/or applying the various concepts associated with reducing behavioral risk in organizations.  Content might include decision making, communication, etc.


Honors and Awards

  • Practice Impact Award, Academy of Management
  • Docteur Honaris Causa, Universite Paul Cezanne – Aix, Marseilles III
  • Fellow, Academy of Management, American Psychological Association and American Psychological Society
  • Recent research grants from National Science Foundation; France Telecom; and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Emerald Management Review Citation of Excellence in Management for one of top fifty (from 15,000) management articles of 2006 (with Peter Madsen, Vinit Desai, and Daniel Wong), 2007
  • Fellow, Center for Program/Project Management Research, University Space Research Association (sponsored by NASA), 2004-2007
  • Earl F. Cheit Honorable Mention for Excellence in Teaching, Undergraduate Program, 2002
  • George R. Terry Book Award, Academy of Management, for "Organizations, Technology, and Structuring," with M. Grabowski, in Handbook of Organization Studies, edited by S.R. Clegg, C. Hardy, and W. Nord (1996), 1997



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