William Ouchi is a Distinguished Professor at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, where he teaches courses in corporate governance, management, and organization design. He was Co-Founder of the UCLA School Management Program, and he founded and continues to chair the Riordan Programs, which serve inner-city high school and college students in Southern California.
In service outside of UCLA, Dr. Ouchi has served on the editorial boards of four scholarly journals and serves as advisor to granting agencies. He serves on the Boards of Directors of AECOM and Sempra Energy, the Advisory Board of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, and several nonprofit boards including The California Heart Center Foundation and The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. He is past Board Chairman of the Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now (LEARN), an organization that would later take part in forming Alliance College-Ready Public Schools.
Previously Dr. Ouchi has served on the faculties at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, and UCLA. He also served as advisor and then as Chief of Staff to Mayor Richard Riordan in Los Angeles from 1993-1995. He is the author of five books and several scholarly articles on organization and management. He has received several teaching awards, including the UCLA Medal of Teaching Excellence, and other awards, including the Asian Woman Warrior Award and the Grand Prix des Meilleurs Livres de Management for his book Theory Z.
Dr. Ouchi was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he graduated from the Punahou School. He received a B.A. at Williams College, an MBA at Stanford University, and a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Additionally, Dr. Ouchi has received honorary doctorates from Williams College and from The Ohio State University. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife Carol. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.