About Constance E. Bagley

Constance E. Bagley is a Senior Research Fellow at the Yale School of Management and was formerly a Professor in the Practice of Law and Management at the Yale School of Management. Her work focuses on law and strategy and how managers, entrepreneurs, and lawyers can use the law and legal tools to create realizable value and to manage the firm more effectively. She is a skilled public speaker and facilitator, and her clients include MassMutual Financial, PepsiCo, Microsoft, Prudential, CVS Health, and Colson Associates.

Professor Bagley received the Excellence in Teaching Award at the Yale School of Management in 2009 and again in 2013. Previously, she was an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Senior Lecturer in Law and Management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Before joining the Stanford faculty in 2000, she was a corporate securities partner in the San Francisco office of Bingham McCutchen where she represented a variety of public companies, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and start-ups. She was also a member of the faculty of the Young Presidents’ Organization International University for Presidents in Hong Kong and Prague.

She is the author of Managers and the Legal Environment: Strategies for the 21st Century (8th ed. 2015) and Winning Legally: How Managers Can Use the Law to Create Value, Marshal Resources, and Manage Risk (2005) and the coauthor (with Craig E. Dauchy) of The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Law (4th ed. 2011). Her articles include “Winning Legally: The Value of Legal Astuteness,” published in the Academy of Management Review.

Professor Bagley served as president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and she received the Academy’s Senior Faculty Award of Excellence in 2006. She served on the National Adjudicatory Council of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority from 2005 – 2008.

She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Harvard Law School where she was invited to join the Harvard Law Review. She received her A.B., with Honors and Distinction, from Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa her junior year. In recognition of her pioneering work on the intersection of law and management, she received an honorary doctorate in economics from Lund University in 2011.

Work and Publications:

Collision Course: The Risk Companies Face When Their Political Spending and Core Values Conflict and How to Address Them


Preparing for the Apocalypse: A Multi-Prong Proposal to Develop Countermeasures for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Threats

Co-Authored by Anat Alon-Beck

Winning Legally: The Value of Legal Astuteness

Featured in "Academy of Management Review"

The Devil Made Me Do It: Replacing Corporate Directors' Veil of Secrecy with the Mantle of Stewardship

Featured in the "San Diego Law Review" (Co-authored with Karen L. Page)

Preparing for the Apocalypse: A Multi-Prong Proposal to Develop Countermeasures for Biological, Chemical, Radiological, and Nuclear Threats

Co-authored with Anat Alon-Beck

How Boards Can Reduce Corporate Misbehavior

Featured in "Harvard Business Review" (co-authored with Bruno Cova and Lee D. Augsburger

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Law and Strategy

5th edition

Managers and the Legal Environment

Ninth Edition

The Astute Board Member’s Guide to Corporate Political Spending

Featured in "Corporate Political Spending: Perspectives" (Co-authored with Bruce F. Freed & Karl J. Sandstrom)

Who Let the Lawyers Out?: Reconstructing the Role of the Chief Legal Officer and the Corporate Client in a Globalizing World

Featured in "University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law" (Co-authored with Mark Roellig & Gianmarco Massameno)

The Value of a Legally Astute Top Management Team: A Dynamic Capabilities Approach

Featured in "The Oxford Handbook of Dynamic Capabilities"

Promoting “Academic Entrepreneurship” in Europe and the United States

Featured in "The Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law" (Co-authored with Christina D. Tvarno)

Pharmaceutical Public-Private Partnerships: Moving from the Bench to the Bedside

Featured in "The Harvard Business Law Review" (Co-authored with Christina D. Tvarno)

"Company Directors Need to Oversee Corporate Political Spending"

Featured on the "The CLS Blue Sky Blog"

Yale Women Faculty Forum

Report of the Yale University Women Faculty Forum Council of Sexual Misconduct at Yale


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