Chris Carr

Chris Carr

Professor Carr teaches courses and topics on domestic and international business law, business regulation, administrative agencies, public policy, business ethics, presentation innovation and design (including data visualization), and oral and written business communication. He designed and launched the college’s MBA course and field trip to the People’s Republic of China, with two additional trips to India. He developed a similar global supply chain course to China for the college’s undergraduate students. Professor Carr has led hundreds of students to experience the future that is Asia. He also teaches as a visiting professor at Peking University’s Guanghau School of Management.

On three occasions Professor Carr received the college’s student selection for outstanding faculty member award. Based on student impact and his research he was awarded the Jacobsen Faculty Fellowship. Post-tenure and promotion to professor, he served for five years as associate dean. Professor Carr was an integral part of the senior leadership team that worked with faculty, students and alumni to balance the college budget, reaffirm the college’s AASCB accreditation, and for the first time assist Cal Poly to break into Bloomberg Businessweek’s top 100 undergraduate business programs.

Professor Carr earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska, master’s degree in political science from UCLA, and law degree with cum laude distinction from Santa Clara University. He has consulted as a Fulbright Senior Specialist on capacity building, rule of law, entrepreneurship, sustainable tourism, and academic program development with elite science and engineering universities in Tunisia and Pakistan and most recently a top Mongolian finance and economics institute. Professor Carr remains an active member of the California bar and continues to advise select business clients.

MBA Courses Taught

  • Business Law
  • International Business Study Tour (People’s Republic of China and India)
  • Effective Business Communication (includes designing and delivering action oriented presentations supported by story, data visualization and infographics)
  • Governmental and Social Influences on Business (MBA Integrated Core)

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Business Law
  • International Business Law
  • Governmental and Social Influences on Business
  • Establishing International Supply Chains (China)


Areas of published research include:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve business disputes (rule of law, economic growth and development, legal system comparison; privatization of justice)
  • Trade secret theft and disclosure, and its impact on stock prices (law and finance)
  • Knowledge management and intellectual capital via trade secret development and protection (business strategy, people management, systems management)
  • Miscellaneous: Business Liability Insurance and Risk Management, Intellectual Property (trademarks), Marketing Law

Current research streams and areas of focus include:

  • The Chinese legal system as applied to business disputes involving foreign companies doing business in or with China (comparative and international business law)
  • Global supply chain contracting (supply chain, contracts, sourcing, transportation and logistics, business strategy)
  • Artificial intelligence and computable contracts (contract formation and performance measurement meets computer science and AI, access to justice)
  • The relationship between law, the regulatory environment, and entrepreneurship (rule of law, economic growth and development, emerging markets, entrepreneurship)

Recent Awards, Fellowships & Honors

Fulbright Senior Specialist
National University of Sciences and Technology

Islamabad, Pakistan

Expertise: Capacity building, entrepreneurship, rule of law, business school accreditation, business communication and presentations, curriculum and academic program development

Fulbright Senior Specialist
Institute of Finance and Economics

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Expertise: Same as above. Also sustainable tourism.

Fulbright Senior Specialist
University of Sfax

Sfax, Tunisia

Expertise: Same as above

Jacobsen Faculty Fellowship
Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business (Dean’s Advisory Council Review and Selection)

Faculty Emeritus Award
Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business (Student Selection)

Outstanding Faulty Award
Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business – Accounting & Law Area (Student Selection)

Faculty Member of the Year and Learning Community Partner of the Year
Cal Poly Tenaya Hall – Business Student Dorm (Student Selection – 2X)

Outstanding Faculty Member in Business Administration
Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business (Student Selection – 2X)

13th and 14th Annual “Apple Polysher” Faculty Honoree
Cal Poly Student Reps Organization (Student Selection – 2X)

Professional Affiliations & Miscellaneous

Visiting MBA Professor/ Lecturer

Peking University, Guanghua School of Management

Academy of Legal Studies in Business – Member

California Bar – Member (License No. 148953; Active Status)

United States District Court for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California – Admitted Member

Arbitrator, Three Member Panel, International AAA Arbitration

Henley (California) vs. Teletrac Holdings, Inc. (UK)

Contact Info

Office 03-442

Phone 805-756-2657

Fax (805) 756-1473