College of Business: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Ruth V. Aguilera

Associate Professor of Business Administration and
Center for Professional Responsibility Fellow of Business Administration

Biographical Sketch

Ruth V. Aguilera is an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Business Administration and a Fellow at the Center for Professional Responsibility for Business and Society at the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. she holds courtesy appointments at the College of Law, the School of Labor and Employment Relations and the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She earned her Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in economics from the College of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Barcelona. She also pursued graduate study in business analysis at the Management School at Lancaster University, U.K., and completed her Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard University in December 1999, specializing in economic sociology and comparative methods. Prof. Aguilera has spent considerable time conducting research at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) in Berlin, the Università Luigi Bocconi in Milan, the Juan March Institute in Madrid and, the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI-MITI) in Tokyo. She was a Beckman Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Spring 2002).

Professor Aguilera’s research interests lie in the intersection of economic sociology and international management. She is currently conducting research on comparative corporate governance, intercorporate relations, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Her research has been published in the European Sociological Review, Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies and several conference proceedings and book chapters. She has recently co-edited a book with Michal Federowicz entitled Corporate Governance in a Changing Economic and Political Environment: Trajectories of Institutional Change, (Palgrave McMillan 2004).

At the University of Illinois, Professor Aguilera has taught courses in international management and comparative international management to undergraduates, MBA students, and Global Executive (MSBA) students. In addition, she teaches a course in comparative employment systems to Masters in Human Resources Management and a seminar on corporate governance at the European Union Center. Professor Aguilera is on the executive board of the European Union Center and the Center for Human Resource Management, and a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, and the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives at the University of Illinois.  



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1206 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL, 61820
(217) 333-7090

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