Ruth Aguilera Vaqués
Visiting Professor, Department of Strategy and General Management in ESADE
URL Visiting Professor


  • Doctor en Filosofía. Universidad de Harvard
  • Licenciatura en Ciencias Económicas. Universitat de Barcelona

Areas of interest

  • Comparative corporate governance
  • International business/global strategy
  • Cross-border merger and acquisitions
  • Corporate social responsibility


Ruth V. Aguilera is spending the 2011-2012 academic year at ESADE Business School as a Visiting Professor. She is an Associate Professor and the Fellow at the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society at the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds courtesy appointments at the School of Labor and Employment Relations, the College of Law and the Department of Sociology at Illinois. She received a Graduate Diploma in Business Analysis from the University of Lancaster, a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from Harvard University.
 Prof. Aguilera's research falls at the intersection of economic sociology and international business, specifically in the fields of comparative corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. Her research has been published in scholarly journals such as Academy of Management Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, British Journal of Management, Business Ethics Quarterly, Corporate Governance: International Review, European Sociological Review, Global Strategy Journal, International Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organization Science and Organization Studies, as well as in several conference proceedings and numerous book chapters. She is also the co-editor with Michal Federowicz of the book Corporate Governance in a Changing Economic and Political Environment: Trajectories of Institutional Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
She is an Associate Editor at Corporate Governance: An International Review, and is a member of the editorial boards of seven top journals in the fields of management and international business.

Selected publications

Jung, D. K., Aguilera Vaqués, R. & Goyer , M. (2015). Institutions and preferences in settings of causal complexity: foreign institutional investors and corporate restructuring practices in France. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26 (16), pp. 2062-2086. DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2014.971843.

Terjesen , S., Aguilera Vaqués, R. & Lorenz, R. (2015). Legislating a woman's seat on the board: Institutional factors driving gender quotas for boards of directors. Journal of Business Ethics, 128 (2), pp. 233-251. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2083-1.

(2015). Special issue on "Cross-national perspectives on ownership and governance in family firms". Corporate Governance: An International Review, 23 (3), pp. 161-166. DOI: 10.1111/corg.12112.

Kim, J. U. & Aguilera Vaqués, R. (2015). The world is spiky: An internationalization framework for a semi-globalized world. Global Strategy Journal, 5 (2), pp. 113-132. DOI: 10.1002/gsj.1094.

Vadera, A. K. & Aguilera Vaqués, R. (2015). The evolution of vocabularies and its relation to investigation of white-collar crimes: an institutional work perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 128 (1), pp. 21-38. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2079-x.

Musacchio, A., Lazzarini, SG. & Aguilera Vaqués, R. (2015). New varieties of state capitalism: Strategic and governance implications. Academy of Management Perspectives, 29 (1), pp. 115-131. DOI: 10.5465/amp.2013.0094.

Garcia-Castro, R. & Aguilera Vaqués, R. (2015). Incremental value creation and appropriation in a world with multiple stakeholders. Strategic Management Journal, 36 (1), pp. 137-147. DOI: 10.1002/smj.2241.

Garcia-Castro, R. & Aguilera Vaqués, R. (2014). Family involvement in business and financial performance: A set-theoretic cross-national inquiry. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 5 (1), pp. 85-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.jfbs.2014.01.006.

Bell , R. G., Filatotchev, I. & Aguilera Vaqués, R. (2014). Corporate governance and investors' perceptions of foreign IPO value: An institutional perspective. Academy of Management Journal, 57 (1), pp. 301-320.

Aguilera Vaqués, R., A Desender, K., Crespí-Cladera, R. & García-Cestona , M. (2013). When does ownership matter? Board characteristics and behavior. Strategic Management Journal, 34 (7), pp. 823-842.

García Castro , R., Aguilera Vaqués, R. & Ariño , M. (2013). Bundles of firm corporate governance practices: A fuzzy set analysis. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 21 (4), pp. 390-407.

Flores , R., Aguilera Vaqués, R., Mahdian , A. & Vaaler , P. (2013). How well do supranational regional grouping schemes fit international business research models?. Journal of International Business Studies, 44 (5), pp. 451-474.

Aguilera Vaqués, R., Goyer , M. & De Castro Luiz Ricardo, L. R. (2013). Regulation and comparative corporate governance. In Wright , M., Siegel , D. S., Keasey , K. & Filatotchev, I. (Eds.), Oxford handbook of corporate governance (pp. 23-45). Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199642007.001.0001.

Aguilera Vaqués, R. & Crespí-Cladera, R. (2012). Firm family firms: Current debates in corporate governance in family firms. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 3 (2), pp. 66-69.