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Alexandre Ardichvili


Ph.D. and MBA, University of Minnesota
Ph.D., Moscow State University

Org Leadership, Policy/Dev
Room 310E WullH
86 Pleasant St S E
Tel: 612/626-4529

Areas of Interest

International human resource development
Organizational learning and knowledge management
Ethical business cultures


I was born in Tbilisi, Georgia (in the former USSR). After graduating from college, I have worked as an instructional designer at a management development institute in Georgia for five years, and as a research fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow for four years (this was the leading think tank of the Soviet government on the issues of foreign policy and international management and economics). At that time, I was also involved in numerous consulting projects for emerging private companies and entrepreneurs’ groups. I came to the United States in 1990. Some of my experiences in this country include: visiting research fellowships at Stanford, Harvard, and Columbia Universities; positions as visiting professor, research fellow, and later program director and co-director of the entrepreneurship center at the University of Minnesota; senior director of training and development in the energy industry; faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the University of St. Thomas; research scientist at the Knowledge and Learning group of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications; fellow of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures. In addition, I have traveled to numerous countries of the world, have taught as an adjunct or visiting professor in MBA and OD programs in the U.S. and abroad (including teaching graduate courses at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and MBA courses in Lublin, Poland), and have done research and consulting in Europe, Asia, and North America.

My past research included studies (utilizing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches) in international human resource development, entrepreneurship, knowledge management, and organizational culture areas. Examples of my empirical research include: a series of quantitative survey-based studies, linking leadership styles and cultural values of managers and employees in the U.S., Western and Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union; qualitative and quantitative studies of the meaning of working in Russia, Germany, and Poland; a longitudinal study of human resource practices and organization development in entrepreneurial firms in the USA; a series of studies of knowledge generation and sharing in a U.S.-based multinational corporation. My most recent area of research interest is the research on the interplay of business ethics and organizational and national culture. I am working on two related projects with a group of colleagues from the Center for Ethical Business Cultures. Some of our research in this area was published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Human Resource Development International, and the Human Resource Development Review.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The University of Minnesota Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award (2013)
  • Outstanding Paper Award Winner (for best research paper in the European Journal of Training and Development), the Literati Network Awards for Excellence, UK (2013)
  • Cutting Edge Research Award, AHRD, Annual AHRD Conference (2012)
  • Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award, the University of Sao Paulo, School of Accountancy and Economics, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2012)   
  • Highly Commended Paper award, the 12th International HRD Conference in Europe, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK (2011)
  • Shortlisted, Alan Moon Memorial Prize for the best paper at the 10th International HRD Conference in Europe, The University Forum for HRD, UK (2009)
  • Award for Excellence, Best Research Paper in the Journal of Knowledge Management, Literati Club, UK (2004)
  • Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award for Best Paper in Human Resource Development International, Academy of Human Resource Development (2003) 
  • Human Resource Development Review Outstanding Article of the Year Award, Academy of Human Resource Development (2002)
  • Outstanding Assistant Professor Award, the University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education (2001)
  • The Academy of Human Resource Development Richard A. Swanson Award for Research Excellence for Best Article in the Human Resource Development Quarterly (2001)
  • The UIUC Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (for each semester in years 2000 to 2004; “Outstanding” rankings for Spring 2000 and 2001; Spring, Summer, and Fall 2002; Summer 2003, Fall 2003 and Spring 2004)
  • Best Paper Award, AMA Annual Symposium on the Marketing/ Entrepreneurship Interface, Stockholm, Sweden (1996)
  • Best Case Study Award, Competition for scholars from the USSR and Eastern Europe, the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research, Berlin (1990)

Current Professional Affiliations

  • Editor-In-Chief, Human Resource Development International
  • Fellow, Center for Ethical Business Cultures

Recent Grant Activity

  • Global and local strategies and practices of developing human resources in innovation-intensive companies, Russian Ministry of Science and Technology, Co-investigator (PI – Professor Elena Zavyalova, St. Petersburg State University), $60,000 (2012-2013)
  • Development of Artificial Intelligence Agents for Teaching Accounting Professionals. (AGENTES NÃO BIOLÓGICOS DE ENSINO: CARACTERÍSTICAS E APLICAÇÕES NA ÁREA DE CONTABILIDADE). Co-Investigator, a seed grant from the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (MINISTÉRIO DA CIÊNCIA E TECNOLOGIA), National Council on Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). PI: Professor Edgard Cornacchoine, University of Sao Paulo). $50,000 (2013-2015)
  • The US Department of Education FIPSE/Brazil grant: “Global Talent Development for Sustainable Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Fields,” Co-Principal Investigator and US project site Director (2008-2012). Total grant award: $500,000.

Selected Publications

  1. Jondle, D, Ardichvili, A., & Mitchell, J. (2013). Modeling ethical business culture: Development of the ethical business culture survey and its use to validate the CEBC model of ethical business culture. Journal of Business Ethics. Online First, doi: 10.1007/s10551-012-1601-2.

  2. Ardichvili, A. (2012). Sustainability or limitless expansion: paradigm shift in HRD practice and teaching. European Journal of Training and Development, 36(9), 873-887.

  3. Ardichvili, A., Jondle, D., & Kowske, B. (2012). Minding the gap: Exploring differences in perceptions of ethical business cultures between executives, mid-level managers and non-managers. Human Resource Development International, 15(3), 337-352. DOI:10.1080/13678868.2012.687625

  4. Ardichvili, A., Jondle, D., Kowske, B., Cornachione, E., Li, J., & Thakadipuram, T. (2012). Ethical cultures in large business organizations in Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Journal of Business Ethics, 105(4), 415-428. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-011-0976-9.

  5. Kuchinke, P., Ardichvili, A., et al. (2011). Work meaning among mid-level professional employees: A study of the importance of work centrality and extrinsic and intrinsic work goals in eight countries. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 49(3), 264-284.

  6. Cardozo, R., Ardichvili, A., & Strauss, A. (2011). Effectiveness of university technology transfer: An organizational population ecology view of a maturing supplier industry. Journal of Technology Transfer, 36(2), 176-202. 

  7. Yoon, S., & Ardichvili, A. (2010). Situated learning- and activity theory-based approach to designing integrated knowledge and learning management systems. International Journal of Knowledge Management, 6(4), 47-59.

  8. Ardichvili, A., Jondle, D., & Kowske, B. (2010). Dimensions of ethical business cultures: Comparing data from 13 countries of Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Human Resource Development International, 13(3), 299–315.

  9. Ardichvili, A., Jondle, D., & Mitchell, J. (2009). Characteristics of ethical business cultures. Journal of Business Ethics, 85(4), 445-452.

  10. Ardichvili, A., & Kuchinke, K. P. (2009). International perspectives on the meanings of work and working: Current research and theory. Advances in Developing Human Resources 11(2), 155-167.

  11. Ardichvili, A. (2008). Learning and knowledge sharing in virtual communities of practice: Motivators, barriers and enablers. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 10(4), 541-554.

  12. Ardichvili, A., & Manderscheid, S. (2008). Emerging practices in leadership development: An introduction. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 10(5), 619-631.

  13. Li, W., & Ardichvili, A. (2007). Impact of Chinese cultural values on knowledge sharing through online communities of practice. International Journal of Knowledge Management, 3(3), 46-59.

  14. Ardichvili, A., Maurer, M., Li, W., Wentling, T., & Stuedemann, R. (2006). Cultural influences on knowledge sharing through online communities of practice. Journal of Knowledge Management, 10(1), 94-107.

  15. Ardichvili, A., & Dirani, K. (2005). Human capital acquisition and development practices of Russian enterprises. Human Resource Development International, 8(4), 403-418.

  16. Ardichvili, A. (2005). The meaning of working and professional development needs of employees in a post-communist country. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, 5(1), 105-119.

  17. Ardichvili, A., Cardozo, R., & Ray, S. (2003). A theory of entrepreneurial opportunity identification and development. Journal of Business Venturing, 18(1), 105-123.

  18. Ardichvili, A., Page, V, & Wentling, T. (2003). Motivation and barriers to participation in virtual knowledge sharing teams. Journal of Knowledge Management, 7(1), 64-77.

  19. Ardichvili, A., & Gasparishvili, A. (2003). Russian and Georgian entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs: A study of value differences. Organization Studies, 24(1), 29-46.

  20. Ardichvili, A. (2003). Constructing socially situated learning experiences in human resource education: An application of the Vygotskian activity theory. Human Resource Development International, 6(1), 5-20. (Winner of the Monica E. Lee research excellence award)

  21. Ardichvili, A., & Kuchinke, P. (2002). The concept of culture in international and comparative HRD research: Methodological problems and possible solutions. Human Resource Development Review, 1(2), 145-166. (Winner of the AHRD best article award).

  22. Ardichvili, A. (2001). Leadership styles and work-related values of managers and employees of manufacturing enterprises in post-communist countries. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 12(4), 363-383. (Winner of the AHRD best article award).

  23. Updated July 2013