Dr. Virginia Bodolica

Dr. Virginia Bodolica

Said Khoury Chair in Leadership Studies and Professor of Strategy and Innovation School of Business Administration, American University of Sharjah, UAE

Virginia Bodolica is the Said Khoury Chair in Leadership Studies and a Professor in the School of Business Administration at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE. She teaches in the areas of strategic management, change and innovation, corporate governance, family business, and human resources. She received her PhD in Administration from HEC Montreal (Canada), MBA from University of Nantes (France) & ESFAM (Bulgaria), MA in European Studies from College of Europe (Poland & Belgium), and BA in International Economic Relations from the Academy of Economic Studies (Moldova).

Her research interests are related to a variety of soft and hard governance issues in for-profit settings, family-owned enterprises and healthcare institutions, including top management compensation, markets for corporate control, board of directors’ dynamics, ethical business conduct, and emotional and relational governance. She co-authored a research-driven book on Mergers and Acquisitions and Executive Compensation published by Routledge and recently co-edited a book on Corporate Governance in Arab Countries: Specifics & Outlooks. Among other journals, Bodolica has published in the Academy of Management AnnalsStrategic Management JournalStrategic OrganizationJournal of Business ResearchJournal of Business EthicsBusiness Ethics: A European ReviewJournal of Management and Organization, Health Expectations, and Public Health.

She received a Research and Scholarship Award from the UAE National Research Foundation for her collaborative project on family businesses in UAE that culminated in the publication of the practice-oriented book titled Managing Organizations in the United Arab Emirates: Dynamic Characteristics and Key Economic Developments. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Middle East Center, London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom), where she conducted research on governance initiatives in listed organizations from the Gulf region.

Bodolica assumed consulting roles in private and public organizations and delivered executive education sessions and customized programs to companies and institutions in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Latin America. Her involvement in professional service activities has earned her several Outstanding Reviewer Awards from the Academy of Management’s Business Policy and Strategy, Healthcare Management, and Management Education and Development Divisions. Bodolica serves on the Editorial Board of several academic journals, is a member of the international program committee for a number of conferences, and is regularly invited as a featured speaker and panelist at academic and professional workshops and events.

Since the beginning of her academic career she has been actively involved in case study teaching, research and writing, having won several awards in case writing competitions and published multiple business cases in the Emerging Markets Case StudiesAsian Journal of Management CasesAsian Case Research Journal, and International Journal of Case Studies in Management. Currently, she assumes the role of an Associate Editor and Guest Editor of the Emerging Markets Case Studies (Emerald) and serves as an Editorial Advisor of the Board of Asian Journal of Management Cases (Sage).