University of Minnesota


Dr. Alexandre A. Ardichvili

Professor at the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches graduate courses, directs doctoral dissertation work, and pursues an active research agenda.  In addition, Alexandre is a Fellow of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures, at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, were he is involved in research projects related to ethical organizational cultures and international comparisons of ethical business practices.

Alexandre’s prior academic and industry work experience includes faculty positions at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, research scientist position at the Knowledge and Learning Studies Group of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, co-director of the Entrepreneurship Studies Center at the University of Minnesota, management and executive positions in learning and development in the energy industry, and visiting faculty and research analyst positions at several research centers, colleges and universities in the US, Poland, and Russia. In addition, Alexandre has more than 20 years of experience as consultant in industry. He has conducted consulting and action research projects at large corporations, including, among others, ADM, the Carlson Companies, Caterpillar, Medtronic, and Honeywell, and a variety of small and medium-sized firms and non-profit organizations, both in the US and in Europe. Alexandre is currently co-principal investigator on a four-year research and academic exchange project, funded by the US Department of Education and the Brazilian Ministry of Education.

Dr. Ardichvili is the author of an edited book and more than 60 peer-reviewed academic  articles and book chapters dealing with issues of organizational culture and leadership, work values, ethics, knowledge management, and entrepreneurship.  He has presented his work and organized workshops at numerous international conferences, held in the US, Europe, and Asia.

His educational background includes Ph.D. and MBA from the University of Minnesota, Ph.D. from the Moscow State University, Russia, and B.A. in Economics from the University of Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. Dr. Ardichvili is married and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and his wife have two children.