College of Education and Human Development

Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Alexandre Ardichvili

  • Professor; Hellervik Chair in Leadership and Adult Career Development; Co-Director, Workforce Development and Research Lab

Alexandre Ardichvili

Areas of interest

International human resource development
HRD for sustainability and corporate social responsibility
Leadership development 
Organizational learning and development
Workforce development


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



Examples of my past empirical research include: a series of quantitative 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; an engaged scholarship study of knowledge sharing in a U.S.-based multinational corporation; a series of quantitative studies on the role of HRD in Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability; and a grant-funded project called UNESCO Heritage Site as a Catalyst of Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development: The Case of Serra da Capivara, Brazil.

I speak six languages, have traveled to numerous countries of the world, and have done research and consulting in countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. In the U.S., I have worked as a manager and director of organizational learning and development in the energy industry, and on consulting or applied research projects at large business organizations (among them Caterpillar, Honeywell, the Carlson Companies, ADM, ADC, and Target), and numerous other businesses and non-profits.

Courses Taught

  • OLPD 8603—HRD Capstone Research Experience
  • OLPD 8602—Advanced Organization Development
  • OLPD 5607—Organization Development
  • OLPD 5605—Strategic Planning Through Human Resources 

Honors and Recognitions

  • R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award, AHRD (2018)
  • Best International Paper at the 18th UFHRD Conference, Lisbon (2017)
  • Outstanding issue of the Advances in Developing Human Resources, AHRD (2017)
  • Outstanding HRD Scholar Award, AHRD (2016)
  • Highly Commended Paper award, the 15th International HRD Conference in Europe, Edinburgh, UK (2014)
  • Shortlisted, Alan Moon Memorial Prize for the best paper at the 15th International HRD Conference in Europe, Edinburgh, UK (2014)
  • 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, AHRD (2003) 
  • Human Resource Development Review Outstanding Article of the Year Award, AHRD (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

Recent Grant Activity

  • Entrepreneurship fostering social change, culture and economic development. Granting agency: Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology. Co-investigator (PI: Professor Silvia Cas Nova, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil). $28,000 (2017-2019).
  • 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.

Ardichvili, A. (2022). The impact of Artificial Intelligence on expertise development: Implications for HRD. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 24(2), 78-98.

Lobo, D., Rodriguez, C., Casa Nova, S., & Ardichvili, A. (2022). Five practices for building local capacity in sustainability-driven entrepreneurship for place-based transformations. Sustainability, 14(5), 3027. Open Access:

Jang, S., & Ardichvili, A. (2020). Examining the link between corporate social responsibility and human resources: Implications for HRD research and practice. Human Resource Development Review19, 1-29.

Lucas, A., Ardichvili, A., Casa Nova, S., Bittencourt, J., & Carpenedo, C. (2018). Challenges of implementing western talent development models in a collectivist organizational culture. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 20(4), 517-532.

Ardichvili, A., & Dirani, K. (Eds.). (2017). Leadership development in emerging market economies. NY: Palgrave Macmillan. (Winner of R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award)

Jondle, D., & Ardichvili, A. (Eds.). (2017). Ethical business cultures in emerging markets. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Tkachenko, A., & Ardichvili, A. (2017). Cultural-Historical Activity Theory’s relevance to HRD: A Review and application. Human Resource Development Review, 16(2), 135-157.

Ardichvili, A., Natt och Dag, K., & Manderscheid, S. (2016). Leadership development: Current and emerging trends and practices. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 18(3), 1-11.

Ardichvili, A. (2013). The role of HRD in CSR, sustainability and ethics: A relational model. Human Resource Development Review, 12(4), 456-473.

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.

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

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.

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

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. (Winner of the Literati Club Best Research Paper Award)

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

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)

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).

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).