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Lori Ryan

Lori Verstegen Ryan, Ph.D.

Director of Corporate Governance Institute, Professor

Corporate Governance Institute,Management Department,Online Degree Completion (BSBA)


Lori Verstegen Ryan, Ph.D., is a professor of Management, specializing in corporate governance and business ethics. She is the Director of SDSU’s Corporate Governance Institute, a research and education center dedicated to the study and application of responsible corporate governance principles worldwide. In that capacity, she co-hosted two recent events with Relational Investors co-founder David Batchelder: “The Home Depot Turnaround: The Inside Story” with Home Depot CEO Frank Blake in February 2015, and “Shareholder Interventions of the Year,” featuring the Chairmen of the Boards of Hewlett-Packard, CVS Caremark, and Chesapeake Energy, in January 2014. She also co-hosted the scholarly “Responsible Corporate Governance Practices Worldwide” symposium with Brock University in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in May 2013, and hosted the “21st Century Corporate Governance: Scholarship Meets Practice” symposium and public panel at SDSU in April 2011.

  • Ph.D., University of Washington, Management.
  • M.A., University of Washington,Philosophy.
  • M.B.A., University of Puget Sound.
  • B.A.B.A., University of Washington, Business Administration.
  • B.A. University of Washington, English Literature.
  • Ryan, L. V. (2017). Sex Differences Through a Neuroscience Lens:  Implications for Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, 144, 771-782.
  • Ryan, L. V., Buchholtz, A. K. (2015) A Foundation of Trust? Classifying Corporate Governance Theories. International Corporate Governance Society annual meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark (winner of Best Paper Award--submissions from 27 countries)
  • Goranova, M., Ryan, L. V. (2015) Shareholder Empowerment. 1. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Goranova, M., Ryan, L. V. (2015) Opening Governance: The Question of Shareholder Empowerment. Academy of Management annual meeting Showcase Sympsoium (top 10%). Vancouver, BC (Co-developer and moderator).
  • Goranova, M., Ryan, L. V. (2014). Shareholder Activism: An Interdisciplinary Review. Journal of Management.
  • Schneider, M., Ryan, L. V. (2011). Hedge Funds and Their Investor Activism: Do They Help or Hurt Other Equity Investors?. Journal of Management and Governance, Vol. 15, 349-374.
  • Ryan, L. V., Buchholtz, A. K., Kolb, R. W. (2010). New Directions in Corporate Governance and Finance: Implications for Business Ethics Research. Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 20, 673-694.

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