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Faculty Profile: Aldo Musacchio

Aldo Musacchio

Associate Professor of Business in the Brandeis International Business School

My research focuses on the ways in which governments support domestic firms to compete at home and abroad. My focus areas include the strategy of national champions; the role of state-owned enterprises, development banks and sovereign wealth funds; corporate governance in state-owned enterprises; innovation in global firms; innovation in South American firms; and the strategies of multinationals in emerging and frontier markets.

Aldo Musacchio is an associate professor of Strategy and International Business, Program Director of the Masters in International Economics and Finance, and Director of the Brazil and Latin America Initiatives at IBS. He is a specialist on strategy and corporate governance in multinationals; innovation and industrial policy in emerging markets; among other topics. Prof. Musacchio teaches Competition and Strategy and Strategy in Emerging Markets for graduate students and Competitive Strategy for undergraduate students.

His research focuses on the internationalization strategies of state-owned enterprises and the innovation behavior of large multinationals with government financial support. In his book, Reinventing State Capitalism: Leviathan in Business, Brazil and Beyond (Harvard Press, 2014), Prof. Musacchio and his coauthor Sergio G. Lazzarini study the corporate governance reforms of state-owned enterprises around the world and look into the pitfalls of such reforms. In this book Musacchio and Lazzarini also study the advantages and disadvantages firms get when they receive financial support from their home country governments. Additionally, Prof. Musacchio consults for multilateral agencies such as the OECD and the Inter-American Development Bank on corporate governance reform in state-owned firms. Musacchio also consults for multinationals expanding into emerging and frontier markets.

Before joining IBS Prof. Musacchio taught at Harvard Business School, as part of the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit (BGIE). He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), in the Development of the American Economy program. Musacchio has a B.A. in economics (with highest honors) from ITAM, in Mexico, and a Ph. D. in Economic History of Latin America from Stanford University. In 2012, he won the Manuel Espinosa Yglesias Prize for his research on foreign banks in Mexico (together with Stephen Haber), was awarded the 2012 Prize for Professional/Academic Meirt by the Alumni Association of ITAM (EX-ITAM) and the European Banking History Association's Feldman Prize for the best paper by a young scholar. In 2007 he was selected as one of the “30 most promising professionals in their thirties (30 promesas en los treintas)” by Mexican business magazine Expansion. Prof. Musacchio is also a member of the board of trustees of LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing higher education in the Americas.

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Stanford University, Ph.D.


Awards & Honors:
  • (2016) Academy of Management Annual Meeting Best Submitted Papers --Hybrid Leviathans Overseas: Government-Private Shareholder Conflicts in Cross-Border Acquisitions" (With Victor Z. Chen and Sali Li)
  • (2015) Insper (Brazil) Award for Best Research Project (Book Reinventing State Capitalism) , 2014 (w/ Sergio G. Lazzarini)
  • (2013) Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching, Harvard Business School
  • (2012) Academic Merit Award, Alumni Association of the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, Mexico CIty
  • (2012) Gerry Feldman Young Scholar Prize for the best paper of a young scholar, European Association of Banking and Financial History
  • (2012) Manuel Espinosa Yglesias Prize for the best paper or book on banking, Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias, Mexico City
  • (2011) Best Paper Presentation, Strategic Managment Society Special Conference, Rio de Janeiro
  • (2009 - 2011) Marvin Bower Fellowship, Harvard Business School
  • (2008) Arthur H. Cole Prize for the best paper, Journal of Economic History (2007-2008)
  • (2007) "30 most promising professionals in their thirties" award, Expansion Magazine, Mexico
  • (2006) Finalist for the Alexander Gerschenkron Prize for best dissertation in non-North American economic history, Economic History Association
  • (2003 - 2004) Fellow at the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University
  • (2003 - 2004) Fellow of the Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University
  • (2001) Mellon Foundation grant for summer research
  • (1998 - 2000) Ford-Hewlett-McArthur Foundations Fellowship to support doctoral studies