Ricardo Flores

 Ricardo Flores
Associate Professor


BSc in Petroleum Engineering, UNC (Argentina); MBA in International Finance, University of Illinois; PhD in Business Administration & Organizational Theory/IB, University of Illinois

Office: BEC 440


  • Organization Theory & Development
  • International Business & Global Strategy
  • International Management
  • Intercultural Competence Development
  • DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging) Training & Development
  • Leadership Development

Ricardo joined Gustavson in 2017. Although he was born and raised in Argentina, he lived and worked in the US and Australia before settling down in Victoria. His primary research interest is to understand further the intricacies of how organizations respond to and proactively shape their institutional environments. His research is typically focused at the organizational level and uses institutional theory as a primary lens.

Ricardo believes that organizations are a critical part of our world because they are powerful tools that allow individuals to coordinate action and combine resources for various purposes. As such, they can transform the communities and societies in which they are embedded. Organizations also matter because most human beings spend such a significant amount of their lives within them: shaping their livelihoods, identities, careers, and ideals. For these reasons, understanding why organizations behave in the way they do, along with the consequences of such actions, is essential to human beings and the future of our societies.

Ricardo also teaches courses in strategic management, international business, business ethics, leadership, intercultural competence, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). He is a committed member of the civil society within Vancouver Island and the broader province, volunteering and contributing to multiple institutions linked to social development, poverty reduction and immigrant support. He regularly consults and provides training on leadership, intercultural competence and DEI to local, national and international corporations, foundations, charities and government agencies.

Journal Publications

Kraatz, M, Flores, R., Chandler, D. (2020) The value of values for institutional analysis. Academy of Management Annals, 14(2), 474-512. https://doi.org/10.5465/annals.2018.0074

Bliemel, M., Flores, R., de Klerk, S., Miles, M. (2019). Accelerators as start-up infrastructure for entrepreneurial clusters. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 31(1-2), 133-149. https://doi.org/10.1080/08985626.2018.1537152

Aguilera, R., Flores, R., Kim, J.U. (2015). Re-examining regional borders and the multinational enterprise. Multinational Business Review, 23(4), 374-394. https://doi.org/10.1108/MBR-07-2015-00

Kraatz, M., & Flores, R. (2015). Reinfusing values. Institutions and Ideals: Philip Selznick’s legacy for organizational studies. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 44, 353-381. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X20150000044013

Kraatz, M. S., & Flores, R. (2015). Introduction to “Institutions and Ideals: Philip Selznick’s legacy for organizational studies”. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 44, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X20150000044001

Flores, R., Aguilera, R., Vaaler, P., Mahdian, A. (2013). How well do supra-national regional grouping schemes fit International Business research models? Journal of International Business Studies, 44(5), 451-474. https://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2013.16

Flores, R., & Aguilera, R. (2007). Globalization and location choice: An analysis of U.S. multinational firms in 1980 and 2000. Journal of International Business Studies, 38(7), 1187-1210. https://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400307

Books & Book Chapters

Flores, R. & Bauman, A. Teams & Teamwork (forthcoming, 2022). Teaching Methods in Business Book Series, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Bliemel, M., D’Alessandro, S., de Klerk, S., Flores, R., Harrison, G. and Miles, M.P. (2021). The value of mentors: A brief note on accelerator managers’ perspectives. In Mian, S. A., Klofsten, M., & Lamine, W. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Business and Technology Incubation: A Global Perspective (pp. 464-477). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi-org.ezproxy.library.uvic.ca/10.4337/9781788974783.00037

Bliemel, M., de Klerk, S., Flores, R. and Miles, M.P. (2018) Emergence of Accelerators and Accelerator Policy: The Case of Australia. In Wright. M. and Drori. I. (Eds.) Accelerators (pp. 162-187). Edgar Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781786434098.00013

Aguilera, R., Flores, R., & Vaaler, P. (2007). Is it all a matter of grouping? Examining the regional effect in global strategy research. In S. Tallman (Ed.), A New Generation in International Strategic Management (pp. 209-228). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://books.google.ca/books?id=_AT3GyWq5MoC&lpg=PA209&ots=_A4aY_Qptd&lr&pg=PA209#v=onepage&q&f=false

Vaaler, P., Flores, R., & Aguilera, R. (2007). New methods for ex-post. In D. J. Ketchen, & D. D. Bergh (Eds.), Research Methodology in Strategy and Management Vol. 4 (pp. 161-190). Emerald Group Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1479-8387(07)04007-6

Recognition & Awards

2018 Outstanding Reviewer for Multinational Business Review in Literati Awards
2018 Outstanding Reviewer, Emerald Literature Award, Emerald Publishing
2016 Outstanding Paper, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence (Worldwide)
2016 Outstanding Author Contribution, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 
2015-2022 Editorial Board, Journal of Management Studies 
2008 Best Reviewer Award, Technology & Innovation Management Division, AoM
2006 Best Interactive Paper Award, Organizational Development & Change Division, AoM


  • How Local Institutions Shape Sustainable Procurement Across Canada, multiple funders: Gustavson Executive Programs Research Grant ($2,500); Magnet's Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), Canadian Federal Government ($10,000); Gustavson Executive Programs Research Grant ($2,500); 2021/2022 Internal Research and Creative Project Grant, University of Victoria ($6,854); 2021/2022 Gustavson Research Overhead Fund Grant ($2,500). CoPI Kristin Brandl, 2020-2022. 

  • Development of Cross-cultural Competence: Factors and Process, Funded by Gustavson Executive Program Research Grant (GEPRG) (2019-2020), awarded April 30, 2019 ($2,500.00), Funded - In Progress, Spring 2019, CoPI Maria Carmen Galang with CoPI Brian Leacock, CoPI Ricardo Flores

  • Organizing for Social Impact to Address Grand Societal Challenges, Funded by UNSW Australia Business School (2016) , Completed, Spring 2016, ($1,000), CoInvestigator Ricardo Flores with CoInvestigator J Lok, CoInvestigator M Hoellerer, CoInvestigator H Hwang, CoInvestigator K-H Yu, CoInvestigator E-Y Song, CoInvestigator M Dallas, CoInvestigator A Ghazinoori, CoInvestigator D Seebacher, CoInvestigator M Bartenberger

  • Are accelerators all the same? Insights from the Australian Innovation Ecosystem, Funded by Department of Industry & Science, Commonwealth Government of Australia (2015) ($5,000.00), Completed, Spring 2015, CoPI M Bliemel (60%) with CoPI Ricardo Flores (40%)

  • Technology disruption and the role of Radiologists: A comparative case between the US & UK. (January 1, 2013) ($10,000.00), Completed, Spring 2013, PI Ricardo Flores (100%)

Courses Taught

  • International Business Environment I (MBA)
  • Global Strategy (MBA)
  • International Business (BCom)
  • Strategic Management (BCom)



  • Workshop Facilitator (Lecture); Intercultural Association of Victoria; Intercultural Competence for newly arrived Immigrants; Summer 2019
  • Workshop Facilitator (Lecture); Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre; Cultural Competence for effective interaction with 'others'; Spring 2019
  • Workshop Facilitator (Lecture); Rotary Club of Victoria; Globalization & YOU; Fall 2018