Strategic Management & Organization University of Minnesota
Law Harvard University
Philosophy, Politics & Economics Oxford University
History Carleton College
Migrants, remittances and venture investment in developing countries
Credit rating agencies and sovereign risk
Political business cycles in emerging democracies
Performance trends in technology industries and firms
Professor Vaaler has been a member of the SME Department since 2007. Prior to that he was on the faculty of Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) School of Business. Professor Vaaler is also a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Law School. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of business, law and politics: understanding long-term performance stability trends and their competition (antitrust) policy implications for firms in the US; understanding how migrants from developing countries remit money and ideas to fund, found and grow new businesses in developing countries with poor legal infrastructure; and how elections change the attractiveness of new democracies for lending and investment. His courses address business, legal and public policy issues associated with managing intellectual property in firms, negotiating investment projects with the governments of developing countries, and structuring public-private partnerships. Professor Vaaler is the author and editor of books published by MIT Press and Kluwer Academic Publishers, and journal articles published in the Academy of Management Journal, Economics Letters, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Management, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, Organization Science, Review of Development Economics, Strategic Management Journal and other academic journals. He serves on the editorial boards of the Global Strategy Journal and the International Journal of Strategic Change Management. He is Area Editor of the Journal of World Business and Journal of International Business Policy. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Social Science Research Network Global Business Issues electronic journal. Professor Vaaler has served as a consultant to firms, government agencies and international organizations, including the World Bank where he assisted in the development of strategies to attract more investment in West Africa from migrant diaspora communities. He comments on current business issues every Wednesday morning on WCCO Radio's "Business by Carlson" segment. Professor Vaaler is a lawyer with private practice and government experience. He received his B.A. in History from Carleton College, his M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Faculty and Administrative Appointments: Associate Professor, SME Department, University of Minnesota, 2007-Present; Professor, Law School, University of Minnesota, 2014-Present; John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law & Business, Carlson School and Law School, University of Minnesota, 2014-Present.
Community Relationships: Weekly commentator on current business issues, WCCO Radio's "Business by Carlson" segment, 2015-Present.
Business by Carlson
Editorial Appointments: Co-Editor-in-Chief, Social Science Research Network Global Business Issues electronic journal; Area Editor, Journal of World Business and Journal of International Business Policy; Editorial Review Board Member, Global Strategy Journal and International Journal of Strategic Change Management.