Marta Elvira earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior & Industrial Relations at U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Prior to joining IESE Business School, Prof. Elvira served as Academic Dean at Lexington College. She was a tenured associate professor in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine, and associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD (France). In 1999-2000, Dr. Elvira was a visiting scholar at MIT's Sloan School of Management in the Institute for Work and Employment Research as well as at the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico).
She has co-edited two books: Managing Human Resources in Latin America: An Agenda for International Leaders (Routledge, 2005) and Best Practices in HRM in Latin America (Routledge, 2008), as well as two special issues on research in Latin America for the International Journal of Human Resources Management (December 2005) and the International Journal of Manpower (2007).
Besides human resource practices and incentives in organizations, her research interest is on social inequality and human capital development. Her work examines the political and economic processes involved in designing organizational reward structures, and the joint effects of incentive pay and promotion systems on employee earnings and performance. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Management Research and the Business Journal of Hispanic Research.
Professor Elvira co-authored a paper titled "National Culture and Financial Systems: When the Political Context Matters" (2015). She expanded its conclusions for the Social Trends Institute in this interview.