Executive Education Faculty
Head, Department of Political Science
Deputy Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management
Class of 1922 Professor of Political Science and Management
Rick Locke has been a consistent voice for integrating social and economic concerns into curriculum and research. The Aspen Institute recently named him a 2005 Faculty Pioneer in Academic Leadership. His teaching case on Nike's response to NGO pressures to address labor standards of Nike contractors also has had an impact on Nike's business practices, helping the company to integrate reporting and auditing labor conditions with its quality improvement efforts... Read More»
Rick Locke has been a consistent voice for integrating social and economic concerns into curriculum and research. The Aspen Institute recently named him a 2005 Faculty Pioneer in Academic Leadership. His teaching case on Nike's response to NGO pressures to address labor standards of Nike contractors also has had an impact on Nike's business practices, helping the company to integrate reporting and auditing labor conditions with its quality improvement efforts.
Locke focuses his research on economic development, comparative labor relations, and political economy. He currently is working on two projects. The first analyzes patterns of entrepreneurship and economic development in southern Italy and northeast Brazil, two regions supposedly lacking factors often seen as prerequisites for development. His work shows that both trust and development can be created in these areas, with implications for development in other regions as well. Locke's second research project centers on globalization and labor standards in the athletic footwear/sportswear industries.
At MIT, Locke teaches in both the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Department of Political Science. At MIT Sloan, he pioneered the popular Global Entrepreneurship Laboratory, a course that teaches students about entrepreneurship in developing countries by placing them in internships with startups in an array of companies across various emerging markets. In addition to MIT, Locke has taught at the Universita Degli Studi Ca'Foscari in Venice; the Georg-August Universitat in Gottingen; Oxford University; and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
His publications include Remaking the Italian Economy (Cornell University Press, 1995, 1997); with Thomas and Michael Piore, Employment Relations in a Changing World Economy (MIT Press, 1995); and with Paul Osterman, Thomas Kochan, and Michael Piore, Working in America (MIT Press, 2001). Locke also has published numerous articles in Politics & Society, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, European Journal of Industrial Relations, and Stato E Mercato. Close«
Global Economics and Management; Institute for Work and Employment Research
MIT Entrepreneurship Center
Energy; Future of work; Business ethics; Labor relations; Worker / Management relations; Economis of developing countries; Global entrepreneurship; Global trade standards; Globalization; Supply chain management; Organizational change; Social networks; Sustainability; Corporate social responsibility; Green industries; Human resource management; NGOs; Political economy; Environment; Environmental leadership; Socially responsible business
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