Georgetown McDonough Announces Administrative Appointments

August 11, 2011
 Pietra Rivoli Elaine Romanelli

Pietra Rivoli Named Deputy Dean, Elaine Romanelli Named Senior Associate Dean for Full-time MBA Program

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has named Pietra Rivoli as deputy dean for the school and Elaine Romanelli as senior associate dean of the Full-time MBA Program. Both positions report directly to the Dean and began August 1.
With responsibility for leading the faculty and academic initiatives, Rivoli will advance the school’s efforts to create distinctive excellence in both teaching and research. She has been a member of the finance and international business faculty at the McDonough School of Business for 27 years, and in that time she received awards for her published work on business and social responsibility in the corporate environment.
Rivoli also is the author of the book The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy (2005, 2009), which has been widely acclaimed by both the popular press and the academic community as a groundbreaking study of globalization. Among the book’s numerous honors are being named one of the best business books of the year by the Financial Times, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Library Journal, and the American Association of Publishers. It has been translated into 14 languages. Additionally, her academic research has been published in numerous leading journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Journal of Money Credit and Banking. In 2006, Rivoli was awarded a Faculty Pioneer Award by the Aspen Institute.
Rivoli holds a Ph.D. in finance and international economics and a B.S. in finance, both from the University of Florida.
As senior associate dean, Romanelli provides leadership, vision, and strategy to the Full-time MBA Program at the McDonough School of Business. She oversees the offices of MBA Admissions and Program Management, and she works closely with faculty on issues related to the curriculum. Romanelli had been serving as the program’s interim associate dean since January 2011.
A member of the faculty for the past 19 years, Romanelli also is an associate professor at the school, specializing in strategic management and entrepreneurship. Her current research focuses on the characteristics of firms and regional industry environments that are likely to promote new business foundings. In particular, she investigates the rise of U.S. biotechnology clusters. She has published articles in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Annual Review of Sociology, and Research in Organization Behavior. She also is an associate editor for Administrative Science Quarterly. She has consulted with both large and small companies, focusing on innovation and entrepreneurial start-ups.
Romanelli holds both a Ph.D. in management of organizations and an MBA in marketing from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, as well as an A.B. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit