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Richard E. Wokutch receives 2011 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research


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BLACKSBURG, Va., April 20, 2011 – Richard E. Wokutch, R.B. Pamplin Professor of Management in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, received the university's 2011 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research.

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research is presented annually to a faculty or staff member who has had a significant impact on international research at Virginia Tech. Selection is based on contributions to the internationalization of Virginia Tech, global impact, significance of the project, and sustainability of the project. Recipients are awarded $2,000.

A member of the Virginia Tech community for 34 years, Wokutch was recognized for the quality, significance, and impact of the overall body of his work in the international arena. A two-time Fulbright Research Fellowship awardee, he has conducted research on, among other topics, the regulation and management of worker safety and health in the global auto industry; controversies pertaining to child labor and “sweatshop” labor; and social/ethical investing and the South African boycott during the apartheid era.

Wokutch has established an international reputation as a leading scholar focusing on the global dimensions of corporate social responsibility and business ethics.

The sustainability of his Wokutch’s work is further enhanced by his active mentorship of doctoral students. He has chaired or co-chaired six dissertations, two of which received best dissertation awards at Virginia Tech, and he has published extensively with these individuals as well as other students and graduates of the Ph.D. program.

“Dr. Wokutch has been able to leverage his international research activities to make valuable contributions to the global research, teaching, and outreach missions of the university,” said Anju Seth, R.B. Pamplin Professor and head of the Department of Management. “He has been one of the primary architects of the business ethics program at the Pamplin College of Business and one of the reasons it was ranked fourth in the United States according to a 2009 Business Week article.”

In addition, he conducted a university-wide survey to identify faculty conducting research on topics related to East Asia. This information was used to establish the East Asia Committee, which coordinates and promotes synergy among the varied research, teaching, and outreach efforts related to this region that are taking place at Virginia Tech.

“His contributions to internationalization at Virginia Tech have had a significant impact beyond his own individual work and will continue to do so into the future,” Seth said.

Wokutch is a member of the Academy of Management and the International Association of Business and Society. He received his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.