Investiture of Professor Matthew Kraatz

Friday, September 24, 2021 | 3 pm

Reception following the ceremony

Deloitte Auditorium, Business Instructional Facility
515 East Gregory Drive
Champaign, Illinois


If you are unable to attend in person, we invite you to watch the ceremony on our livestream.

Matthew Kraatz joined the Department of Business Administration in Gies College of Business in 1994. He received his BS in psychology from Illinois College in 1989, and his MS and PhD in organizational behavior from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1991 and 1994, respectively.

His research focuses primarily on values and their role in institutional life. Throughout his career, he has studied a range of organizational phenomena, including change, learning, reputation, legitimacy, pluralism, and leadership. A recognized thought leader, he has lectured at universities across the world and published in his field’s top journals. He has also served on the editorial boards of these publications and held many professional leadership roles. In 2011, he was elected as chair of the Academy of Management’s 4,000 member Organization and Management Theory Division.

A committed and enthusiastic educator, he has taught in the College’s undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. His excellence has been recognized with the College's Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2009), and Professor of the Year honors in the executive and full-time MBA programs (2010, 2013).

Matt is a Champaign native. He and his wife Vickie Hemann have three teenage children (Henry, Walter, and Eleanor).


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