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Ruth Barratt, Ph.D. - Milwaukee School of Engineering. Milwaukee, WI, US

Ruth Barratt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department Chair | Milwaukee School of Engineering


Dr. Ruth Barratt's areas of expertise include online learning and development, building high performance teams and business ethics.





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Education, Licensure and Certification (4)

Ph.D.: Ethics, Corporate Governance, Organizational Behavior, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University 2006

M.S.: Research, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University 2001

B.A. (Hons): Business, De Montfort University 1998

B.A. (Hons): Accountancy and Finance, University of Greenwich 1994


Dr. Ruth Barratt is chair of the Rader School of Business at MSOE. Previously, she was a key player in the development of Arizona State University's online MBA program, which went on to achieve a number one ranking in the United States. Barratt came to MSOE in 2015 to lead the MBA in Education Leadership program. Under her leadership, enrollment in that program increased from 14 to 70 students. Originally a national initiative funded by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the program combines business and education course work to better prepare up-and-coming school leaders for the challenges of leading an academic system. Character formation and education leadership are the tenants that guide the program. The MBA in Education Leadership has since evolved from a fellowship- to tuition-based program run solely by the Rader School of Business. It is the first of its kind in the United States.

Her teaching and consulting interests are in developing leaders of character, building high performance teams, leadership development, business ethics, organizational behavior, corporate governance, organizational culture and executive coaching.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Online Learning and Development

High Performance Team Management

Human Capital

Organizational Culture

Ethical Leadership

Accomplishments (1)

Competitive doctoral research grant

Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, UK, 2000-2005

Affiliations (3)

  • Academy of Management : Member
  • European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) : Inaugural Member
  • Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity: Board Member


Event and Speaking Appearances (5)

Separating Roles CEO and Chairman: The Mitigating Effect on CEO Risk Aversion

Marquette Faculty Research Seminar  2013

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Board Room: The Need for a Coherent Business Case

The European Academy of Business in Society – 2nd Colloquium  Copenhagen Business School, September 19-20, 2003

Exploring Corporate Governance using Qualitative Techniques

European Academy of Business in Society 2nd Annual Colloquium  Doctoral workshop presentation, 2003

Creating Socially Responsive Governance: A Need for Reflexive Practitioners

Environmental Management 4th World Congress India  2002

Reviewing and Evaluating the Evidence on Management Approaches and Performance Management in Corporate Social Responsibility

European Academy of Business in Society Inaugural Colloquium and Launch  2001

Selected Publications (5)

Exploring Internal and External Supply Chain Linkages: Evidence from the field

Journal of Operations Management

Barratt, R., Barratt, M.A.


Sarbanes Oxley: Is it good for your supply chain?

Supply Chain Management Review

Barratt, R., Barratt, M.A., Savidge, M.


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO): That Sacred and Secret Relationship

Journal of Management Development

Barratt, R., Kakabadse A.P., Kakabadse, N.


The Modern Architects of Enlightenment: Molding Corporate citizens

Corporate Governance: International Journal for Enhancing Board Performance

Barratt, R., Kakabadse A.P., Kakabadse, N.


Developing Reflexive Corporate Leadership the Role of the Non Executive Director

Corporate Governance

Barratt, R., Kakabadse, N.