Andrea Read Hugill


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Doctoral Student

Prior to coming to Harvard Business School, Andrea worked at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California as the Director of Special Projects.  Tasked largely with business and economic development projects, Andrea worked with Professors Steven Spiegel (UCLA) and Eli Berman (UCSD) to manage a Track II, or confidential negotiations program, for individuals throughout the Middle East North Africa region.  She also has business experience working in Dubai UAE where she conducted market analysis and designed a 5 year strategy for a pure risk management company. 

Andrea holds a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins' School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she studied international economics and energy policy, as well as a Bachelors degree from Brown University, where she graduated with honors in philosophy of science. 


Working Papers

  1. Monitoring the Monitors: How Social Factors Influence Supply Chain Auditors

    Supply chain auditors provide companies with strategic information about the practices of suppliers, yet little is known of what influences auditors' ability to identify and report dangerous, illegal, and unethical behavior at factories. Drawing on insights from the literatures on street-level bureaucracy and on regulatory and audit design, we theorize and investigate the factors that shape the practices of private supply chain auditors. We find evidence that their reporting practices are shaped by an array of social factors, including an auditor's experience, gender, and professional training; ongoing relationships between auditors and audited factories; and gender diversity on audit teams. By providing the first comprehensive and systematic findings on supply chain auditing practices, our study suggests strategies for designing more credible monitoring regimes.

    Keywords: industry self-regulation; auditing; Codes of conduct; supply chains; corporate social responsibility; globalization; Accounting Audits; Developing Countries and Economies; Supply Chain; Operations; Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact; Safety; Social Issues; Social Enterprise; Labor; Working Conditions; Law Enforcement; Globalization; Corporate Accountability; Fashion Industry; Forest Products Industry; Manufacturing Industry;


    Short, Jodi L., Michael W. Toffel, and Andrea R. Hugill. "Monitoring the Monitors: How Social Factors Influence Supply Chain Auditors." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 14-032, October 2013. (Revised February 2014. Previously titled "What Shapes the Gatekeepers? Evidence from Global Supply Chain Auditors.") View Details
  2. Which Does More to Determine the Quality of Corporate Governance in Emerging Economies, Firms or Countries?

    Scholars of corporate governance have debated the relative importance of country and firm characteristics in understanding corporate governance variation across emerging economies. Using panel data and a number of model specifications, we shed new light on this debate. We find that firm characteristics are as important as and often meaningfully more important than country characteristics in explaining governance ratings variance. These results suggest that over recent years firms in emerging economies had more capability to rise above home-country peer firms in corporate governance ratings than has been previously suggested. In fact, 16.8% percent of firms in emerging economies have been able to exceed the 75th percentile of corporate governance ratings in developed economies and 45.5% of firms in emerging economies have been able to exceed the 50th percentile of corporate governance ratings in developed economies.

    Keywords: Quality; Corporate Governance; Developing Countries and Economies;


    Hugill, Andrea, and Jordan Siegel. "Which Does More to Determine the Quality of Corporate Governance in Emerging Economies, Firms or Countries?" Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 13-055, December 2012. (Revised March 2013, June 2014.) View Details

    Research Summary

  1. Overview

    Andrea Hugill's research is an effort to understand how international political forces can shape and are shaped by the forces of business. This work incorporates business strategy, most importantly, but also institutional economics, international business, political economics, finance, governance, and public policy literatures. Andrea provides actionable understanding for both academics and practitioners.

      Area of Study

      • Strategy