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Professor Laura Illia is expert in the area of social responsibility, communication and management. She is Associate Professor IE University and Academic Director of the Executive and Full time Master in Corporate Communication at the same University (ES). Her current research focuses on how discourses, narratives and conversations become crucial to comprehend the relationship between business and society. In particular, she is interested in the processes of social responsibility, reputation, legitimacy, and identity. She has been doing research at the University of Cambridge (UK), London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and University of Lugano (CH). Her works are published in journals like MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, British Journal of Management, Journal of Management Inquiry, Business and Society, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Public Relations Research, and others. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Business & Society (Sage), Corporate Reputation Review (Palgrave) and Corporate Communication: An international journal (Emerald) . Next to her academic engagements, she collaborates with Cotting Consulting International as Head for research.



  • (Tenured) Associate professor, 2015-now, IE University
  • Assistant Professor, 2009-2015, IE University
  • Post Doc Fellow, 2007-2008, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • Post Doc Fellow, 2006-2007 Judge Business School University of Cambridge
  • Research fellow, 2001-2006 University of Lugano



  • Ph.D., University of Lugano (USI)
  • Executive MsCom, University of Lugano (USI)
  • Bachelor and Master in Communication, University of Lugano




Latest publications

  • Applying Co-Occurrence Text Analysis With Alceste To Studies Of Impression Management

    Illia, L., Sonpar, K., Bauer, M. British Journal of Management,Vol 25(2):352–372, 2014
  • The influence of ethnocentrism on Journalists’ Active Communication Behavior

    Illia,L., Lurati,F., Casalaz,R. Journal of Public Relations Research, Vol 25(2): 93-122, 2013
  • Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility to a Cynical Public

    Illia, L., Zyglidopoulos, S.C., Romenti, S., Rodrígues-Cánovas, B.,Del Valle Brena, G.A. MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol 54(3): 16-18., 2013