Rowena Olegario

Rowena Olegario

Senior Research Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Rowena Olegario is a Senior Research Fellow and Research Coordinator at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation.

She is also Co-Director and a co-founder of the Global History of Capitalism project within the Faculty of History. Her areas of expertise are corporate reputation and the history of business and capitalism, particularly of credit in the United States.

In the Centre for Corporate Reputation, she co-ordinates the multidisciplinary work of scholars in the field, both within Oxford Saïd and beyond, while bringing a historical perspective to the scholarship. Since 2012, she has been programme chair of the annual Reputation Symposium, the Centre’s flagship academic event, which brings together scholars of reputation from around the world. 

In the Global History of Capitalism project, she focuses on the way that people and organisations created (or had thrust upon them) the institutions and mechanisms that allowed them to establish businesses, conduct trade, lend, borrow, innovate, grow, fail, and start again. She studies the larger contexts in which these activities took place, including the political regimes, social structures, and cultural norms that served as the 'rules of the game'.  Her work increasingly crosses borders as her interests widen to encompass global trade and capitalism. 

Rowena received her BA in History from Yale University. After working for Congressional Quarterly, Inc., and the Bureau of National Affairs (now Bloomberg-BNA), in Washington, D.C., and as a senior market analyst at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) in New York, she went on to earn a PhD in History from Harvard University. After three years as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, she accepted the post of assistant professor of History at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee). She joined Oxford Saïd in 2009. 

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Corporate reputation
  • The history of business and capitalism
  • The history of credit in the United States

 See Rowena's profile page on Oxford University's Faculty of History website.


As a historian of business, Rowena is well placed to bring a bird's-eye-view to the multidisciplinary strands of research on corporate reputation.

She is committed to putting the phenomenon of ‘corporate reputation’ in a historical context and also to embedding history and historical approaches to the study of reputation.

View Rowena's research.


Rowena contributed to research by the World Bank on institutions and markets, focusing on credit reporting systems around the world.

She regularly engages with business and professional groups who are interested in understanding better the principles that underpin reputation, including how to leverage, maintain and improve the reputations of their organisations.

She has served in several capacities, including Programme Chair, for the Business History Conference, the leading academic organisation of the field. She has been for many years on the editorial boards of the field’s leading journals, Business History Review and Enterprise and Society.


Rowena teaches (with Rupert Younger) on the MBA programme.

She contributes to the first-year DPhil course on Management and Organisational Theory.