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International Business

Culture, Gender, Family Firm and Entrepreneur Characteristics, and Firm Performance and Work-Life Balance in India and Brazil

Prof Ravi Sarathy, International Business & Strategy at Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business

11th Mar 2013  12:00 pm - 01:30 pm Darlington Centre Boardroom


This study integrates individual entrepreneur characteristics, such as control over the family firm, and socio-emotional attachment to the firm, and gender of the entrepreneur, with family variables -family to business enrichment, family-to-business conflict and family support, and with aspects of family firm characteristics, such as entrepreneurial orientation, professionalization - the extent of decentralization/delegation, and ambidexterity - the balance struck between exploration and exploitation. The study is based on survey data from  family firm entrepreneurs in?? India and Brazil, introducing cultural differences, in examining how  family firm performance and work life balance are influenced by entrepreneur characteristics,  family firm aspects, and gender.


Ravi Sarathy is Professor of International Business & Strategy at Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business. He teaches in MBA and undergraduate programs, and conducts executive education for clients that include EMC, The Mathworks, BAE Systems, LG Electronics (S. Korea), Masa Shipyards (Finland), and EG&G . His main areas of teaching interest are Corporate and Global Strategy, International Business, Emerging Markets, and International Marketing.

He has published in journals such as California Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Management International Review, Small Business Economics, Long Range Planning, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Horizons, International Trade Journal, International Executive, Transportation Journal, and the International Marketing Review. Professor Sarathy is the coauthor of International Marketing ( 8th edition Dryden Press/Harcourt Publishers, 2000, and subsequent editions).

Professor Sarathy was awarded a Fulbright grant in the spring of 1996 as the Fulbright-Flad Chair in Strategic Management at the Technical University of Lisbon. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, at HEC, Jouy-en-Josas (Paris, France), at Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), at Monash Mt. Eliza Business School (Melbourne) and at EIASM, UNSW, Australia, and at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India,

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