Research Fellows

Our research fellows are globally acclaimed family business scholars and practitioners and have contributed immensely to the field of management and family business. They provide guidance to the Centre's team and associated faculty members, on our Research Papers, Case studies and White Papers and are closely involved with them in the development of novel academic contributions. Their academic leadership and support has helped the Centre excel in research and publish papers in globally reputed, top-tier peer-reviewed business management journals. The invaluable contribution from our research fellows has helped the Centre emerge as a leading think tank on family entrepreneurship and a principal resource for family business wisdom in the South Asian region.

Professor Sougata Ray

Professor of Strategy, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

Professor Sougata Ray is a Professor of Strategic Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Professor Ray’s research interests are in strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship and governance of firms in high growth economies. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Enginnering, Science and Technology, Shibpur and his Ph.D from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Professor Ray has been extensively researhing on how policy induced changes in institutional environment influence strategic behaviour of emerging economy firms and how differences in quasi institutional environment, heterogeneity of firm characteristics and strategic intent of the top management lead to variations in strategy for growth, internationalization, innovations, entrepreneurship, base of the pyramid and corporate sustainability of firms and business groups. His research has appeared in journals such as Organization Science, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Ethics and Management International Review. Professor Ray sits on the boards of several listed and unlisted companies, start ups and social enterprises. He serves as a consultant to a number of medium-sized companies and family business groups on strategic and organisational issues. He has also advised national and state governments on attracting investments, forming industry clusters and improving the competitiveness of local industry.

Professor Pramodita Sharma

Schlesinger-Grossman Chair of Family Business, Grossman School of Business (GSB), University of Vermont

PramoDITA Sharma, Ph.D., is the Daniel Clark Sanders Chair Professor in Entrepreneurship and Family Business at the Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont. She is a Visiting Professor at the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Family Enterprises, Northwestern University. Dita holds honorary doctorates from the Jönköping University in Sweden, and the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany. She is amongst the most frequently cited scholars in family business studies. Her research on family enterprises has been honored with several international awards. From 2008-2017, Dita served as the editor-in-chief of Family Business Review, the pioneering and leading academic journal in the field of family business. She is a frequent speaker at gatherings of family business leaders around the world. She is a recipient of prestigious lifetime achievement awards such as the Barbara Hollander award of the Family Firm Institute and the Life Time Influence and Impact award of the Family Enterprise Research Conference

Professor Raveendra Chittoor

Associate Professor of Strategy and International Business and Canada Research Chair in Global Economy, University of Victoria

Professor Chitoor's research focuses on the internationalisation strategies of emerging economy firms and the structure and strategies of family-owned business groups. Dr. Chittoor’s research program is broadly focused on understanding how institutions and institutional environment shape the structure of the markets and the strategies of firms operating in those markets. This work will provide insights to managers and leaders of global firms for whom emerging market economies are becoming increasingly vital.

Prior to joining the Gustavson School of Business, he has taught at the Indian School of Business and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He has industry experience of over twelve years in organizations such as IBM, CRISIL (a Standard & Poor’s company) and Mumbai-based Rajan Raheja group in senior management positions. Dr. Chittoor has won many awards for his research and teaching and his research has been published in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Management International Review, Journal of International Management and Long Range Planning.