Research Fellows

Pramodita Sharma, Daniel Clark Sanders Chair Professor in Entrepreneurship and Family Business at the Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont
Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow

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

Raveendra Chittoor - Assocaite Professor of Strategy and International Business and Canada Research Chair in Global Economy, University of Victoria

Research Fellow

Raveendra Chittoor is an Associate Professor of Strategy and International Business and Canada Research Chair in Global Economy at University of Victoria. His 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.

Francis D Kim - Assistant Professor in the Entrepreneurship Area, Indian School of Business
Research Fellow

Francis holds a doctorate from Oxford University (2018.3). Combining the disciplines of Economic History and Financial Economics, his research focuses on linking institutional factors to entrepreneurial activities in both historical and contemporary contexts; in particular, the corporate governance arrangements of family firms in emerging markets. Some of his works are to be featured at the 2018 Political Economy of Finance Conference by Stigler Center, Booth School of Business, and at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management both in Chicago. During 2017-2018, Francis has been associated with École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and also visited NUS Business School for collaborative research activities. Francis will continue to serve as a Research Associate of EHESS for the Asian Capitalism unit.

Prior to his academic career, Francis served as an Associate Strategist and Junior Economist under the Global ECS Team of Goldman Sachs Group for the Asia-Pacific region, and had served as a Navy Officer in South Korea
Vivek Bhandari - Chairman - Jio Payments Bank Limited
Research Fellow

Dr. Bhandari was earlier the Director and Professor of Social Science at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). Bhandari serves on the boards of many professional and academic institutions, as well as committees convened by the Indian government on matters pertaining to rural development. He has worked with the World Economic Forum and has held academic positions at numerous academic institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Hampshire College, and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Bhandari's writings have appeared in the Journal of Asian StudiesComparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, in edited volumes, and reference works such as the International Encyclopedia for the Social Sciences, and the Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
When he was IRMA’s director, Bhandari was included in Business Today magazine's list of India's Top Twenty-Five 'Young Executives Under the Age of 40'.

Dr. Bhandari completed his B.A. (Honours) and M.A. from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.  He went on to receive a second M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.