Dr. Riikka M. Sarala

  • Associate Professor of International Business
  • Management, UNCG
  • rmsarala@uncg.edu
  • (336) 334-5457
  • 378 Bryan Building

Dr. Riikka M Sarala holds the position of Associate Professor (with Tenure) of International Business at UNC Greensboro and is the Margaret Van Hoy Hill Dean’s Notable Scholar. She is the Associate Editor of Journal of Management Studies, a Financial Times 45-listed general management journal. Her work focuses on examining the effect of social and cultural processes on mergers & acquisitions, multinational corporations, ambidexterity, and strategic agility. Dr. Sarala has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University in NYC, EM Lyon Business School in France, and Hanken School of Economics in Finland. Her research has been published or is in press in renowned management and international business journals, including Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management Perspectives, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Human Resource Management, British Journal of Management, and others. She is also a co-editor of forthcoming management books “Mergers and Acquisitions in Practice” for Routledge and “Handbook on Organizational Ambidexterity Research” for Edward Elgar. She is co-guest editing several special issues for academic journals, including Journal of Management Studies, Human Resource Management Review, and Group & Organizational Management. She was a keynote speaker at the “Knowledge Transfer and Cultural Diversity in Multinational Corporations” conference in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Her M&A related book chapters have been published in the Handbook for Mergers and Acquisitions Research, Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, and Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions. She is an Editorial Board member of British Journal of Management. Dr. Sarala enjoys helping to develop the work of PhD students and junior scholars, which includes serving in the thesis committees in the US and in Europe as well as organizing doctoral colloquia (Journal of Management Studies Conference Doctoral Colloquium in Warwick, UK, 2016) and professional development workshops (a PDW on “The Human Side of Collaborative Partnerships at the Academy of Management Meeting 2015), serving as a track chair (AIB South-East Conference 2015), and participating as a mentor in international paper development workshops (Journal of Management Studies Paper Development Workshops at Renmin University, China; Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; University of Uppsala, Sweden; Aalto University, Finland). Her awards include Bryan School Teaching Excellence Award, Bryan School Research Excellence Award, Bryan School Dean's Research Scholar Grant Award, and UNCG Undergraduate Research Assistant Grant Award. Also, she is winner of Citibank Best Thesis Award, runner up for Best PhD Paper Award (Strategic Management Society Conference) and finalist for several Best Paper Awards (e.g. Academy of International Business Conference; AIB South-East Conference; Strategic Management Society Conference).

There are 18 included publications by Dr. Riikka M. Sarala :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Attributional tendencies in cultural explanations of M&A performance 2014 516 This paper focuses on managers' attributions of M&A performance. Our analysis indicates that there is a linear association between performance and attributions to cultural differences, which is moderated by prior experience. Furthermore, our results ...
Causal Ambiguity, Cultural Integration, and Partner Attractiveness as Determinants of Knowledge Transfer: Evidence from Finnish Acquisitions 2011 1911 This study aims to explain knowledge transfer in acquisitions by examining the impact of causal ambiguity of knowledge, partner attractiveness, and organizational cultural integration (convergence and crossvergence). We test our model on quantitative...
Changing the Face of International Business Education: The X-Culture Project. 2012 2785 Studying International Business in a classroom is a bit like learning how to swim on a grass field. Even if the instructor provides detailed explanations and uses technologically advanced media, the students will not fully grasp the concept of swimmi...
Cultural differences, cultural convergence and crossvergence as explanations of knowledge transfer in international acquisitions 2010 7564 In spite of the proliferation of research on cultural differences in international mergers and acquisitions, we lack systematic analyses of the impact of cultural factors on knowledge transfer. In this paper, we argue that both national and organizat...
Human Side of Collaborative Partnerships: A Microfoundational Perspective 2017 17 The research on collaborative partnerships has accumulated a vast body of knowledge, which has assisted us with comprehending several complex organizational phenomena, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and entre...
An Ideology of IT Occupational Culture: The ASPIRE Values 2018 28 Many have conjectured that people in the IT occupation are different from non-IT business users and that such differences can lead to negative organizational outcomes. This study investigates how to measure these differences by developing a new, expa...
The impact of cultural differences and acculturation factors on post-acquisition conflict 2009 6717 The importance of cultural factors as antecedents of post-acquisition conflict has been recognized in previous research. Nevertheless, this recognition has translated itself into relatively little wide-scale empirical research. Therefore, this paper ...
The Impact of Entry Mode on Outward Knowledge Transfer in MNCs: International Greenfield Investments and Acquisitions 2005 10 Despite of the acknowledged individual importance of both entry mode and knowledge transfer, the interaction between these two issues has rarely been studied. In this paper we set out to examine the impact of entry mode, i.e. greenfield investments a...
The Impact of Organizational and National Cultural Differences on Social Conflict and Knowledge Transfer in International Acquisitions 2012 2890 The purpose of this paper is to elucidate the effects of organizational and national cultural differences on international acquisitions. We argue that cultural differences prompt social identity building that leads to ‘us versus them’ thinking and th...
Knowledge development in MNC subsidiaries: The influence of MNC internal and external knowledge and control mechanisms 2008 1186 In this study, we examine the influence of control mechanisms and internal and external knowledge on multinational company (MNC) subsidiary knowledge development. Previous research stresses the importance of these factors for subsidiary behavior, but...
Opposite Ends of the Same Stick? Multi-Method Test of the Dimensionality of Individualism and Collectivis 2013 2063 The construct of individualism–collectivism (IND-COL) has become the definitive standard in cross-cultural psychology, management, and related fields. It is also among the most controversial, in particular, with regard to the ambiguity of its dimensi...
The Role of Absorptive Capacity in Acquisition Knowledge Transfer. 2013 1714 This article examines the role of absorptive capacity in acquisitions. We propose that absorptive capacity is an important determinant of acquisition knowledge transfer. Also, we identify antecedents of absorptive capacity in the specific context of ...
The Role of Cultural Learning and Collective Teaching Initiatives in M&A Knowledge Transfer 2012 1321 This paper focuses on the roles of collective learning and teaching initiatives in mergers and acquisitions. We examine how these managerial processes influence different types of knowledge flows. We also explore the antecedents of these managerial p...
The Role of Human Resource and Organizational Factors in Ambidexterity 2015 102 Ambidexterity is a growing field of management research. However, the role of human resources (HR) and organizational factors needs further exploration because of the fragmented nature of prior work and the subsequent lack of a unifying framework. Ou...
The Role of Leadership in Mergers and Acquisitions: A Review of Recent Empirical Studies 2014 5846 In this chapter, we examine the role of M&A (mergers and acquisitions) leadership by conducting a review of recent empirical studies on M&A leadership. Our aim is to provide an overview of the current state of knowledge concerning M&A leadership. Mor...
The Role of Strategic Agility in Acquisitions 2015 1542 The aim of the present study is to examine the role of strategic agility as a component of the acquisition process by investigating its constituent elements and effects on knowledge transfer in the context of acquisitions. The study also elaborates o...
Sociocultural Integration in Mergers and Acquisitions: Unresolved Paradoxes and Directions for Future Research. 2013 3585 Despite decades of research, the key factors for success in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and the reasons why M&As often fail remain poorly understood. While attempts to explain M&A success and failure have traditionally focused on strategic and fi...
A Sociocultural Perspective on Knowledge Transfer in Mergers and Acquisitions 2014 216 Sociocultural factors are important determinants of merger and acquisition (M&A) outcomes. Despite advances in this field, our understanding of sociocultural factors in M&As remains incomplete. In particular, the roles of sociocultural interfirm link...