Esra Memili

ESRA MEMILI, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Margaret Van Hoy Hill Dean’s Notable Scholar at the Bryan School of Business and Economics at University of North Carolina- Greensboro. A scholar in family business and entrepreneurship, she is the author of accepted and/or published manuscripts that have appeared in the top entrepreneurship and family business journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Family Business Review, Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, and others. She is an Associate Editor at Journal of Family Business Strategy, and a member of the Editorial Review Board of Family Business Review, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development. She has recently been invited to be a Guest Editor for Special Issues on family firms at International Journal of Financial Studies and Journal of Family Business Management. She is the recipient of Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholars of Award and Grant (2009 & 2012). She has over 80 international, national, and regional academic conference presentations and won Best Paper awards at Journal of Family Business Management (2013), USASBE [2013, 2014(2), & 2015]; FERC (2013); Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy (2013); SMA (2011); and Academy of Management (2008). She is also invited as guest speaker to international and national academic conferences such as Academy of Management annual meeting (2014 & 2015) in Philadelphia, PA and Vancouver, BC, Canada; USASBE (2016) in San Diego, CA; Family Enterprise Research Conference (2012 & 2014) in Montreal, Canada and Portland, Oregon; Hamburg Institute of Family Owned Business (2012-2014) in Germany; and International Family Enterprise Research Academy (2014) in Lappeenranta, Finland. She is the winner of Family Firm Institute 2012 Best Quantitative Dissertation Award. Her research appeared in media: Impulse Wissen (2013) in Hamburg, Germany and Healio Orthotics/Prosthetics Business News (2013) in the U.S. Dr. Memili has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at School of Business, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara, Mexico (Fall 2015); and a Visiting Scholar at Leuphana University of Luneburg in Germany (Summer 2015) and Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey (Summer 2014). Dr. Memili has recently been invited to be a Visiting Professor to teach a doctoral seminar on family firms at Virginia Tech, Hospitality & Tourism Management in Fall 2015

There are 33 included publications by Esra Memili :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Building a family firm image: How family firms capitalize on their family ties 2012 1034 We apply organizational identity theory to examine factors that lead family firms to create a family firm image and investigate how a family firm image impacts firm performance. We find that family firm pride, community social ties, and long-term ori...
Control enhancing corporate governance mechanisms: Family versus non-family publicly traded firms. 2010 1499 In this dissertation, Essay 1 draws upon agency theory and corporate governance to classify control enhancing corporate governance provisions and to examine the use of these provisions within the context of publicly traded family firms. I argue that ...
Corporate Governance Provisions, Family Involvement, and Firm Performance in Publicly Traded Family Firms 2015 174 This study examines the moderation effects of corporate governance provisions on the link between family involvement (i.e., family ownership and family management) in publicly-traded firms and firm performance by drawing upon agency theory, with a fo...
The critical path to family firm success through entrepreneurial risk taking and image 2010 445 Drawing from organizational identity theory, we explore how family ownership and family expectations influence family firm image and entrepreneurial risk taking, and ultimately firm performance. We find support for a fully mediated model, utilizing a...
The critical path to family firm success through entrepreneurial risk taking and image 2010 1745 Drawing from organizational identity theory, we explore how family ownership and family expectations influence family firm image and entrepreneurial risk taking, and ultimately firm performance. We find support for a fully mediated model, utilizing a...
Cross-country technology gap in Latin America: Growth accounting and non-parametric approaches 2015 220 Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to investigate the factors influencing the total factor productivity (TFP) gap between the USA and eight Latin American countries for the period of 1970-2000.Design/methodology/approach– The paper provides an exp...
Der Einfluss von Marktorientierung und innerfamiliären Nachfolgeintentionen auf die Wettbewerbsposition von Kleinunternehmen 2011 984 Die Marktorientierung eines Kleinunternehmens und deren Marketingaktivitäten sind zur Entwicklung einer starken Wettbewerbsposition von strategischer Bedeutung. Es bedarf aber weiterer Forschung um zu verstehen, ob und wie der kontinuierliche Einf...
The determinants of family firms’ subcontracting: A transaction cost perspective. 2011 611 In this article we compare the governance choices of family and non-family firms regarding their subcontracting tendencies. Based on transaction cost theory, we argue that family firms are less likely to engage in subcontracting than non-family firms...
The Determinants of Family Owner-Managers' Affective Organizational Commitment 2013 155 Affective organizational commitment is an important predictor of the willingness to contribute to organizational goals and is of particular relevance to family firms, as these firms often rely on long-term involvement of family members through transg...
The determinants of venture creation time: a cross-country perspective 2012 608 The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of macro-institutional and macro-non-institutional factors on the new venture creation time across emerging as well as developed economies in Europe using panel data from 2003 to 2006 in 15 emerging ...
Expanding the notion of entrepreneurship capital in American counties: A panel data analysis of 2002-2007. 2012 439 Entrepreneurship capital refers to the factors of a region that drives new businesses (Audretsch and Keilbach, 2004). This study considers industry growth and performance in manufacturing, retail and service as components of entrepreneurship capital ...
Family firms’ professionalization: A resource-based view and institutional theory perspective. 2012 3535 Our article examines the assumption that family firms are an inferior organizational form as compared to non-family firms by analyzing family firms’ professionalization in developed and developing economies. We use institutional theory and resource-b...
Family Involvement and the Use of Corporate Governance Provisions Protecting Controlling versus Noncontrolling Owners 2012 91 Drawing on agency theory and corporate governance, we first classify the corporate governance provisions within the context of family firms. Then, we probe the influence of family involvement (i.e. family ownership and family management) in corpora...
Family Social Capital, Venture Preparedness, and Start-Up Decisions: A Study of Hispanic Entrepreneurs in New England. 2009 1788 Using insights from the resource-based view, social capital, and network theories, the authors develop a model of how family social capital, as well as an entrepreneur’s knowledge capital and external social capital, influences the venture creation p...
Going Beyond Research on Goal Setting: A Proposed Role for Organizational Psychological Capital of Family Firms. 2013 1430 Kotlar and De Massis found that membership assortment and the number of organizational members, as well as the imminence of succession, influence goal diversity in family firms. They also showed that goal diversity can be managed and family-centered ...
The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on Women’s Entrepreneurship 2014 334 Women entrepreneurs around the world have increasingly contributed to innovation, employment, and wealth creation (Brush & Cooper, 2012; Brush, de Bruin, & Welter, 2009). Studies suggest that foreign direct investment can be an important determinant ...
The Influence of Family Moral Support and Personal Problems on Firm Performance: The Case of Korean Female Entrepreneurs 2014 139 Less than one-fifth of all entrepreneurs are women in Korea (Xavier et al., 2012). We investigate the determinants of Korean women entrepreneurs’ firm performance. Specifically, we examine the impact of personal problems and family support and their ...
Japanese Women Entrepreneurs: Implications for Family Firms 2014 129 Japanese women entrepreneurs and their predominately family-owned firms are a growing economic segment in Japan. The number of entrepreneurs of both genders in Japan is proportionately very small compared to other countries. The purpose of this resea...
Japanese Women Entrepreneurs: Implications for Family Firms 2014 114 Japanese women entrepreneurs and their predominately family-owned firms are a growing economic segment in Japan. The number of entrepreneurs of both genders in Japan is proportionately very small compared to other countries. The purpose of this resea...
Nonfamily Employees’ Perceptions of Person-Organization Fit and Voluntary Turnover in Family Firms 2008 133 The article investigates the employment of non-family employees by family firms. The opinions such employees hold regarding the procedures and policies of such firms, and the impact of these opinions on employee turnover, are analyzed. Theories of pe...
Nonfamily Managers, Family Firms, and the Winner's Curse: The Influence of Noneconomic Goals and Bounded Rationality 2013 288 We explain why family-centered noneconomic goals and bounded rationality decrease the willingness and ability of small- and medium-sized family firms to hire and provide competitive compensation to nonfamily managers even in a labor market composed o...
Organizational Psychological Capital in Family-owned Franchise Firms and Corporate Social Responsibility 2014 1666 Research has linked Psychological Capital (PsyCap) to employees’ positive attitudes, behaviors, and performance in organizations and is characterized by hope, self-efficacy, resilience, and optimism. Despite the demonstrated effects of PsyCap on empl...
Organizational Psychological Capital of Family Franchise Firms Through the Lens of the Leader–Member Exchange Theory 2014 993 We explore organizational psychological capital (PsyCap) of family franchise firms by drawing on PsyCap and leader–member exchange (LMX) theories and family business literature. We suggest that unique family firm LMXs characterized by trust, respect,...
Perceptions of Entrepreneurship across Generations in Family Offices: A Stewardship Theory Perspective. 2013 1474 Family offices have been in existence for at least two centuries and have substantial impact on the wealth and prosperity of the families behind them. However, despite their practical relevance, family offices remain an under-researched topic in fami...
Performance and Behavior of Family Firms 2015 113 This Guest Editor’s note reflects on the contributions of each article in the Special Issue on family firms’ behavior and performance. Building on this, several under-researched areas concerning family involvement in businesses are identified and the...
The propensity to use incentive compensation for non-family managers in SME family firms 2013 248 Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to use the socio-emotional wealth perspective to examine how the level of family involvement reduces the propensity to use incentives to non-family managers in small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) family firms...
The propensity to use non-family managers’ incentive compensation in small and medium size family firms. 2013 944 Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to use the socio-emotional wealth perspective to examine how the level of family involvement reduces the propensity to use incentives to non-family managers in small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) family firm...
Role Conflicts of Family Members in Family Firms 2013 970 The existence of role conflict among organizational members tends to create tensions inside organizations worldwide. However, in the context of family firms, having a dual role of being a member of a family and a member of the firm can represent inte...
Sudanese women entrepreneurs. 2013 372 The number of female entrepreneurs is growing around the globe. The rate of women’s entrepreneurship in Africa is higher than in any other region of the world but no studies have focused on North Sudan. We investigate female entrepreneurs in North Su...
Towards a theory of non-family employees’ organizational identification. 2012 750 Purpose – Since non-family employees form a large portion of employees in many family firms and they play an important role in the transgenerational survival of those firms, the purpose of this paper is to explore how family influence factors affect ...
Transaction Costs and Outsourcing Decisions in Small and Medium-Sized Family Firms 2011 1446 An important difference between family and nonfamily firms, and among different types of family firms, is in the way they make outsourcing decisions and thereby define the boundaries of the firm. The authors propose that transaction costs arising fro...
Value Creation and Value Appropriation in Innovation Process in Publicly-Traded Family Firms 2015 514 Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to examine the generational differences among publicly traded family firms in regards to value creation and value appropriation in the innovation process by drawing upon the knowledge-based view (KBV) and family ...
What Can Drive Successful Entrepreneurial Firms? An Analysis of the Inc. 500 Companies 2013 281 Entrepreneurship scholars tend to discuss the merits of using innovation over imitation for the creation of new ventures. We take a step forward to focus our attention on the drivers of successful entrepreneurial firms and use Inc. 500 companies to t...