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Riikka Sarala

Dr. Riikka Sarala holds the position of Assistant Professor of International Business at UNC Greensboro since 2009. Her research is in the area of international strategic management. Her work focuses on examining the effect of cultural differences on knowledge and innovation management in the empirical context of international mergers & acquisitions and multinational corporations. 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 in renowned management and international business journals, including Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, Thunderbird International Business Review, and Scandinavian Journal of Management. She is also an author of M&A related book chapters in the Handbook for Mergers and Acquisitions Research and Wiley Encyclopedia of Management. Her recent awards include Bryan School Junior Research Excellence Award, Bryan School Dean's Research Scholar Grant Award, and Undergraduate Research Assistant Grant Award. Also, she was a runner up for Best PhD Paper Award (Strategic Management Society Conference) and finalist for Best Paper Award (e.g. Academy of International Business Conference; AIB South-East Conference; Strategic Management Society Conference). Dr. Sarala is fluent in English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, and Italian. She enjoys outdoors, playing the piano, and is a proud owner of an eclectic group of dogs (coton de tulear, tibetan spaniel, cane corso).

There are 7 included publications by Riikka Sarala :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Causal Ambiguity, Cultural Integration, and Partner Attractiveness as Determinants of Knowledge Transfer: Evidence from Finnish Acquisitions 2011 307 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 307 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 2853 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...
The impact of cultural differences and acculturation factors on post-acquisition conflict 2009 2077 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 Organizational and National Cultural Differences on Social Conflict and Knowledge Transfer in International Acquisitions 2012 295 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...
Opposite Ends of the Same Stick? Multi-Method Test of the Dimensionality of Individualism and Collectivis 2013 371 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 Cultural Learning and Collective Teaching Initiatives in M&A Knowledge Transfer 2012 160 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...