Dr. Riikka M. Sarala
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 multidisciplinary academic 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 currently co-guest editing several special issues, including “HRM Challenges in Cross-Cultural Collaborations” for Human Resource Management Review. 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. She 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 Workshop in Beijing, China, 2015; Journal of Management Studies Paper Development Workshop in Victoria, Canada, 2016).
Her recent 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). Dr. Sarala is fluent in English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, and Italian. She enjoys the beach, hiking, figure skating, playing the piano, and is the proud owner of an eclectic group of dogs (coton de tulear, tibetan spaniel, cane corso).
There are 11 included publications by Dr. Riikka M. Sarala :