University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Pramodita Sharma, Co-founder & 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012 Co-host

Pramodita SharmaPramodita Sharma

Pramodita Sharma is the co-founder of FERC. She is the Sanders Professor for Family Business at the School of Business Administration, University of Vermont. Prior to this appointment, she was the CIBC Distinguished Professor of Family Business at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. She serves as the editor of Family Business Review – the only SSCI listed journal on family business studies. Pramodita is a visiting scholar at Babson College, where she serves as the Global Director for the Successful Trans-generational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP).

Her research on the succession processes, governance, and dynamics underlying family firms has been honored with several international awards including the NFIB Best Dissertation award from the Entrepreneurship division of the Academy of Management. Supported by various private and government agencies, this research is well received both in academic and practitioner outlets. She is amongst the most frequently cited scholars in family business studies. In addition to two co-authored books and several book chapters, she has published over twenty five scholarly articles on family business studies. Her most recent co-authored (w. Frank Hoy) book on Entrepreneurial Family Firms is currently being used in family business courses around the world and also being translated into Mandarin and Greek.

Sharma is active in leadership and advisory roles in a number of professional associations. She is a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute, and has served in several roles in the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. Sharma maintains close links with the business community. She is a frequent speaker at gatherings of family business leaders around the world. This interaction enables her to share insights from evidence based research with practitioners while ensuring that her research remains focused on issues of significant importance to the family business community.

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