University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Ritch Sorenson, 2011 Co-host

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Ritch L. Sorenson is a Full Professor and the Opus Chair of Family Enterprise at the University of St. Thomas (UST), Minneapolis, where he is the Academic Director for the Center for Family Enterprise. Before joining St. Thomas, Ritch was the Trinity Company Professor of Management at Texas Tech University, where he was recognized for excellence in teaching, served as Area Coordinator for Management (Department Chair) and directed the Centers for Entrepreneurship and Family Business, and for Communication. At Texas Tech University, Ritch was an early mover in establishing a family business emphasis in management. At the University of St. Thomas, Ritch continues to build courses and education programs in family business.

Ritch is an active researcher in family business. He has conducted two national surveys in family business. His research interests include family business, leadership, conflict management, entrepreneurship, and organizational communication. His research has been published in journals such as Family Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Group and Organization Studies, The Leadership Quarterly, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and Academy of Management Executive. Ritch has received awards for his research from the FFI, USASBE, and Western Academy of Management. Currently, Ritch is an associate editor for Family Business Review.

Ritch hosted a conference at UST that focused on family capital and co-edited the September 2009 issue of Family Business Review that featured papers from the conference. Ritch has served as the Program Chair and Chair for the Family Business Interest Group of USASBE. He was Chair of a research symposium and editor for proceedings at the Family Firm Institute. Ritch has also served in service capacities for a variety of professional organizations including the Academy of Management.

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