University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Pramodita Sharma, Ph.D. Sanders Chair & Professor

Contact Information
Office: 320 Kalkin
Phone: (802) 656-5122
E-Mail: psharma@bsad.uvm.edu

Office Hours: MW 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or by drop in or by appointment

Dr. PramoDITA Sharma is the Sanders Chair & Professor for Family Business at the School of Business Administration, University of Vermont. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany. A visiting scholar at Babson College, she is the Board Chair & Academic Director of the Global Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) project.

Starting with her multiple-award winning dissertation work on succession in Canadian family enterprises, Pramodita Sharma’s research on the succession processes, governance, innovation, next generation issues and the unique dynamics underlying family firms has been honored with several international awards. She is amongst the most frequently cited scholars in family business studies. In addition to five co-authored books, she has published about fifty scholarly articles and book chapters on family business studies. Her book on Entrepreneurial Family Firms (w. Hoy) is being used in family business courses around the world and has been translated into Mandarin. And, the SAGE Handbook of Family Business (w. Melin and Nordqvist) is described as a 'must read' and 'critical resource for all students and scholars of family business'.

Sharma is active in leadership and advisory roles in a number of professional associations. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Family Business Review (FBR) - SSCI listed Top 20 Business journal. With Mark Green, she co-founded Family Enterprise Research Conference in 2005. Now, in its eleventh year, this annual conference attracts leading family business scholars from around the world. In 2013, she established the UVMs Family Business Awards and the Global Family Enterprise Case Competition. In two years, this competition has attracted over four hundred attendees and student teams from twenty-three leading universities in family business education. Pramodita received the prestigious Barbara Hollander award at the 25th anniversary conference of the Family Firm Institute.

Sharma maintains close links with the business community. Supported by various private and government agencies, her research is well received both in academic and practitioner outlets. 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. Experiences and close interactions with her own family's enterprises help keep her professional work rooted into the realties and complex dynamics of these fascinating enterprises that dominate the economic and societal landscape around the world.

Courses Currently Taught by Pramodita Sharma:

Publication History

Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Dawson, A.; Sharma, P.; Irving, G.; Marcus, J.; Chirico, F. - (Forthcoming) "Predictors of Later Generation Family Members??? Commitment to Family Enterprises" (Refereed) - Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice - 2013
  • Dawson, A.; Irving, P. G.; Sharma, P.; Chirico, F.; Marcus, J. - "Examining the behavioral outcomes of next generation family members??? commitment to their firm" (Refereed) - European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology - 2014 - v. 23, no. 4, pp. 570-581 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, P.; Gagne, M.; de Massis, A. - "Family Business: A fertile ground for research on time, teams, and positive organizational study" (Refereed) - European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology - 2014 - v. 23, no. 5, pp. 674-679 [View publication]
  • Nordqvist, M.; Sharma, P.; Chirico, F. - "Family firm heterogeneity and governance: A configuration approach" (Refereed) - Journal of Small Business Management - 2014 - v. 52, no. 2, pp. 192-209
  • Sharma, P.; Salvato, C.; Reay, T. - "Temporal Dimensions of Family Enterprise Research" (Refereed) - 2014 - v. 27, no. 1, pp. 10-19
  • Gagne, M.; Sharma, P.; de Massis, A. - "The study of organizational behavior in family business" (Refereed) - European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology - 2014 - v. 23, no. 5, pp. 643-656 [View publication]
  • Sharma, P.; Blunden, R.; Labaki, R.; Michael-Tsabari, N.; Rivera Algarin, J. - "Analyzing family business cases: Tools and techniques" - Case Research Journal - 2013 - v. 33, no. 2, pp. 1-20
  • Sharma, P.; Chua, J. H. - "Asian family enterprises and family business research" (Refereed) - Asia Pacific Journal of Management - 2013 - no. 30, pp. 641-556 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Chrisman, J. J.; Sharma, P.; Steier, L. P.; Chua, J. H. - "The influence of family goals, governance, and resources on family outcomes" - Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice - 2013 - v. 33, no. 7, pp. 1249-1261
  • Sharma, P.; Chrisman, J. J.; Gersick, K. E. - "25 years of Family Business Review: Reflections on the past and perspectives for the future" (Refereed) - Family Business Review - 2012 - v. 25, no. 1, pp. 5-15 [View publication]
  • Sharma, P.; Carney, M. - "Value creation and performance in private family firms: Measurement and methodological issues (Editorial)" (Refereed) - Family Business Review - 2012 - v. 25, no. 233, [View publication]
  • Sharma, P.; Sharma, S. - "Drivers of proactive environmental strategy in family firms" (Refereed) - Business Ethics Quarterly: The Journal of the Society for Business Ethics - 2011 - v. 21, no. 2, pp. 309-334 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, P.; Salvato, C. - "Exploiting and exploring new opportunities over life cycle stages of family firms." (Refereed) - Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice - 2011 - v. 35, no. 6, pp. 1199-1205 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Garcia-Castro, R.; Sharma, P. - "Family Involvement - Firm Performance link: Winning configurations revealed by set-theoretic methods. " (Refereed) - Universia Business Review - 2011 [View publication]
  • Sharma, P. - "Strategic entrepreneurial behaviors in family businesses" (Refereed) - International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (IJEIM) - 2011 - v. 13, no. 1, pp. 4-11
  • Salvato, C.; Chirico, F.; Sharma, P. - "A farewell to the business: Championing exit and continuity in entrepreneurial family firms" (Refereed) - Entrepreneurial and Regional Development: An International Journal - 2010 - v. 22, no. 3-4, pp. 321-348 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Montemerlo, D.; Sharma, P. - "Factors influencing the stocks and flows of bonding social" (Refereed) - International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing (IJEV) - 2010 - v. 2, no. 3/4, pp. 246-261 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Chrisman, J. J.; Chua, J. H.; Sharma, P.; Yoder, T. R. - "What CPAs Should Know about Guiding Family Firms through the Succession Process" (Refereed) - CPA Journal - 2009 - no. June, pp. 48-51
  • Sharma, P.; Smith, B. - "Ed's dilemma: Succession planning at Niagara Paving" (Refereed) - Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice - 2008 - v. 32, no. 4, pp. 775-777 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, P. - "Familiness: Capital stocks and flows between family and business" (Refereed) - Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice - 2008 - v. 32, no. 6, pp. 971-977 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, P.; Chrisman, J. J.; Chua, J. H. - "Managing the family firm: Introduction and Implications" (Refereed) - Zeitschrift f??r KMU und Entrepreneurship, - 2008 - v. 56, pp. 1-7 [View publication]
  • Sharma, P.; Hoy, F.; Astrachan, J. H.; Koiranen, M. - "The practice driven evolution of family business education" (Refereed) - Journal of Business Research - 2007 - v. 60, no. 10, pp. 1012-1021 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, P.; Irving, G. - "Four bases of family business successor commitment: Antecedents and consequences" (Refereed) - Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice - 2005 - v. 29, no. 1, pp. 13-33 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, P.; Manikutty, S. - "Strategic divestments in family firms: Role of family structure and community culture" (Refereed) - Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice - 2005 - v. 29, no. 3, pp. 293-312 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Chrisman, J. J.; Chua, J. H.; Sharma, P. - "Trends and directions in the development of a strategic management theory of the family firm" (Refereed) - Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice - 2005 - v. 29, no. 5, pp. 555-576 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, P. - "An overview of the field of family business studies: Current status and directions for future" (Refereed) - Family Business Review / SAGE Publishers - 2004 - v. 17, no. 1, pp. 1-36 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Zahra, S. A.; Sharma, P. - "Family business research: A strategic reflection" (Refereed) - Family Business Review / SAGE Publishers - 2004 - v. 17, no. 4, pp. 331-346 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, P. - "Predictors of Satisfaction with the Succession Process in Family Firms." (Refereed) - Journal of Business Venturing / Elsevier Publishers - 2003 - v. 18, no. 5, pp. 667-687
  • Sharma, P.; Chua, J. H.; Chrisman, J. J. - "Succession and Nonsuccession Concerns of Family Firms and Agency Relationship with Nonfamily Managers" (Refereed) - Family Business Review / SAGE Publishers - 2003 - v. 16, no. 2, pp. 89-107
  • Sharma, P.; Chua, J. H.; Chrisman, J. J. - "Succession Planning as Planned Behavior: Some Empirical Results." (Refereed) - Family Business Review / SAGE Publishers - 2003 - v. 16, no. 1, pp. 1-15
  • Sharma, P. - "The Transacting Cognitions of Non-Family Employees in the Family Businesses Setting." (Refereed) - Journal of Business Venturing / Elsevier Publishers - 2003 - v. 18, no. 4, pp. 533-551
  • Sharma, P.; Chrisman, J. J.; Pablo, A.; Chua, J. H. - "Determinants of initial satisfaction with the succession process in family firms: A conceptual model. " (Refereed) - Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice - 2001 - v. 25, no. 3, pp. 1-19 [View publication]
  • Sharma, P.; Chua, J. H.; Chrisman, J. J. - "Perceptions about the extent of succession planning in Canadian Family Firms. " (Refereed) - Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences - 2000 - v. 17, no. 3, pp. 233-243
  • Chua, J. H.; Chrisman, J. J.; Sharma, P. - "Defining the family business by behavior. " (Refereed) - Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice - 1999 - v. 23, no. 4, pp. 19-39 [View publication]
  • Sharma, P.; Chrisman, J. J. - "Toward a reconciliation of the definitional issues in the field of Corporate Entrepreneurship. " (Refereed) - Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice - 1999 - v. 23, no. 3, pp. 11-27 [View publication]
  • Chrisman, J. J.; Chua, J. H.; Sharma, P. - "Important attributes of successors in family businesses: An exploratory study." (Refereed) - Family Business Review / SAGE Publishers - 1998 - v. 11, no. 1, pp. 19-34
  • Sharma, P.; Chrisman, J. J.; Chua, J. H. - "Strategic Management of the Family Business: Past Research and Future Challenges." (Refereed) - Family Business Review / SAGE Publishers - 1997 - v. 10, no. 1, pp. 1-35
Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-Revised
  • Sharma, P.; Chua, J. H.; Chua, J. J. - (Forthcoming) "Succession planning" (Refereed) - Wiley & Sons Publishers - 2014 - no. 3rd edition, ,
  • Salvato, C.; Chirico, F.; Sharma, P. - "Understanding exit from founder???s business in family firms." (Refereed) - Emerald Group Publishing Company - 2010 - v. 12, pp. 31-85 , [View publication]
Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • Sieger, P.; Ramachandran, K.; Sharma, P. - "Exploring Transgenerational Entrepreneurship: Implications and Conclusions" (Refereed) - Edward Elgar Publishing - 2014 - pp. 192-207 ,
  • Nason, R. S.; Gonzalez, A. C.; Sharma, P. - "Exploring Transgenerational Entrepreneurship: The role of intangible resources" (Refereed) - Edward Elgar Publishing - 2014 - pp. 1-19 ,
  • Sharma, P.; Nordqvist, M.; Melin, L. - "Scope, Evolution and Future of Family Business Studies" - SAGE Publishers - 2014 - pp. 22 ,
  • Sharma, P.; Frank, H. - "Family Business Roles" (Refereed) - Edward Elgar Publishing - 2013 - pp. 215 - 276 ,
  • Sharma, P.; Salvato, C. - "Family firm longevity: A balancing act between continuity and change" (Refereed) - Cambridge University Press - 2013 - pp. 34-56 ,
  • Sharma, P.; Nordqvist, M. - "Using configuration approach to understand the reasons for and consequences of varied family involvement in business" (Refereed) - Edward Elgar Publishing - 2013 - v. II, pp. 142-160 ,
  • Brundin, E.; Sharma, P. - "Emotional messiness in family firms" (Refereed) - Springer Publishers - 2012 - pp. 55-71 , [View publication]
  • Sharma, P. - "Advancing the 3Rs of family business scholarship - Rigor, Relevance, Reach" (Refereed) - Emerald Group Publishing Company - 2010 - v. 12, pp. 383-400 , [View publication]
  • Sharma, P.; Nordqvist, M. - "A classification scheme for family firms: From family values to effective governance to firm performance." (Refereed) - Palgrave Macmillan Publishers - 2008 - pp. 71-101 , [View publication]
  • Hoy, F.; Sharma, P. - "Entrepreneurial governance in the family firm" - Family Business Publishing Co - 2008 ,
  • Hoy, F.; Sharma, P. - "Navigating the family business education maze" (Refereed) - Edward Elgar Publishing - 2006 - no. Chapter 1, pp. 11-24 ,
  • Sharma, P.; Chua, J. H.; Chrismann, J. J. - "Succession planning" (Refereed) - Oxford: Blackwell - 2005 - v. III, pp. 231-233 ,
  • Chua, J. H.; Chrisman, J. J.; Sharma, P. - "Family and non-family priorities in family firms: Preliminary evidence." (Refereed) - University of Calgary Press - 2002 - pp. 299-320 ,
Book, Chapter in Textbook-New
  • Sharma, P. - "Succession: Continuing entrepreneurship and the next generation." - Thomson South-Western - 2006 - no. 2nd edition, pp. 107-136 ,
Book, Scholarly-New
  • Sharma, P.; Sieger, P.; Nason, R.; Gonzalez, A. C.; Ramachandran, K. - "Exploring Transgenerational Entrepreneurship: The Role of Resources and Capabilities" (Refereed) - Edward Elgar Publishing - 2014 - pp. 208 ,
  • Melin, L.; Nordqvist, M.; Sharma, P. - "The SAGE Handbook of Family Business" (Refereed) - SAGE - 2014 - pp. 680 ,
  • Massis, A. d.; Sharma, P.; Chua, J. H.; Chrisman, J. J. - "Family Business Studies: Review and Annotated Bibliography" - Edward Elgar Publishing - 2012 - pp. 299 ,
  • Hoy, F.; Sharma, P. - "Entrepreneurial family firms" (Refereed) - Pearson Prentice Hall - 2010 - pp. 250 , [View publication]
  • Sharma, P.; Chrisman, J. J.; Chua, J. H. - "A Review and Annotated Bibliography of Family Business Studies." - Kluwer Academic Publishers - 1996 - pp. 292 pages ,
Book Review
  • Sharma, P. - "Managing for the long run: Lessons in Competitive Advantage" - Harvard Business School Press - 2005 - v. 18, no. 3, pp. 259-263 ,
  • Sharma, P. - "Family Business in India " - SAGE Publishers - 2000 - v. 13, no. 4, pp. 349-351 ,
  • Sharma, P. - "Successor attributes in Indian and Canadian family firms: A comparative study." (Refereed) - SAGE Publishers - 2000 - v. 13, no. 4, pp. 313-330 ,
Monograph
  • Chrisman, J. J.; Chua, J. H.; Sharma, P. - "Current Trends and Future Directions in Family Business Management Studies: Toward a Theory of the Family Firm" (Refereed) - Coleman Foundation White Paper Series - 2003 [View publication]
Other
  • Sharma, P. - "2013: A year in Review" - Family Business Review - 2014 - v. 27, no. 1, pp. 7-9
  • Sharma, P. - "2012 - A year in Review" (Refereed) - Family Business Review - 2013 - v. 26, no. 1,
  • Sharma, P.; Wright, M. - "Sustaining a publications career" (Refereed) - 2013 - v. 26, no. 4, pp. 1-11
  • Sharma, P.; Reuber, R. - "The anatomy of a paper" (Refereed) - 2013 - v. 26, no. 2, pp. 113-120