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Ravi Dharwadkar

Ravi Dharwadkar

Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence & Professor of Management
Chair, Department of Management

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Ph D, University of Cincinnati (Management)

Ravi Dharwadkar is the Whitman Advisory Council Professor of Management and the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. He also serves as the chair of the Management Department. Professor Dharwadkar is a recipient of numerous awards including Whitman’s Thomas Finucane Award for Exceptional Scholarship, 2002, the inaugural Whitman Research Fellowship (2004-2006), the Teaching Recognition Award of the Meredith Professorship, 2003, the Whitman Teaching Fellowship (2006-2008), Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, 2007, Syracuse University, and Poets and Quants 2017 Top 40 Undergraduate Professors, among others. Professor Dharwadkar received his B.Sc.(Mathematics) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India, his MBA in Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur, India, and his Ph.D. degree in Management from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Dharwadkar’s research interests include corporate governance, corporate strategy, and international business. His research articles appear in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Review of Accounting Studies, among other journals. Dr. Dharwadkar teaches courses in international business, organization theory, and strategy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Dharwadkar is serving his fourth term on the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Journal and is an editor at Corporate Governance: An International Review. He recently served as a co-chairperson of SU’s Internationalization Council and SU’s Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Gender Pay Equity. He has also been a member of SU’s Faculty Salary Pay Review Committee, Sesquicentennial Celebration Steering Committee (2017-2019), and University Lecture Series Committee (2019). Prior to joining academia, Professor Dharwadkar worked for Reliance Industries, India's largest private sector company.

Research Topics

  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • International Business

Dr. Dharwadkar teaches courses in international business, organization theory, and strategy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He was recently recognized as a Top 40 Undergraduate Professor in the U.S. by Poets and Quants. He has been deeply involved in teaching the undergraduate core international business course (SOM 354, Managing in a Global Setting) and the organization theory Ph.D. seminar (SHR 855, Organization Theory) over the last decade. Dr. Dharwadkar has also enabled his doctoral students to publish articles in Strategic Management Journal (Hadani, corporate political activity and firm performance), Strategic Management Journal (Goranova, institutional ownership), Organization Science (Goranova, Khan, institutional ownership), Strategic Management Journal (Goranova, managerial ownership), Journal of Accounting and Economics (Duellman, board characteristics), Review of Accounting Studies (Linna Shi), Journal of Management Studies (Coombes, boards and entrepreneurship), Business and Society (Hadani, family ownership), Journal of Business Research (Hadani and Goranova, stock options repricing), Journal of Business Research (Khan, institutional ownership), Human Relations (Das: social identity)and Human Resource Management Review (Das: stock options) and received numerous awards for his co-authored research (Das: Best International Paper, OB, AOM 2007; Goranova: Distinguished Paper, BPS, AOM 2008; Mullins: Bill Nobles Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2011; Arora: Finalist, Outstanding Dissertation Award, BPS, AOM 2012, and Shi: Best Paper Award, American Accounting Association (MW), 2013).

Corporate Governance, Corporate Strategy, International Business

Selected Publications
  • "Time is of the essence!: Retired independent directors' contributions to board effectiveness", Journal of Business Ethics, 2021 (with Brandes, P., Ross, J., Linna, S.)
  • "Corporate social irresponsibility and boards: The implications of legal expertise", Journal of Business Research, 125, 143-154, 2021 (with Guo, J., Shi, L., Yang, R.)
  • "Financial reporting choices, governance structures, and strategic assets: A transaction cost perspective", Academy of Management Review, 2021 (with David, P., Duru, A.)
  • "The initiation of audit committee interlocks and the contagion of accounting policy choices: Evidence from special items", Review of Accounting Studies, 20, 120-158, 2020 (with Harris, D., Shi, L., Zhou, N.)
  • "The governance transfer of block holders: Evidence from block acquisitions and earnings management around the world", Journal of Corporate Finance, 45, 586-607, 2017 (with Dai, L., Shi, L., Zhang, B.)
  • "To thine shareholders be true? Linking large corporate ownership to firms' use of commitment human resource practices", Human Resource Management, 55(567-589), 2016 (with Brandes, P., Mullins, F.)
  • "I know something you don’t know!: The role of linking pin directors in monitoring and incentive alignment", Strategic Management Journal, 37, 964-981, 2016 (with Brandes, P., Suh, S.)
  • "Corporate governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR): The moderating roles of attainment discrepancy and organization slack", Corporate Governance: An International Review, 19(2), 136-152, 2011 (with Arora, P.)
  • "Owners on both sides of the deal: Mergers and acquisitions and overlapping institutional ownership", Strategic Management Journal, 31, 1114-1135, 2010 (with Goranova, M., Brandes, P.)
  • "Institutional ownership and monitoring effectiveness: It’s not just howmuch but what else you own", Organization Science, 19, 419-440, 2008 (with Goranova, M., Brandes, P., Khan, R.)
  • "Managerial ownership and corporate diversification: A longitudinal view", Strategic Management Journal, 28(3), 211-225, 2007 (with Goranova, M., Alessandri, T., Brandes, P.)
  • "Institutional ownership and CEO compensation: a longitudinal examination", Journal of Business Research, 58, 1078-1088, 2005 (with Khan, R., Brandes, P.)
  • "Effective employee stock option design: Reconciling stakeholder,strategic, and motivational factors", Academy of Management Executive, 17, 77-93, 2003 (with Brandes, P., Lemesis, G.)
  • "Privatization in emerging economies: An agency theory perspective", Academy of Management Review, 25, 650-669, 2000 (with George, G., Brandes, P.)

Awards and Honors

  • Whitman Advisory Council Professor - Whitman School of Management (2021)
  • 4th Term Membership of ERB of Academy of Management Journal - Academy of Management (2020)
  • Editor - Corporate Governance: An International Review (2020)
  • Plenary Panel: Teaching Culture at Syracuse University (2019)
  • Highly Cited Papers (2018)
  • Invited Panelist for Showcase Governance Panel - Strategic Management Society (2018)
  • Poets and Quants Top Forty Undergraduate Professor 2017 - Poets and Quants (2017)
  • Finalist for Sheth Foundation Best Paper Award - Journal of Academy of Marketing Science (2016)
  • Academy of Management Journal, Best Paper Selection Committee, 2015 (2015)
  • Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence - Syracuse University (2014)
  • American Accounting Association Regional Best Paper Award - American Accounting Association, Mid-Atlantic Regional Meetings (2013)
  • Whitman Teaching Fellow - Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University (2008)
  • Distinguished Paper Award & Nominee for the Glueck Best Paper Award - Academy of Management, Business Policy & Strategy Division (2008)
  • Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award - Syracuse University (2007)
  • Best International Paper & Nominee for the Dexter Award - Academy of Management, Organizational Behavior Division (2007)
  • Whitman Research Fellow - Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University (2004)
  • Teaching Recognition Award sponsored by the Meredith Professorship - Syracuse University (2003)
  • Thomas Finucane Award for Exceptional Scholarship - School of Management, Syracuse University (2002)
  • Outstanding Empirical Paper Award - Eastern Academy of Management Meeting (1999)

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