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Eric Gedajlovic

Beedie Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


Room: WMC 4334

Phone: 778.782.5555



Ph.D.Admin, M.Bus.Admin. (Concordia); B.A. Indus.Relations (McGill)


In his research, Eric Gedajlovic seeks better explanations of strategic and entrepreneurial processes by considering the institutional, historical and organizational contexts in which they are embedded. In this way, he strives to contribute to the strategy, entrepreneurship and family business literatures by bringing into the foreground, contextual factors that are often ignored, underspecified or treated as limitations or boundary conditions. In his view, context is what surrounds strategic and entrepreneurial behaviour and gives it meaning. As a consequence, an appreciation of context leads to more finely grained theoretical accounts and facilitates the identification of potentially insightful contingencies that moderate and offer better explanations of complex organizational phenomena. Through his research, Eric has collaborated with more than 30 different scholars based in North America, Europe and Asia. His research has been published in many top ranked Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship journals including Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Organization Studies. Eric's research is widely cited by scholars working in the fields of strategy, organizational theory, entrepreneurship, international business, family business as well as industrial economics and sociology and has been described in graduate and undergraduate level text books in the fields of Strategic Management and Industrial economics.

Research Interests

Strategic Management, Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship, Corporate Governance; Family Business; Asian Business Enterprise, Innovation and Organizational Capabilities.

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Gedajlovic, E. R., & Wielemaker, M. (2020). Neither abuse, nor neglect: A duty of care perspective on academic integrity. Canadian Perspectives on Academic Integrity, 3(2), 63-69.

Markman, G. D., Gianiodis, P., Tyge Payne, G., Tucci, C., Filatotchev, I., Kotha, R., & Gedajlovic, E. (2019). The Who, Where, What, How and When of Market Entry. Journal of Management Studies, 56(7), 1241-1259.

Carney, M., Van Essen, M., Gedajlovic, E. R., & Heugens, P. P. (2015). What do we know about private family firms? A meta-analytical review. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 39(3), 513-544.

van Essen, M., Carney, M., Gedajlovic, E. R., & Heugens, P. P. (2015). How does family control influence firm strategy and performance? A meta-analysis of us publicly listed firms. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 23(1), 3-24.

Carney, M., Gedajlovic, E., & Strike, V. M. (2014). Dead Money: Inheritance Law and the Longevity of Family Firms. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 38(6), 1261-1283.

Gedajlovic, E., Honig, B., Moore, C. B., Payne, G. T., & Wright, M. (2013). Social Capital and Entrepreneurship: A Schema and Research Agenda. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 37(3), 455-478.

Gedajlovic, E., Cao, Q., & Zhang, H. (2012). Corporate shareholdings and organizational ambidexterity in high-tech SMEs: Evidence from a transitional economy. Journal of Business Venturing, 27(6), 652-665.

Gedajlovic, E., Carney, M., Chrisman, J. J., & Kellermanns, F. W. (2012). The Adolescence of Family Firm Research: Taking Stock and Planning for the Future. Journal of Management, 38(4), 1010-1037.

Carney, M., Gedajlovic, E., & Sur, S. (2011). Corporate governance and stakeholder conflict. Journal of Management and Governance, 15(3), 483-507.

Carney, M., Gedajlovic, E. R., Heugens, P. P., Van Essen, M., & Van Oosterhout, J. (2011). Business group affiliation, performance, context, and strategy: A meta-analysis. Academy of Management journal. Academy of Management, 54(3), 437-460.

Wielemaker, M., & Gedajlovic, E. (2011). Governance and capabilities: Asia's entrepreneurial performance and stock of venture forms. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 28(1), 157-185.

Gedajlovic, E., & Carney, M. (2010). Markets, hierarchies, and families: Toward a transaction cost theory of the family firm. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 34(6), 1145-1172.

Dimov, D., & Gedajlovic, E. (2010). A property rights perspective on venture capital investment decisions. Journal of Management Studies, 47(7), 1248-1271.

Carney, M., Gedajlovic, E. R., Heugens, P., van Essen, M., & Van Oosterhout, H. (2010). Business group performance, context, and strategy: A meta-analysis. Academy of Management Proceedings, 1-6.

Hervieux, C., Gedajlovic, E., & Turcotte, M. F. B. (2010). The legitimization of social entrepreneurship. Journal of Enterprising Communities, 4(1), 37-67.

Schulze, W. S., & Gedajlovic, E. R. (2010). Whither family business?: Guest editors' introduction. Journal of Management Studies, 47(2), 191-204.

Zahra, S. A., Gedajlovic, E., Neubaum, D. O., & Shulman, J. M. (2009). A typology of social entrepreneurs: Motives, search processes and ethical challenges. Journal of Business Venturing, 24(5), 519-532.

Carney, M., Gedajlovic, E., & Yang, X. (2009). Varieties of Asian capitalism: Toward an institutional theory of Asian enterprise. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 26(3), 361-380.

Cao, Q., Gedajlovic, E., & Zhang, H. (2009). Unpacking organizational ambidexterity: Dimensions, contingencies, and synergistic effects. Organization Science, 20(4), 781-796.

O'Shaughnessy, K. C., Gedajlovic, E., & Reinmoeller, P. (2007). The influence of firm, industry and network on the corporate social performance of Japanese firms. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 24(3), 283-303.

Gedajlovic, E., Yoshikawa, T., & Hashimoto, M. (2005). Ownership structure, investment behaviour and firm performance in Japanese manufacturing industries. Organization Studies, 26(1), 7-35.

Baker, T., Gedajlovic, E., & Lubatkin, M. (2005). A framework for comparing entrepreneurship processes across nations. Journal of International Business Studies, 36(5), 492-504.

Gedajlovic, E., Lubatkin, M. H., & Schulze, W. S. (2004). Crossing the threshold from founder management to professional management: A governance perspective. Journal of Management Studies, 41(5), 899-912.

Gedajlovic, E., Shapiro, D. M., & Buduru, B. (2003). Financial ownership, diversification and firm profitability in Japan. Journal of Management and Governance, 7(3), 315-335.

Carney, M., & Gedajlovic, E. (2003). Strategic innovation and the administrative heritage of East Asian Family Business Groups. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 20(1), 5-26.

Shapiro, D., Gedajlovic, E. R., & Erdener, C. (2003). The Chinese family firm as a multinational enterprise. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 11(2), 105-122.

Backx, M., Gedajlovic, E. R., & Carney, M. (2002). Public, private and mixed ownership modes and the performance of international airlines. Journal of Air Transport Management, 8(4), 213-220.

Carney, M., & Gedajlovic, E. R. (2002). Institutional change and firm adaptation: Toward a typology of Southeast Asian corporate forms. Asia Pacific Business Review, 8(3), 31-60.

Carney, M., & Gedajlovic, E. (2002). The coupling of ownership and control and the allocation of financial resources: Evidence from Hong Kong. Journal of Management Studies, 39(1), 123-146.

Gedajlovic, E., & Shapiro, D. M. (2002). Ownership structure and firm profitability in Japan. Academy of Management journal. Academy of Management, 45(3), 565-575.

Yoshikawa, T., & Gedajlovic, E. R. (2002). The impact of global capital market exposure and stable ownership on investor relations practices and performance of Japanese firms. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 19(4), 525-540.

Flier, B., Van Den Bosch, F., Volberda, H., & Gedajlovic, E. R. (2001). Investigating pattern of renewal in the Netherlands and the U.K. Long Range Planning, 34(1), 209-229.

Carney, M., & Gedajlovic, E. (2001). Corporate governance and firm capabilities: A comparison of managerial, alliance, and personal capitalisms. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 18(3), 335-354.

Carney, M., & Gedajlovic, E. R. (2000). East Asian financial systems and the transition from investment driven to innovation driven economic development. International Journal of Innovation Management, 4(3), 253-276.

books chapters and monographs

Carney, M., Fathallah, R., Gedajlovic, E. R., & Shapiro, D. (2014). The internationalization of ethnic Chinese family firms. In Yu, F. L. T., & Yan, H. (Eds.), Handbook of East Asian Entrepreneurship (pp. 132-143). Routledge (UK).

Shukla, P. P., Carney, M., & Gedajlovic, E. (2014). Economic theories of family firms. In Melin, L., Nordqvist, M., & Sharma, P. (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Family Business (pp. 100-118). Sage Publications Ltd (UK).

Related Teaching Material

Gedajlovic, E. R., Burke, K. M., & Flostrand, A. D. (2020). Contract cheating lands close to home. Case ID:Ivey ID: 9B20M214..

Gedajlovic, E. R., Burke, K. M., Wielemaker, M., & Culham, T. (2020). Academic integrity at Botsworth Business School. Case ID:Ivey ID: 9B20M213..