Dr. Esra Memili
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
Margaret Van Hoy Hill Dean's Notable Scholar
Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism
ESRA MEMILI, PhD is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship with Tenure and Margaret Van Hoy Hill Dean’s Notable Scholar at the Bryan School of Business and Economics at University of North Carolina- Greensboro. A scholar in family business and entrepreneurship, she is the author of accepted and/or published manuscripts that have appeared in the top entrepreneurship and family business journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Family Business Review, Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, and others. She is an Associate Editor at Journal of Family Business Strategy, and a member of the Editorial Review Board of Family Business Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development. She has been a Guest Editor for Special Issues on family firms at International Journal of Financial Studies and Journal of Family Business Management. She has recently been invited to be a Guest Editor at Entrepreneurship and Regional Development journal Special Issue on Family Firms. She is the recipient of Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholars of Award and Grant (2009 & 2012). She has over 90 international, national, and regional academic conference presentations and won Best Paper awards at Journal of Family Business Management (2013), USASBE [2013, 2014(2), & 2015]; FERC (2013 & 2017); Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy (2013); SMA (2011); and Academy of Management (2008). She recently received Best Research Proposal Award and Grant (IFERA, 2017). She is also invited as guest speaker/presenter/commentator to international and national academic conferences such as Academy of Management annual meeting (2014 & 2015) in Philadelphia, PA and Vancouver, BC, Canada; USASBE (2016 & 2017) in San Diego, CA and Philadelphia, PA; Theories of Family Enterprise Conference (2012 & 2017) in Edmonton, Canada and St. Gallen, Switzerland; Family Enterprise Research Conference (2012 & 2014) in Montreal, Canada and Portland, Oregon; Hamburg Institute of Family Owned Business (2012-2014) in Germany; and International Family Enterprise Research Academy (2014) in Lappeenranta, Finland. She is the winner of Family Firm Institute 2012 Best Quantitative Dissertation Award. Her research appeared in media: WalletHub.com (2017) in the U.S.; Impulse Wissen (2013) in Hamburg, Germany, and Healio Orthotics/Prosthetics Business News (2013) in the U.S. Dr. Memili has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at School of Business, Tecnolgico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara, Mexico (Fall 2015); a Visiting Scholar at Leuphana University of Luneburg in Germany (Summer 2015) and Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey (Summer 2014), and a Visiting Professor to teach a doctoral seminar on family firms at Virginia Tech, Hospitality & Tourism Management (2015). Dr. Memili was USASBE 2017 conference SIG Vice Chair and Track Co-Chair (Philadelphia, PA); USASBE 2018 conference Family Business SIG Chair, Track Co-Chair, and Research Panel Co-Organizer (Los Angeles, CA); and IFERA 2017 & 2018 conferences Board Member, Executive Committee Member, and Conferences Sub-Committee Chair (Zadar, Croatia and Zwolle, Netherlands).
Research and Awards
The Pursuit of International Opportunities in Family Firms: Generational Differences and the Role of Knowledge-based Resources
Fang, H. C., Kotlar, J., Memili, E., Chrisman, J. J., & DeMassis
Global Strategy Journal Special Issue on Family Firms
Sustainability Practices of Family Firms: The Interplay between Family Ownership and Long-term Orientation
Memili, E., Fang, H. C., Koc, B., Yildirim-Oktem, O., & Sonmez, S.
Journal of Sustainable Tourism
Work-Family Balance and Marketing Capabilities as Determinants of Chinese Women Entrepreneurs’ Firm Performance
Welsh, D. H., Kaciak, E., Memili, E., & Zhou, Q.
Journal of Global Marketing
Does Size Matter? The Moderating Effects of Firm Size on the Employment of Non-Family Managers in Privately-Held Family SMEs
Fang, H. C., Randolph, R. V. G., Memili, E., Chrisman, J. J.
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
The Prevalence of Small- and Medium-Sized Family Firms and Economic Growth: A Panel Data Analysis.
Memili, E., Fang, H. C., Chrisman, J. J., & De Massis
Small Business Economics
Industry and Information Asymmetry: The case of the employment of non-family managers in small and medium-sized family firms
Fang, C. H., Memili, E., Chrisman, J. J., Penney, C
Journal of Small Business Management
Editorial: Family Governance and Family Firm Outcomes
Memili, E., Singal, M., & Barredy, C
Journal of Family Business Management, Special Issue on Family Governance.
Internationalization of Publicly Traded Family Firms: A Transaction Cost Theory Perspective and Longitudinal Analysis
Memili, E., Misra, K., Chrisman, J. J., & Welsh, D. H
International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development.
An Empirical Analysis of Art Galleries: The Impact of Entrepreneurial Orientation on Performance Outcomes in Cultural Diversity
Memili, E., Fang, H. C., Hellstern, G. M., Ozga, J., & Zamantili Nayir, D
Journal of Cultural Management: Arts, Economics, and Policy.
An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Family Moral Support on Turkish Women Entrepreneurs.
Welsh, D. H. B., Memili, E., & Kaciak, E.
Journal of Innovation & Knowledge
Institutional Economics and Firm Creation in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry: A Comparative Analysis of Developing and Developed Economies
Altin, M., Memili, E., & Sonmez, S.