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Ettore Spadafora

Assistant Professor

Department of Management
Saunders College of Business

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Ettore Spadafora

Assistant Professor

Department of Management
Saunders College of Business

Education

Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Bio

Dr. Ettore Spadafora is an assistant professor of management at the RIT Saunders College of Business. He received his Ph.D. in international business from University of South Carolina and his Ph.D. in strategy from University of Pisa. Prior to moving to the U.S., he studied and/or worked at University of Pisa, City University of London, and Bocconi University. His research lies at the intersection of global strategy, corporate governance, and institutions. His work has been published in Journal of Management, Global Strategy Journal, and others. Dr. Spadafora is an Italian citizen, born and raised in Pisa, Tuscany.

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Invited Article/Publication
Spadafora, E., Addo, K., Kostova, T., Kumodzie-Dussey, M., & Leo, E. (2022). Board independence and firm internationalization: A meta-analysis. Multinational Business Review. . .
Tashman, P., Spadafora, E., & Wagner, D. (2022). Formal institutions, type of diversification and the diversification-performance relationship: A meta-analysis. Multinational Business Review. . .
Spadafora, E., Giachetti, C., Kumodzie-Dussey, M., & Elango, B. (2022). International experience and imitation of location choices: The role of experience interpretation and assessment and its board-level microfoundations. Global Strategy Journal. . .
Beugelsdijk, S., Kostova, T., Kunst, V., Spadafora, E., & van Essen, M. (2018). Cultural distance and the process of firm internationalization: A meta-analytical review and theoretical implications. Journal of Management. . .
Giachetti, C., & Spadafora, E. (2017). Conformity or nonconformity in multinationality? Performance implications for the Italian ceramic tile manufacturers. Management International Review. . .
Marano, V., Arregle, J., Hitt, M., Spadafora, E., & van Essen, M. (2016). Home country institutions and the internationalization-performance relationship: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Management. . .

Currently Teaching

INTB-225
3 Credits
Being an informed global citizen requires an understanding of the global business environment. Organizations critical to the development of the global business environment include for-profit businesses, non-profits, governmental, non-governmental, and supranational agencies. This course introduces students to the interdependent relationships between organizations and the global business environment. A holistic approach is used to examine the diverse economic, political, legal, cultural, and financial systems that influence both organizations and the global business environment.
INTB-550
3 Credits
This course explores the opportunities and challenges businesses encounter creating and capturing value in the global environment. Areas of emphasis include: forecasting markets; why firms globalize; analyzing global competitors; the degree of globalization or regionalization; creating value for the firm globally which includes entry mode management, location decisions and timing, role of technology; and how to operate.
MGMT-759
3 Credits
This course reviews the techniques and tools firms use to create a sustainable competitive advantage in the global economy. Cross-functional analysis is a core element in the course. Topics covered include the mission and vision of the firm, analysis of the external environment, analysis of internal resources and capabilities, the role of innovation in strategy development, analysis of global business strategies, developing and implementing business-level and corporate-level strategies, and managing strategy in the multi-business corporation. *Note: All MBA core courses.

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