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Raveendra Chittoor

Gustavson researcher Ravee Chittoor


On leave
PGDM (MBA), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad; FPM (PhD) in Strategic Management, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
Area of expertise:
Emerging markets, emerging market multinational companies, business groups (such as Samsung, Tata etc.), sustainability strategies


Dr. Raveendra (“Ravee”) Chittoor, professor of strategy and international business, joined the Gustavson School of Business at UVic in 2015 bringing research interests in the emerging economies and the strategies of emerging economy firms and family-owned business groups. He has a deep understanding of factors that led to the rapid expansion of emerging economies including India and their emergence as significant players in the global marketplace. In addition, his recent research at the Gustavson School explores the trade-offs and complementarities between stakeholder strategies and competitive strategies.

Ravee’s research program is broadly focused on understanding how institutions and institutional environments shape the structure of the markets and the strategies of firms operating in those markets. This work provides insights for students studying strategy and international business; managers and leaders of global firms for whom emerging markets are becoming increasingly vital. He has a research affiliation with the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business (ISB) and is an independent director on the board of Prism Johnson Limited, one of India’s leading integrated building materials companies with annual revenues of more than $1 billion.

Ravee has won many awards for his research and teaching and his research has been published in top tier journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Management International Review, Journal of International Management and Long Range Planning.

Prior to joining the University of Victoria, Ravee taught at the Indian School of Business and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. Before moving to academia, he worked in the industry for over 12 years in organizations such as IBM, CRISIL (a Standard & Poor’s company) and Mumbai-based Rajan Raheja group in senior management positions.


Courses taught

  • Strategic Management (PhD)
  • Global Management & Society II (PhD)
  • Strategic Analysis & Action (MBA)
  • Strategic Management (BCom)

Selected publications

Journal publications

Kinger Hans, L., Chittoor, R., Vissa, B., Chen, G. (2023). Family-controlled Business Groups: An In-depth Review and a Micro-Foundations Based Research Agenda, Journal of Management

He, Y., Chittoor, R. (2023). When Does It (Not) Pay to Be Good? Interplay Between Stakeholder and Competitive Strategies. Journal of Management, 49(7), 2490-2522  

Chen, G., Chittoor, R., & Vissa, B. (2021). Does Nepotism run in the Family? CEO Pay and Pay-Performance Sensitivity in Indian Family Firms. Strategic Management Journal.

Chittoor, R., Aulakh, P., & Ray, S. (2019). Microfoundations of Firm Internationalization: The Owner CEO Effect, Global Strategy Journal, 9(1), 42-65, special issue on Microfoundations of Global Strategy: Role of Leadership and Manager Characteristics

Chittoor, R., Kale, P., & Puranam, P. (2015). Business Groups in Developing Capital Markets: Towards a Complementarity Perspective. Strategic Management Journal, 36(9), 1277–1296.

Chittoor, R., & Aulakh, P. (2015). Organizational Landscape in India: Historical Development, Multiplicity of Forms and Implications for Practice and Research. Long Range Planning, 48(5), 291–300.

Chittoor, R., Aulakh, P., & Ray, S. (2015). Accumulative and Assimilative Learning, Institutional Infrastructure and Innovation orientation of Developing Economy Firms. Global Strategy Journal, Special Issue on “Mutual Impact of Global Strategy and Organizational Learning,” 5(2), 133–153.

Chen, G., Chittoor, R., & Vissa, B. (2015). Modernizing without Westernizing: Social Structure and Economic Action in the Indian Financial Sector. Academy of Management Journal, 58(2), 511–537.

Chittoor, R., Aulakh, P. S., & Ray, S. (2015). What Drives Overseas Acquisitions by Indian Firms? A Behavioral Risk-taking Perspective. Management International Review, 55(2), 255–275.

Gubbi, S. R., Aulakh, P. S., Ray, S., Sarkar, M. B., & Chittoor, R. (2010). Do International Acquisitions by Emerging Economy Firms Create Shareholder Value? The Case of Indian Firms. Journal of International Business Studies, 41, 397–418.


Aulakh, P & Chittoor, R. (2022). Coping with Global Institutional Change: A Tale of India's Textile and Pharmaceutical Industries. Cambridge University Press.

Case Studies

Mody, Pallavi, Chittoor, R.,2016. “Attaining the Next Orbit: Dilemmas of a Family-based Business – Natural Ice Cream”. Harvard Business School Publishing.

Chittoor, R.,Geetika Shah, 2016. “Azim Premji Foundation – Bringing Professional Excellence to Philanthropy”. Harvard Business School Publishing.

Chittoor, R., Narayan, A., Vyas, R., & Tolia, C., 2013. “Creating a Corporate Advantage: The Case of the Tata Group”. Harvard Business School Publishing.

Awards & grants

Recognition & awards

  • 2019, 2018 - Research Fellow at the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business (ISB) for 2018-19.
  • 2016, 2014 - ISB Research Fellow, awarded for high quality research.
  • 2014 - Professor of the Year 2014 Elective Courses, at Indian School of Business, Mohali campus.
  • 2013 - Best Paper Award (US$ 3750) at the World Management Conference – 2013 jointly conducted by the IIMs and the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.
  • 2013 - Nomination for the Best Paper Prize at the AIB Conference.
  • 2011 - Visiting Scholar at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
  • 2009 - Nomination for the Best Conference Paper Prize at the SMS conference.
  • 2008 - Nomination for the Best Conference Paper Prize at the SMS conference.
  • 2008 - Best Reviewer Award at the AOM IM Division (2014) and the AIB Conference.
  • 2008 - Runner-up, Best Proposal Award at the SMS India Special Conference.
  • 2008 - Highly Commended Award of the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the category ‘Management and Governance’.
  • 2006 - SAMS/AIB Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal at the AIB Conference.


  • “Global Institutional Change National Policy Interventions and Firm Strategies: Evidence from Textile Industry,” Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada Research Grant (2017-2021) ($103,590.00), In progress, PI Ravee Chitoor with Collaborator Preet Aulakh. 
  • “Capability emergence and erosion in sequential internationalization: the contingent roles of export policy and information sourcing choices,” Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), York University (April 1, 2008) ($172,885.00), Completed, Spring 2011, PI Preet Aulakh with Collaborator, Ravee Chittoor.
  • Doctoral Research Award for 2006-2007 by the Foreign Affairs Canada through the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.