Dr. Sudhir Nair

Dr. Sudhir Nair
Position
Associate Professor

Credentials

BS in Electrical Engineering, Wichita State University; MBA, Case Western Reserve University; PhD in Strategic Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Contact
Office: BEC 431

Expertise

  • International strategy
  • International business
  • International entrepreneurship
  • Internationalization processes
  • Professional service firms

Dr. Sudhir Nair joined the Gustavson School of Business at UVic in 2011 where he teaches in the area of strategy and international business.

Sudhir’s research interests coalesce around international strategy. He is particularly interested in the reasons and consequences for individuals or businesses crossing organizational or geographic boundaries. He’s also interested in processes by which firms internalize new knowledge, and in particular, he has been examining the role of external management consulting service firms to better understand why firms hire professional service firms and how this interaction adds value. Initially, his research context focused on Indian markets, but has now broadened to take a more global perspective on how entrepreneurs internationalize, particularly those in emerging economies.

Sudhir sees the idea of boundaries (both organizational and international) and the role they play of particular interest in a rapidly globalizing world that is also progressively becoming more specialized. The “when, why and how” firms seek to cross boundaries thus becomes critical to understand how it impacts organizations and then to find ways to help these firms navigate and potentially benefit. Sudhir's research has been published in Journal of Managerial Psychology, Journal of International Management, Business Horizons, and the International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets.

Prior to pursuing his PhD, Sudhir spent 15 years working in large corporations e.g. Citibank as well as with entrepreneurial entities.

Journal Publications

Guo, C., Miller, J., Woodard, M., Aydin, M. D., Silvernail, K., da Costa Lemos, A. H., & Nair, S. (2018). Self-Concept Orientation and Organizational Identification: A Mediated Relationship. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 33(4/5), 358–371. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMP-09-2017-0293

Meyer, C. R., Cohen, D. G., & Nair, S. (2017). Some Have To, And Some Want To: Why Firms Adopt A Post-Industrial Form. Journal of Management and Governance, 21(2), 533–559. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10997-016-9353-5

Nair, S., Cohen, D. G., & Meyer, C. R. (2017). The role of professional service providers during the initial stages of international entrepreneurship: A neo-institutionalist view. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 30(4), 526–544. http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJESB.2017.10003386

Woodward, M., Miller, J., Miller, D. J., Silvernail, K. D., Guo, G. G., Nair, S., & Aydin, M. A. (2016). A cross cultural examination of individual preferences for job and organizational attributes. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 3(31), 702–719. http://DOI:10.1108/JMP-09-2013-0289

Meyer, C. R., Skaggs, B. C., Nair, S., & Cohen, D. G. (2015). Customer Interaction Uncertainty, Knowledge, and Service Firm Internationalization. Journal of International Management, 20(3), 249 – 259. http://doi:10.1016/j.intman.2015.04.003

Tax, S. S., Kim, Y. "Sally", & Nair, S. (2013). Getting the Right Payoff from Customer Penalty Fees. Business Horizons, 56(3), 377–386. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2013.01.012

Nair, S., & Skaggs, B. C. (2012). Performance implications of cross-listing for emerging vs. developed market firms: An institutional legitimacy approach. International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, 3(4), 223–240. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJBEM.2012.047780

Chapters

Cohen, D. G., & Nair, S. (2017). Measuring the Middle: The Use of Social Network Analysis in Middle Management Research. In Handbook of Middle Management Strategy Process Research (pp. 346–371). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/eep/preview/book/isbn/9781783473250/

Presentations

Nair, S. (2018). Examining Impact of Procedural Capital and Routines on Firm Performance When Engaging Consultants. Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, USA.

Fitzsimmons, S. R., Brighi, C., Hajro, A., Nair, S., Stahl, G. K., & Vora, D. (2018). Migrants as Multiculturals: Sharing Separate Perspectives on One Demographic Group. Academy of International Business Annual Meeting. Minneapolis: AIB.

Fitzsimmons, S. R., Brighi, C., Hajro, A., Nair, S., Stahl, G. K., & Vora, D. (2018). Migrants as Multiculturals: Sharing Separate Perspectives on One Demographic Group. Academy of International Business. Minneapolis: AIB.

Nair, S. (2017). Innovation as Self-Organizing System: The Role of Academia, Business, Social Entrepreneurs and Governments in the Workings of Innovation Networks. Entrepreneurship and Collaboration Conference, University of Colorado Boulder, February 2017. Boulder, Colorado.

Meyer, C. R., Cohen, D. G., & Nair, S. (2016). Swatting at SWOT. Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Anaheim, CA, USA: Academy of Management.

Nair, S., Cohen, D. G., & Meyer, C. R. (2016). Internationalization of Services: Conceptual and Empirical Challenges. Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Academy of Management.

Woodward, M., Giacobbe-Miller, J., Guo, G. C., Silvernail, K., & Nair, S. (2015). Growing Up Poor (Or Rich): The Relation of Socioeconomic Background To Job Preference. Eastern Academy of Management International Conference. Lima, Peru.

Cohen, D. G., Meyer, C. R., & Nair, S. (2015). Mind the Gap: Social Entrepreneurs as Network Bridges in the Funding of Stem Cell Research. Academy of Management Annual Conference. Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Kiss, A., Danis, W., & Nair, S. (2015). The Role of Serendipity in International Opportunity Recognition. Academy of Management Annual Conference. Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Recognition & Awards

2018 Gustavson Single Year Award, Gustavson School of Business, UVic
2018 IAB Community Engaged Scholar , Gustavson School of Business Intl. Advisory Board
2015 Gustavson Single Year Award, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
2014 Gustavson Single Year Award , Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
2013 Award of Excellence in Teaching , Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
2013 Gustavson Single Year Award, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
2008 Best Paper Proposal Award at Strategic Management Society Special India Conference, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

Grants

Completed

  • Understanding Organizational and Institutional Challenges of Increased Immigration: The Case of Local Immigrant Partnerships in Canada, Funded by GEPRG (April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019), awarded May 25, 2018 ($2,500.00), Completed, Spring 2019, PI Sudhir Nair (100%)

  • Examining Impact of Procedural Capital and Routines on Firm Performance When Engaging Consultants, Funded by UVIC ORS (August 10, 2018), awarded April 13, 2018 ($1,250.00), Completed, Summer 2018, PI Sudhir Nair (100%)

  • Investigation into Factors Affecting International Service Trade, Funded by International Programs Office, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria (October 27, 2017), awarded October 27, 2017 ($2,500.00), Completed, Spring 2018, PI Sudhir Nair with CoPI Morten Rask, CoPI David Cohen, CoPI Chris Meyer

  • Investigation of Factors Affecting International Service Trade, Funded by UVic Gustavson Executive Programs Research Grant (April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018), awarded April 25, 2017 ($2,500.00), Completed, Spring 2018, PI Sudhir Nair

  • Private Politics, Public Good: The Role of Social Entrepreneurship in the Funding of Stem Cell Research during the US Federal Embargo, Funded by GEPRG (May 27, 2014 - March 31, 2015), awarded May 27, 2014 ($2,500.00), Completed, Spring 2015, PI Sudhir Nair

  • Contextualizing International Entrepreneurship: The Case of India, Funded by GEPRG (June 7, 2012 - March 31, 2013), awarded June 7, 2012 ($2,500.00), Completed, Spring 2013, PI Sudhir Nair with CoPI Wade Danis

In-Progress

  • Understanding Organizational and Institutional Challenges of Increased Immigration: The Case of Local Immigrant Partnerships in Canada, Funded by GEPRG (April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020), awarded April 29, 2019 ($2,500.00), Funded - In Progress, Summer 2019, PI Sudhir Nair (100%)

  • Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Funded by UVic Office of Research Services (April 30, 2019 - August 31, 2019), awarded April 3, 2019 ($1,250.00), Funded - In Progress, Summer 2019, PI Sudhir Nair

Current & Upcoming Courses

  • Strategic Management (BCom)
  • Selected Topics in Management – Doing Business in India (BCom)
  • Summer Graduate Business Studies, Global Strategy Module (Executive Programs)
  • The How and What of Global Strategy (Executive Programs - ISIBM)