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Ariff Kachra

Lecturer (part-time)

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Dr. Ariff Kachra has been affiliated with the Richard Ivey School of Business for over 2 decades. He spent 5 years at the school full time where he served as the Academic Director of the Ivey Consulting Program, Founding Editor of the Ivey Business Review, the Founder of Ivey’s Diversity Initiative, and Managing Director of Ivey’s Executive Development Center in India. During his full-time tenure at Ivey, Dr. Kachra won 3 teaching awards in the HBA program and 3 teaching awards in the MBA program. More recently, Dr. Kachra served as the founding Dean Arts and Sciences at the University of Central Asia (UCA). Dean Kachra developed and managed academic partnerships with leading universities in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, oversaw the planning, launch and operations of faculty and student recruitment and retention, the Registrar’s Office, Student Affairs, Library Services, UCA’s Teaching and Learning Center, UCA’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme, Academic and Non-Academic Services on Campus and Strategic Planning. Dr. Kachra is a seasoned executive faculty member who spent 8 years teaching Executive MBA students at Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management in California. During his tenure at Pepperdine, he received multiple teaching awards and served as the Director of the MBA program; Pepperdine’s Program is one of the largest MBA programs in the US. Today, Dr. Kachra is the Founder and Managing Director of Strat-ology Consulting Inc., a boutique management consulting house specializing in Strategic Facilitation, Executive Development, Training, Executive Coaching and Educational Consulting. Dr. Kachra is an expert facilitator with specific interests in working with Boards and Top Management Teams to map out their strategic direction. He also has several years of management consulting and senior management experience in Canada and abroad.


  • Strategy
  • Decision-Making
  • Management Consulting
  • Managing Diversity

Programs Taught

  • HBA
  • MBA
  • Executive Education


  • MBA, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
  • PhD, Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Kachra, A.; Schnietz, K., 2008, "The Capstone Strategy Course: What Might Real Integration Look Like", Journal of Management Education, September 32(4): 476 - 508.
  • Kachra, A.; White, R. E., 2008, "Know-How Transfer: The Role of Social, EconomicCompetitive and Firm Boundary Factors", Strategic Management Journal, April 29(4): 425 - 445.
  • Beamish, P. W.; Kachra, A., 2004, "Number of Partners and Joint Venture Performance", Journal of World Business, January 39(2): 107 - 120.

For more publications please see our Research Database

Work in Progress

  • Kachra, A., Vera, D., Castrillon, S. 2017. Improvisational decision making: The next step in a building a theory of decision making. Working Paper.
  • Kachra, A. & Schnietz, K. 2017. The Role of Emotional Intelligence in predicting a manager’s ability to identify and manage fuzzy ethical dilemmas. Working Paper.


  • Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Central Asia, Aga Khan Development Network
  • Managing Director, Richard Ivey School of Business Executive Development Center India, Western University
  • Academic Director of the Ivey Consulting Initiative, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario
  • MBA Program Director, Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management
  • Managing Director, Strat-ology Consulting (Sample of Companies and Organizations served: Brink’s, Autoland, Danby, Southern California Edison, Ocean Express Seafood, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, PROCU, Consumer Lending Roundtable, London Hydro, CBI Health Group, Social Science and Humanities Research Council)
  • Vice President, Marketing and Membership Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)