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.
- Management Consulting
- Managing Diversity
- 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 32(4): 476 - 508.
Abstract: The traditional master of business administration (MBA) capstone strategy course is intended to integrate the prior course work of the MBA program but is doing this less and less well in today's high-velocity and complex business environment. The traditional strategy course structures, emphasizing formulation- implementation and the internal-external environments, do relatively well at developing theoretical and applied integration skills but do poorly in developing practical integration skills-the very skills increasingly demanded by employers. The authors do not believe that the traditional organization of and pedagogies for the capstone strategy course develop the level of integrated thinking necessary for managers to make good decisions in today's business environment. They suggest reorganizing the strategy capstone course along the levels of managerial decision making and emphasizing pedagogies that employ rich-enough cases and business simulations to better develop integration skills-particularly practical integration skills-in MBA students.
Kachra, A., White, R.E.,
2008, "Know-How Transfer: The Role of Social, Economic/Competitive and Firm Boundary Factors", Strategic Management Journal, April 29(4): 425 - 445.
Abstract: Using policy capture methodology, this study examines the effect of different contextual cues upon the know-how transfer efforts reported by 79 biotechnology R&D scientists. Theoretically, these different cues are believed to affect the scientists' expectation of reciprocity, and thus their know-how transfer behavior. Three types of contextual cues between the know-how source and recipient were studied: competitiveness, social relationship, and within or across firm boundaries. We find these cues are associated, in the expected directions, with know-how transfer effort. The findings support a general theory of reciprocity whereby social, competitive, and firm boundary cues have a summative effect upon the expectation of reciprocity and know-how transfer. This is the first study to examine how these cues taken together influence the know-how transfer decision.
Beamish, P.W., Kachra, A.,
2004, "Number of Partners and Joint Venture Performance", Journal of World Business 39(2): 107 - 120.
Abstract: Using the largest-ever sample of international equity JVs with three or more partners, this study examines the relationship between the number of partners in a JV and performance. Resource-based theory and the transaction cost perspective are used to explore whether the increases in transaction costs are balanced off by increased benefits as the number of partners grows. Four hypotheses are developed and tested on a sample of 1,335 Japanese JVs in 73 countries, not including Japan. No significant relationship was observed between number of partners in an international JV and JV performance, even when moderators like JV type were considered.
Works 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)