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Cristina Vlas

Assistant Professor



PhD International Management Studies, Univ. of Texas at Dallas, 2018
MBA, Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha, 2006
BS Marketing, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, 2001

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, UMass Amherst, 2018-Present

Research Interests

Strategic management
Knowledge transfer/flows
Emerging markets
Diversity in organizations
Top management teams

Teaching Interests

  • Strategic management
  • Global business/International business
  • Entrepreneurial business development
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Technology and innovation management
  • Organization theory
  • Diversity issues in management

Selected Publications

Peng, MW, Sun, W, Vlas, C, Minichilli, A, and Corbetta, G (2018) “An institution-based view of large family firms: A recap and overview” Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, vol. 42, issue 2, pp: 187-205.

Yuan, C, Li, Y, Vlas, C, and Peng, MW (2016) “Dynamic capabilities, subnational environment, and university technology transfer” Strategic Organization, vol. 16, issue 1, pp: 35-60.

Vlas, R and Vlas, C (2016) “The role of internal and network constraints on alliance ambidexterity decisions in technology-intensive industries” Asia-Pacific Journal of Information Systems, vol. 26, issue 2, pp: 299-321.

Vlas, C, Choi, EW, and Peng, MW “Patenting velocity and patterns in market signaling” Organization Science (review and resubmit)

Peng, MW, Lebedev, S, Vlas, C, Wang, J, and Shay, J “The growth of the firm in (and out of) emerging economies” Asia-Pacific Journal of Management (review and resubmit)