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Yamlaksira Getachew

  • Assistant Professor
Academic Division: Management

Bio

Yamlaksira Getachew is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Babson College. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada; an MBA from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; and a B.A in Business Management from Jimma University, Ethiopia, where he graduated with a Gold Medal.

Yamlaksira has taught strategy courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels across several academic institutions. He also coauthored two strategy cases: a case on Ethiopian Airlines and another on a social enterprise tackling poverty in Kenya. Yamlaksira's research examines topics in strategic management, international business, and entrepreneurship areas and focuses on the interplay between businesses and sustainable development (with particular emphasis on Africa, economic institutions, and inequality). His research has been published in leading management journals including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of World Business, and Global Strategy Journal and won several prestigious awards including the 2016-2018 Gunnar Hedlund Best Dissertation Award from the Stockholm School of Economics and the 2020 UNCTAD-AIB Award for Research on Investment and Development.

Yamlaksira offered advisory services to several organizations including UNCTAD, on foreign direct investment in the least developed countries (LDCs), and the African Union, in its formulation of the 2050 Africa's Integrated Maritime (AIM) Strategy. He has also been actively involved in the 39 Country Initiative--an initiative with a major goal of contributing toward poverty reduction by helping improve business education in the world's 39 least-developed countries, of which 32 are in Africa.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Western University (formerly University of Western Ontario)
  • MBA, Addis Ababa University
  • BA, Jimma University

Awards & Honors

  • 2020 — The UNCTAD-AIB Award for Research on Investment and Development, UNCTAD and Academy of International Business
  • 2018 — Gunnar Hedlund Best Dissertation Award, Stockholm School of Economics
  • 2018 — IM Division D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University Dissertation Award-Finalist, D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University
  • 2018 — Buckley and Casson Academy of International Business (AIB) Dissertation Award- Finalist, Henley Business School, University of Reading
  • 2016 — George E. Connell Graduate Scholarship, Ivey Business School
  • 2015 — Brock Scholarship, Ivey Business School
  • 2015 — Plan for Excellence Doctoral Fellowship, Ivey Business School
  • 2004 — Gold-Medal in a B.A degree in Business Management, Jimma University
  • 2000 — A Very Great Distinction status and award at the Ethiopian Schools Leaving Certificate Examination [ESLCE], Ethiopian Ministry of Education
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Publications

Journal Articles

  • Getachew, Y.S., Birhanu, A., Lashitew, A. (2022). Gender Differences in Enterprise Performance During the COVID-19 Crisis: Do Public Policy Responses Matter?. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. link
  • Abebe, M., Getachew, Y.S., Kimakwa, S. (2022). Entrepreneurs’ Ethnic and Political Identity Alignment as Determinants of Access to Government Support in Africa: A Conceptual Framework . Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. link
  • Getachew, Y.S., Beamish, P. (2021). Unbundling the effects of host-country institutions on foreign subsidiary survival: A case for subsidiary heterogeneity. Journal of World Business. link
  • Getachew, Y.S. (2018). Institutional Voids, Investment Purposes, and Foreign Subsidiaries of Multinational Enterprises. AIB Insights. link
  • Getachew, Y.S., Beamish, P. (2017). Foreign subsidiary exit from Africa: The effects of investment purpose diversity and orientation. Global Strategy Journal. link

Cases and Teaching Notes

  • Liu, I., Getachew, Y.S., Namubiru, B. (2022). The Kiri Group: A social enterprise tackling poverty in Kenya. Ivey Publishing. link
  • Getachew, Y.S., Beamish, P. (2014). Ethiopian Airlines: Bringing Africa Together. Ivey Publishing. link

Presentations

  • Contract enforcement institutions and MNE integration strategies: Implications for exit from the least-developed countries Getachew, Y. Beamish, P. Academy of Management, Virtual (2020)
  • Writing an Award-Winning Dissertation Getachew, Y. Academy of Management, Virtual (2020)
  • Can AfCFTA promote intra-African FDI? Insights from the African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) Getachew, Y. Fon, R. Chrysostome, E. Academy of International Business, Virtual (2020)
  • Institutional Voids, Investment Purposes, and Foreign Subsidiaries of Multinational Enterprises Getachew, Y. European International Business Academy, Pozna, Poland (2018)
  • Institutional Voids, Investment Purposes, and Foreign Subsidiaries of Multinational Enterprises. Getachew, Y. Academy of Management, Chicago (2018)
  • Institutional Voids, Investment Purposes, and Foreign Subsidiaries of Multinational Enterprises Getachew, Y. Academy of International Business, Minneapolis (2018)
  • Structures of Political Ties with Governments in Developing Countries: A Case for Influence Rents in International Business? Getachew, Y. Academy of International Business, Minneapolis (2018)
  • The collective-relational approach to political connection: A case for political rent? Getachew, Y. Academy of Management, Vancouver (2015)
  • Investment purpose multiplicity to counter the hazards of institutional voids: Japanese FDI in Africa Getachew, Y. Beamish, P. Academy of International Business, Vancouver (2014)
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