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Ramzi Fathallah

Fathallah, Ramzi
Assistant Professor
B.Sc. (Lebanese American University), M.Sc. (Lancaster), M.Sc. (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)), Ph.D. (Western University, Ivey Business School)
DMS 6107
613-562-5800 x 8451
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Ramzi Fathallah is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business at Telfer School of Management. He holds a Master’s degree in Management from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) in the UK and a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from Ivey Business School in Canada. His research interest lies at the intersections of entrepreneurship, family business and international business. His work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Ford Foundation. Ramzi has taught multiple courses in strategic management, international business, and family business at Western University, Canada and the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he worked as a management consultant.

Ramzi’s research has been published in multiple journals, such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of World Business.

Publications during the last 7 years

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Samara, G., Parada, M.J. and Fathallah, R. 2022. The workplace social performance of family firms: a configurational approach. Management Research Review.
  • Branzei, O. and Fathallah, R. 2021. The End of Resilience? Managing Vulnerability Through Temporal Resourcing and Resisting. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.
  • Fathallah, R., Sidani, Y. and Khalil, S. 2020. How religion shapes family business ethical behaviors: An institutional logics perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 163(4): 647–659.
  • Daou, A., Joseph, J., Yousif, D.S., Fathallah, R. and Reyes, G. 2019. Intellectual capital and resilience in torn societies. Journal of Intellectual Capital, 20(4): 598-618.
  • Fathallah, R., Branzei, O. and Schaan, J.L. 2018. No Place like Home? How EMNCs detach from hyper turbulent contexts by arbitraging rents, values, and scales abroad. Journal of World Business, 53(5): 620-631.

Chapters in Books

  • Fathallah, R. Syrian refugee micro-entrepreneurs in Lebanon and Jordan. In Al-Dajani, H., Baroud, M. and Yassin, N.. Refugee Resilience and Adaptation in the Middle East. Taylor & Francis, 2023.
  • Fathallah, R. and Samara, G. The Transformative Function of Weak Institutional Environments: The Case of Business Families in the Arab Middle East. In Carney, M. and Dieleman, M.. De Gruyter Handbook of Business Families. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2022, (Accepted).

Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports

  • Fathallah, R. 2020. "Shadows to Light: How Syrian refugees entrepreneurs adapt and operate in Jordan’s informal economy", February.

Other Scholarly Contributions

  • (Case) Applegate, L. and Fathallah, R. 2022. "Twin Brothers in a Perfect Storm", Harvard Business Publishing, Boston, MA, United States. Case Number: 823034-PDF-ENG

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2023-2025 SSHRC Insight Development Grant "Built to last? Immigrant family businesses and next generation commitment R C PI $ 46,262
2020-2021 University Research Board (URB), American University of Beirut How Resilient Entrepreneurs Engage with Place at Times of War and Displacement R O PI $ 13,563
2019-2020 University Research Board (URB), American University of Beirut The Internationalization of Family Firms from Politically and Economically Adverse Environments R O PI $ 16,634
2018-2019 Ford Foundation Research Fund Informal adaptive mechanisms: Understanding adaptation, resilience, and agency in securing livelihoods in the informal economy among refugees from Syria in Lebanon and Jordan R F PI $ 25,591
2018-2019 University Research Board (URB), American University of Beirut In search of Greener Pastures: Migrating Business Ventures R O PI $ 13,653
2015-2019 SSHRC Insight Grant Making Disruption less Disruptive: How Businesses Survive and Thrive through Shocks and Disasters R C Collaborator $ 191,850


C: Contract (R and D) | E: Equipment Grant | R: Research Grant | S: Support Award | P: Pedagogical Grant | O: Other, U: Unknown

C: Granting Councils | G: Government | F: Foundations | I: UO Internal Funding | O: Other | U: Unknown

PI = Principal Investigator | Co-I = Co-Investigator | Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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