The first presenters in the MLGRG speaker series is Prof. Sheila M. Puffer, Cherry Family Senior Fellow of International Business at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. August 29, 2011


the presentation titled

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Russia: Some Go News

Dr. Puffer during the presentation

Dr. Puffer explained that entrepreneurship is widely recognized as the primary engine of economic growth, and is a focus of considerable attention in the rise of emerging and transition economies. she discussed some of her recent research on entrepreneurship in Russia, a country that has typically been eclipsed in the press as well as in academic research by other BRICs. She provided some good news about entrepreneurship and innovation in Russia, based on results of her recent study of leadership styles of highly successful entrepreneurs as well as a look at the Russian government’s current initiatives to encourage innovation and diversification of the economy.  

Sheila M. Puffer is University Professor and Cherry Family Senior Fellow of International Business at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. She is also a fellow at the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University and has served as program director of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America at Northeastern. She has been recognized as the #1 scholar internationally in business and management in Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe according to a 2005 Journal of International Business Studies article analyzing 13 leading academic journals from 1986-2003. She also ranks as the #1 most published author (tied) in the Journal of World Business from 1993-2003. She has been ranked in the top 5 percent of authors worldwide who published in the leading international business journals from 1996-2005, according to a Michigan State University study. She was also ranked among the top 100 authors who published in Administrative Science Quarterly from 1981-2001. Dr. Puffer has more than 140 publications, including over 65 refereed articles and 11 books. She served as the editor of The Academy of Management Executive as well as a member of the Academy’s Board of Governors from 1999-2002. She worked for six years as an administrator in the Government of Canada and has consulted for a number of private and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Puffer earned a degree from the executive management program at the Plekhanov Institute of the National Economy in Moscow and holds BA (Slavic Studies) and MBA degrees from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Farashahi presents Dr. Puffer