Sohrab Soleimanof PhD

 Sohrab Soleimanof PhD


  • Assistant Professor of Management

Office: (662) 325-0288



  • Ph.D., Entrepreneurship, Oklahoma State University, 2016
  • M.B.A., , Sharif University of Technology, 2011
  • B.S, Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran, 2008

Research interests:

Institutional Entrepreneurship, Productive and Unproductive Entrepreneurship, Cronyism, Entrepreneurial Orientation, Family Business Governance, Organizational Learning


Book, Chapter

  • The role of retirement intention in entrepreneurial exit. Handbook on Entrepreneurial Exit. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. 157-183. 2014

Journal Article

  • Micro-Foundations of Corporate Entrepreneurship in Family Firms: An Institution-Based Perspective. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. Pages 1-8. 2019
  • The Intersection of Family Firms and Institutional Contexts: A Review and Agenda for Future Research. Family Business Review. Pages 32-53. 2018
  • Entrepreneurs’ Retirement: Implications for Entrepreneurial Exit. Journal of Small Business Management. Pages 1-24. 2018
  • Examining Facilitative Configurations of Entrepreneurially Oriented Growth: An Information Processing Perspective. British Journal of Management. Page 43. 2017
  • An empirical study of firm’s absorptive capacity dimensions, supplier involvement and new product development performance. International Journal of Production Research. Pages 3385-3403. 2014


  • "Cronyism and Entrepreneurship: A Country Level Analysis." Institute for Human Studies & Mercatus Advance Policy Conference, IHS and Mercatus Center, Arlington, VA. 2015


  • "Entrepreneur-Idea-Environment Fit in Forming Opportunity Confidence: A Multilevel Quasi-Experimental Analysis." United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) conference, USASBE, St. Pete Beach, FL.. 2019

Oral Presentation

  • "Entrepreneurial Behaviors within Family Firms’ Institutional Contexts”." Theories of Family Enterprise Conference, , University of St. Gallen, Sweden. 2017


  • "Contextualizing the Entrepreneurship Process: A Configurational Analysis of National Institutional Contexts’ Influence on Different Stages of the Entrepreneurship Process." Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), Babson College, Boston, MA. . 2019
  • "Corporate Entrepreneurship within Family Firms: Family Communication Patterns and Family Firms’ Strategic Renewal." International Family Enterprise Research Academy , IFERA, Bergamo, Italy. 2019
  • "Entrepreneurship within Crony Capitalism: An International Investigation of the Influence of Cronyism on Productive and Unproductive Entrepreneurship." Academy of Management conference, AOM, Chicago, IL.. 2018
  • "Entrepreneurship and Societal Well-Being: An Empirical Investigation of the Entrepreneuring-as-Emancipation Perspective." Southern Management Association (SMA) conference, Southern Management Association (SMA), Lexington, KY. . 2018
  • "Cronyism and Entrepreneurship: How Does Cronyism Influence Productive and Unproductive Entrepreneurship within a Country?." Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) Conference, Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, NV. 2016
  • "Family firm governance through strategic cronyism: Inviting nonfamily managers to the party." Family Enterprise Research Conference, , Nova Lima, Brazil. 2016
  • "Entrepreneurial Orientation and Firm’s Growth: A Configuration of Firm’s Strategic Orientation and Environment’s Technological Sophistication." Academy of Management Conference , Academy of Management , Vancouver, Canada. 2015
  • "A Cross Level Perspective on Individual Improvisation within Founding Teams: Individual Creativity, Goal Orientation and Teams’ Entrepreneurial Orientation." Academy of Management Conference , Academy of Management , Philadelphia, PA. 2014
  • "The Role of Retirement Intention in Entrepreneurial Exit." In the State of the Field – Entrepreneurial Exit” 2013 Conference, Academy of Management , Stockholm, Sweden. 2013


  • "A Typology of Family Firm Learning Based on Family Communication Patterns." Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC), FFI, Guadalajara, Mexico. 2018
  • "How Do Ethnic Family Institutions Influence Family Owner’s Mentoring Style in Grooming Family Successors? A Family Science Theory Perspective." Family Enterprise Research Conference, , AShville, NC. 2017