Chris Sutter

Associate Professor



Academic Background

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University, 2013
  • Masters in Business Administration, Marriot School of Management, Brigham Young University, 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts, Brigham Young University, 2005

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Instructor, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University

Recent Publications

  • Sutter, C., Bruton, G., & Chen, J. Entrepreneurship as a solution to desperate poverty: A review and future directions. (2019). Journal of Business Venturing
  • Qureshi, I, Sutter, C, & Bhatt, B. Boundary Objects, Boundary Workers, and the Transformative Power of Knowledge Sharing (2018). Organization Studies
  • Sutter, C.; Webb, J.; Kistruck, G.; Ketchen, D.; & Ireland, D. (2017) Transitioning Entrepreneurs from Informal to Formal Markets. Journal of Business Venturing
  • Kistruck, G.; Webb, J.; Sutter, C.; Bailey, A. The double-edged sword of legitimacy in Base-of-the-Pyramid markets. Journal of Business Venturing, In press.
  • Sutter, C; Kistruck, G., & Morris, S. (2014) Adaptations to knowledge templates in base-of-the-pyramid markets: the role of social interaction. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 8(4) 303-320.
  • Sutter, C., Webb, J., Kistruck, G. & Bailey, A. (2013). Entrepreneurs’ responses to semi-formal illegitimate institutional arrangements. Journal of Business Venturing. 28(6) 743-758.
  • Kistruck, G.; Sutter, C.; Lount, R. & Smith, B. (2013). Mitigating Principal-Agent Problems in Base-of-the-Pyramid Markets: An Identity Spillover Perspective. Academy of Management Journal. 56(3) 659-682.
  • Kistruck, G.; Beamish, P; Qureshi, I.; & Sutter, C. (2013). Social Intermediation in Base of the Pyramid Markets. Journal of Management Studies, 50(1) 31-66. Kistruck, G.; Webb, J; Sutter, C.; & Ireland, D. (2011). Microfranchising in Base-of-the-Pyramid Markets. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 35(3) 503-531.

Honors & Awards

  • James Robeson Junior Faculty Research Excellence Award, 2019
  • Best Paper Award, Satter Conference on Social Entrepreneurship at NYU

Professional Interests

  • Venture creation and growth within informal markets in developing countries


Chris joined Miami University in 2013 after completing a PhD at Ohio State. His research focuses on how best to foster entrepreneurship in developing countries as a means of economic development. Specifically, he studies how knowledge and institutions influence entrepreneurial activity in these environments. Chris' work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice. He has ongoing or completed fieldwork in Guatemala, Nicaragua, India, and Ghana. He has traveled widely in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish.


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Chris Sutter

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