Dr. Ritch Sorenson
Professor of Entrepreneurship : Entrepreneurship Department
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Ritch L. Sorenson is the Opus Chair in Family Business and the academic director of the Family Business Center.
Sorenson’s primary focus is family business governance. He and his family were third-generation owners of a bank. He has conducted national surveys about family business and has developed concentrations in family business at the University of St. Thomas and at Texas Tech University. Sorenson was an associate editor and serves on the editorial board for Family Business Review. He has sponsored several conferences at St. Thomas that have resulted in journal publications, a book titled Family Business and Social Capital and another book titled The Landscape of Family Business.
Sorenson’s interests include family business, leadership, conflict management, entrepreneurship and organizational communication. His research has been published in journals such as Family Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing and Group and Organization Studies. In addition, Sorenson has provided executive education and management development to organizations throughout the United States, including Rohm & Haas, Union Carbide, Burlington Northern Railroad, Hoechst Celanese, Lever Brothers, Great Clips and the United States Air Force.more
B.A., rhetoric, Brigham Young University
M.A., M.S., interpersonal communication, Brigham Young University
Ph.D., organizational communication, Purdue University
- Family business
- Organizational communication
- Governance in family business
- The landscape of family business
- Family capital
- Entrepreneurship in family business
- Sorenson, R. L., A. Yu, K. H. Brigham and G. T. Lumpkin. The Landscape of Family Business. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming.
- Family Business and Social Capital. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
- "How moral and social values become embedded in family firms," Journal of Management Spirituality and Religion 10:1 (2013).
- Spriggs, M., A. Yu, D. Deeds and R. Sorenson, "Too many cooks in the kitchen: Innovation capacity, collaborative network orientation, and performance in small family businesses," Family Business Review 26:1 (2013): 32-50.
- Yu, A., G. T. Lumpkin, R. L. Sorenson and K. H. Brigham, "The Landscape of Family Business Outcomes: A Summary and Numerical Taxonomy of Dependent Variables," Family Business Review 25:1 (2011): 33-57.
- J. D. Hoover, R. C. Giambatista, R. L. Sorenson and W. H. Bommer, "Assessing the Effectiveness of Whole Person Learning Pedagogy in Skill Acquisition," Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal 9:2 (2010): 192-203.
- Sorenson, R. L. and L. Bierman, "Family capital, family business, and free enterprise," Family Business Review 22:3 (2009): 193-195.
- Sorenson, Ritch L., Kenneth E. Goodpaster, Patricia R. Hedberg and Andy Yu, "The family point of view, family social capital, and firm performance: An exploratory test," Family Business Review 22:3 (2009): 239-253.
- Distelberg, B. and R. L. Sorenson, "Updating systems concepts in family businesses: A focus on values, resource flows, and adaptability," Family Business Review 22:1 (2009): 65-81.
- Sorenson, R. L., C.A. Folker and K. H. Brigham, "The Collaborative Network Orientation: Achieving Business Success Through Collaborative Relationships," Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (2008).
- Sorenson, R. L., M. Hoelscher and J. Hoffman, "Achieving Sustained Competitive Advantage: A Family Capital Theory," Family Business Review 24:2 (2006).
- "The Contribution of Leadership Styles and Practices to Family and Business Success," Family Business Review 12:3 (2000).
- Sorenson, R. L., E. A. Morse and G.T. Savage, "A test of the motivation underlying conflict management choices in the dual-concern model," International Journal of Conflict Management 10:1 (2000): 25-44.
- "Conflict Strategies Used by Successful Family Businesses," Family Business Review 12:4 (1999): 325-339.
- Sorenson, R. L., E. A. Morse and G.T. Savage, "What Motivates Choice of Conflict Strategies?" International Journal of Conflict Management 10:1 (1999).
Significant Scholarly Honors
- Best Dissertation Award, 2012, Family Firm Institute. Committee for Annette Rahael.
- The 2009 Jack A. Dinos/Cox Family Enterprise Center Best Family Business Paper Award, Academy of Management.
- Associate Editor, Family Business Review, 2008-2012.
- Opus Endowed Chair in Family Business, 2007-present.
- Trinity Companies Professor in Management, 2004-2007 , Texas Tech University.
- Best Dissertation Award, 2002, Family Firm Institute. Co-Director for Mark Hoelscher.