Name: Tanvi Kothari
Years at UWO: 2.5
Prior to joining UW Oshkosh I was an Assistant Professor at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. I have held management and research positions with international companies and research organizations like Thomas Cook India Ltd, Philadelphia Marriott, Melrose Hotel Co. and the National Laboratory of Tourism & eCommerce.
Undergrad/Graduate schools: I have earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration from The Fox School of Business, Temple University. I hold a Masters from School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Temple University and have a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mumbai University, India.
Food you couldn’t live without? I will try anything that is vegetarian but my favorite cuisines are Thai, Ethiopian and Indian. Also, I love my snacks from Trader Joes. You will often find me pitching for their products and occasionally you can stop by my office to taste some samplers too!!
Hobbies outside of teaching? Traveling, dancing, and I am learning to play a guitar.
Favorite movie? Some of my favorites are Pay It Forward, Negotiator and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I do watch a lot of Bollywood movies too.
If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be doing? I would probably be treating patients at a hospital. I value serving people and giving back to the community.
Who is your biggest inspiration for teaching? My high school teacher Mrs. Bhattacharya and my PhD mentor Dr. Masaki Kotabe. Both are my role models and have instilled in me values to be an unconditional teacher. I can give back to them only by paying it forward to my students.
What is your favorite thing about teaching at UWO? Great colleagues and amazing students. I really enjoy the learning attitude that UWO students bring to class.
Dissertation Topic: The Ball Is In Their Court: Changing Role of Multinational Companies from Emerging Economies
What is your current research focus? I am passionate about my research and have developed a critical mass of knowledge and expertise required to address a variety of research questions with respect to large emerging markets – especially India and China. Specifically, my research focuses on understanding the innovation and internationalization strategies of Emerging Market Firms (EMFs) from both, manufacturing and service industries. Currently, I am also involved in a study to evaluate the growth trajectory of social innovations and explore the impact of social ventures. I use variety of unique research methods and analytical tools, including qualitative data collection techniques (e.g., case studies, focus groups, think tanks, nominal group techniques and content analysis) and quantitative methods (e.g., structured survey method both on the web and on print); and integrating qualitative and quantitative methods to triangulate study results. My research has culminated in numerous refereed journal articles, conference presentations, and industry reports and has received scholarly awards in recognition of my work.
What is your best piece of advice for current COB students? Join as many ‘study abroad’ trips as you can, seek internships that can give you an international experience, attend multicultural events, try to have a global focus in your understanding of the business world. Travel the world; it is a life changing experience!!