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Yamlaksira Getachew, Ph.D. - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Yamlaksira Getachew, Ph.D. Yamlaksira Getachew, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management, College of Business Administration | Loyola Marymount University



You can contact Yamlaksira Getachew at Yamlaksira.Getachew@lmu.edu.

Professor Yamlaksira Getachew received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Ivey Business School, Canada. He has over eight years of experience teaching management courses in business schools in Ethiopia and Canada. His research examines issues at the intersection of international business, institutions, and social welfare. One major strand seeks to advance a better understanding of multinational business in such locations as Africa. His articles and essays have appeared in Global Strategy Journal, Journal of International Business Education, and Academy of International Business Newsletter. Professor Getachew has been actively involved since 2012 in the 39 Country Initiative - an initiative with a major goal of contributing toward poverty reduction by helping improve business education in the world's thirty - nine least developed countries, of which thirty - two are in Africa.

Education (3)

Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, Canada: Ph.D., Business Administration 2017

Addis Ababa University: M.B.A. 2007

Jimma University: B.A., Business Management 2004


Areas of Expertise (4)

International Business

International Business in Africa

Strategies of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs)

Institutional Voids and Their Implications for MNE Strategy and Performance

Accomplishments (6)

SSE Gunnar Hedlund Award (professional)


Won for dissertation titled “Institutional Voids, Investment Purposes, and Foreign Subsidiaries of Multinational Enterprises.” The Gunnar Hedlund Award is considered the most prestigious award for doctoral dissertations in the field of international business.

Finalist - Dissertation Award (professional)


2018 Buckley and Casson Academy of International Business (AIB)

Finalist - FIU/AIB Best Theory Paper Award (professional)


2018 Academy of International Business (AIB) conference

The George E. Connell Graduate Scholarship ($10,000) (personal)


Ivey Business School, Western University

The Brock Scholarship ($20,000) (personal)

Ivey Business School, Western University

The Plan for Excellence Doctoral Fellowship ($146,192) (personal)

Ivey Business School

Articles (3)

The Collective-Relational Approach to Political Connection: A Case for Political Rent?

Academy of Management Proceedings

Yamlaksira Getachew


Drawing on the modified one-tier bargaining model characterizing Chinese inward FDI to developing countries, we advance a theory of political connections and their implications on MNE competitive advantage in developing countries. We develop a typology of political connections based on the approach to political action (transactional and relational) and the level of participation (individual and collective). We argue that the collective-relational approach to political connections makes for superior competitive advantage, as the collective aspect facilitates access to and mobilization of resources and the relational aspect helps build favourable legitimacy. Our theoretical arguments integrate perspectives from the resource-based view and institutional theory and provide explanation to the rising prominence of Chinese MNEs in the developing world.

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Foreign Subsidiary Exit from Africa: The Effects of Investment Purpose Diversity and Orientation

Global Strategy Journal

Yamlaksira S. Getachew, Paul W. Beamish


This study examines how the decision to enter African markets relates to the exit probability of MNE subsidiaries. Using a longitudinal, paired‐sample design of Japanese foreign subsidiaries operating in Africa and OECD countries, we find that entry to Africa increases the hazard rate of subsidiaries, but that subsidiaries entering with more diverse investment purposes and greater market‐seeking orientation have a better survival likelihood. Consistent with the institutional‐based theory of corporate diversification, our findings introduce purpose diversity and market‐seeking orientation as potential mechanisms to mitigate the hazards of institutional voids/instability. Also, by looking at the phenomenon of within‐subsidiary diversity (of purposes) and its interaction with institutional conditions, we advance the notion of subsidiary scope and its implications.

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Ethiopian Airlines: Bringing Africa Together

Ivey Publishing

Paul W. Beamish , Yamlaksira S. Getachew


Ethiopian Airlines plans to expand its African market base to become a leading airline in the continent. As part of the airline’s multi-hub strategy, the vice-president of alliances and corporate strategy and his team must identify a suitable hub location and decide on the appropriate mode and level of ownership. Success in the first hub is essential as it will both validate the viability of the multi-hub strategy and set the tone for the establishment of subsequent hubs throughout the continent. The vice-president and his team need to resolve three issues: location of the first hub, entry mode and ownership level.

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