Ramona Kay Zachary is the Peter S. Jonas Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management of the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, The City University of New York located in New York City. Before joining Baruch College in 2001, Dr. Zachary was Professor and the J. Thomas Clark Fellow of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. At Baruch College from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017, Professor Zachary was the Chair of the Narendra Paul Loomba Department of Management. For nine years from September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2017, she also served as the Academic Director of the Lawrence N. Field Programs in Entrepreneurship.
Professor Zachary teaches and conducts research related to entrepreneurial and family firms including foci on the owning family’s internal social and economic dynamics, the effects of the family on the family firm viability over time, the economic impact of entrepreneurial and family firms on communities, minority business ownership, and gender issues.
Since its Inaugural Issue in January 2011, Dr. Zachary has served as an Editor of the Entrepreneurship Research Journal with De Gruyter. Within 5 years of its origin or 2015, the Entrepreneurship Research Journal (ERJ) received its first Impact Factor (IF) of 0.515 in June 2016. This is a major achievement for current Editors who are Rania Labaki, Thomas Lyons (Michigan State University), and Ramona K. Zachary (Baruch College) with Chandra S. Mishra (Florida Atlantic University. Currently, the ERJ has an IF 2016 equal to 0.630 and a 5-year IF of 0.821. The ERJ also has a CiteScore 2016 of 0.35; SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016 of 0.113 and a Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2016 of 0.341; go to: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/erj for further details.
Dr. Zachary has co-authored a book titled, The Theory of Entrepreneurship: Creating and Sustaining Entrepreneurial Value. She has also published numerous articles on family business, home-based businesses, family labor force, family management and decision making theory and public and private policies related to businesses and families as well as two edited books entitled, Home-Based Employment and Family Life and The Entrepreneurial Family. She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University and is associated with several professional organizations including the International Family Enterprise Research Academy and has served on its Board and as the Director of Research and Publications Subcommittee.
Rogoff, E. G., & Heck, R. K. Z. (2008). The empirical truths about minority entrepreneurs. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 13(3), 223-227.
Danes, S. M., Lee, J., Stafford, K., & Heck, R. K. Z. (2008). The effects of ethnicity, families and culture on entrepreneurial experience: An extension of Sustainable Family Business Theory. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 13(3), 229-268. [Invited Article for Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Special Issue titled “Empirical Research on Ethnicity and Entrepreneurship in the United States”]
Heck, R. K. Z., & Mishra, C. S. (2008). Family entrepreneurship. Journal of Small Business Management, 46(3), 313-316.
Heck, R. K. Z., Hoy, F., Poutziouris, P. Z., & Steier, L. P. (2008). Emerging paths of family entrepreneurship research. Journal of Small Business Management, 46(3), 317-330.
Puryear, A., Rogoff, E., Lee, M-S., Heck, R. K. Z., Grossman, E. B., Haynes, G. W., & Onochie, J. (2008). Sampling minority business owners and their families: The understudied entrepreneurial experience. Journal of Small Business Management, 46(3), 422-455.
Olson, P.D., Zuiker, V.S., Danes, S.M., Stafford, K., Heck, R.K.Z., & Duncan, K. (2008). Impact of the family and business on family business sustainability (Chapter 5, pp. 90-112). In V. Gupta , N. Levenburg, L. Moore, J. Motwani, & T. Swartz (Eds.), Culturally-sensitive Models of Family Business in Anglo Culture: A Compendium using the GLOBE paradigm. Hyderabad: ICFAI University Press.
Heck, R. K. Z., Danes, S. M., Fitzgerald, M. A., Haynes, G. W., Jasper, C. R., Schrank, H. L., Stafford, K., & Winter, M. (2006). Role of family in family business entrepreneurship. In P. Z. Poutziouris, K. X. Smyrnios, & S. Klein (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Family Business(Chapter 5, pp. 80-105) . Edward Elgar Publishing in association with International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), Chelten ham, UK.
Heck, R. K. Z. (2004, summer). Commentary on S. A. Zahra, J. C. Hayton, and C. Salvato’s “Organizational culture and entrepreneurship in family firms: A resources-based analysis,” Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 383-389.
Rogoff, E. G., & Heck, R. K. Z. (2003). Evolving research in entrepreneurship and family business: Recognizing family as the oxygen that feeds the fire of entrepreneurship. [Introductory Editorial Note for Special Issue], Journal of Business Venturing, 18(5), 559-566.
Rogoff, E. G., & Heck, R. K. Z. (Guest Co-Editors). (2003). The evolving family/entrepreneurial business relationship [Special Issue], Journal of Business Venturing, 18(5).
The Third Annual Office Depot Small Business Research Forum, “Family Entrepreneurship” Forum papers/presentations managed by R. K. Z. Heck, Executive Committee Chair and JSBM Associate Editor, Sponsored by The College of Business at Florida Atlantic University and The Journal of Small Business Management, In partnership with The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, March 10, 2007 (Recognition Award).
Award for Excellence, Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors, 2001.
Distinguished Alumni Award, Consumer and Family Sciences Alumni Association, Purdue University, 1993.