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Erica Berte, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Management
Division of Business
CC Room 117

PHONE: 812.348.7267

Biographical Statement

I was an auditor at Ernst & Young from 1993 to 1997. In 1998 I started teaching in the Business Department at Univali University, in Brazil, working there until 2005, when I moved to Iowa. While in Iowa, I taught at North Iowa Community College. In 2006, I moved to Columbus and finished my doctorate. I have been at IUPUC since 2007, beginning as adjunct professor in management and in 2008 I became assistant professor of management. My areas of interest are: international business, organizational behavior, small technology-based firms, and environmental sustainability.


  • Ph.D. in Business Administration (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil 2006)
  • MSc. In Business Administration (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil 2000)
  • B.S. Accounting (Regional University of Blumenau, Brazil 1995)
  • B.S. Business Administration (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil 1992)

Professional Activities

  • Manuscript Reviewer for the Academy of Management Conference
  • Manuscript Reviewer for the Business Review Magazine—Brazil
  • Member of the Academy of Management
  • Member of the International Association for Management of Technology
  • Member of the Columbus Young Professionals
  • Member of the Board of the Leadership Bartholomew County

Courses Taught

  • BUS-D 301 The International Business Environment
  • BUS-D 302 International Business: Operations of International Enterprises
  • BUS-Z 302 Managing and Behavior in Organizations
  • BUS-W 430 Organizations and Organizational Change
  • BUS-W 490 Independent Study in Business administration—Management research project

Administrative & Service Responsibilities

I serve as an advisor for the Environmental Consciousness Organization (ECO Club) at IUPUC.

Research Activities

I am finishing a research on cross-cultural studies, and another on the characteristics of technology-based start-up firms. I am designing two other researches: one regarding sustainable technology development and international competitiveness, and another about expatriates. Finally, I am preparing two workshops presentations: “Organizational Change for Sustainable Practices in Universities” and “The effect of Financial Crisis on Latin America Companies Sustainability Initiatives.” Probably they will become my new research projects.

Awards & Activities

  • Best paper Awarded in the 21st National Meeting of Production Engineering: Pereira, Erica C. O., F. Piske, F., Oliveira, Gelasio, Santos, J., Nardelli, R. & Piccoli, W. Simultaneous engineering: a case study in a textile company. 2001


  • Berte, E. & Jones, K. (in press). The Field Trip as an Experiential Teaching Strategy to Promote Reflective Learning. Journal of the Academy of Business Education.
  • Berte, E. & Hittler, J. (2013). LHP Inc.: challenging the organizational structure and culture to grow. Journal of Applied Case Research, 11(1), 61-70.
  • Ratiu, C.; Lvina, E. and Berte, E., (2011). Matchmaking and the multinational enterprise: How individual motivation and international strategy interact to affect expatriate adjustment. International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 11, 2/3/4.
  • Berte, E., (2010). The impact of individualism and collectivism on firm’s internal capabilities and external networks. International Journal of Global Management Studies,2,1.
  • Berte, E., Martinho, I. R A., & Rodrigues L. (2010). The lessons learned from the unique characteristics of small technology-based firms. International Management Review Journal, 6, 1, 63-71
  • Berte, E., & Neely, L. (2009). Shifting technology from the Universities to a high performance business. Revista de Administração da UFSM, 2, 3, 513-525
  • Berte, E., Martinho, I. R A., & Rodrigues L. (2008). The strategy formulation for small technology-based firms. Revista de Administração da UFSM, 1, 116-135.
  • Berte, E. & Martinho, I. R. A (2007). Contribution to the Strategy Formulation Process of Small Technology-Based Firms. Business Studies Magazine, UNIJUÍ, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 1, 37-64.
  • Berte, E. & Sbragia, R. (2004). Success Determinants of University-Technology Based Firms: a study of multiple cases from CIETEC/USP. Revista de Economia e administração, IBMEC, 3, 339-350.
  • Berte, E. & Sakamoto, F (2002). A new vision of the Controllership in managing costs. Revista Alcance, 9, 21-27.
  • Berte, E. & Erdmann, R.H (1998). From the Production Planning and Control to the Computer Integrated Manufacturing: evolution of the production management. Revista Teoria e Evidência Econômica, 5, 141-155.

Civic Engagement

I am a volunteer of the Latin America Organization of Volunteers in Education (LOVE).