Ilgaz Arikan received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. Prior to his current position at Kent State University, he taught at Boston University, Georgia State University and at the Ohio State University in MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Education programs. He has authored articles in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Management Information Systems Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and chapters in academic and professional journals and books on entrepreneurial and established firms' strategies and the choice between initial public offerings, mergers & acquisitions, heritage firms, dynamic capabilities, impact of animosity between nations on firms’ international market entry and governance choices, strategic alliances and joint ventures. He is an expert in the management of Italian firms. In additions to his academic work, Arikan does consulting to small and mid-size firms in emerging markets in market entry, creating and sustaining competitive advantages and strategy formulation. He teaches strategic management, international business and entrepreneurship. In his spare time, Ilgaz trains to compete in the World Championships in Shoe Shining and Shoe Patina.