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Sara Jane McCaffrey

Assistant Professor of International Business
Office: HAR114

Professional Biography

Sara Jane McCaffrey is an assistant professor of international business in the
Department Business, Organizations, and Society at F&M. McCaffrey’s research
interests focus on business managers’ responses to globalization in advanced industrial
economies, and on the impact of negotiated standards and political institutions on
production strategies.
Prof. McCaffrey’s current research examines the farming and food industries in the US,
Italy, and the UK. Agriculture remains the world’s most highly protected industry, but
farmers and food producers are far from immune to globalization pressures. McCaffrey
is investigating how farm managers attempt to upgrade to higher value added segments,
and in particular, how they evaluate and whether they adopt conventional, organic,
or ‘local’ production and marketing strategies.
Prior to arriving at F&M, Prof. McCaffrey studied at MIT, where she was a member
of the research team at MIT’s Industrial Performance Center. McCaffrey’s
dissertation, “Globalization and Human Capital” examined the variety of globalization
strategies of firm managers in Italy, Germany, and the US in the textile and apparel
industries and the IT training industry.
In 2012-13, Prof. McCaffrey is on research leave. She will be a visiting scholar at the
Saint Joseph University Center for Food Marketing.


BSFS - Georgetown University

Ph.D. -  Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Recent Research

McCaffrey, S.J., and N.B. Kurland, “Who Defines Local? Multiple Standards and Local Labeling Schemes” Revise and Resubmit.

Kurland, N.B. and S.J. McCaffrey, “Leading to Local: Social Movement Organization Leaders and the Creation of Markets for ‘Local’ Goods” Revise and Resubmit.

McCaffrey, S.J., and N.B. Kurland, "Does Local Mean Ethical? The US 'Buy Local' Movement and CSR in SMEs” Under review.

McCaffrey, S.J. 2013. “Tacit-rich districts and globalization: changes in the Italian textile and apparel production system” Socio-Economic Review; doi:10.1093/ser/mwt005

Kurland, N.B. McCaffrey, S.J., and Hill, D. H, 2012.  “The Localism Movement: Shared and Emergent Values”. Journal of Environmental Sustainability. vol. 2.  

Kurland, N.B., McCaffrey, S.J. and Zell, D. 2012. The Localism Movement: Environmental Leadership in Grassroots Activism. In D. R. Gallagher (Ed.) Environmental Leadership, Sage Publications.

Course Information

BOS 200:  Strategies for Organizing  

BOS 350: International Business

BOS 480: Business and Politics