• Profile: Dr. Sara Jane McCaffrey
Assistant Professor of International Business
Business, Organizations and Society



Office: HAR114


Harris 114

Office Hours, Spring 2015: 

Monday 2:30 - 3:30 PM; Wednesday 2:30 - 4:30 PM and by appointment


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. 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.


BSFS - Georgetown University

Ph.D. -  Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Peer Reviewed Publications

(forthcoming) “Does ‘Local’ Mean Ethical?  The US Buy Local Movement and CSR in SMEs” (with Nancy Kurland). Organization & Environment.

(2014) “Who Defines ‘Local’? Multiple Standards and Local Labeling Schemes” (with Nancy Kurland).  Business & Politics, 6 (1): 191-219.

 (2014) “Social Movement Organization Leaders and the Creation of Markets for ‘Local’ Goods” (with Nancy Kurland).  Published online before print, September 5, 2014, Business & Society, doi:10.1177/0007650314549439.

(2013) “Tacit-Rich Districts and Globalization: Changes in the Italian Textile and Apparel Production System”.  Socio-Economic Review, 11 (4): 657-685.

(2013) “Promoting Ethical Consumption or Protecting Local Elites? Tensions in the US ‘Buy Local’ Movement”  (with Nancy Kurland). Academy of Management Proceedings. 1:10495.

(2012) “The Localism Movement: Shared and Emergent Values”(with Nancy Kurland and Douglas Hill).  Journal of Environmental Sustainability. Vol. 2.



Papers under Review and Research in Progress

 “Family Business, Intergenerational Management, and Sustainability Strategy: Lancaster Food and Farming”.  Revise and resubmit.

“What’s in a Scandal? Firm Responses to the Rana Plaza Tragedy” (with Caroline Arnold). In progress.

“From Private Governance to State Regulation of Ethical Markets?” (with Caoline Arnold).  In progress.


Recent Research



Course Information

BOS 200:  Strategies for Organizing  

BOS 350: International Business

BOS 480: Business and Politics