Dr. Frances M. Amatucci is an Associate Professor and the Assistant Chair in the School of Business at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. She has held adjunct positions at the Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University, the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University. She was the Associate Professor of International and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) and Director of Graduate Business Studies in the Faculty of Business at the University of New Brunswick/Saint John in Canada.
Dr. Amatucci is a strong advocate of field-based and experiential learning in business education. She teaches courses related to strategic management, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and small business consulting. She was the Founder and Executive Director of the Small Business Institute® at Salem State College in Massachusetts, and was a co-founder of the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator (SEA) at Slippery Rock University. She has taught courses outside the United States in Canada, Russia, Denmark, and France.
Her research interests include women and diversity issues in business, entrepreneurship finance, and sustainability entrepreneurship. She has published articles in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Venture Capital, Journal of Small Business Strategy, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, and the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Amatucci was the Co-Chair of the United Nations Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative at Slippery Rock University and championed its becoming one of the first PASSHE (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) schools to become a signatory institution. She is a member of the PRME Working Group on Gender Equality and the developer and coordinator for the finance resource repository. She was the secretary and treasurer for the President’s Commission on the Status of Women at Slippery Rock University. She currently serves as the Chair for the AACSB Accreditation Committee for the School of Business at Slippery Rock University.
She served on the Board of Directors of the U. S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) in various capacities for several years, as well as the Board of Governors of the Eastern Academy of Management. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative. She has been a participant in the Business of Humanity® project at the University of Pittsburgh since 2009 and, based on her field research in Russia funded by the project, she wrote the case study Alcoa Russia.
She received an M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a BSBA in health care administration from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Prior to her career as an academic, she was employed for over sixteen years in the health care sector.
Note: Please refer to the case study, "Alcoa Russia: Values-Driven Organizational Transformation," written by Dr. Frances M. Amatucci, to read her recent Business of Humanity® focused research. The author gratefully acknowledges the assistance of William O’Rourke, former Vice President of Sustainability and Health, Environment and Safety (HES) at Alcoa and President of Alcoa Russia, who arranged for access to Alcoa’s facilities in Moscow and Samara.