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Seema Pissaris

Seema Pissaris

Clinical Professor
Department of International Business

College of Business
Florida International University

Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th St, MANGO 421
Miami, FL 33199

(305) 348-2791


  • Ph.D. in Business Administration
    Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Master of Business Administration
    Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
    Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship and Family Business
  • Executive Compensation
  • Leadership
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management of Non-Profit Organizations

Professional Activities

Dr. Pissaris has been an avid an entrepreneur responsible for launching numerous successful companies.  One of her companies remanufactured and distributed Previously Played™ video games accessories to over 10,000 retail location in Canada and the United States.  The company went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In recognition of this success, Dr. Pissaris was nominated for the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the year award by the Royal Bank of Canada. 

Her experience of transforming a small business into a multi-million dollar corporation has informed Dr. Pissaris’ current research on top management teams and their ability to contribute strategically to the organization. This research examines the importance of executive management compensation, executive turnover, and conflict in the boardroom.  Her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed publications and has been presented at several Academy of Management conferences.

Dr. Pissaris was recognized as Professor of the Year for the 2012/2013 Academic Year.  She is also the recipient of the R. Kirk Landon Teaching and Student Engagement Fellow Award. 

Courses Taught

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship: New Business Development
  • Global Start-ups
  • Leadership in a Global Environment
  • Master's Project in International Business
  • Master's Project in Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Special Topics in Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Writing the Business Plan

Refereed Journal Articles

Pissaris, S. (2021). Using Innovative Strategies to Unpack Female Contributions on Corporate Board. Journal of Business Diversity, 21. (Accepted)

Pissaris, S., Heavey, A., & Golden, P. (2017). Executive Pay Matters: Looking Beyond the CEO to Explore Implications of?Pay Disparity on Non-CEO Executive Turnover and Firm Performance. Human Resource Management, 56(2). View Article

Williams, E., Scandura, T., Pissaris, S., & Woods, J. (2016). Justice perceptions, leader-member exchange, and upward influence tactics. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 37(7). View Article

Wiggenhorn, J., Gleason, K., & Pissaris, S. (2014). Is CEO Pay Disparity and Duality Compatible with Thinking Green. Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives.

Wiggenhorn, J., Pissaris, S., & Gleason, K. (2014). Powerful CEOs and Employee Relationis. Journal of Economics and Finance.

Kanan, Y., Pissaris, S., & Gleason, K. (2012). CEO Domination and Audit Fees: Do Auditors Price the Potential Risk of Disperse Pay among the Top Management Team? Advances in Quantitative Analysis of Finance and Accounting, 10(June 2012).

Payne, B., Castater, N., & Pissaris, S. (2010). On the financial characteristics of firms that maintained strong positions of liquidity during a period of economic recession and financial market turmoil. The Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, 37(2).

Pissaris, S., Jeffus, W., & Gleason, K. (2010). The joint impact of executive pay disparity and corporate governance on corporate performance. Journal of Managerial Issues, 22(3).

Pissaris, S., Weinstein, M., & Stephan, J. (2010). The influence of cognitive simplification process on the CEO succession decision. Journal of Management Research (Ibero-AoM), 10(2).

Benet, B. A., Giannetti, A., & Pissaris, S. (2006). Gains from structured product markets: The case of reverse-exchangeable securities (RES). Journal of Banking & Finance, 30.

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