PhD Dissertation Defense: Basma Abukakr Khoja

Monday, April 17, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

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Family Influence and Entrepreneurial Passion: Multiple Case Studies of Saudi Family Businesses


Research on passion is beginning to grow in the entrepreneurial literature, yet we still know little about what factors drive entrepreneurial passion and how it is affected in different cultural aspects. Recognizing the socially embedded nature of entrepreneurship and building upon past research we examine the effect of the dimensions of family influence (Power, Experience and Culture) which may positively or negatively impact the entrepreneurial passion (Obsessive or Harmonious) using gender as a moderator. We contribute to the literature on the intersection of family business and entrepreneurship in relation to passion in the environment of Saudi Arabia. This research looks at family firm cases within the healthcare industry of the city Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Dissertation Committee:

Prof. Rosanna Garcia (Chair)

Prof. Frank Hoy

Prof. Purvi Shah

Prof. Dianne Welsh  








April 17th, 2023 (Monday)

12:00-1:30 PM

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Basma Abubakr Khoja

Basma Abubakr Khoja

PhD Candidate

Basma Khoja’s research interests are Family Business and Entrepreneurship. She is motivated to study Family’s Influence in Family Businesses and its effect on Entrepreneurial Passion in a Saudi Arabian Culture.

Basma has a considerable personal experience in establishing Family Business. Her experience is first derived from the fact that her family owns a Family business that started one of the most prestigious hospitals in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This experience inspired her to pursue the principles underlying forming and operating such corporations. She later became a faculty member in the college of Business Administration at King AbdulAziz University in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. She was responsible of teaching Principles of Management, Business Plan Writing and Small Business Administration course prior to joining WPI.





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