Research in focus
In this page we portray a selection of the most recents contributions published by CeFEO members in the fields of family business, family entrepreneurship, and ownership.
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- Pinelli M., Chirico F. , De Massis A., Zattoni A. Research on the acquisition behaviour of family firms has produced conflicting theoretical arguments and mixed empirical findings on their propensity to acquire related or unrelated targets.
- Yang T., Kacperczyk A., Naldi L. The need to resolve work–family conflict has long been considered a central motive for women’s pursuit of entrepreneurship. In this paper, we propose and empirically uncover a novel mechanism driving female entrepreneurship: reduced earnings opportunities in w...
External enablers in existing organizations: Emergence, novelty, and persistence of entrepreneurial initiativesCestino Castilla J. , Naldi L. , Ots M. There is growing consensus that exogenous environmental changes can affect entrepreneurship. The external enabler framework, which provides the structures and terminology to analyze these enabling effects, has typically focused on new venture creation.
Examining Heterogeneous Configurations of Socioemotional Wealth in Family Firms Through the Formalization of Corporate Social Responsibility StrategyHsueh J. , De Massis A., Gomez-Mejia L. Family firms purportedly use different socioemotional wealth (SEW) reference points in choosing strategies, yet empirical research continues to use family involvement as a proxy for SEW.
Learning from Their Daughters: Family Exposure to Gender Disparity and Female Representation in Male-Led VenturesWu Z., Naldi L. , Wennberg K., Uman T. We build on recent studies on daughter-to-father influence to explore how male founders’ fatherhood of daughters impacts female representation in their ventures.
- Haag K. , Achtenhagen L. , Grimm J. Longevity is at the core of what makes family businesses special. Unlike most attempts to explain longevity that have focused primarily on the factors within a family business that lead to longevity or the factors outside of an organization’s environment, we a...
- Smith C., Rondi E., De Massis A., Nordqvist M. The role of organizational resilience enabling firms to respond to adversity and survive has become ever more critical in the wake of an increasingly unpredictable external environment.
Sandgren, M. , Uman, T. , Nordqvist, M.
The purpose of this article is to review the body of the literature on the role of individual accountants in the context of family firms, synthesize the findings, outline directions for future research, and to present an integrative framework that summarizes t...
Best Among the Worst or Worst Among the Best? Socioemotional Wealth and Risk-Performance Returns for Family and Non-family Firms Under Financial DistressGómez-Mejia L.R., Chirico F. , Martin G., Baù M.
How does family firms behave in conditions of fnancial distress? How does the social emotional considerations of the family affect the risk propensity of the firm?
Founders’ Prior Shared International Experience, Time to First Foreign Market Entry, and New Venture PerformanceCriaco G., Naldi L. , Zahra S.A.
We examine the influence of founders’ prior shared international experience on the timing of their new ventures’ first entry into foreign markets.
Chirico F. , Ireland R., Pittino D. , Sanchez-Famoso V.
By integrating organizational learning theory with the family firm literature, we seek to enhance our understanding of radical innovation in (multi)family-owned firms.
Chavan M., Chirico F. , Taksa L., Alam M.
By drawing on the lived experience of 25 highly successful family business entrepreneurs in Australia, we develop an integrated process model and discover a four-phase chronology of IFBs’ success toward global expansion.
Bauweraerts J., Rondi E., Rovelli P., De Massis A., Sciascia S.
We examine the role that women who are members of the family owning a business play in the decision making of SMEs. Specifically, we investigate the influence that the involvement of family female directors in the board of family SMEs exerts on innovation deci...
Symeonidou N., De Tienne D.R., Chirico F.
Why firms with similar economic performance make different exit decisions? We find evidence that family firms have lower “performance thresholds” than non-family firms, reducing family firms’ likelihood of exit.
Pragmatic learning in family SMEs: a qualitative study of functional overload among family SME owner-managersQuerbach S., Kammerlander N., Singh J., Waldkirch M.
We develop and pinpoint the family owner managers’ “functional overload” as a major barrier to learning and employee empowerment, family-members’ support and customer feedback as critical resources in overcoming such functional overload.
External Enablers of Entrepreneurship: A Review and Agenda for Accumulation of Strategically Actionable KnowledgeKimjeon J. , Davidsson P.
Our goal is to enhance knowledge accumulation about how changes to the business environment enable new venture creation, with a special emphasis on strategically actionable knowledge.
Almlöf H. , Sjögren H.
We sheds light on a hitherto understudied group in family business literature: widows. We explore the roles a widow may take following the unexpected death of her owner-manager spouse when she had no salient role in the business prior to the death.
Torn between individual aspirations and the family legacy – individual career development in family firmsAchtenhagen L. , Haag K. , Hultén K., Lundgren J.
We explore individual career management by family members in the context of their family firms with particular attention toward choice, planning, goals and development of family members' careers in their family business.
Lorenzo D., Núñez-Cacho P., Akhter N. , Chirico F.
How does leadership impact on family firm orientation towards innovation? How does reputation affect innovation. How do emotional conflicts between relatives affect family firm innovation?