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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Accountants in family firms: a systematic literature reviewSandgren, 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.
Radical innovation in (multi)family owned firmsChirico 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.
How Do Immigrant Family Businesses Achieve Global Expansion? An Embeddedness PerspectiveChavan 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.
Are family female directors catalysts of innovation in family small and medium enterprises?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...
The persistence of family firms: How does performance threshold affect family firm exit?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.
Owner-manager when death do us part – roles of a widow in sudden succession in family firmsAlmlöf 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.
Why are some family firms not innovative?: Innovation Barriers and Path Dependence in Family FirmsLorenzo 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?