Research projects at the Centre for Family Business have generated several papers published in top-ranked academic journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Business Ethics, and Family Business Review, as well as several published books and book chapters.

The Centre has obtained various research grants from public funding bodies and private organisations. Our team members have received several academic honours and awards for their work. In addition, we regularly take part in international, national and regional conferences and seminars, where we are able to stand out for the quality of our research.

Our researchers participate yearly in research conferences such as the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, IFERA Annual Conference, and STEP Summit to advance their family business scholarship. 

Recent publications

Articles in international refereed journals

Kotlar J., Fang H.C., De Massis A., Frattini F. (forthcoming). Profitability goals, control goals, and the R&D investment decisions of family and nonfamily firms. Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Campopiano G., De Massis A. (forthcoming). Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting: A Content Analysis in Family and Non-family Firms. Journal of Business Ethics.

Chrisman J.J., Chua J.H., De Massis A., Frattini F., Wright M. (forthcoming). The ability and willingness paradox in family firm innovation. Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Campopiano G., De Massis A., Chirico F. (2014). Firm philanthropy in small and medium-sized family firms: The effects of family Involvement in ownership and management. Family Business Review. Forthcoming.

Kotlar J., De Massis, A., Fang H., Frattini F. (2014). Strategic Reference Points in Family Firms. Small Business Economics.

De Massis A., Chirico F., Kotlar J., Naldi L. (2014). The Temporal Evolution of Proactiveness in Family Firms: The Horizontal S-Curve Hypothesis. Family Business Review, Vol. 27, No. 1., pp. 35-50.

De Massis A., Kotlar J. (2014). The case study method in family business research: Guidelines for qualitative scholarship. Journal of Family Business Strategy, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 15-29.

Frattini F., Bianchi M., De Massis A., Sikimic U. (2014). The Role of Early Adopters in the Diffusion of New Products: Differences Between Platform and Nonplatform Innovations. Journal of Product Innovation Management, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 466-488.

Kotlar J., De Massis A. (2013). Goal Setting in Family Firms: Goal Diversity, Social Interactions, and Collective Commitment to Family-Centered Goals. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Vol. 37, No. 6,

De Massis A., Sieger P., Chua J.H., Vismara S. (2013). Family Firm Incumbent’s Attitude Toward Intra-family Succession: Antecedents and Effects on Intentions. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Vol. 1, pp. 1-6.

De Massis A., Kotlar J., Frattini F. (2013). Is social capital perceived as a source of competitive advantage or disadvantage for family firms? An exploratory analysis of CEO perceptions. Journal of Entrepreneurship, Vol. 22, No. 1,

Bigliardi B., Cassia L., De Massis A., Frattini F. (2013). Technology Strategy in Family Business: A New Avenue for Research. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol. 17, No. 1/2/3, pp-1-7

De Massis A., Kotlar J., Cassia L. (2013). How Do Family Firm CEOs Perceive their Competitive Advantages and Disadvantages? Empirical Evidence from the Transportation Industry. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 167-189.

Dodd, S., Anderson, A.R., Jack, S. (2013) Being in time and the family owned firm. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 29 (1).

J.J. Chrisman, P. Sharma, L. Steier & J.H. Chua (2013). The Influence of Family Goals, Governance, and Resources on Firm Outcomes: Some Further Advances. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 37(6) pp. 1249-1262.

Discua Cruz, A., Howorth, C., & Hamilton, E. (2013). Intrafamily Entrepreneurship: The Formation and Membership of Family Entrepreneurial Teams. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 37(1) pp. 17-46.

Roscoe, P., Discua Cruz, A., & Howorth, C. (2013). How does an old firm learn new tricks? A material account of entrepreneurial opportunity. Business History, 55(1) pp. 53-72.

J.H. Chua, J.J. Chrisman, L. Steier & S. Rau (2012). The heterogeneity of family firms: An Introduction. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 36(6) pp. 1103-1113.

T. Zellweger, F. Kellermanns, J.J. Chrisman & J.H. Chua (2012). Family control and family firm valuation by family CEOs: The importance of intention for transgenerational control. Organization Science, 23(3) pp. 851-868.

Z. Wu & J.H. Chua (2012). Second order gender effects: The case of U.S. small business borrowing cost. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 36(3) pp. 443-463.

Discua Cruz, A., Hamilton, E., & Jack, S. L. (2012). Understanding entrepreneurial cultures in family businesses: A study of family entrepreneurial teams in Honduras. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 3(3) pp. 147-161.

Chrisman, J.J., Chua, J.H., Steier, L.P. (2011). Resilience of Family Firms: An Introduction. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 35 (6) pp. 1107-1119.

Chua, J.H., Chrisman, J.J., Kellermanns, F., Wu, Z. (2011). Family involvement and new venture debt financing. Journal of Business Venturing, 26 (4) pp. 472-488.

Eddleston, K.A., Chrisman, J.J., Steier, L.P., Chua, J.H. (2010). Governance and Trust in Family Firms: An Introduction. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 34 (6) pp. 1043-1056.

Howorth, C.A., Westhead, P., Rose, M.B., Hamilton, E.E. (2010). Family Firm Diversity and Development: An Introduction. International Small Business Journal, 28 (5) pp.437-451.

Chrisman, J.J., Chua, J.H., Kellermanns, F. (2009). Priorities, Resource Stocks, and Performance in Family and Nonfamily Firms. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 33 (3) pp. 739-760.

Chua, J.H., Chrisman, J.J., Bergiel, E.B. (2009). An agency theoretic analysis of the professionalized family firm. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 33 (2) pp. 355-372.

De Massis A., Chua J.H., Chrisman J.J. (2008). Factors Preventing Intra-Family Succession. Family Business Review, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp.183-199.

Hamilton, E.E. (2006). Whose Story is it Anyway? Narrative accounts of the role of women in founding and establishing family businesses. International Small Business Journal. 24 (3) pp. 253-271.

Jack, S. L., Drakopolou Dodd, S., Anderson, A.R. (2005). The role of family members in entrepreneurial networks: beyond the boundaries of the family firm. Family Business Review, 18 (2) pp. 456-466.  


Articles in applied research journals

Beales Hotels Ltd, The STEP Project Europe Case Series, developed by Lancaster University Management School – IEED (Centre for Family Business).

Campopiano G., De Massis A., Cassia L. (2013). Sostenibilità e responsabilità sociale nel family business, Sistemi & Impresa, No. 8, Novembre/Dicembre, pp. 51-53.

De Massis A. (2013). Transgenerational Innovation in STEP Families: Organizational Goal Diversity and Revolutionary Change Pathways in the Imminence of Intra-family Succession. STEPout, Vol. 5, No. 1, Babson College, USA.

De Massis A., Kotlar J., Nordqvist M. (2013). Capitale sociale e vantaggio competitivo nel family business. Un’analisi esplorativa delle percezioni degli Amministratori Delegati. Economia e Politica Industriale. Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 5-28.

The Persico Case: Transgenerational Professionalization of the Family Firm, The STEP Project Europe Case Series, developed by University of Bergamo, CYFE - Center for Young and Family Enterprise in partnership with Bocconi University, EntER - Centre for research on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs.


Special issues co-edited

Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Family Firms: In Search of New Practices, Strategies and Organizational Solutions. California Management Review

Management Research on Governance, Ownership and Innovation: Opening up the Agenda to Family Firms. Journal of Product Innovation Management

Management Processes in the Family Firm: From “What” to “How”. Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal

Family Firms and Family Governed Multinationals in the Global Economy. Global Strategy Journal.

European Family Business Research: Current Debates and Future Challenges. European Journal of International Management

Books and book chapters

Campopiano G., De Massis A., Cassia L. (2014). Social family entrepreneurship: Social issues and stakeholder salience in small- and medium-sized family firms. In Alain Fayolle A., Dossena G., Randerson K., and Bettinelli C. (Eds), Family Entrepreneurship, Routledge, Oxford.

Chua, J., Wu, Z. (2012). Value added by angel investors through post-investment involvement: exploratory evidence and ownership implications. In: Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurial Finance. Oxford: Oxford University Press

De Massis A., Discua Cruz A., Jackson J., Kotlar J., Mazzelli A. (2014). Beales Hotels: Embracing change while minding their own business for over 200 years. In P. Sharma, N. Auletta, R. DeWitt, M. J. Parada, M. Yusof (Eds.), The Global STEP Booklet Volume II, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.

De Massis A., Sharma P., Chua J.H., Chrisman J.J. (2012). Family Business Studies: An Annotated Bibliography. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham Glos, UK.

Hamilton, E. (2013) Entrepreneurship across generations: Narrative, gender and learning in family business. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. 208 p.

Howorth, C., Jackson, J., & Discua Cruz, A. (2014). Entrepreneurship in family businesses. In Chell, E. & Karatas-Ozkan, M. (Eds.), Handbook of Research in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar. pp. 333-357

Jack, S., Dodd, S., Anderson, A. (forthcoming). The Role of Networking in the Growth Process of the Family Firm in Family Entrepreneurship. In Alain Fayolle A., Dossena G., Randerson K., and Bettinelli C. (Eds), Family Entrepreneurship, Routledge, Oxford.

Rosa, P., Howorth, C., & Discua Cruz, A. (2014). Habitual and portfolio entrepreneurship and the family in business. In Melin, L., Nordqvist, M. & Sharma, P. (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Family Business. London: Sage. pp. 364-382.

Conferences, symposiums, workshops and invitations at other presentations


Extension on Corporate Strategy and Innovation, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile



14th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management (EURAM), Valencia, Spain

Academy of Management 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Family Business Alliance Workshop, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Family Enterprise Research Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship Seminar Series, University of Strathclyde, UK

IFERA 2014 Annual World Family Business Research Conference “Co-operation
Within and Amongst Family Businesses”, Lappeenranta, Finland

Management and Organization Review Special Issue Workshop on Expanding Research on Family Business in China, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

MOS Research Seminar Series, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK

Strategic Management Society (SMS) 34th Annual Conference, Madrid, Spain

The Family Enterprise Day, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

Theories of Family Enterprise (ToFE) Conference. Edmonton, Canada

United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, USA



13th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management (EURAM), Istanbul, Turkey

20th International Product Development Management Conference, Paris, France, June 23-25. ISSN: 1998-7374.

9th Family Enterprise Research Conference, Universidad del Dessarrollo, Santiago, Chile

Academy of Management 2013 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, USA

Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

EIASM 9th Workshop on Family Firm Management Research, Helsinki, Finland, May 24–25.

Family Enterprise Research Conference, Viña del Mar, Chile

Geospatial Partner Conference, Rome, Italy

IFERA 13th Annual World Family Business Research Conference “Ownership, Governance, and Value in Family Firms”. St. Gallen, Switzerland

Italian Family Business Research Forum, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

XXIV Scientific Annual Meeting AiIG on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and the Engine of Growth, Milan, Italy



19th International Product Development Management Conference, Manchester, UK

5th European STEP Summit “Longevity of Enterprising Families – Overcoming Critical Situations”, Crete, Greece

Academy of Management 2012 Annual Meeting, Boston

Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), Fort Worth, Texas, USA

CeFEO Research Seminar, Jonkoping International Business School, Jonkoping, Sweden

EFMD Entrepreneurship Conference, Maastricht, The Netherlands

EIASM 8th Workshop on Family Firm Management Research, Jönköping, Sweden

EURAM European Academy of Management, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Family Enterprise Research Conference, Montreal, Canada

IFERA 12th Annual World Family Business Research Conference. Bordeaux, France

International Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Innovation "Entrepreneurial Strategies and Policies for Economic Growth”, Venice, Italy

Professional Development Workshop on “Innovation in Family Firms: Theory and Practice”, Academy of Management 2012 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, USA

Recontres de St-Gal, St. Gallen, Switzerland

RENT XXV - Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Conference – 25th Anniversary Conference (EIASM), Bodø, Norway

The 2nd Annual Global Islamic Marketing Conference, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

World Conference on Business, Economics and Management, Belek, Antalya, Turkey