Research

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 for Family Business is at the forefront of family business research.

The quality of the research produced by the Centre for Family Business is acknowledged by more than 20 prestigious honours and awards its members received from 2013 to present.

Since 2013, the Centre has collectively produced 59 publications in international peer-reviewed journal, 5 books, 14 international book chapters and hundreds of research articles in conference proceedings.

Moreover, the CFB members have been editing nine special issues in the leading journals in the fields of family business, entrepreneurship, strategy and innovation, plus are involved with multiple roles in the editorial boards of all the most prestigious academic journals in the field, including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Family Business Review, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Journal of Family Business Strategy.

The Centre has obtained various research grants from public funding bodies and private organisations.

Our researchers participate yearly in research conferences such as the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, IFERA, FERC, EURAM and STEP Summit, where we are able to stand out for the quality of our research.

Peer-reviewed journal publications:

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.

Botero, I. C., Cruz, C., D Massis A., Nordqvist M. (2015). Family business research in the European context (includes a section by Jesús Casado, Secretary General of European Family Businesses with a practice-based view on the topic). European Journal of International Management, Vol. 9, No.2, 139-159.

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

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.

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, Vol. 27, No. 3, 244-258.

Campopiano G., De Massis, A. (2015). Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting: A Content Analysis in Family and Non-family Firms. Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 129, No. 3, 511-534.

Cassia L., De Massis A., Meoli M., Minola T. (2014). Entrepreneurship Research Centers around the World: Research Orientation, Knowledge Transfer and Performance. The Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 39, No. 3.

Chrisman J.J., Chua J.H., De Massis A., Frattini F., Wright M. (2015). The ability and willingness paradox in family firm innovation. Journal of Product Innovation Management, Vol. 32, No. 3.

Chrisman, J.J., Chua, J.H., De Massis, A., Minola, M., Vismara S. (in press). Management Processes in the Family Firm: From “What” to “How”. Small Business Economics.

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.

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.

Chrisman, J.J., Fang, H.C., Kotlar, J., De Massis, A. 2015. A note on family influence and the adoption of discontinuous technologies in family firms. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 32(3), 384-388.

Chrisman, JJ, JH Chua, LP Steier, M Wright, NMK D’Lisa. 2013. An agency theoretic analysis of value creation through management buy-outs of family firms. Journal of Family Business Strategy 3 (4), 197-206

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.

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.

Chua, J.H., Chrisman, J.J., De Massis, A. (2015). A Closer Look at Socioemotional Wealth: Its Flows, Stocks, and Prospects for Moving Forward, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Vol. 39, No. 2, 173-182.

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.

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.

Colombo M.G., De Massis A., Piva E., Rossi-Lamastra C., Wright M. (2014). Sales and Employment Changes in Entrepreneurial Ventures with Family Ownership: Empirical Evidence from High-tech Industries. Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 52, No. 2, 226-245.

De Massis A, Kotlar J. 2015. Learning resources for family business education: A review and directions for future developments. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 14(3), 415-422.

De Massis A. (2012). Family Involvement and Procedural Justice Climate among Non-Family Managers: The Effects of Affect, Social Identities, Trust and Risk of Non-Reciprocity. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Vol. 36, No. 6, pp.1227-1234.

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

De Massis A., Di Minin A., Frattini F. (2015). Family-driven innovation: Resolving the paradox in family firms. California Management Review. Vol. 58, No. 1, 5-19.

De Massis A., Frattini F., Lichtenthaler U. (2013). Research on Technological Innovation in Family Firms: Present Debates and Future Directions. Family Business Review, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 10-31.

De Massis A., Frattini F., Pizzurno E., Cassia L. (2015). Product Innovation in Family versus Non-Family Firms: an Exploratory Analysis. Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 53, No. 1, 1-36.

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.

De Massis A., Kotlar J., Campopiano G., Cassia L. 2013. Dispersion of family ownership and performance in family firms. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 4(3), 166-175.

De Massis A., Kotlar J., Campopiano G., Cassia L. 2015. The impact of family involvement on SMEs performance: Theory and evidence. Journal of Small Business Management, 53(4), 924-948.

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.

De Massis A., Kotlar J., Chua J.H., Chrisman J.J. 2014. Ability and willingness as sufficiency conditions for family-oriented particularistic behavior: Implications for theory and empirical studies. Journal of Small Business Management, 52(2): 344–364.

De Massis A., Kotlar J., Frattini, F. 2013. Is social capital perceived as a source of competitive advantage or disadvantage for family firms? An explorative analysis of CEO perceptions. Journal of Entrepreneurship, 22(1), 15-41.

De Massis A., Kotlar J., Mazzola P., Minola T., Sciascia S. (2014). Are They All Alike? Heterogeneity of Family Owners' Goals and P-P Agency Costs in Private Firms. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

De Massis A., Kotlar J., Nordqvist M. 2013. Le imprese familiari percepiscono il capitale sociale come vantaggio o come svantaggio competitivo? Un’analisi esplorativa delle percezioni degli Amministratori Delegati. Economia e Politica Industriale - Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, 40 (2), 5-28.

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., Ding, S., Kotlar, J., Wu, Z. 2016. Family Involvement and R&D expenses in the context of weak property rights protection: An examination of non-state-owned listed companies in China. European Journal of Finance, in press.

De Massis, A., Frattini, F., Kotlar, J., Messeni-Petruzzelli, A., Wright, M. 2016. Innovation through tradition: Lessons from innovative family businesses and directions for future research. Academy of Management Perspectives, 30(1), 93-116.

De Massis, A., Kotlar, J. (2015). Learning resources for family business education: A review and directions for future developments. Academy of Management Learning & Education. In press.

De Massis, A., Kotlar, J. 2014. Case study method in family business research: Guidelines for qualitative scholarship. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 5(1): 15-29.

De Massis, A., Kotlar, J., Frattini, F., Chrisman, J.J., & Nordqvist, M. 2016. Family governance at work: Organizing for new product development in family SMEs. Family Business Review, in press.

De Massis, A., Kotlar, J., Mazzola, P., Minola, T., Sciascia, S. 2016. Conflicting selves: Family owners’ multiple goals and self-control agency problems in private firms. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, in press.

Discua Cruz, A. 2014. Christian family businesses: opportunities for further research. Journal of Biblical Integration in Business. 16, 2, p. 7-28.

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.

Discua Cruz, A., Howorth, C., Hamilton, E. 01/2013 Intrafamily entrepreneurship: the formation and membership of family entrepreneurial teams. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 37, 1, p. 17-46.

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

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.

Fletcher, D., De Massis, A., Nordqvist M. (2015). In What Ways is Qualitative Research Vital to Family Business Scholarship? A Review of Past Trends and Planning for New Futures. Accepted at Journal of Family Business Strategy.

Fletcher, D., De Massis, A., Nordqvist M. (2016). Qualitative Research Practices and Family Business Scholarship: A Review and Future Research Agenda. Journal of Family Business Strategy, Vol. 7, No. 1, 8-25

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.

Gagné M., Sharma P., De Massis A. (2014). The Study of Organizational Behavior in Family Business. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 5, 643-656.

Halkias, D., Pizzurno, E., De Massis, A., Fragoudakis M. (2014). Halal Products and Services in the Italian Tourism and Hospitality Industry: Brief Case Studies of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Vol. 19, No. 2.

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.

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.

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.  

Konopaski, M., Jack, S., Hamilton, E. 1/09/2015 How family business members learn about continuity. In: Academy of Management Learning and Education. 14, 3, p. 347-364. 18 p.

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, pp. 1263–1288.

Kotlar J., De Massis A., Frattini F., Bianchi M., Fang H.C. 2013. Technology acquisition in family firms: A longitudinal analysis of Spanish manufacturing firms. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 30(6): 1073–1088.

Kotlar, J., De Massis, A., Fang, H.C., Frattini, F. 2014. Strategic reference points in family firms. Small Business Economics, 43(3): 597-619.

Kotlar, J., Fang, H.C., De Massis, A., Frattini, F. 2014. Profitability goals, control goals, and the R&D investment decisions of family and non-family firms. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 31(6), 1128-1145.

Li, XC, L Chen, JH Chua, BL Kirkman, S Rynes-Weller, L Gomez-Mejia. 2015. Research on Chinese Family Businesses: Perspectives. Management and Organization Review 11 (04), 579-597.

Memili E., Fang H., Chrisman J.J., De Massis A. (forthcoming). The impact of small- and medium-sized family firms on economic growth. Small Business Economics, in press.

Piva E., Rossi-Lamastra C., De Massis A. (2013). Family firms and internationalization: an exploratory study on high-tech entrepreneurial ventures. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 108-129.

Powell, G., Gatrell, C., Stead, V., Hamilton, E., Chen, Z. 2014. Studying work and family: research challenges from qualitative and quantitative perspectives

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.

Sciascia S., Nordqvist M., Mazzola P., De Massis A. (2015). Family Ownership and R&D Intensity in Small and Medium-Sized Firms. Journal of Product Innovation Management. Vol. 32, No. 3, 349-360. DOI: 10.1111/jpim.12204.

Sharma P., De Massis A., Gagné M. (2014). Family Business: A fertile ground for research on time, teams, and positive organizational study. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 5, 674-679.

Sharma, P. & Chua, J. (2013). Asian family enterprises and family business research. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 30(3), 641-656.

Signori A., Kotlar J., De Massis A., Vismara S. (2015). The rate of substitution between economic and socioemotional wealth in family firm IPO underpricing. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Steier, LP, JJ Chrisman, JH Chua (2015). Governance Challenges in Family Businesses and Business Families. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 39 (6), 1265-1280.

Wright, M, JJ Chrisman, JH Chua, LP Steier (2014). Family enterprise and context. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 38 (6), 1247-1260.

Wu, Z. & 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.

Zellweger TM, FW, Kellermanns, JJ,  Chrisman, JH Chua. 2012. Family Control and Family Firm Valuation by Family CEOs: The Importance of Intentions for Transgenerational Control. Organization Science 23(3), 851-868.

 

Books and book chapters:

 

Brumana M., Cassia L., De Massis A., Discua Cruz A., Minola T. (2015). Transgenerational professionalization of family firms: The role of next generation leaders. In N. Auletta, R. L. DeWitt, M.J. Parada, M. Yusof (Eds.), Developing Next Generation Leaders for Transgenerational Entrepreneurial Family Enterprises. Edward Elgar Publishing Inc., Northampton, MA.

Campopiano G., De Massis A. (2016). Family Involvement and Corporate Social Responsibility in Small- and Medium-Sized Family Firms. In F. Hoy, F. Kellermanns (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Family Business, Routledge, New York, NY.

Campopiano G., De Massis A., Cassia L. (2014). Corporate Social Responsibility in Family versus Non-Family Enterprises: An Exploratory Study. In Lundström A., Zhou C., von Friedrichs Y., Sundin E. (Eds.), Social Entrepreneurship: Leveraging economic, political, and cultural dimensions, International Studies in Entrepreneurship, Vol. 29, Springer, London, UK, pp. 113-154. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-01396-1.

Campopiano G., De Massis A., Cassia L. (2015). Social family entrepreneurship: Social issues and stakeholder salience in small- and medium-sized family firms. In A. Fayolle, K. Randerson, C. Bettinelli and G. Dossena (Eds.), Family Entrepreneurship. Rethinking the research agenda, 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.

De Massis, A. (2016). Family Business and Innovation. In D.B. Audretsch, C.S. Hayter, A.N. Link (Eds.), Concise Guide to Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. In press.

Discua Cruz, A., Ramos, C., Raudales, C., Fortín, L. 07/2015 Las grandes empresas familiares en Honduras: influencia de la intervención del Estado y la inmigración en el siglo XX. In: Familias empresarias y grandes empresas familiares en América Latina y España. Bilbao : Fundación BBVA p. 319-343. 25 p. ISBN: 9788492937554.

Dodd, S., Anderson, A., Jack, S. 16/12/2015 Networking and entrepreneurial family firms. In: Family entrepreneurship. London : Routledge

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.

Minola T., De Massis, A. (2015). The social consequences of corporate entrepreneurial practices: Evidence from global initiatives of an Italian family firm. In J. Hayton, C. Salvato, and M. Manamala (Eds.), Global Entrepreneurship: Case Studies of Entrepreneurial Firms Operating Around the World, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, UK.

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.

Urbinati A., Franzo’ S., De Massis A., Frattini F. (2016). Innovation in family firms: A review of prior studies and a framework for future research. In Brem A., Viardot E. (Eds.). Revolution in Innovation – International Trends in Research and Practice, Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK.