Professor Alfredo De Massis

Professor

Profile

Professor Alfredo De Massis holds the Chair in Entrepreneurship and Family Business at Lancaster University Management School and is Director of the School's Centre for Family Business. He serves as Associate Editor of Family Business Review - a highly ranked journal of Business (Impact Factor 4.147). Previously, he was at the University of Bergamo (Italy) where he co-founded the Center for Young and Family Enterprise (CYFE) that he ran as Deputy Director. In September 2015, Family Capital ranked him among the world’s top 25 star professors for family business. He currently serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute for Family Business (IFB) Research Foundation and is a Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholar. He also served as Chairman of the STEP European Leadership Council and Member of the Global Board of the Global STEP Project for Family Enterprising founded by Babson College (USA). Engaging over 200 scholars from 41 leading universities, this global applied research initiative explores the entrepreneurial processes within business families and generates solutions that have immediate application for family leaders.

Alfredo is Chair of the Special Interest Group on Family Business Research at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and has served as Chair or on the Advisory Committee of several academic conferences or conference tracks (e.g., he was member of the Advisory Committee of the Family Enterprise Research Conference FERC). He was TOFT Visiting Professor at Jonkoping International Business School (Sweden) and a visiting scholar at the Haskayne School of Business (Canada).

His specific research focus is on family business, and his work has been published widely in leading academic and professional journals. Alfredo has been invited to present his research and to give lectures to various audiences at many universities in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. His research is regularly presented at international conferences and workshops, such as the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, IFERA World Conference, FERC, EIASM Workshop on Family Firm Management and the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Alfredo's work has been featured in various media outlets, including the Financial Times and Reuters, and he has contributed to the Harvard Business Review online magazine.

Alfredo has received various research grants from public funding bodies and private organizations, and is a recipient of several academic honors and awards (among the most recent, the IFERA 2014 Best Paper Award, FERC 2014 Best Paper Award, 2014 USASBE Best Paper in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy Award, the FOBI Scholarship, the 2015, 2014 and 2013 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceeding and the 2012 and 2013 “Outstanding Researcher Award” provided by the University of Bergamo to the top scholar in each department on account of remarkable research achievements at international level).

He has advised national and regional government on policy development and implementation, as well as leading major projects to support innovation and entrepreneurship at a regional and national level. He is also a frequent speaker at industry groups, business associations and think tanks around the world.

He is member of several academic and professional family business associations and prior to his academic career was Manager in SCS Consulting, senior consultant in the Strategy service line of Accenture and financial analyst at the Italian Stock Exchange (London Stock Exchange Group). In these roles, he provided strategy advice to corporate clients in a wide variety of industries, as well as innovation and succession management advice to family firms, helping them maintain competitive advantage across generations.

International Journal of Management Reviews (Journal)
Editorial activity

European Families in Business Conference (Event)
Membership of committee

Keynote speaker on innovation in family business at the 2015 Strategic Management Society (SMS) Special Conference Extension
Invited talk

Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (Journal)
Editorial activity

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (Journal)
Editorial activity

California Management Review (Journal)
Editorial activity

Global Strategy Journal (Journal)
Editorial activity

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (Journal)
Editorial activity

European Journal of International Management (Journal)
Editorial activity

Campden (External organisation)
Member of Advisory Panel

Berkeley Innovation Forum (Event)
Membership of committee

Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Small Business Economics (Journal)
Editorial activity

Journal of Family Business Strategy (Journal)
Editorial activity

The Journal of Product Innovation Management (Journal)
Editorial activity

Family Business Review (Journal)
Editorial activity

Invited Speaker on the use of case study method in family business research at the IFERA Professional Development Workshop (PDW) on Qualitative Research in Family Business.
Invited talk

Center for Young & Family Enterprise of the University of Bergamo (External organisation)
Member of an organisation

EIASM Workshop on Family Firm Management Research (Event)
Membership of committee

Geospatial Partner Conference 2013
Participation in conference

University of Saskatchewan, Edwards School of Business
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

I.H Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba
Visiting an external academic institution

European Journal of International Management (Journal)
Editorial activity

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (Journal)
Editorial activity

Technology Forum (External organisation)
Member of Advisory Panel

University of Bergamo
Visiting an external academic institution

European Academy of Management (External organisation)
Member of an organisation

Family Enterprise Research Conference (Event)
Member of an organisation

Jonkoping International Business School
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Jonkoping International Business School
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Jonkoping University
Visiting an external academic institution

5th European STEP Summit
Participation in conference

Academy of Management Annual Meeting
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Academy of Management Annual Meeting
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

IFERA 2012, 12th Annual World Family Business Research
Participation in conference

IFERA 2012, 12th Annual World Family Business Research
Participation in conference

Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Visiting an external academic institution

STEP Europe Research Meeting
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU)
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Meetings
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Theories of the Family Enterprise Conference
Participation in conference

Theories of the Family Enterprise Conference
Participation in conference

GITT Workshop on Research and Practice in Technology Transfer
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Second International Symposium Entrepreneurship Today 2010
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Second International Symposium Entrepreneurship Today 2010
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Research Workshop “Technology, Entrepreneurship and Change”
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Journal)
Editorial activity

Sistemi and Impresa (Journal)
Editorial activity

5x1000 Outstanding Researchers Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Paper Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

5x1000 Outstanding Researchers Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Paper Proceedings of the 2013 Academy of Management Meeting.
Prize (including medals and awards)

Recognition (Certificate of Appreciation) within the Adopt-a-Member Mentoring Program of the Academy of Management
Other distinction

2nd Runner-up, Best Paper Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Research Paper Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

USASBE Best Paper in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Paper in Family Business Honorable Mention (awarded by USASBE, U.S.A.)
Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Paper Proceedings of the 2014 Academy of Management Meeting
Prize (including medals and awards)

Centre for Family Business

Centre for Family Business

  • Centre for Family Business
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation