Professor Alfredo De Massis

Professor/Centre Dir Family Business

Profile

Professor Alfredo De Massis holds the Chair in Entrepreneurship and Family Business at the Lancaster University Management School and is Director of the School's Centre for Family Business. 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. He also serves 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. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute for Family Business (IFB) Research Foundation and is a Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholar.

Alfredo is Program Chair-Elect 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, especially medium-sized firms, 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, and Latin America. 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 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 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 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. 

Social family entrepreneurship: social issues and stakeholder salience in small- and medium-sized family firms
Campopiano, G., De Massis, A., Cassia, L. expected in 2015 In: Family entrepreneurship. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Learning resources for family business education: a review and directions for future developments
De Massis, A., Kotlar, J. expected in 2015 In: Academy of Management Learning and Education.
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Family business research in the European context
Botero, I.C., Cruz, C., De Massis, A., Nordqvist, M. expected in 2015 In: European Journal of International Management. 9, 2
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The social consequences of entrepreneurship: evidence from global initiatives of an Italian family firm
Minola, T., De Massis, A. expected in 2015 In: Global entrepreneurship. Abingdon : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The ability and willingness paradox in family firm innovation
Chrisman, J.J., Chua, J., De Massis, A., Frattini, F., Wright, M. expected in 2015 In: The Journal of Product Innovation Management.
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Why family businesses disrupt or not
De Massis, A. 15/11/2014 Tharawat magazine 5 p.
Featured article

Profitability goals, control goals, and the R&D investment decisions of family and non-family firms
Kotlar, J., Fang, H., De Massis, A., Frattini, F. 11/2014 In: The Journal of Product Innovation Management. 31, 6, p. 1128-1145. 18 p.
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Strategic reference points in family firms
Kotlar, J., De Massis, A., Fang, H., Frattini, F. 10/2014 In: Small Business Economics. 43, 3, p. 597-619. 23 p.
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Firm philanthropy in small and medium-sized family firms: the effects of family involvement in ownership and management
Campopiano, G., De Massis, A., Chirico, F. 09/2014 In: Family Business Review. 27, 3, p. 244-258. 15 p.
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Family Business: A fertile ground for research on time, teams, and positive organizational study
Sharma, P., De Massis, A., Gagné, M. 09/2014 In: European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. 23, 5, p. 674-679. 6 p.
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Halal products and services in the Italian tourism and hospitality industry: brief case studies of entrepreneurship and innovation
Halkias, D., Pizzurno, E., De Massis, A., Fragoudakis, M. 06/2014 In: Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. 19, 2, 12 p.
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Entrepreneurship research centers around the world: research orientation, knowledge transfer and performance
Cassia, L., De Massis, A., Meoli, M., Minola, T. 06/2014 In: The Journal of Technology Transfer. 39, 3, p. 376-392. 17 p.
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The role of early adopters in the diffusion of new products: differences between platform and non-platform innovations
Frattini, F., Bianchi, M., De Massis, A., Sikimic, U. 05/2014 In: The Journal of Product Innovation Management. 31, 3, p. 466-488. 23 p.
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Sales and employment changes in entrepreneurial ventures with family ownership: empirical evidence from high-tech industries
Colombo, M.G., De Massis, A., Piva, E., Rossi-Lamastra, C., Wright, M. 04/2014 In: Journal of Small Business Management. 52, 2, p. 226-245. 20 p.
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Ability and willingness as sufficiency conditions for family-oriented particularistic behavior: implications for theory and empirical studies
De Massis, A., Kotlar, J., Chua, J., Chrisman, J.J. 04/2014 In: Journal of Small Business Management. 52, 2, p. 344–364. 21 p.
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The case study method in family business research: guidelines for qualitative scholarship
De Massis, A., Kotlar, J. 03/2014 In: Journal of Family Business Strategy. 5, 1, p. 15-29. 15 p.
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The temporal evolution of proactiveness in family firms: the horizontal S-curve hypothesis
De Massis, A., Chirico, F., Kotlar, J., Naldi, L. 03/2014 In: Family Business Review. 27, 1, p. 35-50. 16 p.
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Are they all alike?: heterogeneity of family owners' goals and P-P agency costs in private firms
De Massis, A., Kotlar, J., Mazzola, P., Minola, T., Sciascia, S. 01/2014 In: Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. 2014, Meeting Abstract Suppl., 7 p.
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Beales Hotels: embracing change while minding their own business for over 200 years
De Massis, A., Discua Cruz, A., Jackson, J., Kotlar, J., Mazzelli, A. 2014 In: The Global STEP Booklet Volume II. Babson College Centre for Entrepreneurship p. 81-86. 6 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Corporate social responsibility reporting: a content analysis in family and non-family firms
Campopiano, G., De Massis, A. 2014 In: Journal of Business Ethics.
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Corporate social responsibility in family versus non-family enterprises: an exploratory study
Campopiano, G., De Massis, A., Cassia, L. 2014 In: Social entrepreneurship. London : Springer p. 113-154. 42 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Product innovation in family versus nonfamily firms: an exploratory analysis
De Massis, A., Frattini, F., Pizzurno, E., Cassia, L. 2014 In: Journal of Small Business Management.
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The study of organizational behavior in family business
Gagne, M., Sharma, P., De Massis, A. 2014 In: European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. 23, 5, p. 643-656. 14 p.
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A note on family influence and the adoption of discontinuous technologies in family firms
Chrisman, J.J., Fang, H., Kotlar, J., De Massis, A. 2014 In: The Journal of Product Innovation Management.
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Family ownership and R&D intensity in small and medium-sized firms
Sciascia, S., Nordqvist, M., Mazzola, P., De Massis, A. 2014 In: The Journal of Product Innovation Management.
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The impact of family involvement on SMEs performance: theory and evidence
De Massis, A., Kotlar, J., Campopiano, G., Cassia, L. 2014 In: Journal of Small Business Management.
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Technology acquisition in family and non-family firms: a longitudinal analysis of Spanish manufacturing firms
Kotlar, J., De Massis, A., Frattini, F., Bianchi, M., Fang, H. 11/2013 In: The Journal of Product Innovation Management. 30, 6, p. 1073-1088. 16 p.
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Goal setting in family firms: goal diversity, social interactions, and collective commitment to family-centered goals
Kotlar, J., De Massis, A. 11/2013 In: Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice. 37, 6, p. 1263-1288. 26 p.
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Dispersion of family ownership and the performance of small-to-medium size private family firms
De Massis, A., Kotlar, J., Campopiano, G., Cassia, L. 09/2013 In: Journal of Family Business Strategy. 4, 3, p. 166-175. 10 p.
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Family firms and internationalization: an exploratory study on high-tech entrepreneurial ventures
Piva, E., Rossi-lamastra, C., De Massis, A. 1/06/2013 In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship. 11, 2, p. 108-129. 22 p.
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Research on technological innovation in family firms: present debates and future directions
De Massis, A., Frattini, F., Lichtenthaler, U. 1/03/2013 In: Family Business Review. 26, 1, p. 10-31. 22 p.
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Is social capital perceived as a source of competitive advantage or disadvantage for family firms?: an exploratory analysis of CEO perceptions
De Massis, A., Kotlar, J., Frattini, F. 03/2013 In: Journal of Entrepreneurship. 22, 1, p. 15-41. 27 p.
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How do family firm CEOs perceive their competitive advantages and disadvantages?: empirical evidence from the transportation industry
Massis, A.D., Kotlar, J., Cassia, L. 1/01/2013 In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. 19, 2, p. 167-189. 23 p.
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Technology strategy in family business: a new avenue for research
Bigliardi, B., Cassia, L., Massis, A.D., Frattini, F. 1/01/2013 In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. 17, 1-3, p. 1-7. 7 p.
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Family firm incumbent’s attitude toward intra-family succession: antecedents and effects on intentions
De Massis, A., Sieger, P., Vismara, S., Chua, J. 01/2013 In: Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. 2013, p. 1-6. 6 p.
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Capitale sociale e vantaggio competitivo nel family business: un’analisi esplorativa delle percezioni degli amministratori delegati
De Massis, A., Kotlar, J., Nordqvist, M. 2013 In: Economia e Politica Industriale. 40, 2, p. 5-28. 24 p.
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The relationship between motivations and actions in corporate social responsibility: an exploratory study
Campopiano, G., De Massis, A., Cassia, L. 12/2012 In: International Journal of Business and Society. 13, 3, p. 391-425. 35 p.
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Family involvement and procedural justice climate among nonfamily managers: the effects of affect, social identities, trust, and risk of non-reciprocity
De Massis, A. 11/2012 In: Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice. 36, 6, p. 1227-1234. 8 p.
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Corporate social responsibility: a survey among SMEs in Bergamo
Campopiano, G., De Massis, A., Cassia, L. 10/2012 In: Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences. 62, p. 325–341. 17 p.
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Strategic innovation and new product development in family firms: an empirically grounded theoretical framework
Cassia, L., De Massis, A., Pizzurno, E. 01/2012 In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research. 18, 2, p. 198-232. 35 p.
Journal article

Trends in family business empirical research
De Massis, A., Sharma, P., Chua, J., Chrisman, J.J., Kotlar, J. 2012 In: Family business studies. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar ISBN: 9781781002971.
Chapter

State-of-the-art of family business research
De Massis, A., Sharma, P., Chua, J., Chrisman, J.J., Kotlar, J. 2012 In: Family business studies. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar ISBN: 9781781002971. Electronic ISBN: 9781781002988.
Chapter

Open innovation in the automotive industry: a multiple case-study
De Massis, A., Lazzarotti, V., Pizzurno, E., Salzillo, E. 2012 In: Management of Technological Innovation in Developing and Developed Countries. Rijeka, Croatia : InTech p. 217-236. 20 p. ISBN: 978-953-51-0365-3.
Chapter

Enhancing education in North Africa
Campopiano, G., De Massis, A. 2012 In: Case Stories on Responsible Business: Middle East and North Africa. Cairo, Egypt : Mena-RBCF
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The hyper-growth of family-owned firms: evidence from European SMEs
Cassia, L., De Massis, A., Kotlar, J., Minola, T. 2012 In: Entrepreneurial strategies and policies for economic growth. Padova, Italy : Libreriauniversitaria.it p. 705-721. 17 p. ISBN: 978-8-8629-2266-1.
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Italy: the interplay between sustainability and family entrepreneurship: an Italian case-study
Campopiano, G., Cassia, L., De Massis, A. 2012 In: Entrepreneurship and sustainability. Farnham : Gower p. 155-167. 13 p. ISBN: 978-1-4094-2873-2.
Chapter

Entrepreneurial learning in Italian high-tech start-ups: an exploratory study
De Massis, A., Minola, T., Viviani, D. 2012 In: International Journal of Innovation and Learning. 11, 1, p. 94-114. 21 p.
Journal article

Exploring the effect of family control on the characteristics of SMEs in Northern Italy
Cassia, L., De Massis, A., Kotlar, J. 2012 In: International Journal of Engineering Business Management. 4, 2, p. 1-8. 8 p.
Journal article

Strategie per il family business: passaggio generazionale, governo e crescita
Cassia, L., De Massis, A. 2012 Este. 267 p. ISBN: 978-88-98053-01-8.
Book

Family business studies : an annotated bibliography
De Massis, A., Sharma, P., Chua, J., Chrisman, J.J. 2012 Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing. 360 p. ISBN: 978-1781002971.
Book

Selecting corporate venturing forms in high-tech industries: a comprehensive framework
Cassia, L., De Massis, A., Minola, T. 2011 In: Entrepreneurship and technological change. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 165-204. 40 p. ISBN: 978-1-84980-747-0.
Chapter

Italy: the challenges of father-daughter succession in an Italian family business
Cassia, L., De Massis, A., Giudici, F. 2011 In: Father-daughter succession in family business. London : Gower p. 141-155. 15 p. ISBN: 978-0-566-09220-6.
Chapter

An exploratory investigation on NPD in small family businesses from Northern Italy
Cassia, L., De Massis, A., Pizzurno, E. 2011 In: International Journal of Business, Management and Social Sciences. 2, 2, p. 1-14. 14 p.
Journal article

Family control and SMEs characteristics: empirical evidence from the Province of Bergamo
Cassia, L., De Massis, A., Kotlar, J. 2011 In: International Journal of Business, Management and Social Sciences. 2, 2, p. 15-22. 8 p.
Journal article

A study of best practices for succession management: evidence from family firms
De Massis, A. 2011 Saarbrücken : LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. 292 p. ISBN: 978-3-8465-9586-2.
Book

The market for nanotechnology applications and its managerial implications: an empirical investigation in the Italian landscape
Cassia, L., De Massis, A. 2010 In: Products and services. Rijeka, Croatia : InTech p. 199-210. 12 p. ISBN: 978-9-533-07211-1.
Chapter

Il direct insurance in Italia: trend di mercato, modelli di business e strategie competitive
De Massis, A., Turba, L. 2010 Milano : Egea. 171 p. ISBN: 978-88-238-4259-5.
Book

Factors Preventing Intra-Family Succession
De Massis, A., Chua, J.H., Chrisman, J.J. 1/06/2008 In: Family Business Review. 21, 2, p. 183-199. 17 p.
Journal article

The knowledge-bridging role of Technical and Scientific Services in knowledge-intensive industries
Chiaroni, D., Chiesa, V., De Massis, A., Frattini, F. 01/2008 In: International Journal of Technology Management. 41, 3-4, p. 249-272. 14 p.
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How to sell technology services to innovators: evidence from nanotech Italian companies
Chiesa, V., Massis, A.D., Frattini, F., Manzini, R. 1/01/2007 In: European Journal of Innovation Management. 10, 4, p. 510-531. 22 p.
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