Alfredo De Massis is a professor of entrepreneurship and family business who serves as adviser to family enterprises and policy makers.
As one of the leading family business academics globally, De Masis has founded and/or relaunched three international centres for family business research, at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Lancaster University and the University of Bergamo, was named by Family Capital among the world’s 25 star professors for family business in 2015, and has been recently ranked as the top most-productive scholar in the area of family business innovation in a recent bibliometric study, and as the most productive scholar and one of the most influential ones in a recent scientometric analysis of research on socioemotional wealth.
His research has been cited over 10,000 times, published in several top-tier academic journals and featured in various media outlets including Financial Times, CNBC, The Sun, Daily Mirror and The Independent. De Massis is an editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, associate editor of Family Business Review, serves on the boards of public and private organisations internationally, and provides intellectual contributions to the International Institute for Management Development by working on collaboration and scientific advisory activities at the Wild Chair in Family Business.
While many might consider history as just something that happened in the past, it is found in our research to have the potential to create important competitive advantages for family businesses and even new entrepreneurs.
The British royal family, like many family businesses, has had its share of difficulties lately. Prince Harry, previously viewed as one of the great modernising influences, has become more distant from the traditional business after marrying Meghan Markle.
Attention to strategies for the management and continuity of the assets of entrepreneurial families in Italy has grown considerably in recent years, as has the role and scope of family offices.
The Covid-19 pandemic and its social and economic reverberations are triggering particularly salient challenges for family businesses. The first one relates to family business succession.
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